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The Cervantes Institute Chicago Presents: Joaquin Rodrigo Anniversary Concert: A Guitar, Piano, and Voice Recital

November 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
IL 60605
The Cervantes Institute Chicago Presents: Joaquin Rodrigo Anniversary Concert: A Guitar, Piano, and Voice Recital @ PianoForte Studios

On Wednesday, November 22nd we will be celebrating the Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo’s birthday with a recital. The program will include some of his most famous pieces, like the Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentil Hombre, a selection of his Spanish songs and villancicos, and some of his arrangements of Sephardic songs. This recital is part of the Instituto Cervantes’s artists in residence project, and introduces the classical-flamenco formation KANTUZ, who are Rafael Vivanco (guitar) and Amaia Gabantxo (voice), accompanied on this special occasion by the pianist Tami Sikina.

Limited seating. Wine reception.

Rafael Vivanco (guitar):
Rafael Vivanco started playing the guitar at the age of 11 in Perú. He performed regularly at venues in Lima while studying classical guitar with Alonso Acosta Ojeda. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and his Masters at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He studied with Denis Azabagic, Michael Strutt, Ray Nurse, and has taken masterclasses with other maestros such as Eduardo Fernandez, Fabio Zanon, Jason Vieux and Alexander Dunn.

Rafael’s interest in different musical styles and sounds led him to the baroque guitar and the lute. During his univerisity studies he performed at the early music series Collegium Musicum and was a member of the UBC Guitar Quartet. Currently, he performs with Duo Vivanco/Sikina, Lisa Zane Quartet, and he is an artist in residence at the Cervantes Institute of Chicago with Kantuz.

He is sponsored in Chicago by Sherry Brener, the Spanish guitar importer and Guitarra Magazine editor that collaborated with icons such as Andrés Segovia and Christopher Parkening to promote the classical guitar around the world.

Tami Sikina Rizzo (piano):
Pianist and dedicated music educator, Tami Sikina Rizzo is an active member of the music community in her Vancouver hometown. While receiving a music degree from the University of British Columbia, she discovered a love for collaborating with fellow musicians. Attending a concert of tango music some years ago sparked an interest in Spanish and Latin American music and so the adventure began. The combination of these two interests led to the creation of the guitar/piano ensemble, Duo Vivanco/Sikina. She strives to capture and share the spirit, beauty and freedom of musical expression within her private studio, the classroom and to all listening audiences.

Amaia Gabantxo (voice):
Amaia Gabantxo is a writer and a classically trained flamenco singer. She currently teaches at the University of Chicago, and performs regularly in venues all over the city with classical and flamenco ensembles. Born in Spain to a family of musicians, she has previously lived in England and Ireland, and performed all over the islands with the formations Zimali (flamenco quartet) and Santosueño (classical duo). She has sung in venues like the London’s Royal Festival Hall, and at the Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast and Dublin’s Festivals, among others. She has received multiple awards for her work; most recently, the OMI Writers award, a Mellon Fellowship for Arts and Scholarship, and a yearlong artist-in-residence award at the Cervantes Institute in Chicago.
She is writing ‘a novel in flamenco form,’ a work structured around a chain of flamenco songs, a hybrid that is both literary and performative.


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