Seasons Guitar Quartet

Anthony Wilson
Steve Cardenas
Adam Rogers
Guilherme Monteiro

Jazz at the Maverick
Featuring John Monteleone’s Four Seasons Guitars

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8 pm

program

The Seasons Guitar Quartet will play music
by Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley,
and Joni Mitchell, as well as traditional songs
adapted from versions by Joseph Spence.

All selections have been arranged for the
quartet by Anthony Wilson.

Selections will be announced from the stage.

Anthony Wilson’s
“Seasons: A Song Cycle for Guitar Quartet”

will be played on master guitar maker
John Monteleone’s “The Four Seasons” guitars.

The piece was commissioned by
John Monteleone for this unique quartet
of acoustic instruments, and was premiered at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in April 2011.

tomorrow

Sunday, August 31, 4 pm: Pacifica Quartet

American Landscapes X: Celebrating Elliott Carter
Music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Carter

next week

Saturday, September 6, 8 pm

Happy Traum: Solo with Friends, featuring cellist Abby Newton and multi-instrumentalist David Amram

Sunday, September 7, 4 pm

A Concert for the Friends of Maverick

American String Quartet

Music of Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Brahms

Regular Maverick tickets not valid for this event.
A donation of $50 receives an invitation to
the concert and reception; a donation of $100 or more receives two invitations.

 


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Program Notes © 2014 by Miriam Villchur Berg*


ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Anthony Wilson has recorded ten solo albums since his Grammy-nominated debut album was released in 1997. Wilson’s fourth CD with his nonet, 2006’s Power of Nine, was included in The New Yorker’s roundup of the year’s top ten jazz albums.

Seasons: Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (a CD/DVD set) documents—in audio and video—the premiere of new music composed by Wilson for a group playing masterpiece instruments built by luthier John Monteleone.

Anthony Wilson has been an indispensable member of Diana Krall’s quartet since he joined her in 2001 for a series of performances at Paris’ Olympia Theater that were collected on the Grammy-winning Live In Paris, widely considered a classic.

During the past decade he has performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Mose Allison, Bobby Hutcherson, Barbra Streisand, Madeleine Peyroux, and Aaron Neville. Wilson’s considerable talents as a “triple-threat” guitarist/composer/arranger regularly land him at the top levels of all three of those categories in Downbeat magazine’s international critics’ poll.

Wilson won the Thelonious Monk Institute International Composers’ Competition in 1995, and since then he has received numerous commissions for small- and large-scale original works. His orchestral composition Virgo was commissioned by the LA Philharmonic Association and premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in 2008; and in 2009 his orchestral arrangement of Ivan Lins’ “Love Dance” was featured on Barbra Streisand’s number-one-charting album Love is the Answer.

Guitarist Steve Cardenas began his musical career in Kansas City and has been an integral part of the New York City jazz community since 1995.

Steve has performed and recorded with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band (which later became the Paul Motian Octet) as well as Joey Baron’s band, Killer Joey. Steve is currently a member of the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, the Steve Swallow Quintet and the Ben Allison Band. He has toured extensively througout Europe, North and South America, and Asia, performing at countless international music festivals, theaters, opera houses, and clubs. He appears as a sideman on more than forty albums. Steve also leads his own trio and has released four recordings featuring his own compositions. His most recent album, Melody in a Dream, was released on Sunnyside Records in 2014.

Steve is on the faculty at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where he directs the Thelonious Monk Ensemble and the Guitar Duos class as well as offering individual music instruction. He has also been on faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, Siena Summer Jazz Workshop, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. Additionally, Steve is coauthor, with editor Don Sickler, of the Thelonious Monk Fake Book, which marks the first time all of Monk’s compositions have appeared in one volume, many of them for the first time.

 

 

 

Adam Rogers was born and raised in New York City. During his four years at the Mannes Conservatory of Music he studied classical guitar with Robert Secrist and Frederic Hand. Since the beginning of his professional career he has played on more than two hundred commercially released recordings and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, and Russia. Adam has been enthusiastically reviewed in The New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice, Newsweek, Jazziz, Jazz Hot, The Chicago Sun-Times, The L.A. Times, Jazzwise, The New Yorker, and other periodicals worldwide. For eleven years he co-led the innovative and critically acclaimed group Lost Tribe, touring nationally and internationally and releasing three albums. He has also been featured performing, touring, and recording with artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Joe Jackson, Paul Simon, Regina Carter, the Mingus Orchestra, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Evans, Lizz Wright, and Larry Coryell, among others, as well as playing music for the theater with the Great Lakes Theater Company, Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera.

In the summer of 1999 he was a featured soloist with the Dresden Symphony Orchestra. He has also played on the soundtracks of numerous films, including Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet, Spike Lee’s Jim Brown: All American, and Barry Levinson’s What Just Happened. Adam produced and arranged three CDs of Beatles music for the Japanese label OMG, and produced, arranged, and recorded for vocalist Monday Michiru’s CD Awaken.

In addition, Adam is now focusing on the group DICE, which features Fima Ephron on bass and Nate Smith on drums. DICE highlights the influence of funk, rock, and blues prevalent in Adam’s musical development.

Guilherme Monteiro was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1971. By the age of fifteen he was performing in jazz clubs and teaching privately in Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais, soon becoming one of its most respected musicians. In Belo Horizonte, Guilherme played with renowned musicians Toninho Horta and Tavinho Moura at the age of nineteen. These composers had a strong impact on his musicianship as they brought him closer
to the roots of Minas Gerais through their modern and sophisticated approach.

In 1999, Guilherme was accepted to the highly selective Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, where he studied privately with Clark Terry and Jimmy Heath, both of whom he performed with. Guilherme has played and recorded with some of the most respected musicians today, including a collaboration with Kenny Werner, two records with Ron Carter and Grady Tate, Slide Hampton's Jobim project with Claudio Roditi and Duduka da Fonseca, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, João Bosco, and Johnny Alf. Guilherme and Lionel Loueke performed in duo at the Third International Guitar Festival in Belo Horizonte.

Guilherme is featured on many acclaimed albums, including Kurt Elling’s Night Moves, Chiara Civello’s Last Quarter Moon, and Luciana Souza’s Duos II, which won her a nomination for the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocalist of 2004.

He was a member of Lila Downs’ band, with whom he toured for four years and recorded two albums. The first one of them (One Blood) won a Latin Grammy for Best Folk Album. Guilherme is also a current member of Duduka Da Fonseca’s Quintet and the band Forró in the Dark. Besides leading his own band, Guilherme hosts a weekly house gig at New York City’s hot spot Nublu as the coleader of a jazz quartet featuring Jorge Continentino.

Most recently, Guilherme was featured on Ron Carter’s
latest release, Jazz & Bossa, a collection of Carter’s originals together with classics the legendary bassist recorded in the past.

 


 


 


ABOUT THE MUSIC

Master luthier John Monteleone collects a wide range of materials for use in the guitars he constructs. He had been putting aside special woods for several years, not knowing what he would use them for. One day, he realized that a group of materials would work well in a winter setting. He combined inlay of mother-of-pearl and sterling silver to embellish a guitar he designed to embody the cold, clear quality of winter, the bleakness, the sharp contrasts. He created line drawings inside the body of the guitar—designs no one but the performer could see. The winter guitar was born. “At that point,” says Monteleone, “I knew there had to be three more guitars coming.”

Each guitar is acoustically and artistically designed to fit with its particular season. Six different woods are used in each instrument, along with diamonds, rubies, turquoise, abalone, and paua shell. Sunburst finishes grade from yellow to orange (Autumn) or from white to blue (Spring). All four are archtops, but they are distinctive in their body shape—two cutaways (Autumn and Spring), one scroll (Summer), and one natural (Winter).

After working on custom orders for years, Monteleone took great pleasure in designing and creating these instruments completely to his own personal specifications. It took him four years (2002-2006) to complete the project. As they were being built, he realized that he wanted to hear them played together, like a string quartet.

Monteleone decided to commission a work that would feature their individual qualities. He specifically wanted to showcase their versatility, feeling that too often guitars such as these were pigeonholed into playing nothing but jazz. He asked guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson to write a piece for the Seasons guitars.

Monteleone’s craftsmanship was featured in an exhibit called “Guitar Heroes” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. In addition to his instruments, the guitars of two other legendary Italian-American guitar makers—John D’Angelico (1905-1964) and his trainee and successor Jimmy D’Aquisto (1935-1995)—were displayed.

Anthony Wilson’s composition, Seasons, was premiered at the Met on April 10, 2011. Seasons was Stereophile Magazine’s “Recording of the Month” in April 2012. Downbeat magazine’s “Editor’s Pick” review exclaimed: “Nothing short of gorgeous…as close to understanding the marriage of artist and instrument as we’ll get in
this lifetime.”

The music for Seasons is written down, but also leaves room for improvisation. The result is a work that combines jazz, American roots music, and traditional Brazilian samba.

All program notes are copyright Miriam Villchur Berg. It is permissible to quote short excerpts for reviews. For permission to quote more extensive portions, or to copy,  publish, or make other use of these program notes, please contact her at miriam@hvc.rr.com. Program Notes © 2014 by Miriam Villchur Berg