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Jose Lezcano - Composer / Classical Guitar
Miguel Bonachea - Classical Guitar
Modesto Marcano - Viola
Karrie Griffiths - Flute
Enid Gonzalez - Soprano
Canciones de Lluvia Jose Manuel Lezcano
El caer de la lluvia,
El rumor de la lluvia
Me acuerdo de otras lluvias
Soprano and Classical Guitar - Miguel Bonachea
Sonatina Tropical Jose Manuel Lezcan
En Clave de Son
Cancion de Madrugada
Flute and Classical Guitar - Jose Lezcano
Canciones de Alfonsina Jose Manuel Lezcano
Viaje (Afro-Peruvian Lando
Dos Palabras (Trrova Cubana)
Dolor (Merengue Venezolano)
Soprano and Classical Guitar - Miguel Bonachea
Sonata for Viola & Guitar Jose Manuel Lezcano
Tango-Fuga: A la tristeza de Buenos Aires.
Viola - Modesto Marcano / Classical Guitar - Miguel Bonachea
Impromptus Jose Manuel Lezcano
Jose Lezcano & Miguel Bonachea
Suite Diarios Jose Manuel Lezcano
A Tourist in Central Park
Flute / Viola / Classical Guitar - Jose Lezcano
Described by the New Millennium Guitar Magazine as "a superb guitarist as well as a first-rate composer and arranger," twice grammy-nominated musician José Manuel Lezcano has captivated audiences on four continents. His programs featuring traditional and Latin American repertory, and his own original compositions have taken him as recitalist, collaborative musician, and concerto soloist from Carnegie Recital Hall and the North-South Consonance Series in New York City to major venues and festivals in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic and Germany.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1960, Lezcano was invited to join the faculty of Keene State College in New Hampshire in 1991, where he is Professor of Music and teaches courses in guitar, music theory, and Latin American music; he directs the Guitar Orchestra and Latin American ensemble. He earned degrees from Peabody Conservatory (BM), University of South Carolina (MM), and Florida State University (Ph.d. music theory) where his teachers included Aaron Shearer and Christopher Berg. He also participated in master classes taught by Michael Lorimer, Sharon Isbin, and Leo Brouwer the noted Cuban guitarist and composer who referred to him as "a magnificent guitarist --un guitarista magnifico."
Dr. Lezcano's own Guitar Concerto (2004), which he premiered in New York City as soloist with the North-South Consonance Chamber Orchestra directed by Max Lifschitz, has received critical acclaim after release on the North-South label in 2007 as "Remembrances/Recuerdos." Fanfare Magazine wrote, "Colorfully scored ... agreeable music, and dashingly performed by the composer." Turok's Choice wrote, "Lezcano's Guitar Concerto (is) a first-rate composition ... Lezcano is a fine guitarist in his own cause." And the American Record Guide wrote, "Amiability is the keynote in the latest collection .. by the excellent North-South Chamber Orchestra ... Lezcano's Guitar Concerto is a atmospheric, tuneful melange." In September, 2008, Dr. Lezcano performed his concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Peru. He has also performed it with orchestras in Ecuador, Colombia, and New Hampshire. In 2008, Lezcano's work on the CD "Remembrances/Recuerdos" was nominated for two Grammys, for "Best soloist with orchestra," and "Best contemporary composition." He is scheduled to premiere his newest guitar concerto, "Concierto Cubanero" with North-South in New York City this coming May 22, and in Quito, Ecuador, June 8 with the Carrera Festival Orchestra.
Dr. Lezcano's works include four additional concerti, a song cycle, a choral suite, chamber music, and solos, written in an eclectic, expressive, but accessible language that is praised for "energy" and "soaring melodies" (Flute Talk). His chamber works with guitar, published by Alry and Tuscany, have been performed by major artists including Ricardo Cobo, Antigoni Goni, Duo Fresco, the Alturas Duo, and William Bennet. A recent CD by Ms. Goni, "Songs from the New Village," on Koch International, includes José's Sonatina Tropical.
José has earned numerous awards, including first prize in the MTNA National Guitar Competition, the NH State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, NHMTA Composer of the Year (2002 & 07), KSC Distinguished Research Award, and a Fulbright Award to Ecuador where he performed as orchestral soloist and pursued research on indigenous guitar traditions. Jose's scholarly publications include Latin American Music Review, Soundboard, and the Latino Encyclopedia. He has lectured throughout the state for the NH Humanities Council on Ecuadorean indian guitar traditions, rituals, and mythology. Most recently in 2007, two additional works received New York premieres (Viola concerto, and Tango-Overture) by orchestras North-South Consonance and the Astoria Symphony with soloist Brett Deubner.
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