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Forget Football - Enjoy Some Latin Classical Music
Hello and welcome to our July bulletin! Are you feeling all footballed-out? Don't worry - we have the perfect antidote to your sports blues with three events this July at St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Bolívar Hall, featuring the Piazzolla da camera trio (flying in especially from the USA), Adam Brown and the Bardac Trio. See below for more information. In our video this month we also feature a playful take on the music of football by Juan María Solare, and 'In the News' features reflections by Amanda Angel on the classical music figures missing from the World Cup opening ceremony. All our hopes of a Latin victory now hanging on Argentina's Sunday match against Germany. ¡¡¡VAMOS!!!

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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Piazzolla da camera

Mon 14 July 2014, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

The Piazzolla Da Camera Trio celebrates ten years dedicated to the exclusive performance of the works of modern tango master Astor Piazzolla. Having travelled the world to bring attention to the beauty and bravado of what audiences and critics have celebrated as ‘exquisitely Argentine’ and ‘simply delicious in execution’, this brotherhood of musicians strive to look beyond the written note, and bring to light the rich colours and sounds of the Buenos Aires cityscape.

Oscar Macchioni piano | George Blum violin | Andrew Nickles cello

Astor Piazzolla Oblivion | Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas | Libertango | Suite del Angel 

Click HERE to hear an audio clip preview

This is an ILAMS event organised in collaboration with St Martin-in-the-Fields with the kind support of the University of Texas at El Paso College of Liberal Arts and Music Department 

Web site
020 7766 1100
Tickets: Admission free; suggested donation £3.50


Estrada do Sol (Road to the Sun)

Mon 21 July 2014, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

Guitarist Adam Brown explores the guitar’s pre-eminent role in the creative expression of Hispanic music with a programme full of warmth, melodic lyricism and dynamic rhythmic interplay. This exciting performance will highlight the guitar’s ability to cross cultures as well as bridging boundaries between classical and popular music.

Enrique Granados Spanish Dance No. 5
Astor Piazzolla Cinco piezas para guitarra
Alfonso Montes Preludio de adios 
Leo Brouwer Cuban Landscape with Bells 
Antonio Lauro Maria Carolina | Virgilio

Agustín Barrios Julia Florida

This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St Martin-in-the-Fields

Web site
020 7766 1100


Bardac Trio: Spanish and French Music for Flute, Viola & Harp

Mon 21 July 2014, 7.30pm
United Kingdom

Established in 2011, The Bardac Trio is a fresh new ensemble formed by young postgraduates of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. Collectively they have delighted audiences across the UK and worldwide with their sensitive and enchanting performances. For this event they explore their shared Spanish roots with a sumptuous programme of Mediterranean works for flute, viola, and that most heavenly of instruments; the harp. The Bolívar Hall provides the perfect intimate setting to get a rare glimpse of this compelling instrument up close. An evening not to be missed!

Almudena González flute | Jordi Morell viola | Alicia Griffiths harp

Diego Ortiz Ricercare
Salvador Brotons Ad infinitum
Manuel Moreno-Buendía Suite popular española
André Jolivet Pastorales de Noël
Claude Debussy Sonate pour flute, alto et harpe
Maurice Ravel Sonatine (arr. Skaila Kanga)

This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Web site
Tickets: Admission free (retiring collection); no booking required. ILAMS members may reserve seats (subject to availability).

   In the News    CD Review

Five Brazilian Music Figures Missing from the World Cup Opening Ceremony

World Cup


On June 12, the 2014 World Cup will kick off with an opening ceremony featuring Jennifer Lopez, rapper Pitbull and... READ MORE

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Francisco Mignone:
Piano Music

Clélia Iruzun, piano

Lorelt LNT124

A series of recordings issued in the USA, Brazil and closer to home from BIS, encompassing piano, guitar, bassoon and orchestral music, offer an indication of Mignone's extraordinary versatility and skill as a musician and composer. But for me it is this Lorelt disc (bravely following on from their Brazilian Mosaic) that really sets the seal on this renaissance. In his heydey Mignone did make some recordings, the most representative were of his piano music (usually made with his wife). These bring you... READ MORE
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   Video of the Month

Quote of the Month

'Piazzolla has dared to defy a traditional Establishment greater than the State, greater than the Gaucho, greater than football; he has dared to challenge the Tango.'

Marcha, Montevideo, 15 September 1961
Argentine composer of Delicias del balón (pan y fútbol), Juan María Solare, offers another playful take on the World Cup with his Fantasía sobre un tema canchero - a set of solo piano variations based on a famous football chant. Click HERE to watch.
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE   

Tradicional Cubano presents: 'One night in Havana…'

Fri 11 July 2014, 7.30pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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

'Tradicional Cubano gets right down to the vibrant roots of Cuban music, and the results are sensational. Latin American music simply doesn’t get any more authentic than this.' Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Father and son join forces for this unmissable concert at St James’s Church Piccadilly. This is a rare opportunity to hear Javier Zalba (Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra, Irakere, Cubanismo) join his son Jose Zalba-Smith, in what is set to be an electric night of traditional Cuban Music with Javier’s distinctive Latin Jazz flair. Completing the group and bringing their own unique edge to the evening is The Mañana Collective with Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian (voice) and James Clark(piano). Come and let the band transport you to a Caribbean heaven, whatever the weather!

Abelardo Valdes Almendra
Miguel Matamoros Lagrimas negras
Javier Zalba Mis dos hijos
Javier Zalba Son
Sergio González Siaba El cuarto de Tula
Jose Maria Vitier Contradanza festiva
Javier Zalba Guaracha   
Rosendo Ruiz Vacilón

Image by Helen Zalba-Smith

Web site
07877 831192
Tickets: £20 | £18 | £15 | £10

Trio Tango Extremo

Tue 22 July 2014, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

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

Tango Extremo brings a distinctive flavour to the passion and persuasion of the Argentine Tango. The ensemble, which is under the direction of the young violinist Tanya Schaap, is not a standard tango orchestra. The line up is slightly unusual (with the addition of soprano saxophone) and the group combines musical styles which are very diverse. Juxtaposing an exciting mixture of classical, jazz, improvisation and Brazilian music with tango, the trio will perform arrangements of pieces by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Shaffy, Cabral, Brel, Piazzolla and Laurenz, all in the tango style.

Part of the St Martin’s Embassy Series

Web site
020 7766 1100

For complete listings please click HERE

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