Athens Guitar Duo and Candace Keach and Russell Ferrara
234 Hilderbrand Drive
Sandy Springs, GA, 30328
Doors 4:30 PM / Show 5:00 PM
Athens Guitar Duo and Candace Keach and Russell Ferrara
First constituted at the Athens Guitar Trio, the Athens Guitar Duo has been consistently entertaining audiences for the past seven years, offering them exquisitely crafted performances, each presented with a delicacy and creativity only to be found among the finest of chamber ensembles. They have opened up the world of the guitar to new audiences and have promoted the works of both modern and traditional composers with a youthfulness and freshness that makes the music of those composers come alive. Of this ensemble, Jim Montavalli of radio station WPKN in New Haven, CT has said: “[Their] interpretations of music from both classical and contemporary composers are seamlessly blended into an organic whole.” Similarly, the Clearwater Tribune wrote: “Individually they play with passion for the music and … their sounds blend to produce one harmonic tone that is pleasing to the ear and tends to soothe the soul.”
Through their performances and recordings, AG² is constantly extending the boundaries of the guitar ensemble. They explore the expressive capabilities of their instruments through unique repertoire selections and creative and entertaining arrangements. Each member plays a guitar built by the master luthier, Kenny Hill. These include an extremely rare 11-string guitar which extends the range of the ensemble‘s capability and awakes interest from both fellow musicians and from audiences alike.
AG² is an active partner in the creation of a musical legacy. Since 2005, first appearing as a trio, they have premiered many works composed specifically for their ensemble. They have also been invited to perform for an impressive list of distinguished guests. These include former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter; the Pulitzer-Prize winning Composer, William Bolcom; Simone Fontanelli of the Mozarteum in Salzburg; and the world-renowned guitarist, Christopher Parkening.
As an ensemble, both Dusty Woodruff and Matthew Anderson, the members of AG², have performed throughout the United States. As the ensemble, AG², their explorations into the depth and wealth of the guitar repertoire along with their increased flexibility and dedication to producing great performances, will open to new audiences the joys to be found in this music.
As a trio, their performances have included master classes at major universities and they were the featured ensemble at the first annual North Georgia Guitar Summit. AG² will continue this tradition by adding concerts and appearances in Europe and Asia to an increasingly long list of musical triumphs. The ensemble‘s recordings have been a regular feature on radio stations throughout the USA and they have been featured on America‘s National Public Radio.
Candace Keach and Russell Ferrara have created a program which reflects the restless spirit of American creativity. Sidney Lanier, steeped in European culture, drew inspiration from Nature's melodies. Justin Holland, born a free Black man in Virginia, reached deep into European culture to become the most important American classical guitarist of his time. Both sons of the 19th century South and both imbued with the characteristic American desire to cross that next boundary. Gwyneth Walker, very much alive and working in Connecticut, has steadfastly walked her own uniquely American path within a musical academia obsessed with European atonal abstraction. Candace and Russell round out their program with their own undeniably American voices, blending the composed with the improvised, the ancient with the modern and the acoustic with the electronic.
Classical guitarist Russell Ferrara enjoyed a twenty six year professional career in the Pocono and Philadelphia areas. A graduate in classical guitar performance of Temple University's Boyer College of Music, Mr Ferrara attended on a competitively won Future Business Leaders Scholarship.
From the mid 1980's until 2001 he was one of the most active free lance guitarists in the Philadelphia market. He was a founding member of The Philadelphia Guitar Ensemble, with which he recorded an historically important album of music for four guitars and toured extensively. Other performance highlights include the original cast recording of “Revelation In the Courthouse Park” by Harry Partch (still in print), multiple performances with the Philadelphia Renaissance Wind Band (now Piffaro), the University of Pennsylvania Contemporary Players and The Reading Symphony as well as accompanying Freda Herseth, Julianne Baird and scores of other singers.
An interest in synthesizer applications for the guitar led him in the mid 90's to co-found the New Age/Electronica group, Shadowdancer. In addition, he maintained a commercial playing career which included hundreds of gigs a year, highlights of which included groundbreaking ceremonies at Philadelphia’s Liberty Towers, long running stints at restaurants l’Aigle d’Or, South Street Steakhouse, Montserrat and a daily breakfast gig under the dome at the Center City Philadelphia Ritz Carlton.
He has pioneered the use of classical and MIDI guitar accompaniments to world flutes and is a contributing writer to the World Flute Society Journal.
Flutist, Candace Keach, originally from Athens, Georgia has been principal flutist with the Macon Symphony for over 25 years. A graduate of the University of Georgia with post-graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, she has been a featured soloist with the Macon Symphony as well as with summer music festivals in Italy, Switzerland and France. Her orchestral experience has also included performances with the Atlanta Symphony, the Birmingham Symphony and the Greenville Symphony and she was principal flutist with the National Touring Company’s “Phantom of the Opera” at the Fox. Candace is flute professor at the University of West Georgia and at Spelman College in Atlanta.
As a musician intrigued with the cultural, historical, and multi-disciplinary aspects of music it has been a natural transition for her to develop concert programming and presentations that weave these perspectives into a seamless tapestry. Candace has been awarded placement on the Georgia Council for the Arts Touring Artist Roster and also the South Arts registry for her work as a performing artist and as the director of Spiral of Sound workshops and concerts inspiring audiences with the art and science of sound, music and meditation.
She has produced two meditation music CDs, “As Above So Below” and “Traveling Waves” featuring classical and world flutes with pianist, Gordon Porth, which have been embraced within the healing arts community as well as by mainstream music lovers!
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