June 8, 2018 – Friday at 3:00 p.m.
- Octeto Sicarú (guitar octet) will present a lecture on Mexican Guitar Building.
June 8, 2018 – Friday at 4:00 p.m.
- Octeto Sicarú will present a unique concert program by such composers as Olivier Bensa, Patrick Roux, Roland Dyens, Julio Cesar Oliva, and Graham Reynolds.
June 9, 2018 – Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
- Concert by internationally recognized group Los Angeles Duo.
June 10, 2018 – Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
- Concert by Russian guitar virtuoso Rovshan Mamedkuliev.
The Octeto Sicarú is a Mexican guitar ensemble formed in January 2010. Its aim is to promote both the existent eight-guitar repertoire as well as Mexican popular music, through arrangements made by the ensemble itself. Throughout its career, the Octet has performed in several countries: Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Slovakia, United States, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, and Uruguay. It has premiered works in Mexico by composers such as Roland Dyens, Ricardo Tacuchian, Maximo Diego Pujol and Shingo Fujii. In 2013, the Octeto Sicarú was joined in Mexico City by the renowned American guitarist William Kanengiser to premier Shingo Fujii’s Concierto de Los Angeles. It has participated in many festivals: Hill Country Guitar Ensemble Festival, Radio UNAM Guitar Festival, Pa’lo Escrito Festival, Guitar Festival of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Latin American Guitar Festival, International Guitar Festival of Uruguay, and Paracho Guitar Festival. The Ensemble has attended master classes by well-known musicians such as Jorge Federico Osorio and the Leipzig String Quartet. Throughout its career, the Octet has earned fifteen national and international awards. It has also been a fellowship holder of FONCA within the Program to Support the Performing Arts Mexico-European Union. The term after which the Ensemble takes its name reveals its intention: Sicarú is a Zapotec word meaning ‘beautiful’and ‘elegant’, not in a physical sense, but in an inner sense.
Los Angeles Duo
The members of the Los Angeles Duo, Bryan Fasola and Donovan Butez, regularly premiere new works for two guitars and small ensembles. In 2014, they released their first album of new, original works composed by Donovan. In addition to performing original compositions, the Los Angeles Duo performs more accessible works, such as music featured in the film Star Wars. This variety of music allows the artists to connect well to an audience of different backgrounds and ages. As a duo, Bryan and Donavan have performed at a variety of concert halls and venues across the country.
Individually, Donovan Butez is a French and American guitarist and composer. At age twelve Donovan performed with the “Ochestre national de region de Caen.” After graduating from the Conservatoire National de Region de Caen in Normandy France at age 17, Donovan moved to the US on the prestigious Woodruff scholarship to study at Columbus State University. While in Georgia, Donovan became a popular performer for many patrons of the arts and premiered countless works for the guitar. Since earning his Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 2013, Donovan has been working as a studio guitarist and composer in Los Angeles, while performing with the LA Duo. Bryan Fasola grew up as a musician in Los Angeles. At a young age, he published and recorded music that has been used by many television shows on the History Channel. After a few years playing and studying the classical guitar in Germany, Bryan returned to Los Angeles to take a position as a lecturer of guitar at California State University of Northridge, while completing the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California.
Rovshan Mamedkuliev was born in 1986 in Baku, Azerbaijan and grew up in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). From a very early age he showed exceptional musical talent and began guitar lessons at the age of 11. In 2004, he was accepted into the prestigious Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire where he studied with nationally renowned guitarist Aleksey Petropavlovsky, graduated with honors, and was invited to join the faculty upon his graduation.
Since then, Rovshan has performed in major cities in France, Russia, Germany, Spain and in the United States, where he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2012. He has also performed with a variety of ensembles and orchestras including l’Ensemble orchestral de Valencia (Spain), Orchestre du Conservatoire National de Musique Superiur de Paris (France), and Azerbaydzhanian State Chamber Orchestra.
As a competitor, Rovshan has been a laureate of over 23 competitions, earning the praise of judges and audiences. Notably, he has won first prizes at the 41st International Guitar Competition “Francisco Tárrega” (Spain), the 10th International Guitar Competition “Hommage à Leo Brouwer” (France), and the 1st International Guitar Competition “Heitor Villa-Lobos” (Spain).
Being an advocate of new music, Rovshan has premiered many new works for guitar including the Concerto No. 3 “Antony” for guitar and orchestra composed by Philippe Lemaigre and the Concerto “Famalicao” by Elena Lebedeva for guitar with chamber orchestra.
As a result of his win at the 30th Guitar Foundation of America’s Competition (Charleston, USA, 2012), Rovshan Mamedkuliev embarked on a tour of over 50 cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. As part of the competition prize, he also recorded a new CD with the Naxos label.