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Guitar Festival to Highlight Modern Collaborations

by PolyCentric
April 5, 2011

The music department’s “Shape Shifting Guitars Festival” will focus on the expansion of the guitar’s traditional role in chamber music. Master classes and performances will be held throughout April.

“This is a celebration and expansion of the possibilities of the instrument,” says music Professor and director Peter Yates. “I hope that students get from these events excitement, contemplation and a feeling of being glad to be alive.”

On Monday, April 11, the Cavatina Duo, which consists of Eugenia Moliner on flute and Denis Azabagic on guitar, will host a master class at 3:30 p.m. and give a performance at 8 p.m. The duo is known for merging folk music from their native Spain and the Balkans. They have performed across North America, Europe and Asia.

“Denis Azabagic and Eugenia Moliner are excellent instrumentalists and sensitive musicians. Their playing is clean and expressive,” says Sequenza21, a contemporary classical music blog.

The Los Angeles Electric 8 will host a master class on Friday, April 22 at 2 p.m. and will perform at 8 p.m. The LA Electric 8, which is the world’s only electric guitar octet, returns to Cal Poly Pomona to perform “Interlocking Textures.”

“Interlocking Textures” combines Indonesian and American music and challenges audiences to rethink the differences between the two. The program also interlocks old, new, East and West.

Quadruple Guitars will perform on Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m. The four-person collaboration is composed of David Cahueque, Buzz Gravelle, Walter Marsh and Peter Yates who perform on guitars, oboe, and fretted and fretless mandolin. They will be joined by special guests Ursula Kleinecke-Boyer, soprano; Alex Grabarchuk, mezzo-soprano; and Richard Kravchak, oboe.

All events, which will be held in the Music Recital Hall, are open to the public. Master classes are free, and tickets for performances are $10. To buy tickets online, visit

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