Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Classical Guitar Artists from Japan to Hold One Night Concert in PH

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Three, Two, One, Arai!

Independent Philippine Art Ventures, Inc., presents an afternoon of contemporary and classical guitar music with three outstanding artists from Japan who will play solos, duets, and trios at 530 pm on March 20, at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium in UP Diliman.

Concertgoers are encouraged to enjoy the UP campus that bustles with activity on Sundays. People hike, bike, walk, picnic, fly kites. The family-oriented concert will be a good way to cap a Sunday.

"Classical guitar has a PR problem. It seems to lack the "cool" factor steel-string guitars enjoy, and it doesn’t seem to be perceived as sexy as the electric guitar by a lot of people. You rarely see classical guitarists skyrocketing to mainstream fame, and you hardly hear of one being referred to as a guitar hero. But why? The truth is, classical guitar is sexy as hell—maybe even sexier than steel-string and electric guitars. There’s no hiding behind distortion or effects pedals; it’s just you and your mighty fingers. It's sheer beauty in its most raw, natural form. So, in an effort to dispel any beliefs or perceptions that classical guitar is boring and old school, we’ve created a list of reasons you should pick one up." 

You can read the 10 Reasons You Should Play Classical Guitars here.

Featured artists: Tomonori Arai and Duo Trussardi

TOMONORI ARAI was born in Shibuya, Tokyo. He started guitar studies at the age of six with his father Kazuo Arai. In 1991, he began to take lessons from Yoshinobu Hara. Tomonori won First prize at Junior Guitar Competition, Student Guitar Competition, and Spanish Guitar Music Competition that year.

In 1992, he entered the Cologne Music University where he received his diploma in 1998. He continued to study in Aachen and finished Concert Examinations in 2000. During his stay, he has studied withTadashi Sasaki, Zoran Dukic , Thomas Müller-Perring.

Tomonori won many prizes at numerous guitar competitions in Europe such as the Austria International RUST 2000. He has held recitals in Germany, Austria, France, Czechs Republic, Belgium, and Italy, and the Philippines. He is now expanding his carrier as concert guitarist and teacher. Tomonori has also recorded at least 5 outstanding CDs.

DUO TRUSSARDI were both born in 1985, Eisei Tanigawa and Takashi Endo studied classical guitar and music theory under Japanese guitarist Tomonori Arai. After taking a liking to classical Brazilian music, especially the work by composer Egbert Gismonti, they started playing as a guitar duo focusing on Brazilian music.

They have performed all over Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagasaki, and Kanagawa and have received rave reviews.

In 2015, they played in the Pattaya guitar festival in Thailand with Tomonori Arai to outstanding acclaim.

In June 2015, they premiered " Journey to the far Valley," composed by Hirokazu Sato, one of the most talented Japanese guitar composers, who dedicated the piece to them.

In October 2015, they released their first CD, "Double Roots" featuring both Brazilian and Japanese repertoire, prompting Gendai Guitar magazine to hail them as "one of the most talented and sophisticated young guitar duos" in Japan.

As solo players, they have garnered prizes in several domestic and international guitar competitions in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Manila.As a duo, they have taken master classes from such players as Duo Melis, and Maccari-Pugliese---one of the best guitar duos in the world.

They have also taken private lessons from virtuoso Japanese guitar players Shingo Fujii and Yasuji Ohagi.


Early Bird Promo (Until February 29)
VIP: P 1,776.50
Patron: P 888.25
Regular: P 444.13

Regular Prices (Starting March 1)
VIP: P 2,090
Patron: P 1,045
Regular: P 522.50

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