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Thursday, April 6, 2023
Noon, Theatre Auditorium
Daniel Ramjattan, guitar
Naoko Tsujita, marimba
Partita for Solo Violin no. 2 in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Libra Sonatine by Roland Dyens (1955-2016)
Lothariis by Daniel Mehdizadeh (b. 1987)
Calienta by Emmanuel Séjourné (b. 1961)
This program features works for solo guitar and works for guitar and marimba, featuring guest Naoko Tsujita. It draws on the guitar’s role as a genre-bending instrument which has the ability to transcend multiple styles and nationalities. Beginning with Bach’s famous Ciaccona, a central American dance form brought from the New World and stylized by the Baroque, the program moves on to French-Tunisian composer Roland Dyens’ Libra Sonatine, which draws on his influences from Indian music and jazz. Afterward, Naoko Tsujita joins the program to play Lothariis by Iranian- Canadian composer Daniel Mehdizadeh, which depicts a transcendental dance and journey in a fictional world of his own creation. It ends with French composer Emmanuel Séjourné’s Calienta, which takes its influence from various Spanish and flamenco rhythms.
Naoko Tsujita and Daniel Ramjattan (known as Duo Rosewood) have premiered dozens of new works for guitar and marimba all over the world. They made their debut in Vienna, Austria in 2018 at the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, where they premiered six new works by emerging composers in the area. They have premiered pieces by Dr. David John Roche (UK), Cristian Spataru (Moldova), and John Armstrong (Canada), and many others. Most recently, the Toronto Guitar Society commissioned Daniel Mehdizadeh’s Lothariis for them, which they premiered in 2023. Upcoming concerts include a recital with the Toronto Guitar Society and a return to Japan in May.