Classical Iberican News and Concerts in May
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Bookings Open for guitarrísimo in June
In addition to our concert this week at St James's Piccadilly with Juan Antonio Simarro and Roberts Balanas (see below), don't forget you can now buy tickets in advance of our June guitarrísimo event at the Instituto Cervantes, which features Morgan Szymanski on the 9th.

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Advance booking strongly recommended.
   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Spanish Music by Juan Antonio Simarro

Fri 6 May 2016, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

‘Melodic and captivating, the music of the pianist and Spanish composer, Juan Antonio Simarro, is as exquisite as it is unclassifiable.’ ABC

Spanish performer and composer, Juan Antonio Simarro, known best for his music for film and television, joins forces with Royal Academy Miriam Jenkins scholar, Roberts Balanas, to present a selection of his own works for piano and violin.

Juan Antonio Simarro Dream No. 2 | Dream No. 3 | Duo No. 2 | Bitter Sweet | Cádiz | Adagio | Night at the Cafe Montarto |

TICKETS: Admission free | Retiring collection

BOOKINGS: Unreserved seating; no booking required



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New York Festival of Song Highlights Pieces by Latin American Women

NY Fest of Song


Performed without an intermission, the New York Festival of Song’s long program of pieces by Latin American women, “Compositora,” had flashes of interest near the beginning but settled into a gentle, sleepy groove...
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Musica reservata de Barcelona

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Los compositores imperiales de Carlos V y
Felipe II

Música Reservata de Barcelona

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This very interesting disc from Musica Reservata de Barcelona offers an overview of the music written for and performed in the Spanish imperial court during the 16th century, a time that has become known as Spain’s ‘Golden Age’. Politically there were two powerful monarchs at this time, Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, also known as Charles I of Spain (amongst other royal titles), and his son Philip II (who was briefly married to Mary I of England). From a historical perspective, this was the time of Habsburg dominance and... READ MORE
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'Classical music has its heartlands, and its borderlands. 
Spain is definitely among the latter.'

Ivan Hewett
British classical music journalist, academic, composer and presenter

Cancion para estar contigo
Click HERE to watch Cuban composer and soprano Bárbara Llanes performing the title song from her children's puppet opera Canción para estar contigo.
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

'Revival and Adaptation in Contemporary Paraguayan Music': Homage to Agustín Barrios Mangoré

Thu 5 May 2016, 6.30pm
Instituto Cervantes Auditorium
102, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS event, but one we highly recommend!)

Agustín Barrrios Mangoré (1885-1944) is today considered one of Latin America's all-time great guitar composers, his works forming part of the repertoire of the world's best guitarists. However, his work was less appreciated during his lifetime and even long after his death. In her talk, DrSimone Krüger, sociologist and musicologist at the University of Liverpool, will examine how in the mid-70s Barrios was rediscovered and how since then his audience has continued to grow.

Portuguese guitarist Tiago Gomes will illustrate the talk with pieces by the composer.

An Anglo-Paraguayan Society event organised in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes

TICKETS Free admission, but booking recommended


MORE INFORMATION 020 7201 0752


Granados and Beyond

Tue 17 May 2016, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS event, but one we highly recommend!)

A commemorative recital celebrating Granados on the centenary year of his death, featuring students of Trinity Laban professor Elena Riu in a Keyboard Department showcase.

Miha Smirnov Ostir piano | Pablo Álvarez Delgado piano | Ieva Caune piano

Enrique Granados Eight Poetic Waltzes | Goyescas (selection)
Manuel de Falla Fantasía bética

An Instituto Cervantes event in collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, St Martin-in-the-Fields and EUNIC London

TICKETS Admission free | Suggested donation £3.50

BOOKINGS No booking required

MORE INFORMATION 020 7766 1100 |


Latin American Music Seminar

Sat 21 May 2016, 10.15am
Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, University of London
Malet Street
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS event, but one we highly recommend!)

The Latin American Music Seminar is a British forum for Latin American music research that meets twice yearly.

10.15 Coffee
10.40 Welcome
10.45 Cintia Cristia (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina): The Incidence of Painting in Musical Poetics: Three Contrasting Cases in Argentinean Contemporary Music
11.30 Benjamin Walton (University of Cambridge): Latin America and the Beginnings of Operatic Globalization
12.15 Jochen Eisentraut (University of Bangor): Serendipitous Ethnography and the Trade in African-Brazilian Culture
1.00 Lunch (sandwiches provided)
2.15 Paola Luna (Université Paris Sorbonne): Intangible Cultural Heritage and Women's Invisibility in Guapi, Colombia
3.00 James Butterworth (University of Cambridge): Peruvian Huayno Music and the Business of Sentimentality
3.45 Tea followed by live music

Hosted by the Institute of Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Musical Research

TICKETS £8.00 contribution towards coffee, tea and lunch

BOOKINGS To attend, please book a place by Wednesday 18th May at



Michael Butten

Fri 27 May 2016, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS event, but one we highly recommend!)

'This was playing of exceptional accomplishment, distinguished by a natural warmth of tone and finely judged nuance of expression.' Classical Guitar Magazine

Royal Academy student, Michael Butten, presents an all-Latin programme of classical guitar music.

Luis Narvaez Guárdame las vacas | Variations on ‘O Gloriosa Domina’ | Baxa de contrapunto
Manuel Ponce Sonata No. 3
Joaquín Rodrigo En los trigales
Manuel de Falla Homenaje (Pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy) | 'Danza del molinero' from El sombrero de tres picos

Click HERE to listen to an audio clip

This event is part of the Royal Academy of Music series at St James's Piccadilly

TICKETS Admission free; retiring collection

BOOKINGS No booking required; seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis



For complete listings please click HERE

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