Listen and learn: Adam Brown

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In the 11th of a series of articles, David Bird discusses the work of the Redbridge Music Society and introduces us to guitarist Adam Brown, who will be performing at Wanstead Library this month.

This month, Redbridge Music Society continues its current project of promoting and supporting young, talented musicians with a solo recital given by London-based guitarist Adam Brown.

Adam will present the 'intoxicating rhythms and seductive dances' of Latin America and will perform music by composers such as Villa Lobos, Lauro, Barrios and Rodriguez, whose works highlight the guitar's intimate tone.

Adam was born in Scotland and studied with Phillip Thorne at the City of Edinburgh Music School before starting studies with the internationally famous guitarist Carlos Bonell as a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music London. He continued his studies with Sharon Isbin at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he obtained a Master of Music degree and subsequently became the first guitarist to receive the Artist Diploma, the Juilliard School's most prestigious performance award. He then went on to earn a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), where he studied with the celebrated guitarists William Kanengiser and Pepe Romero. "Adam Brown is a guitarist of deep musical understanding and expression. His intelligence and commitment consistently make for compelling and illuminating listening experiences," said William Kanengiser.

Adam has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United States and South America. He has appeared at such renowned music festivals as Aspen (USA), Spoleto (Italy), Accademia Chigiana (Italy), Amsterdam International Guitar Festival (Holland), the Musica y Danza Festival (Peru) and the International Guitar Festival at Kings Place in London.

Adam's first solo album on CD, The Rebels Within, features four 20th-century masterpieces that fuse progressive compositional techniques with aspects of archaic musical structures and language. Gladios, released in 2010, presents the melodic lyricism and rhythmic interplay of music from Latin America whilst Without Limits, released in 2013, highlights the guitar's pre-eminent role in America's cultural life by presenting a number of contemporary genres that cross boundaries between classical and popular music. His latest album, Passáro de Madeira, will be available soon.

Adam's recent performances in Portugal and Spain have included solo recitals featuring a survey of works composed for the lute, vihuela and classical, Latin, jazz and contemporary guitar. Later this year, Adam will be performing in Edinburgh (International Fringe Festival) and in Sorrento.

Adam will perform at Wanstead Library on 22 May from 8pm (tickets on the door: £10; members: £7). For more information, call 07511 888 520 or visit wavidi.co/rms. Redbridge Music Society is supported by Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure and is affiliated to Making Music.


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