Classical Iberican News and Concerts in September
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Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter!
Opening of New Season
Although the summer is now sadly behind us, ILAMS is here to bring a little musical sunshine this Autumn with our new season of concerts, kicking off with Spanish soprano Amaia Azcona and Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski this Friday 18th September at St James's Piccadilly in London. More information below.

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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Amaia Azcona & Morgan Szymanski

Fri 18 September 2015, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

'A brilliant performance.' Opera Now | 'A player destined for future glories.' Classical Guitar Magazine

Amaia Azcona Cildoz is a unique voice amongst the new generation of Spanish sopranos. Armed with an outstandingly beautiful instrument and a rare dynamic expressive aptitude, she has captivated audiences across Spain and the UK, including appearances at Wigmore Hall and LSO St Luke's. She joins forces with pre-eminent British-Mexican guitarist and multiple-competition-winner, Morgan Szymanski, in a new collaboration showcasing the exuberant and compelling art song repertoire of Spain and Latin America. Enjoy a kaleidoscopic programme of Latin treats, including sweet Mexican serenades, fiery Spanish dances and passionate Brazilian choros.

Manuel de Falla Siete canciones populares
Heitor Villa-Lobos Modinha | Bachianas brasileiras No. 5
Julio César Oliva Por siempre Sabines
Anon Duélete de mi Señora De Antequera sale el Moro | De los Álamos vengo
Federico García Lorca Las tres morillas de Jaén | Nana de Sevilla | El Café de Chinitas |

Click HERE to listen to an audio clip

This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly, with the kind support of Anglo Arts and the Government of Mexico during the Year of Mexico in the UK

TICKETS: Admission free | Retiring collection

BOOKINGS: Unreserved seating; no booking required



   Ray's Round-Up
   CD Review


The flow of interesting new CD recordings has been disappointing but I have picked out a few highlights albeit of mostly new premiere recordings of relatively modern music which has been well-received critically and are worth exploring.

Cristobal Halffter has established an envious reputation in Spain and his music remains as challenging and interesting as ever. The Italian label Stradivarius have issued Homo electricus 
(STR33946) which is a tantalising exploration of the electro-acoustic genre through three significant compositions scored for electronics and orchestra played by Gregoria Garcia Kerman with Jose Ramon Encinar directing the Madrid Communidad Orchestra

Ernesto Nazareth


Ernesto Nazareth: Portait of Rio

Clelia Iruzun (piano)

Lorelt LNT139
Villa-Lobos proclaimed Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934) to be “the true incarnation of the Brazilian soul” and Milhaud wrote “his playing helped me better understand the Brazilian soul”. Both of these great musicians acknowledged their... READ MORE
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   Video of the Month
Quote of the Month

'Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar... except, possibly, two.'

Frédéric Chopin

Polish Composer
Isabel Martinez
Click HERE to watch the young Spanish classical guitarist, Isabel Martínez, performing William Walton's Cubanesque Bagatelle No. 3.
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

Jose Zalba-Smith presents: ‘The Mañana Collective and Javier Zalba - An explosion of Cuban Rhythms’

Sat 26 September 2015, 7.30pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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

The Mañana Collective came about when Cuban flautist Jose Zalba-Smith met some really talented musicians at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. They bonded over their shared love of Latin rhythm and the rest, as they say, is history! The Mañana Collective love to add Latin American flavour to the mix, creating their own arrangements of incredible tunes from Africa, Cuba, Brazil and beyond! Recent performances: CafeJazz Cardiff, Taliesen Arts Centre- Swansea University, Walthamstow Street Festival July 2014 and St James’s Piccadilly 2014 featuring former member of the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra and Afro Cuban All Stars, Javier Zalba. Programme features a mix of Latin well-known tunes to include: El manisero,Samba da astronautaMambo influenciaoSanto AntonioJegueForro BrasilSon de la loma,Dos gardenias and Latin Jazz tunes written by Javier Zalba.

Jose Zalba-Smith flutes | Javier Zalba flute, clarinet, sax | James Clark piano | Pete Komordouble bass | Zands Duggan percussion | Rod Oughton drums

Artwork by Helen Zalba-Smith

TICKETS £20, £18, £15 | ILAMS Members £5 off

BOOKINGS 07877 831192 |


For complete listings please click HERE

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