February 2019 Meeting: Mariano Aguirre

Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 7:00 PM

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

Rhythmic Training during Technique Practice: Pulse and Meter Awareness
This hands-on workshop/lecture is designed to incorporate rhythmical training into familiar
technical exercises. Fingerings tend to influence rhythmic accentuation; by acquiring better pulse and meter awareness, this approach of practice develops control of right-hand and left-hand articulations
with the goal of lessening that correlation. The method progresses in a series of drills common in daily technique routines. All exercises are played “counting aloud” different note values in different meters. Some exercises keep time values and fingerings constant while meters change, other exercises keep a constant meter while changing note values and fingerings. The concepts of this system are to be applied to actual works. The workshop presents applications to a few well-known pieces of the guitar repertoire. A handout will be given to participants for further practice with the goal of integrating into motor skills and musical thinking a precise control that facilitates and improves rhythmic articulation and interpretation in general.

Mariano Aguirre has performed in the United States and Mexico. Past engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The Noon Concert Series at Trinity Church, Music from Good Shepherd, and Music in Chelsea. He has appeared at many festivals, including the Young Artist Series at the Aspen Music Festival, Bach and the Baroque Festival, and the Warwick Music Festival in the United States. He has toured in Mexico performing at the National University, Centro Nacional de las Artes, and the Conservatorio de las Rosas. Mr. Aguirre performs with Duo Cantabile for voice and guitar and is a co-founder of the Six Hands Guitar Trio. Recordings of his work appear on the Vienna Modern Masters label. Mr. Aguirre is on faculty at Mannes College and the Brooklyn Music School.