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From The KUOW Performance Studio: Preserving Brazil's Choro Heritage
The music of Brazil is rich, varied and an appealing mix of moods, melodies and rhythms reflecting the country's diverse population and geography. The sounds of European explorers, African immigrants and indigenous people are all part of Brazil's musical heritage. That variety draws musicians of all backgrounds and interests into Brazilian music.
That's the case with Seattle artist Gwen Franz — she plays violin and viola — and guitarist Hilary Field. They are presented this weekend by the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle in a concert on Saturday, October 1 at the Frye Art Museum. Gwen and Hilary stopped by the KUOW Performance Studio recently to play and talk about old and new Brazilian music that they are performing. Much of the music they play is in the Brazilian Choro, or street music, tradition. Gwen and Hilary play music composed in 2010 by the contemporary Brazilian composer Douglas Lora, and they perform works by Brazil's most famous composer, Heitor Villa–Lobos.
Gwen Franz and Hilary Field speak with KUOW's Dave Beck.
"Field is one of a growing number of gifted women gaining prominence in the classical guitar world.....Field displays sensitive musicianship, solid technique, and a burnished tone. Her premier of Morel's "Berceuse" alone is worth the price of the album.
"Field is a dynamic player. She doesn't just recite what can often be complex work, but imbues it with fire and grace."
"Field plays all of this splendidly, and the locally produced recording is appropriately intimate and tasteful. A hometown triumph all around."
"While many classical guitarists play
all the right notes in a dutiful manner,
Field's playing contains an emotional
depth that reaches the heart of this
"Like the debut recording, Ballad
Stories is a technically seamless
recording of an instrumental virtuoso
playing beautiful music. That
combination has resulted in a
collection of exquisite instrumental
music. It is beyond my ability to find
fault in any aspect of this production,
which is certain to make Field again a
contender for national music awards.
"With the experience and skill she
brings to this recording, Music of
Spain and Latin America is a
remarkable first outing for Hilary
Field. It serves notice that the
Northwest has yet another musical
success to claim, and makes one
anticipate her future recordings."
"Refinement, expression, and a
graceful performance are all captured in
this fine recording of a uniquely
talented and well-studied guitarist."