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Cambridge-based guitarist Daniela Rossi to perform online concert

Argentinian classical guitarist Daniela Rossi is to premiere two new pieces of music written especially for her at two upcoming concerts - the first of which is this Saturday (December 5).

Argentinian guitarist Daniela Rossi. Picture: Keith Heppell
Argentinian guitarist Daniela Rossi. Picture: Keith Heppell

The first of the two pieces is entitled Rumores de Perales (Rumours of Perales), and it was written for the musician, who has called Cambridge home for 12 years, by Canadian classical guitarist Jeffrey McFadden.

“We met last year in Spain to play a series of concerts near Palencia,” recalls Daniela, 36, “in an area which is part of the the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Basically, the idea of these concerts was to give the pilgrims music.”

She continues: “Jeffrey McFadden is a great composer, although he didn’t start composition until quite recently, and he’s quite well known in the classical guitar world.

"I became really good friends with him, his wife and daughter, and at the end of festival – which was in several places – we played at an informal gathering in Perales. It was at a cottage in the countryside.

"We had a barbecue and the man who organised it had a wine store in the basement. We all cooked together in a really friendly environment, and the quietness of the place and the atmosphere made for a unique evening.

"We played all sorts of music in the wine store for the host and his guests and there was a great festive atmosphere...

“So Rumores de Perales is memories of that night, of us playing. We were singing and playing songs that everyone knew – it was him and me playing and people singing so it was really nice.

"The song is dedicated to me and my inspiration, Giulio Regondi, a romantic composer who was a contemporary of Chopin.

“The piece has some textures and harmonies and quotations from pieces by Regondi. It’s a long, complex work of about nine minutes, and it’s a mixture of classical and popular guitar as well – all framed in an academic way.”

A virtuoso musician, Daniela studied guitar with Eduardo González Velasco at the Conservatory of Bahía Blanca, her hometown – a port city in the southwest of Argentina’s Buenos Aires province – where she graduated in 2006.

Since then, she has studied with many leading guitarists and teachers all over the world, including Eduardo Isaac, Victor Villadangos and Graham Devine.

The second new work written especially for Daniela is by Vincent Lindsey-Clark, a British classical guitarist and graduate of the Royal College of Music.

Daniela will not be performing it in her concert later this week, however, preferring instead to “make it an event on its own”.

“It’s based on a very ancient theme called La Folia de España, which lots of composers have used to compose variations,” she says.

“Vincent and I met in Winchester when I played there at a festival last year... I played La Folia de España, the [Mexican composer] Manuel Ponce variation, and he told me he liked the performance.

"We talked in the pub after the concert and I was joking, saying ‘This is the biggest La Folia de España of the 20th century, by Manuel Ponce, but I don’t think anyone’s written such a great piece for the guitar based on La Folia in the 21st century – maybe you could do one for me?’”

“I thought it was just a joke but he actually took it really seriously and started composing it in lockdown – and it’s a fantastic piece.”

Daniela adds: “There is not a date for that yet, but the idea is to play a concert with Vincent’s piece and with other compositions based on La Folia de España.

"I’m thinking that it might be happening before Christmas.”

The pre-recorded concert with Daniela performing Rumores de Perales will be streamed at 11pm this Saturday (December 5) at lakalimba.com.ar/ciclo-plasma. Tickets can be purchased until December 11.

Tickets are 650 Argentinian pesos (around £6) and are available from lakalimba.com.ar/ciclo-plasma-daniela-rossi.

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