CAMARADA

Referred to as ‘dazzling and magnetic', Camarada has been performing international repertoire for more than 20 years. Its concerts share the joy of chamber music by pairing performers of the highest caliber with masterfully inspired programming. Camarada’s touring season features music at the heart of Argentinian tango, a tribute to the great American composers, Bohemia and its composers, the roots of Flamenco music and dance, and a newly commissioned work, Sanctuary Suite, composed by and performed with jazz legend Peter Sprague. 

 

By curating events that are fused with art, dance, narration and of course music from all genres, Camarada's variable instrumentation presentations are outside the chamber music box and always refreshing to the audience. Now offering elegant, innovative programs for touring engagements.

 

 

Available Programs:

Tango Nuevo:  The Pulse of Argentinaflute, violin, piano, bandoneon, bass, dance

{*This program is available as a trio, or a trio with dance, or a quintet, or a quintet with dance}

 

Primal and powerful, the tango is the ultimate pairing of music and dance. Tango Nuevo features musical selections from the traditional tango of Toto Damario and Mariano Mores, to the seductive rhythms of Astor Piazzolla’s beloved masterworks.  Camarada has selected a delicious variety of tango styles for this program of Tango Nuevo – dark and sultry with driving tempos to sunny and syncopated.  New in 2019-2020: A Camarada commission of Piazzolla’s famous Four Seasons arranged by Grammy award-winning tango master Raul Jaurena. 

Before entrepreneurial chamber music presentations became viable, even cool – there was Camarada.                                                                               

                                                                                                      -James Chute, San Diego Union Tribune

With Uruguayan bandoneon master Raúl Jaurena and the tango dance duo, Camarada captured the passion and sizzle of South America’s most celebrated musical export.

                                                                                                                                                 -Ken Herman

San Diego Story

Meet the Americans: flute, violin, bassoon (or cello), piano

Music and the concept of freedom are soul mates. Explore the struggles, joy, and soaring reaches of our American birthright with works by both classic and contemporary masters:  John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Adrienne Albert, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Stefan Cwik.

Joie de Vivre: flute, viola, harp

Musique in the French style!  The centerpiece of this program is the beloved Sonata by Debussy. Even more musical Joie de Vivre is featured on this program with Faure’s Fantasie for flute and harp, Durand’s  "Premiere Valse" and Ibert’s "Deux Interludes" for trio.

Camarada was a dream come true at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, for lovers of all things classical. 

                                                                                                                                                    -Betty Urbina

Antelope Valley Press

Saltwater Jazz: flute, guitars, bass, drums

Featuring the soundscape explorations of world music-inspired jazz- composed by jazz legend Peter Sprague! His "Sanctuary Suite" is grounded in the rich and diverse music of refugees who have found their haven in America. The pure African 6/8 rhythm of "Uluwatu" sonically expresses the epic waves of this legendary region of Bali.

A classic upbeat Sprague offering, “Uluwatu” percolates with a steady pulse indebted to Brazilian jazz, and subtly escalates to a hefty guitar solo before the final cadence. “Na Pali Coast,” a trove of some of his most ingratiating melodies, opens with a hint of mystery, but quickly inhabits that blissed out comfort that embraces the heart of saltwater jazz.

                                                                                                                                                 -Ken Herman

San Diego Story

Celtic Groove: flute, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums

 

Join us for a taste of Ireland and much merriment while we perform our favorite Celtic tunes such as "The Gael" and "Banish Misfortune" to rock-like arrangements with traditional elements of composition and instrumentation set to a fluid rhythmic undercurrent.

Music, SHE Wrote: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

Camarada’s Music, SHE Wrote features all female composers, extending from the beginning of music to the present. Starting with the earliest known female composers, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Hildegard von Bingen, Camarada also performs vivacious and stunning music by modern day composers, Libby Larsen and Chen Yi.  Elegantly counterbalanced by Fanny Mendelsohn’s  Fantasie in G minor and Ellen Zwilich’s lyrical works, Camarada also spotlights an upcoming composer extraordinaire, Chelsea Komschlies!

Burnett and Morrison-Pernela brought out Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn’s passionate Romantic spirit in her "Fantasie in G Minor for Cello and Piano."

                                                                                                                                               -Ken Herman

San Diego Story

Flamenco Journey: flute, guitar, flamenco dance

With roots in Indian, Sephardic, Macedonian and Andalusian music, we feature music by Ravi Shankar, Paco Peña, Sabicas, Juan Serrano, De Falla and Granados- complimented with Flamenco dance by Gloria Lanuza.

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