Held at Gyaan Adab on the 7th of November 2015, Expressions was a classical guitar recital that featured works by Leo Brouwer and Nikita Koshkin, both among the best-regarded modern composers for the guitar. The music was threaded with a narrative-expressive component featuring prosaic/poetic passages created by a collective of writers – Jaya Parhawk, Sohan Akolkar, Bhairavi Vaidya, Ashutosh and Anoop Kumar.
The spoken texts that were part of this concert are available on the Pune Guitar Society website.
El Decameron Negro (The Black Decameron)
LEO BROUWER, 1981
A suite of three pieces is based on a collection of African folk tales of the same name published by Leo Frobenius, a German anthropologist in 1910.
– El arpa del guerrero (The harp of the warrior)
– La huida de los amantes por el valle de los ecos (Journey of the lovers through the valley of echoes)
– La ballada de la doncella enamorada (Ballad of the lovesick maiden)
LEO BROUWER, 1981
Six short preludes, based short poems by Miguel Hernández, a goatherd who joined the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Hernández died 31 years old, in a prisoner of war camp, where he had written most of his poetry.
– Allegro Moderato
Sonata a Julian Bream
LEO BROUWER, 1991
Written for Julian Bream in 1990, this Sonata has three movements, each of which incorporate themes from and reference other musical influences including Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony in the first movement, Scriabin’s piano sonata in the second and the last is dedicated to Bernardo Pasquini, the 17th century harpsichordist.
– Fandangos y Boleros
– Sarabanda de Scriabin
– La Toccata de Pasquini
ANOOP KUMAR / JAYANT S, 2015
– The sad tale of Popeye the Labrador
– A shout out to Billy the tiger
– Biji’s last smile
The Ballads: Suite for Guitar
NIKITA KOSHKIN, 1992
It’s possible for the guitar to express itself in many styles while still remaining a classical instrument. These five pieces turn from one style to another, including impressions from folk and popular music, as well as influences from Koshkin’s younger days as a rock guitarist.
– Con Moto
– Adagio Molto
ABOUT THE ARTISTES
Normally known as a jazz bass player across several styles in the genre, Jayant has continued to explore his interests in the contemporary classical guitar. He holds an LTCL Recital Diploma, which was awarded to him for a program featuring works by modern composers.
Anoop is familiar to Pune audiences for his eclectic and energetic musical performances across several genres. As a narrator for this recital, he is harnessing his other interests in literature and spoken delivery.
Here are some photos from the event: