Classical Ibe-rican News and Concerts in November
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As we look towards November we see the close of the first-ever UK Mes Amigo ('Amigo Month'), a new initiative launched by the Iberian American Alliance to celebrate Luso-Hispanic culture in Great Britain. ILAMS is proud to have taken part in the festivities with a concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields given by soprano Jennifer Glidden, 2012 winner of the Trujillo International Song Competition of Peru. The Iberian American Alliance campaigns tirelessly for the rights of Latinos living in the UK. To find out more about the Mes Amigo and the work of the IAA visit

October also saw the launch of a new series of ILAMS events in collaboration with Rudolf Steiner House in London. The series opened with a vibrant evening of Peruvian music performed by Malambo (pictured above) and continues this November with 'The Ultimate Tango Concert': a night of sumptuous classical tango featuring soprano-piano duo, TangOpera, and A Piacere Trio on Wednesday 13th Nov. See below for more details.

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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

The Ultimate Tango Concert

Wed 13 November 2013, 7.30pm
The Theatre, Steiner House
35, Park Road (continuation of Baker Street)
United Kingdom

The Ultimate Tango Concert

One night; TWO Tango shows!


Following their sell-out launch at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room in April, TangOpera return to London showcasing the exuberant world of Latin American art song, where 'lied' and 'opera' transcend traditional barriers to meet the irresistible, vibrant rhythms of tango, Latin jazz, folk and popular music. Featuring Spanish soprano Amaia Azcona Cildoz and specialist Iberican pianist Helen Glaisher-Hernández, TangOpera offers the definitive guide to Latin America’s most captivating classical melodies.

Astor Piazzolla Los pájaros perdidos | Oblivion | Ave María | Balada para un loco | 'Siciliana' from Suite No. 2
Cláudio Santoro Canções de amor (selection)
Carlos Guastavino Milonga de dos hermanos

A Piacere Trio + Mariusz Misdziol

Joining forces with accordeonist, Mariusz Misdziol, the A Piacere Trio present their exciting new album The Ultimate Tango, a sparkling classical celebration of Astor Piazzolla's tango nuevo, featuring new arrangements of some of Piazzolla's most enduring classics. A Piacere Trio is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most outstanding piano trios of the new generation, joining tradition with an innovative and fresh approach to interpretation. Formed in 2010 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Trio have won numerous competitions and prizes, including the audience prize at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition.

Astor Piazzolla Milonga del Angel | Libertango | La muerte del Angel | Café 1930 | Cuatro estaciones porteñas

For sound samples click HERE

This is an ILAMS concert

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available on the door (min. £5 contribution) | A limited number of pre-bookable seats are also available to ILAMS members via email to

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Spanish Works for Piano Four-Hands: Bose-Pastor Duo

Wed 20 November 2013, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

Bose-Pastor Duo

Recently awarded Second Prize at the 18th International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo, theBose-Pastor Duo make their London debut performing representative and less-frequently performed Spanish (and Spanish-inspired) four-hand piano works of the 20th-century.

Pia Bose piano | Antonio Pastor piano

Enrique Granados En la aldea
Isaac Albéniz Pavana-capricho Op. 12
Manuel de Falla Two‘Spanish Dances’ from La Vida Breve
Xavier Montsalvatge Tres divertimentos
José Luis Turina Tres palíndromos
Maurice Ravel Rapsodie espagnole

This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly

Tickets: Admission free; suggested donation £3
More informationWeb site | E-mail | 020 7734 4511

   In the News    CD of the Month

Paraguay Sets New World Record for Largest-ever Harp Orchestra

Paraguayan Harp Orchestra
Image by José Molinas

A total of 420 harpists from various parts of Paraguay united under the baton of conductor, Luis Szarán, at the National Sports Centre on 26th October to perform numerous pieces with the aim of setting a new world record for Paraguay for the largest harp ensemble worldwide, thus surpassing the record previously set in Edinburgh in 2006 by an orchestra of 201 harpists... READ MORE

Sergio Gallo

Mostly Villa-Lobos: 20th-Century Piano Music from the Americas
Sergio Gallo, piano

Eroica JDT3425

This is one of the most interesting and eclectic piano discs that I’ve heard for some time. 19 tracks of music, including the challenging Rudepoema by Villa-Lobos, Sergio Gallo takes us on a real voyage of discovery, lit by a keen musical imagination and amazing technique. Much of the music is lighter, i.e., Nazareth, Lima, Netto and Cervantes, but it is never treated trivially and always the dance rhythms are well sprung. Somehow mixing the more salon-orientated music with stronger musical fare succeeds, as a disc of sweetmeats could be too much for the palette! Guarnieri’s Toccata is a brilliant reminder of the composer’s characteristic writing for the piano, contrasted by two pieces by Henry Cowell who, like Cage, expanded what could be expressed with the piano. Another... READ MORE

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   Video of the Month

Words of Wisdom

'Il faut méditerraniser
la musique.'
'Music needs to
be made 

Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher

Julia Florida Video
Click HERE to watch guitarist, Berta Rojas, performing Julia Florida by Agustín Barrios Mangoré. From the DVD, Paraguay Según Agustín Barrios.
   Other Featured Concerts we Recommend this Month

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Ignite Branch Series at the Royal Albert Hall: Duo Diez

Sun 3 November 2013, 12.00pm
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
United Kingdom

Duo Diez

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

'Excellent music making.' Classical Guitar Magazine

Duo Diez performs at the Royal Albert Hall Ignite Branch Series with an exciting programme of Spanish and Latin American music including their own arrangements and compositions.

Dimitris Dekavallas guitar | Violeta Barrena violin

Programme includes works by:

Astor Piazzolla
Carlos Gardel
Pablo De Sarasate
Celso Machado
Federico García Lorca
Manuel De Falla | |

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Tickets: £28 adults | £12 children under 12 years
More informationWeb site | 0845 401 5034

Brazil Three Centuries Festival

Wed 6 November 2013, 7.30pm
Bolívar Hall
54, Grafton Way
United Kingdom

Clelia Iruzun

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

The third concert of an exciting new series exploring three centuries of Brazilian music from chorosto classical, from 19th-Century Romantics to cutting-edge contemporary. The acclaimed Anglo-Brazilian pianist Clelia Iruzun and the Coull Quartet, one of Britain’s foremost ensembles, are joined by two distinguished solo artists, violinist Nadia Myerscough and percussionist Anselmo Netto. The wonderfully varied programme honouring the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ernesto Nazareth will feature works by celebrated Brazilian composers including Mignone, Villa-Lobos, Miranda, Prado and Marlos Nobre.

Heitor Villa-Lobos String Quartet No. 1
Francisco Mignone Transcendental Studies for piano
Marlos Nobre Toccata from Sonata on a Theme by Bartok for piano
Ronaldo Miranda Moderato Cantabile for violin and piano
Almeida Prado Balada for violin and piano
Ernesto Nazareth selection of Brazilian Tangos for piano and percussion

This concert is sponsored by VerdErg

Image by RIM Creation

Tickets: Online tickets: £12 standard, £8 concessions | On the door: £15 standard, £10 concessions
More informationWeb site

Iberian Imaginings

Sat 23 November 2013, 7.30pm
Southgate (The Bourne) Methodist Church
The Bourne
N14 6RS
United Kingdom

Fenella Humphreys

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

Escape the winter chill for the Iberian sun as Southgate Symphony Orchestra, conducted byAdrian Brown, is joined by violinist Fenella Humphreys for this programme of music from Portugal and Spain.

José Manuel Joly Braga Santos Symphonic Overture No. 3 'To Elisa de Sousa Pedroso'
Georges Bizet 'Concert Suites' 1 and 2 from Carmen
Edouard Lalo Symphonie espagnole Op. 21 |

Tickets: £12 | Concessions £10 |£1 off tickets purchased at least 1 week in advance | Children under 18: £5
More informationWeb site | E-mail | 020 8363 9029

Maria Camahort Quintet

Sun 24 November 2013, 11.00am
The Forge Venue
3-7, Delancey Street
United Kingdom

Maria Camahort

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

Maria Camahort, together with four other brilliant musicians, presents a concert of music by Spanish composers with a very original approach, sharing with the audience the vivid colours, earthy textures and rhythms of Spanish musical art. The Maria Camahort Quintet was created with the aim of creating new possibilities in the field of chamber music. The originality of the ensemble comes from the intense collaboration between musicians from different musical traditions, its characteristic timbre, and by the specific choice of classical repertoire and their adaptation to this particular quintet. These features give great charisma and personality to this unique ensemble.

Maria Camahort guitar & arrangements | Violeta García voice & violin | Laura Ruhí soprano | Sergio Serra cello | Pablo Domínguez percussion

Federico Mompou Cantar del alma | Songs and Dances Nos. 7 & 8
Feliu Gasull Lullaby (UK premiere)
W. Walton Daphne
Federico García Lorca Las Morillas de Jaén | En el café de chinitas

Manuel de Falla 
Ommagio | Six Spanish Popular Songs

Image by Kelly Hill

Tickets: £10 | £8
More information: Web site | E-mail

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