Wed@Noon: Latin American Music in Concert

Wed@Noon: Latin American Music in Concert

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Location: Arts Building Performance Lab, ARTS 166

Latin American Music in Concert
In collaboration with the Center for Ideas and Society

Paulo-de-Tarso Salles (Brazil), guitar

Special guests:
Daniel Castro, guitar
Caitlin St. John, harpsichord

UCR String Quintet
Ruth Charloff, conductor


João Pernambuco (1883-1947)
Sons de Carrilhões

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Choros no. 1
Prelude no. 1

Paulo-de-Tarso Salles (1966-)
From the 14 Miniatures (1992):
Choro pro Toniquinho
Rio Acima

Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994),
arrangement for two guitars by PT Salles
Eu te Amo

Jaime Romero (1966-)
Delirio y Fuga
Embrujo de Luna (Pasillo)

Manuel Ponce (1882-1948)
Sonata for guitar and harpsichord, 2nd movement: Andantino

Antonio Carlos Jobim,
arrangement for guitar and string orchestra by PT Salles
Águas de Março (Waters from March)

Paulo-de-Tarso Salles
For me music is one of the most powerful ways of experiencing life. For the last twelve years, after retiring from the stage, I have been composing, teaching researching and writing at the University of São Paulo. I am pleased to be spending my sabbatical at the University of California, Riverside, where I am finishing a new book on Villa-Lobos’s string quartets. But the lovely atmosphere in Riverside made me feel close to the guitar, contemplating these beautiful mountains, the bright blue sky, the awesome moonlight…

It is a privilege to share with you my fondness for Latin America music. I grew up listening to great choro players like João Pernambuco. I selected some of my compositions from the 1990s, which pay tribute to the choro and to the Brazilian northeastern baião-style. Villa-Lobos composed several works for guitar, which took part in my education as a musician. The Prelude no. 1 is a sort of reference to the candomblé ritual, with its solemn melody played

in the low register of the guitar and the percussive chords on top. Jaime Romero is a Colombian composer whom I met through Daniel Castro, a graduate student at UCR and a passionate guitarist. Manuel Ponce is an elegant Mexican composer whose Sonata for Guitar and Harpsichord I will have the pleasure to play with Caitlin St. John, Head of the Music Library and a open-minded musician who helped me a lot with my book,reviewing my text with extreme competence. Antonio Carlos Jobim, one of the creators of Bossa Nova, is another important reference, and I hope you enjoy the arrangements that I made for three of his songs. It has been a real gift to be able to play this music with Daniel, and also with the conducting of Ruth Charloff and the marvelous UCR String Quintet.

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