Thurs, July 27 @ Silence Guelph: Renowned World Music Guitar Duo: Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic
Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque, are two classically-trained guitarists who both have not only the cultural history which grants them a freedom of open-minded perspective, but also the musical credentials to sensitively transform cross-cultural music genres into one kaleidoscopic whole. Haque's formative years were flung far-and-wide between Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan and Chile. Ivanovic's were spent in war-torn Croatia. Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, their performance at Silence in Guelph will feature the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. Their music is carefully balanced between blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty.
Renowned World Music Guitar Duo: FAREED HAQUE AND GORAN IVANOVIC - A GUITAR DUO LIKE NO OTHER
Ivanovic and Haque have recorded two CDs together, Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats, to great critical acclaim - even getting the nod as top acoustic guitar albums of 2004 from Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Both musicians have been so busy individually that they have not been able to play again together for years - until now - which makes this concert a rare opportunity.
"For These Musicians, There Is No Continental Divide. (Howard Reich, Los Angeles Times)
"Ivanovic and Haque sound like committed internationalists. Their disc's liner notes emphasize the duo's mixed background -- Ivanovic has Balkan parents and he studied classical music in Salzburg; Haque is part Pakistani, part Chilean, and is as much of an eclectic as his musical partner. While their compositions draw from Macedonian folk songs and pay homage to Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, it's the pair's intricate harmonies that make Seven Boats an impressive recording. Both of these guitarists have impeccable technique, yet they are astute in choosing to go the route of minimalism and evocative uses of space. Ivanovic's title track is a great example of how to move dynamics with the right amount of subtelty." (Aaron Cohen, Downbeat Magazine)
"Situated at the confluence of classical, jazz and folk music is a musical netherworld which is untouched by all but the most iconoclastic of musicians. It is ground that a player best step upon with a "tabula rasa", a blank slate stripped of clichéd Western preconceptions of music contaminated by the steady insistence of a radio-enslaved market. Enter Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque, two classically trained guitarists who both have not only the cultural history which grants them a freedom of open-minded perspective, but also the musical credentials to sensitively alchemize cross-cultural genres into one kaleidoscopic whole. Haque's formative years were flung far-and-wide between Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan and Chile, Ivanovic's spent in war-torn Croatia. The opening and closing tracks of their second collaborative release, "Seven Boats", again revisit Ivanovic's roots with inventive arrangements of two Macedonian folk songs, "Topansko Oro" and "Zajdi Zadji". Both of these tracks are mesmerizing via contrary moods, introducing the CD with a mantra of lilting repetition, closing with a slowly billowing meditation. Ivanovic claims the lion's share of the compositions on "Seven Boats", penning 12 of the 17 tracks, whereas Haque's genius shines through with his ability to precisely punctuate these polyrhythmic and modal tunes with his blazing improvisational solos, especially on "Macedonian Round", "Walls of the White City" and "Chase". (Alan Fark, Minor7th.com)
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