Renowned guitarist will feature Brazil in concert at Adams State

(02-07-2008)

Recently returned from a seven city European concert tour, New York guitarist David Burgess will perform some of Brazil's finest solo guitar music at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in Carson Auditorium on the Adams State College campus. The event is sponsored by the Adams State Cross Cultural Center and Community Partnerships.

Praised by critics for his polished technique and flamboyant style, Burgess has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East, as well as having recorded for CBS Masterworks, Musical Heritage Society, Tritone and Athena Records. Formerly a student of Andres Segovia, Burgess has won prizes in international guitar competitions in New York, Mexico City, Toronto and Munich. Over the past 10 years, Burgess has taken numerous trips to Brazil, rediscovering guitar music from Brazil's past, as well as finding many progressive contemporary Brazilian works.

The program will include music by some of the finest Brazilian composers of all time: Ernesto Nazareth, who transformed the tango into a fascinating style of Brazilian ragtime; Joao Pernambuco, who never completed elementary school, could not read or write, but composed some of the best loved Brazilian music from the 1920s and 30s; Pixinguinha, the legendary band leader who performed throughout Brazil for more than 50 years; Radames Gnattali, who brilliantly combined classical, jazz and popular styles in his compositions; and of course, Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the two best known composers of Bossa Nova.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jennifer Cook, student activities coordinator, at 719-587-8191.

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