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Professor J. R. Monroy is the Founder and Hon Chairman of LACCS-UK, which was established in 1983 with the aim of strengthening cultural understanding among all nations accredited at the Court of St. James's.
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LACCS-UK IS AN INDEPENDENT AND NON PROFITABLE ORGANISATION
FOUNDED IN LONDON (1983), TO PROMOTE CULTURAL UNDERSTUDYING AMONG ALL NATIONS ACCREDITED AT THE COURT OF ST.JAMES'S IN UNITED KINGDOM
THE YEAR 2015 MARKS THE 32nd
LACCS-UK IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE EMBASSY OF TUNISIA
SONIA M'BAREK, Singer
POSTPONED. NEW DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.
Sonia M'Barek was born in Sfax, Tunisia, she started singing Tunisian classical, traditional and Arabic music at the age of nine and continued until today to become one of the most prestigious and versatile singer in North Africa and in the world as a leading figure to perform also Mediterranean music. She was a brilliant student at the National Conservatory of Music in Tunis, where she received a degree in Arabic music in 1986.
Sonia M'Narak is considered a singer of outstanding artistic qualities for her talent to bring to the Western audiences difficult Arabic style of interpretations of the traditional Arabic music. It is sometimes difficult to understand or to sing Tunisian or Arabic music, without a proper understanding of the culture and technical vocal recourses.
Per example, if we can compare the experience of singing and playing Arabic classical or traditional with Jazz or 'Flamenco' the audience should be familiar with the tones, rhythms or sounds, or at least be educated to become enthusiastic and an admirer of performers and composers. This similar experiences happen when you start familiarising with the colours and scales of the 'mutrib/mutribah', literally translated, they are the people who bring 'tarab', or musical ecstasy.
It is a difficult task to the singer to be bring to the audience enthusiasm and enchantment, firstly the singer just possesses a pleasing voice, have clear diction, and of course sing impeccably in tune..." all while confortable navigating the Arabic madam (mode) scales, whose intervals are smaller than the ones in Western Music and therefore requiere particular precision.
Sonia M'Barek's artistic career in music is impressive in its length and breadth. She has released seven albums, has taken part in dozens of festivals in twenty countries, won numerous awards, regularly holds advanced workshops and master classes in Arabic music, and is currently a music educator at the High Institute of Musicology in Tunisia. She is former board member of the illustrious Rashidiyya Music Institute and serves as the Director of the official Tunisian Music Festival for three years.
Another types of music to be included by Sonia M'barek in her concert at the Purcell Room, is the Tunisian musical genre called 'malouf'' which is the descendent of music that originated and prevailed for centuries in al-Andalus (today Iberian Peninsula), while it was part of under Islam cultural influence, later in the Middle Ages this style of music emigrated to North Africa, where stayed until present times.
In 1992 M'Barek released her first album, Liberte, and she performed successfully with ouds, strings and percussions instruments of all types. Her third album recorded in 1999 "Takht" was distributed though Europe, United States and Japan by World Networkm a German record label.
In 2000, she performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC during the National African Summit, and she also gave a concert at the United Nations at the Hammarskjold Auditorium, in New York. She regularly tour performances in Europe and around the world.
THE CONCERT PROGRAMME AT THE PURCELL ROOM, QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE
In summary: The debut of the Singer Sonia M'Barek at the Purcell Room, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, undoubtedly. is a musical contribution to understand the Arabic and Tunisian classical and traditional music in London. Her artistic presence at the stage of Purcell Room, is an opportunity to listen to an international and well known musician who will create a special cultural and musical occasion at the SBC to learn more about the Tunisian and Arabic music. Sonia M'Barek's style of singing her Arabic repertoire is unique and is recognised by the international experts and music critics as well. She posseses a distinguish and unique voice which is accompany with her virtuosity and skills to perform difficult music. This concert is recommended to all music lovers with interest to view and to listen to an extraordinary singer with artistic personality.
Quotation: "Sonia M'Barek declares that it wisher to communicate with her singing and her music with the world cultures inspired from the Arab-Andalusian repertoire and mediterranean Music"
PATRIK KLEEMOLA, GUITAR PLAYS, GERMAN, SPANISH, FINNISH AND LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC
LACCS-UK- EMBASSY OF FINLAND 20th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT.
MONDAY 23rd MARCH 2015 at 7.45pm
TICKETS PRICES: ALL SEATS £1.00
The event is also on-sale at the Southbank Centre Ticket Office.
PATRIK KLEEMOLA, (b.1981) is one of the most prominent Finnish guitarist to emerge in resent years. After winning the II Guitaistival "Takemitsu" International Guitar Competition in Finland 204 and gaining prizes on other competitions such as Gargnano's International Guitar Competition, his concert career has taken him to Buenos Aires, Rome, Milan Athens, Turin, Firenze, Tallinn, Helsinki and other cities in South America and Europe.
He has appeared as a soloist on important music festivals such as Bergano Festival Internazionale della Cultura (Italy), Turku Music Festival (Finland), Tallinn Guitar Festival (Estonia), Nuovi Spazi Musicali (Italy, Festival 5 Giornate (Italy), Limina Festival (Argentina), Feria del Libro (Uruguay), and Lindkoping Music Festival (sweden).
Patrik Kleemola has performed guitar concerts by Rodrigo, Takemitsu, Giuliani and Maggio with Orquesta Sinfonica de la Juventud Venezolana. El Sistema, Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali, San Remo Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Leece Symphony Orchestra. Kleemola has performed chamber music with artists like Lehtipuu. Se Ensemble, Bobby Chen, Martin Fogel and Susanna Anderson.
Patrik Kleemola's wide repertoire includes music from early Italian 16th century to contemporary compositions written for him. Kleemola's intense collaboration with composers has led to over 30 premieres of contemporary music works for guitar including concertos, chamber music and solo works. A number of prestigious composer dedicated music to be premiered in European venues, among them, Mario Cesa, Ada Gentile, Mikko Heinio, Juha T. Koskinen, Kai Nieminen, Marcela Pavia and Biaggio Putignano.
In addition to his performance career, Kleemola currently teaches the guitar at Turku Music Institute. He has given masterclasses in Argentina, Italy, Estonia and Finland. Patrik Kleemola was the artistic director of the Brinkhall Summer Concerts during 2009-2011 in Turku, Finland. At present he is Artistic Director of the MuSpark association and President of the Turku Guitar Association.
Patrik Kleemola studied the guitar in Turku Academy with Timo Korhonen, Ismo Eskelinen and with Oscar Ghiglia at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. He was awarded three times with the Diploma di Merito. He finished his studies as soloist with maximum points at Monopoli Conservatory with Massimo Felici.
THE CONCERT PROGRAMME AT THE PURCELL ROOM, QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE MONDAY 23rd MARCH 2015 AT 7.45pm.
Patrik Kleemola is performing a versatile and contrasting repertoire. His concert starts with german classic piece by Johann Sebastian Bach. (1685-1750), a pastoral-like triptych Prelude, Fugue and Allegro. From Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849), Rondo Nos 2 and 3, two latest baroque compositions. From the Spanish guitar traditions, his programme include Enrique Granados (1867-1916), Spanish Dances Nos 12 and 5, transcribed by Kleemola and Llobet.
The Finnish part of his programme will be represented by two World Premieres by Mikko Heinio (1948) and Harri Suilamo (1954), both composers are contributing to LACCS-UK- Embassy of Finland 20th Anniversary at the Southbank Centre.
Patrik Kleemola, end his debut at the Purcell Room, performing a tribute to Brazilian guitar traditions, including one of the most representatives Brazilian pieces for the guitar written by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), Five Preludes for Guitar, 1940.
In summary: Patrik Kleemola debut concert at the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, will be a special cultural and artistic occasion to be celebrated with a gifted musician and with music by genius composers. All of them, included in his repertoire are listed among the greatest composers of all times for the classical guitar. A concert to be remembered for some time in one of the most prestigious venues for the guitar in United Kingdom.
Music by Patrik Kleemola
The event is on-sale at the Southbank Centre Ticket Office.
MONDAY 7TH APRIL 2014
Tatyana Ryzhkova is undoubtedly a revelation in classical guitar, she represents a new generation of young talented performers of traditional and of new repertoire for the classical guitar. Her debut at the Purcell Room, SBC and in LACCS-UK-UK International Series, is a contribution to the understanding of the guitar music, for she is playing an rich and versatile repertoire, starting with the well known classical such as: Tarrega, Albeniz Giuliani and Mertz, all master classics of the 19th century romanticism.
The music of Latin America is represented by Astor Piazzolla's "Nuevo Tango" and with the famous and legendary Agustin Barrios Mangore, two giant of the Latin guitar composition. We are looking forward to listen the music of these great talents of the South American classical guitar.
The audience will be enchanted with the interpretation of Belarusian music, for the first time the British audience will listen music by A. Vlassenko and V. Zhyvalevsky, two composers of the same generation, their music is inspired in the rich folk traditions of Belarus.
On the other hand, Tatyana Ryzhkova, will entertain the audience with a personal interpretation of two traditional Belarus songs, singing and playing for enjoyment of the Purcell Room's audience.
In summary: Tatyana Ryzhkova's debut at the Southbank Centre, will open a new era in the performing art for young classical guitarists, because she is one of few interpreters of the Belarusian's guitar music, which combines music of her country, with classical Latin repertoire. Two beautiful Belarusian songs illuminate her original performance. A concert to enjoy and to be remembered.
PROGRAMME: MONDAY 7TH APRIL 2014
F. Tarrega (1852-1909):
M. Giuliani (1781-1829):
A. Piazzolla (1921-1992):
J.K. Mertz (1806-1856):
A. Vlasssenkov (1958):
Music by Tatyana Ryzhkova
MUSIC CLIP - "Barrios Mangor" (Julia Florida)
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
MONDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2013 AT 7.45pm.
TICKETS PRICES: ALL SEATS £14.00
The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Soceity (LACCS-UK-UK), is proud to present Maestro MICHAEL DADAP, in his debut at the Purcell Room, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on Monday 30th September 2013 at 7.45pm.
Michael Dadap has been the Artistic and Music Director of the Children's Orchestra Society (COS) in New York since 1984. He is an experienced conductor, composer as well an outstanding classical guitarist. In 1993 he gave his first recital at the New York's Town Hall and the critic Bert Wechsler, wrote a favourably comments, saying : " fine, sensitive musician, who obviously is a mighty orchestra builder BS a teacher.."
The New York Times, on the occasion of his 40th Anniversary concert at the Carnegie Hall, declared: "Mr Dadap and his players offered an account of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4 that was short on continuity but packed with potent moments."
A seasonal and versatile conductor, Mr Dadap has conducted Major Symphonic, Concert Chamber music and works written for Ballet and Opera. He also served as guest conductor of the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cultural centre of the Philippines (CCP), Manila. In October 2013, Michael Dadap will conduct a New York Premier of a Filipino Opera. "Noli Me Tangere" at Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City.
Michael dadap became the first recipient of the 2000 artist of the Year Award Sponsored by the Flushing Council on the Arts in Queens. In December 2006 Mr dadap received the Philippine Presidential Award at the Philippine's Malacanang Palace in recognition for his remarkable achievements as a virtuoso musician, composer, music teacher and proponent of Philippine traditional music, and for promoting Philippine culture and causes through his work.
PROGRAMME: MONDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2013
DR ANTONIO MOLINA:
CONSTANCIO DE GUZMAN:
FELIPE PADILLA LEON:
* Arrangement by Michael Dadap
The debut of Michael Dadap at the Southbank Centre, is an important contribution to the classical guitar repertoire. His concert will mark an important contribution to bring new guitar music by Filipinos composers to the international audiences at the Purcell Room, SBC. Michael Dadap 's experience as composer, conductor and classical guitarist is an special case for his versatile techniques to master his performances, his dedication to promote abroad the Filipino' s traditional music, make his concerts very exclusive, and his presence in LACCS-UK' s 30th Anniversary, concert, is another, personal contribution, given to the audiences the opportunity to become familiar with the Filipinos sounds and peculiar rhythms which are rooted in the country millenarian culture and rich history connected with Spain and USA. In summary, Michael Dadap' s concert will be an outstanding performance with an exclusive repertoire of Spanish, South American classics and Filipinos's composers.
Music by Michael Dadap
MUSIC CLIP - "Sapagka't Mahal Kita" (Felipe P, de Leon)
MUSIC CLIP - "Alindahao" (Visayan Folk Song)
MUSIC CLIP - "La Bella Philipina" (Massaguer)
MUSIC CLIP - "Dulces Las Horas" (Jose Rizal-Hernandez)
OTTO TOLONEN, GUITAR
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND
THURSDAY 23rd MAY 2013
TICKETS PRICES: ALL SEATS £14.00
Photo courtesy of www.taeglich-gute-bilder.de
The young talented Finnish guitarist OTTO TOLONEN, in his debut at the Purcell Room, presents an interesting repertoire which includes a variety of styles of important composers for the classical guitar. His concert starts with music by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), 'Cadenza' from Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, and 'Five Preludes'. These two pieces are dedicated to remember the music of one of the greatest Brazilian and Latin American composers of the century.The concert continues with 'Pour one homage a Claude Debussy', by Georges Migot (1891-1976), French poet and composer who wrote about his own intellectual experiences to be poet and musician.
The English music is represented by a baroque pieces entitled 'Farewell' by John Dowland (1563-1626), and Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), 'Nocturnal after John Dowland', which was dedicated to the English guitarist Julian Bream. The concert will end with a tribute to the German composer Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012), and he will perform an interesting work for the guitar, entitled 'El Cimarron'. This piece is based on a story of a Cuban slave Esteban Montejo, this is a rarely and interesting work inspired in the social and cultural problem of the Caribbean slavery.
OTTO TOLONEN was born in 1980, hen has studied music since he was five. He studied with Andrzej Wilkus at the Spoo Music Institute, later he continue his music studies at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), with Timo Korhonen and ukka Savijoki. He received his diploma and master degree in 2008. At the same time Otto had studied in Weimar, Germany, at Hochschule fur Musik "Franz Liszt", with Thomss Muller-Pering and in Italy with Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Musicales Chigiana" in Siena.
Otto Tolonen is one of the most successful Finnish guitarists, has won 20 International competions, in Japan, US, Australia, Finland, Spain, Germany, etc. He gave concerts in Argentina and Brazil with great artistic success. He has performed extensively in Scandinavia, Moscow, Baltic countries, France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Italy, etc.
Otto Tolonen, repetoire include renaissance vihuela and lute works to contemporary music. `He has performed as soloist with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jyvaskya Sinfonia, Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, German Chursachsischen Philharmonie and Polish AUKSO Chamber Orchestra.
Some critics said:
"His technique is just excellent, his sense for sound, for subtle colours and his instinct
for expressive dynamics, tension, dimension and drama in the music could be described
as rare and quite unique"
"This talent radiates great maturity and absolute mastery on the stage"
"An uncompromising young man"
SUMMARY PROGRAMME OF THE CONCERT AT
LEO BROUWER (1939)
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS, (1887-1959)
ADAM VILAGI, (1977)
GEORGE MIGOT, (1891-1976)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN, (1913-1976)
JOHN DOWLAND, (1563-1626)
HANS WERNER HENZE, (1926-2012)
Music by Otto Tolonen
Our Next Concert
SONIA M'BAREK, SINGER TUNISIAN, CLASSICAL AND ARABIC MUSIC
POSTPONED. NEW DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.
PATRIK KLEEMOLA, GUITAR
23RD MARCH 2015
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