November 2017 Meeting: Peter Agondizza

Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center, 311 West 43rd Street, 8th floor

Talk to the Hand, Because the Face Ain’t Listening: The Use of Idiomatic Fingerings, Shapes, and Gestures in Selected Guitar Works of Heitor Villa-Lobos
The presentation will examine selected guitar works of Villa-Lobos and discuss how the composer used idiomatic fingerings and shapes to project the melodic, harmonic and formal design of each composition

The presentation will be followed by our Open Mic. Sign up in advance to play — see the Member Events page for details. NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests, and are supported by a generous grant from the D’Addario Foundation.

Peter Argondizza has performed throughout the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States as a soloist, chamber player and orchestral musician. He has regularly appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish National Orchestra, and Scottish Opera. He has performed with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras; has been a guest artist at the Dundee International Guitar Festival, the Edinburgh International Guitar Festival, and Mannes College of Music; and was the founder and co-Artistic Director of “The Big Guitar Weekend” in the UK. Concerto performances include Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, Malcolm Arnold’s Guitar Concerto, and Poul Rouders Psalmodies. Recent performances include Berio’s Sequenza XI for Solo Guitar, Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata for Guitar and, as conductor, two live performances of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, with the composer present, at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in the UK.

Peter studied classical guitar with Jerry Willard at Stony Brook University in New York and with Benjamin Verdery at Yale University, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has also studied with Vasant Rai at the Alam School of Indian Classical Music and Jazz with Howard Morgan. Awards include the Andres Segovia Scholarship to the Banff School of Fine Arts, numerous Scottish Arts Council Awards for commissioning and premiering new works, and two consecutive university teaching excellence awards. For over twenty years he taught at the University of Strathclyde and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In addition to appearing on BBC radio and television, Peter has recorded a solo CD, …from the Hook to the Hill”, and is a published collaborative researcher ranging in topics from conservatory education and Baroque music to Vincenzo Galilei and civil engineering .