Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Photo Credit: Michael Norwood
John Dearman ~ William Kanengiser ~ Scott Tennant ~ Matthew Greif
GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
The Grammy Award-winning LAGQ is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. They consistently play to sold-out houses world-wide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. Programs including Latin, African, Far East, Irish, Folk and American Classics transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience. Their ‘Don Quixote’ collaboration with Firesign Theater veteran, actor Philip Proctor, continues to expand and delight audiences and the work 'SHIKI: Seasons of Japan' written for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra by composer Shingo Fujii is connecting communities across the nation.
Winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, their “Guitar Heroes” CD released on Telarc is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy nominated "LAGQ-Latin". “Spin” (Telarc, 2006) continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. “LAGQ: BRAZIL” (Telarc, 2007), including collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, was released to rave reviews, and their newest recording of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” and Sergio Assad’s “Interchange”, written specifically for them, was released on Telarc in Spring 2010, and quickly climbed to top spot on the Billboard charts. The live DVD of "The Ingenious Gentleman: Don Quixote" was released on the Mel Bay label in spring 2012.
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PRESENTERS INCLUDE: San Francisco Performances, New York’s Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Tisch Center (92nd St Y), Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Tokyo Opera City, UCLA Live, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Vancouver’s Chan Centre, Boston Celebrity Series, University of Illinois Krannert Center, University of Kansas Lied Center, University of Nebraska Lied Center, University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Clemson University's Brooks Center, and Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, among many others.
ORCHESTRAS INCLUDE: the Los Angeles, Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics, the Boston Pops and the Utah, Seattle, St. Louis, Santa Barbara, Pacific, New Mexico, Nashville, Kalamazoo, Delaware, California, and Austin Symphonies, among others. In addition, they have done residencies at the Grand Teton Music Festival and a major East Coast tour with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
SAMPLE PROGRAM: "Latin and American"
In their 2013-14 season, LAGQ will play Latin-inspired works, including Mexican, Brazilian, Venezuelan and Caribbean pieces, and a newly commissioned piece entitled "Yambe" by Cuban American composer Carlos Rivera. They will also play brilliant arrangements of traditional classical works like Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 and Stravinsky's Circus Polka.
“Ensemble guitar playing doesn’t come any better.” --THE KANSAS CITY STAR
“One of the finest guitar quartets in the world… If you haven’t heard a classical guitar quartet before, this one won’t just show you what you’ve been missing – they’ll blow you away!” -- GUITAR PLAYER
“There’s no comparison with the usual “cross-over artist” because they play with style and the best of taste. They don’t cheat on the music in their adaptations. If there are trills there, they do them. Their playing is amazing: they must be the Emersons of the guitar world… They loved the hall and said they were glad they’d come. You would think so, hearing the roars of approval from one of the most attentive audiences I’ve ever seen. May the LAGQ not wait another 20 years to come back. --VANCOUVER SUN