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Release Date: February 12, 2016

Catalog #: BR8943

 

 

TRACK TITLES

 

1  Macedonian Dream   Maja Radovanlija

 Alex Lubet, acoustic guitar; Maja Radovanlija, classical guitar

 

 2  Los Bibilicos   Maja Radovanlija

Maja Radovanlija, classical guitar

 

 3  Aria   Alex Lubet

 Alex Lubet, acoustic guitar

 

 4  Ein Keiloheinu   Alex Lubet

 Alex Lubet, National Reso-Phonic Guitar; Maja Radovanlija, classical guitar

 

 5  Semi-improvised Nostalgic Study   Maja Radovanlija

Maja Radovanlija, classical guitar

 

 6  Slow Blues   Alex Lubet

Alex Lubet, acoustic guitar

 

 7  Eliyahu Hanavi   Alex Lubet

Alex Lubet, soprano ukulele; Maja Radovanlija, prepared classical guitar

 

 8  Ma Yafeh Hayom   Isachaar Miron, arranged Alex Lubet

Alex Lubet, acoustic guitar; Maja Radovanlija, classical guitar

 

 

ALSO FROM ALEX LUBET

 

SPECTRAL BLUES (RR7865)

 

 

THE ENCHANTED

GUITAR FOREST

Alex Lubet & Maja Radovanlija

 

OVERVIEW

Transporting the listener to a mysterious and enthralling sonic world, composers and guitarists Alex Lubet and Maja Radovanlija present their debut release on Big Round Records, THE ENCHANTED GUITAR FOREST, which captures the duo’s Eastern European, specifically Jewish and Balkan, heritage.

 

Influenced by the composition and playing styles of blues and jazz as well as world and classical music, Lubet and Radovanlija deliver their signature approach of using traditional melodies combined with improvisation, producing a sound driven lyrically and rhythmically, out of which flows interwoven harmonic structures. Many of the solo and duo works featured on the album use thematic material of traditional songs from Jewish and Eastern European folk music, including Macedonian Dream, inspired by a Macedonian tune which uses a traditional Balkan meter of 7/8 (3+2+2); and Los Bilbilicos (“The Nightingales”), a set of variations which Radovanlija composed after an old Sephardic song about longing for lost love. Lubet’s Ein Keiloheinu uses the opening passage from Julius Freudenthal’s well-known synagogue hymn, transforming it through sections of improvisation and re-harmonization. Other pieces take inspiration and material from classical music such as Lubet’s Aria, based on Puccini’s famous “O mio babbino caro” from his opera Gianni Schicchi.

 

ADDITIONAL ALBUM CONTENT AVAILABLE ONLINE

Liner notes, biographies, photos, and more are available at:

 

www.bigroundrecords.com/theenchantedguitarforest

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, author, and educator Alex Lubet has long devoted himself to performing his own music, as a solo acoustic guitarist, and in collaboration with artists including Maja Radovanlija, Swiss free jazz pianist Guerino Mazzola, and taiko and fue (Japanese drums and horizontal flute) player Iris Shiraishi. Lubet plays ukulele and reso-phonic guitar, as well as other stringed instruments including the electric and double bass, and mountain dulcimer

 

Lubet has received hundreds of performances of his works on six continents. His 2013 album SPECTRAL BLUES (RR7865) on Ravello Records was received with critical acclaim in the United States, Italy, and Brazil. Noted music critic Ted Gioia named it among his “Best Albums of 2013”

 

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Maja Radovanlija has won several awards and competitions for her performances

 

Having performed widely in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and throughout the United States, Radovanlija is a member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and often performs in the United States with (among many) ImprovIsAn’Do and Improvised Ecosystems; in Belgrade with the ImprovE Collective, and with Hungarian violist/composer Szilard Mezei

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

ALEX LUBET

 

A native of Chicago, composer, multi-instrumentalist, author, and educator Alex Lubet has lived in Minnesota since 1979.  While having written works in many idioms, he has long devoted himself principally to performing his own music, as a solo acoustic guitarist and in collaboration with artists including Maja Radovanlija, Swiss free jazz pianist Guerino Mazzola, and his wife, taiko and fue (Japanese drums and horizontal flute) player Iris Shiraishi.  In addition to guitars and ukuleles, Alex plays electric and double bass and mountain dulcimer. Alex has received hundreds of performances of his works on six continents.  His album Spectral Blues:  New Music for Acoustic Guitar (Ravello) received unanimously excellent reviews in the US, Italy, and Brazil.  Well known critic and author Ted Gioia named it a “Best Album of 2013.”  Alex joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1979.

 

Alex plays a Taylor guitar, a National Steel Guitar, and a Kamaka ukulele.

 

Lifelong guitarist Alex Lubet has created a unique niche, combining his instrumental experience with his traditional studies of composition. On SPECTRAL BLUES, a full album of his works for steel-string acoustic guitar, Lubet combines the characteristics of blues and Eastern styles with classical methods of composition to create remarkably unique pieces that push the boundaries of the instrument. Combining natural harmonies with single-string multiphonics and dyads, Doppler bends, and more, Lubet presents multi-layered guitar music with an edge.

 

 

MAJA RADOVANLIJA

 

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Maja Radovanlija received her initial training at the University of Belgrade, with graduate studies at Indiana University.  She was won several awards and competitions, including second prize at the Petar Konjevic International Competition in Belgrade.  A student of early music, Latin American music, and jazz, Maja began composing and performing her own works in graduate school.  She is distinguished by her passion for improvisation, rare among classical guitarists.  Having performed widely in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and throughout the US, Maja is a member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and often performs in the US with (among many) ImprovIsAn’Do and Improvised Ecosystems; in Belgrade with the ImprovE Collective, and with Hungarian violist/composer Szilard Mezei.  Maja has taught guitar at the University of Minnesota since 2011.

 

Maja plays a double top guitar, made in West Branch, Iowa by luthier John H. Dick.

 

 

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