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Appunti – Puerta-Vázquez Duo (2022)
Label: Contrastes Records
The debut CD Of the Puerta-Vázquez Duo is a monographic work of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The album, released by Contrastes Records in Seville, Spain includes pieces that were dedicated or made famous by Duo Presti Lagoya, Sonatina Canonica, and Fuga Elegiaca. The latter one was dedicated to them posthumously. The album also presents a unique interpretation of Appunti Op. 210. A setting for two guitars by the late David Grimes, who made this with Tedesco’s permission.
Borderlands Ensemble: the space in which to see (2021)
Formed in 2017, Tucson based Borderlands Ensemble was formed to foster connections across disciplines and music communities that have traditionally been separated. the space in which to see specifically draws links between music cultures in Arizona and Mexico, engaging with one of the most dynamic and charged dialogues in our current national landscape. Including works by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Jay Vosk, Vivian Fine, Charles Daniels, Alejandro Vera, as well as traditional Mexican songs arranged by Borderlands artistic director Johanna Lundy, this engaging debut speaks to the ensemble’s purview to reach out to the region specific audience of the culture rich American Southwest.
Guest artist: tracks 15 &16
Label: New Focus Recordings
Tucson Guitar Quartet “Latin American Soundscapes” (2020)
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Tucson Guitar Quartet is comprised of great musicians that have been brought together by their passion for guitar chamber music. Their concerts include repertoire from the baroque as well as modern contemporary music with an emphasis on the Latin-American repertoire, including arrangements of folkloric and traditional music. The members of the group George Ramirez (Arizona), Alfredo Vazquez (Arizona), Michael Nigro ( California), and José Luis Puerta (Puerto Rico). For the upcoming season, The Tucson Guitar Quartet will perform a rich selection of music celebrating Latin American culture. Their program will feature music from Leo Brouwer, Juan Morel Campos, Julio César Oliva, and Sergio Assad. The lively rhythms and passionate melodies will transport you to Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, México, and Brazil.
Once We Moved Like the Wind (2018)
Guest artist: recording, and performance premiere of Once we Moved Like the Wind.
Brad Richter: Once We Moved Like The Wind* – first recording (Guitar Quartet)
13. Last Man Standing
14. Once We Moved Like the Wind
15. Sunrise Dance
José Luis Puerta, Jonathan Crissman, Brad Richter, Carlos Bonell.
Alexis Rivera cuatro, David Perez percusion, José Luis Puerta guitarra
Grupo Riken “De aquí pa’ allá” (2016)
Grupo Riken has been performing in the Tucson area since 2009. They specialize in folkloric music from the Caribbean and Latin America. Genres like the Cuban bolero, Puerto Rican jibaro music and plena, Latin jazz, salsa, and bossa nova. The groups’ unique sounds come from folk instruments like the Puerto Rican cuatro, guitar, Peruvian Cajon, Afro-Caribbean percussion bongos, and congas, accompanied by the guitar. The name Riken is a derivation from the name given by the indigenous Tainos in Puerto Rico, which is called the island Boriken. Grupo Riken has participated in local music festivals such as the Tucson Meet Yourself, and has participated in Tohono Chul’s Sunday in the Garden concert series since 2015. They released their first CD title De aqui pa’ allá in 2016.
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17th Street Band “Positively 17th Street” (2009)
Guest Artist for Track 4: “Right Track”
“This collaboration between great players and legendary bassist Harvey Brooks who has played on many seminal albums (Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, Davis’s Bitches Brew, Super Session with Al Kooper/Mike Bloomfield) has led to the creation of a definitive blues/rock group, the 17th Street Band. Their first release, Positively 17th Street offers 13 tracks of blues, rock and soul influenced music. The group also includes guitarists Tom Kusian & Dustin Busch, drummer Darryl Roles, pianist Arthur Migliazza and vocalist/harpist Tom Walbank.”