Phenomenal Classical Guitar Masters Paco Pena and Eliot Fisk
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The last date listed for Classical Guitarists Paco Pena and Eliot Fisk was Tuesday April 12, 2005 / 8:00pm.
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“Eliot Fisk gave an unfailing display of classical music. The perfect execution of his varied program left the audience enchanted.” New York Times
“Mr. Pena is a genuine virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience with technical abilities beyond the frets of mortal man.” New York Times
Paco Pena and Eliot Fisk first met in the fall of 1983 at a festival in Germany. Their paths crossed at various other European festivals over the years, but it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that they began performing together. This program aims to reflect some of the many points of mutual influence between flamenco, and various so-called “classical” composers of European art music. From Scarlatti and Boccherini to Granados, Albeniz and Falla, musicians down the centuries have become intoxicated with the unique sound of Spanish music, a sound born of the fusion of Moorish, Christian, Sephardic and gypsy elements. This interaction is the artists’ point of departure.
Eliot Fisk: “What to me has been equally fascinating has been to turn Paco’s innate, flamenco-formed musicality loose on music with no flamenco or Spanish component whatsoever (Bach, Scarlatti, Mendelssohn). …playing this music with Paco has given me more joy even than playing it with fellow classical musicians.”
A charismatic virtuoso, Eliot Fisk brings an entirely new dimension to classical guitar performance. He is known worldwide for his imaginative and innovative approach and for expanding the scope of the classical guitar legacy that he inherited from his mentor, Andres Segovia. In 1981 Segovia wrote: “I consider Eliot Fisk one of the most brilliant, intelligent and gifted artists of our time, not only among guitarists but in the general field of instrumentalists. His clear and flexible technique, his noble style of interpreting the beauty of classic compositions as well as the colorful music of today, put him at the top line of our artistic world.”
The Andalusian-born Paco Pena performs regularly with his own hand-picked company of dancers, guitarists and singers. They have created a succession of groundbreaking shows and appeared at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall in London and New York’s Carnegie Hall. “Mr. Pena is a genuine virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience with technical abilities beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colorist’s sense of shading.” (New York Times) Embodying both authenticity and innovation in flamenco, he was honored in 1997 by King Juan Carlos of Spain.
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