Classical Ibe-rican News and Concerts in October
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We hope you've been enjoying the videos featured in our recent newsletters. This month we are launching our own YouTube Channel with a clip from our events archive, featuring Argentine-Paraguayan pianist, Valentina Diaz-Frenot, performing a soulful rendition of Carlos Guastavino's Bailecito in a concert given for ILAMS at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Click HERE to visit the channel, and you can also check out our other recommendations by going to our Favourites page HERE.

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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Matthew Sear: 'Modern music for the Spanish Guitar'

Wed 2 October 2013, 1.10pm
St James’s Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

Matthew Sear

'Vibrancy, energy and the ability to really communicate through the guitar; a performer in complete command.’ BBC Radio

Acclaimed British guitarist and composer Matthew Sear will be performing a cosmopolitan recital of Spanish and Brazilian music and improvisations, as well as one of his own works, America Suite. A classical and ‘freestyle’ guitarist, the musician Lulo Reinhardt (grandson of Django Reinhardt) aptly described Sear as ‘a superb guitarist, a classical musician with a contemporary outlook’.

Manuel de Falla 'The Miller's Dance' from The Three Cornered Hat
Joaquín Turina Soleares (Homage To Tárrega)
Heitor Villa-Lobos Cinq préludes
Matthew Sear America Suite | Two Improvisations on a Theme By Django Reinhardt

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

Tickets: Admission free; suggested donation £3.00
Web site | E-mail | 020 7734 4511

'Musical Routes' with Malambo: Afro-Peruvian Creole Song

Wed 30 October 2013, 8.00pm
Rudolf Steiner House (Theatre)
35 Park Road
United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Baker Street or Marylebone


Malambo is a group of four musicians on a mission: to delight audiences with Afro-Peruvian and Creole musical traditions. In celebration of Peru's annual Canción Criolla Day, Malambo will trace musical connections shared between Peru and Europe through a musical form descended from the classical waltz, vals criollo, in addition to a selection of vibrant and uplifting festejo and landó songs.

Prior to the concert at 6.30pmDavid Mortara, percussionist in Malambo, invites fellow players of the cajón to participate in a workshop where he will teach some of the principles of Peruvian rhythms. During the concert, workshop participants will then be invited onto the stage to accompany Malambo performing a vals.

Victoria and Nicomedes Santa Cruz Callejón de un solo caño (vals)
Andrés Soto Mena El tamalito (panalivio, festejo)
Lourdes Carhuas Como tú bailas (zamacueca)
Chabuca Granda El puente de los suspiros (vals) | El surco (festejo) | Fina estampa (vals) | José Antonio (tondero) | La flor de la canela (vals)
Pepe Villalobos Cavero Mueve tu cucu (festejo) | El negrito Chinchiví (festejo)
Adrián Flores Albán Alma, corazón y vida (vals)
Augusto Polo Campos La flor de Lima (marinera limeña)
Ángel Aníbal Rosado Ruperta (landó)
Félix Pasache / Francisco Quiroz Tafur Nuestro secreto | Bandida (vals)
Eduardo Márquez Talledo Nube gris (vals) | Pancha remolino (festejo)
Traditional recop. Rosa Mercedes Ayarza de Morales Toro mata (landó)
Abelardo Vásquez Díaz Camote asa’o (festejo)
Ángel Cabral and Michel Rivgauche La foule (vals)
Listen to Malambo's clips on Soundcloud HERE

Tickets: Entry to this event is on a 'Pay What You Can' basis on the door - i.e. you can pay as little or as much as you like. All proceeds go towards ensuring the future of our concert series - thank you for supporting live music. A limited number of advance seat reservations are also available exclusively to ILAMS members - to find out more about ILAMS membership please click HERE.

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   In the News    CD of the Month

Teatro Real Names New Artistic Director; Mortier to Step Down Immediately

Teatro Real Madrid
Teatro Real, Madrid


MADRID –The opera house Teatro Real put an end on Wednesday to an unusually public and tense leadership dispute by replacing Gerard Mortier as its artistic director with Joan Matabosch... READ MORE

Joan Comellas CD Cover

Joan Comellas: Sonatas de París
Mac McClure, piano
Inès Moraleda, soprano

Klassic Cat

Compositions by Joan Comellas, also known as the 'Catalan Satie', are always a pleasant surprise to the listener. Known for his unconventional and unrestricted conceptions of tonal and structural forms, Comellas' music is clear and devoid of any artificial subterfuges: music of capricious shapes; an artisan-crafted gift to our ears. This disc first presents two movements entitled Sonatas de Paris, the first part a kind of NeoBaroque suite and the second a collection of homages that could be regarded as a good synthesis of Comellas’ compositive microcosmos. The rest of the disc is dedicated to vocal music for soprano with the remarkable Lírica catalana Op. 14, where... READ MORE
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   Video of the Month
Words of Wisdom

'Mi música es natural, como una catarata.'

'My music is natural, like a waterfall.'
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Brazilian composer and musical colossus
Click HERE to watch an exquisitely authentic and soulful performance of Carlos Guastavino's Bailecito by Valentina Díaz-Frénot.
   Other Concerts we Recommend this Month

CMC Trio: 'Pasión Tanguera'


Wed 2 October 2013, 7.30pm
Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe
SE16 4LF
United Kingdom

CMC Trio

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

The CMC Trio celebrates the vibrant, dark-hued music of Argentina with their new project, 'Pasión Tanguera', presenting tango within its wider Argentine heritage with a mixed programme of folksong, popular classics and tango featuring pieces such as OblivionAdiós NoninoThe Four Seasons and Libertango by:

Carlos Gardel
Aníbal Troilo
Astor Piazzolla
Carlos Guastvino
Alberto Ginastera
Ariel Ramírez
Alberto Williams
Jose Bragato
Jorge Cafrune
Julio de Caro

Click HERE to watch a video on Youtube

Web site | E-mail | 020 7231 3840


Harriet McKenzie & Morgan Szymanski


Sun 20 October 2013, 12.00pm
Café Consort, Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
United Kingdom

Harriet MacKenzie

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

'Searing intensity... a performance full of panache... captivating.' The Strad

'A powerful and focused performance.' Classical Guitar Magazine

Internationally acclaimed soloists, violinist Harriet Mackenzie and Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, promise a concert of sparkling music. The duo perform a colourful programme from suave Piazzolla tangos to passionate Spanish dances and intimate solos. Individually the pair have performed all over the world and have broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Together, Harriet and Morgan have performed at the Music At Oxford International Concert Series, Music at Leamington, Cambridge Summer Music and the London Classical Guitar Festival. |

Web site | 0845 401 5045

Tickets: £28.50 | £15
Ticket includes a welcome drink, a main course and dessert from the Hall's brunch menu, tea or coffee


São Paulo Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop & Swingle Singers


Fri 25 October 2013, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
United Kingdom

Marin Alsop

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

'It's a great pairing; the orchestra's sound is as generous as Alsop's gestures, with a string section that moves from silvery violins to Caravaggio-black basses, and the sheer heft of the band is more than a match for the conductor's muscular style.' The Arts Desk

Brazil's flagship orchestra, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, returns to London following its hit performance at the 2012 BBC Proms, for a night of quintessentially '60s Latin music with conductor Marin Alsop, a firm favourite with Southbank Centre audiences. This concert, which is part of the Southbank Centre festival, The Rest Is Noise, features two pieces dedicated to Bernstein as well as the composer's own work. The concert is conducted by his former student and friend Marin Alsop, who has a special affinity with his work, with special guests, the Swingle Singers.

Camargo Guarnieri Symphony No.4 (Brasília)
Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Luciano Berio Sinfonia | |

Web site | E-mail | 0844 875 0073

Tickets: Premium £65 | £45 | £37 | £29 | £22.50 | £17 | £12
Concessions 50% off (limited availibility)

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