HVGO premiere: Frank Wallace’s “Nuevas Cantigas.” Meet the Composer!

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On April 26th the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra will premiere selections from American Composer Frank Wallace’s Nuevas Cantigas, arranged by musical director Peter Blanchette. Mr. Wallace will attend the Northampton performance given by HVGO at the First Churches in Northampton, MA on Friday, April 26th. He will also give a workshop, open to the public, on composing and arranging for guitar at the Luthier’s Co-op, in Easthampton, MA, on Wednesday evening, April 24, at 7:30PM. The collaboration between the composer and  HVGO is funded in part through New Music USA’s Creative Connections Program.

American Record Guide calls Frank Wallace’s compositions “exciting, unpredictable, and fresh”. Fanfare magazine has dubbed him a composer with “an authentic expressive voice” and a “high standard of musical interest” who performs with “flawless technical proficiency”. New music reviewers have also honored Wallace’s work: Frank Oteri of NewMusicBox.org calls it “contemporary musical emancipation”. The New Hampshire Council on the Arts has twice honored Wallace’s compositions with the prestigious Artist Fellowship Award: in 2001 for Frank Wallace, his own new works (Gyre 10012), his debut recording on Gyre of his own compositions, and in 2006 for the Duo LiveOak CD Woman of the Water (Gyre 10082). Wallace’s works showcase the classical guitar in solo, duo and trio, as well as in chamber works with voice, flute, cello, English horn, mandolin, and piano. His compositional style has many influences, from the blues and jazz to medieval and avant garde. Great passion and a sense of humor infuse both his compositions and his performances.

In the past ten years Frank Wallace has become one of the most prolific composers of songs with classical guitar of our time. He has written over 90 songs set to classical guitar or lute, most of them in groups (cycles) ranging from six to fifteen songs, set to poetry from many sources, including Pulitzer-prize winning poet Theodore Roethke, Robert Creeley, Roald Hoffmann, Rumi, Guillevic, Shem Tov Ben Palquera, his own grandfather and wife Nancy Knowles. The richness and complexity of his song accompaniments and his compelling vocal melodies highlight the influence of his mentors, from Dowland to Schubert to Britten.

“He is an impressive talent in every respect; he is a strong guitarist, a composer with a distinct voice, and a confident vocalist.”—Soundboard

More info on Frank Wallace at the website, Gyre Music.


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