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“Vieaux’s performance spun magic. Rarely has a single instrument so clearly painted such cinematic vistas and searching introspection.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“What accordionist Julien Labro does is fly, launching a solo that simply bubbles with joy.” —All About Jazz

Exclusive New York engagement
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Julien Labro, bandoneón, accordion, accordina


PIAZZOLLA: Selections from L’Histoire du Tango (arr. Labro)
ALBÉNIZ: Sevilla from Suite espagñola No. 1, Op. 47 (arr. Vieaux)
METHENY: Antonia (arr. Labro/Vieaux)
GNATTALI: Selections from Suite Retratos
ALBÉNIZ: Asturias from Suite espagñola No. 1, Op. 47 (arr. Vieaux)
PIAZZOLLA: Selections from L’Histoire du Tango (arr. Labro)

The concert is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

 

92Y at SubCulture: Julien Labro on his instruments

 

  92Y Concerts at SubCulture is a co-presentation of 92Y and SubCulture.

This concert takes place in SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St.

Video & Audio

Jason  Vieaux's YouTube Channel


Videotaped portion of “Drive Time Live”: Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro performing Tears for Fears’ “Everybody  Wants to Rule the World,” Oct 12, 2012

Live performance of Piazzolla’s L’Histoire du Tango, 3rd & 4th movements (followed by encore of “Everybody wants to Rule the World”) at the Lane Series, University of Vermont, Oct 19, 2012


Interview with Jason Vieaux about his online study exchange ArtistWorks’ Video Exchange, with Julie Amacher on Minnesota Public Radio, July 6, 2012


Interview with Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro on WBGH-FM Boston’s “Drive Time Live” with host Cathy Fuller, including selections from their recording Piazzolla, Oct 12, 2012 (Click here for more information)

On the Blog

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On guitarsalon.com

An interview with Jason Vieaux prior to his co-creating a guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, Jan 20, 2011. Here’s an excerpt:

Playing the guitar, a big part of my thing has been about color and dynamic range. Using color not in a random way, but to highlight structure. So for me using color on the guitar and form and structure are very much linked together. And I love that the instrument actually can sing. That’s something that I think is underappreciated even in our own community, that the guitar has a wonderful capacity for vibrato and ability to evoke the human voice.

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On progsheet1.hypemart.net

A Q&A between Jason Vieaux and John A. Wilcox on Progsheet, a site for “adventurous music.” Here is an excerpt:

ProgSheet: The majority of young players tend to gravitate towards being a pop, rock, or jazz player. What about classical music connected with you & guided you down that path?

Jason Vieaux: Early on, I was motivated by the fact that classical guitar music took more skill to play at a high level than any other form of guitar-playing.


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On jazztimes.com

An interview with Julien Labro by Gigi Brooks of Jazz Times, “Julien Labro: Accordion & the Hot Club Tradition,” Dec 25, 2012. Here is an excerpt:

Did you start early on with the piano before the accordion?

I did not start with piano. Actually the accordion I play only has buttons. It doesn’t have the keyboard that people in the United States know the accordion as, I don’t have piano keys on the right-hand side; it’s all buttons. It looks like a gigantic typewriter...

That’s basically the first instrument that I started out with and I fell in love with it just listening to some music that featured it and I also saw it on TV. I just loved the shape of it and that’s how I got started in music. Just listening to music with an accordion in it…I was like ‘wow this is pretty cool!’ I thought I would like to try to play that instrument whatever the name is and I eventually learned that it was an accordion. I was about 9 years old...

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Artist's Note

By Julien Labro

Our collaboration started over our mutual love for the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla. We were both aware that the nuevo tango master had written a double concerto for our respective instruments, the bandoneón and the guitar, and we began discussing other pieces of his vast repertoire. Soon after, a chamber music presenter engaged us for a joint concert. Unfortunately hiring an orchestra to perform the double concerto was not possible, so Jason and I made an arrangement for bandoneón, guitar, string quartet and bass. In addition to playing some solos and other pieces with the string quartet, we premiered our arrangement of the concerto and then completed the program with our adaption of L’Histoire du Tango, which you will hear this evening.

After a successful and fun concert, it was apparent to both of us that we should continue to perform together and develop a repertoire for our unique instrumentation. Alan Bise, Jason’s producer from Azica Records, who was present at the concert, must have thought so too, since he urged us to record this material with orchestra as soon as possible. Months later, our first CD together, Piazzolla, was born. An appropriate and original title, don’t you think?

Performing, recording and hanging out together made me realized how versatile Jason’s musicianship is. One second we’ll be talking about Bach’s lute suites, the next we’ll be riffing on Q-Tip & A Tribe Called Quest, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, etc .... This broad knowledge of music facilitated the expansion of our repertoire to other genres of music besides Piazzolla, with arrangements of composers like Brouwer, Metheny, Gnatalli and Tears For Fears for our unique instrumentation. It’s been a joy for us to make music together, and we hope that you’ll enjoy the music this evening as much we will enjoy making it.

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Artist Bios

Jason  Vieaux

Jason Vieaux is a classical guitarist who puts his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America as well as many important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. Among his recent and future season highlights are returns to the Caramoor Festival and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. His collaborations in recital this season include the Escher Quartet and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, as well as accordion/bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro.

Mr. Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with more than 50 orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra; the Houston, San Diego and Toronto symphonies; the Buffalo Philharmonic; the IRIS Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. His appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival in Colorado and Grand Teton Music Festival have established him as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer. His passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker.

Mr. Vieaux’s latest recording, PLAY, a disc of audience favorites celebrating his 20 years of touring, will be released next January on Azica Records. Among Mr. Vieaux’s 11 current commercial albums is an Azica Records disc of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Mr. Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, and Images of Metheny, featuring music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny. Mr. Vieaux’s Bach: Works for Lute, Vol.1, reached No. 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart, and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albéniz made several Top Ten lists.

In 2012 the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Mr. Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011 he co-founded, along with guitarist David Starobin, the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001.

Mr. Vieaux is a member of the advisory board of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA). In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, becoming the event’s youngest winner. He has also been honored with a Naumberg Foundation top prize and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995 he was an Artistic Ambassador of the US to Southeast Asia, concertizing in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal. His website is jasonvieaux.com.

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Julien Labro

Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in both the classical and jazz worlds. The French-born Labro was influenced early on by traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. He then started collected CDs by jazz legends like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, fascinated by the originality, creativity and endless possibilities in their musical language. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Mr. Labro won many international competitions, including the 1996 Coupe Mondiale and 1997 Castelfidardo, and he then moved to the US to further his studies.

Mr. Labro tours with such jazz groups as the Frank Vignola Ensemble, Jazz Wagon, The Oblivion Project and Hot Club of Detroit. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists such as Brazilian pianist João Gilberto, clarinetist Anat Cohen, Lebanese oud master Marcel Khalife, saxophonists James Carter and Victor Goines, and guitarists Howard Alden, Larry Coryell, Tommy Emmanuel, and John and Bucky Pizzarelli. Mr. Labro’s jazz venue appearances include Birdland, Blue Note, Yoshi’s, Dazzle, The Green Mill and Sculler’s, and his festival engagements include Jazz Aspen Snowmass, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Quebec International Music Festival and the International Finnish Accordion Festival.

Mr. Labro has been a guest artist with numerous symphonies and chamber ensembles, such as the Detroit Symphony, the Cleveland and Michigan pops orchestra, the Linden String Quartet and the Prairie Ensemble. He opened his 2013/14 season last month with the Spektral Quartet in Chicago for the Beethoven Festival, the Chicago Music Summit, and a recording session of music from South America for string quartet and accordion/bandoneón/accordina. Throughout the fall, he is touring the US with the Hot Club of Detroit.

With his recent release, Piazzolla, on Azica Records together with Mr. Vieaux and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Labro honors the man who inspired him to pick up the bandoneón. It features Mr. Labro’s own arrangements of the tango master’s Four Seasons. Mr. Labro is featured on other recent releases, including Grammy Award-winning vocalist Cassandra Wilson’s Another Country on eOne Music and Hot Club of Detroit’s Junction on Mack Avenue Records.

Mr. Labro’s compositions reveal his broad musical inspiration, ranging from Goodbye Mr. Shearing, honoring the late jazz pianist George Shearing, to Django Mort, the setting of a Jean Cocteau poem that was read at Django Reinhardt’s funeral. He has also served as arranger for such ensembles as Ensemble Vivant of Toronto, A Far Cry and Curtis on Tour, from the Curtis Institute of Music. His website is julienlabro.com.

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