This all-star cast of musicians bring Reimagining Flamenco to Rockport—a unique opportunity to hear the flamenco-inspired music of Manuel de Falla as well as classically-flavored reinventions of guitar and piano pieces by the old flamenco masters. Kradjian describes the program as, “…(a) rare collaboration of flamenco guitar and piano takes the music of Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albeniz back to their roots, imaginatively reconstructing the route these composers took in composing their masterpieces.”
Flamenco originated in the late 18th century in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain and usually includes voice, guitar, handclaps, and dance, used separately, in combinations or all-together. The singing style of flamenco includes micro intervals (melodic steps smaller than a semi-tone), slides or portamento, baroque ornamentation and melodic improvisation.
GRISHA GORYACHEV, guitar
Renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles, Grisha Goryachev is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar. In 2005, Grisha was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the International Classical Guitar Competition “Julian Arcás” in Spain. Grisha received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Eliot Fisk. He has recorded two CDs: Alma Flamenca and Homenaje a Sabicas.
SEROUJ KRADJIAN, piano
Pianist and composer Serouj Kradjian has established himself as a versatile artist whose readiness to break new boundaries and explore different styles has made him an exciting voice on the international music scene. The New York Times has described Juno-award-winning and Grammy-nominated Kradjian’s playing as a “persuasive balance between elegance and spirit.” In addition to orchestral appearances and chamber music performances, his explorations of tango and flamenco music have led to the critically acclaimed recording project Tango Notturno and the North American tour of Reimagining Flamenco. He received a Grammy nomination for his 2008 orchestral arrangements of folk songs by Gomidas, Armenia’s national composer, entitled Gomidas Songs. His Trobairitz Ysabella, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra, inspired by medieval women troubadours, was included in the Juno-nominated recording Troubadour and the Nightingale.
Since winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1989 and the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, , violinist Chee-Yun has enraptured audiences on five continents with her flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry. She has performed regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, and her orchestral highlights include a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic that was broadcast on national network television, a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and touring with the San Francisco Symphony and the NHK Symphony. In 2016, Chee-Yun performed as a guest artist for the Secretary General at the United Nations in celebration of Korea’s National Foundation Day and the 25th Anniversary of South Korea joining the UN. Firmly committed to chamber music, Chee-Yun’s seven discs on the Denon label and one on the Naxos label have received exceptional acclaim. Chee-Yun plays the 1669 Francesco Rugeri violin which she has owned since 1991.
DANIELA MACK, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack has been acclaimed for her “caramel timbre, flickering vibrato, and crisp articulation” (Opernwelt) as she “hurls fast notes like a Teresa Berganza or a Frederica von Stade” (San Francisco Chronicle). Renowned for her Rossini interpretations, Daniela Mack will debut make her debut next season with the BBC Philharmonic as well as her role as Rosina in The Barber of Seville at the Boston Lyric Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. On the concert stage, she has performed with the most prestigious orchestras in the country including the BSO, Chicago Symphony, the NY Philharmonic, and the LA Philharmonic, among many more.
“A purringly elegant BMW of a singer” The Telegraph
JAMEY HADDAD, percussion
Percussionist/drummer Jamey Haddad holds a singular position in the world of jazz and contemporary music, in which his musical voice transcends styles and trends. Considered one of the foremost world music and jazz percussionists in the world, he regularly collaborates with Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Joe Lovano, the Paul Winter Consort, Esperanza Spalding, among many others, as well as his longstanding membership in Paul Simon’s band since 2000. In collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra, Haddad curates and performs on its Fridays @ 7 series, which combines a classical program with an after-concert performance by a world music ensemble chosen by Haddad. In addition to his busy touring schedule, he serves on faculty at numerous prestigious music schools, including Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Berklee College of Music.
JEFFREY BEECHER, bass
Jeffrey Beecher pursues a varied musical career as both an energetic performer and educator, performing as Principal Bass with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and serving on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. As Co-Artistic Director of Silkroad, he tours frequently with the Silkroad Ensemble, performing in major around the world. As an orchestral musician, Jeffrey has performed as Principal Bass with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, to name a few. He attended the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and completed his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer.
LIAM SMITH, percussion
Liam Smith has worked extensively in orchestral percussion, as well as in contemporary and folkloric music and as an in-demand dance accompanist. He has performed throughout Europe and South America, and has premiered works by James Wood, Vijay Ayer, and other contemporary composers. Smith performs regularly with Moises Borges, Samba Joia, and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared with a diverse range of artists, from Gil Shaham to Natchito Herrera to Weezer.