Clara Rodriguez at The Southbank Centre 13th September 2011
Venezuelan pianist CLARA RODRIGUEZ and friends
Efrain Oscher, flute / Cristóbal Soto, cuatro, guitar / Gabriel León, bass /Willmer Sifontes, percussion
TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER AT 7.45 pm PURCELL ROOM SOUTHBANK CENTRE
An evening of sparkling virtuosity and sheer sense of fun, Extraordinary musicianship, and compositions of a unique fusion of Latin American, Jazz and Classical styles
“Folk, jazzy urbanity and virtuoso displays, admirably presented by Clara Rodriguez” Classical Music Magazine
“Clara Rodriguez makes the most of her innate feel for the exuberant and languorous, dispatching the toe-tapping cross-rhythms with panache and a light touch. This is a treasure chest from which to cherry-pick.” Gramophone Magazine
“Ms Rodriguez is a player with spirit; she understands and obviously loves this music. Her performances are full of charm and wit; her touch is admirably suited to the music.
It’s simply delightful and very, very pleasing. This is exactly what one wants to help one relax and take stock” Bob Briggs
Clara’s performances have been described as “absolutely magical! Sunny and vibrant”, elegant and intense”, and having beautiful clarity, an almost liquid quality, in her sound.
An acclaimed recording artist, Clara plays regularly in Europe’s most important halls including Wigmore Hall, Barbican and Southbank Centre. Her guests are also well established, highly regarded artists specialising in Latin American chamber music. Flautist Efrain Oscher leads the Bolivar Soloists and has recently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon the CD – México! with tenor Rolando Villazón.
Mandolinist, guitarist and cuatrist, Paris-based, Cristóbal Soto is the founder of two of the best known ensembles of Venezuelan music, Gurrufío and Recoveco. The young Gabriel León is currently a member of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Willmer Sifontes is a specialist in Venezuelan maracas and Latin percussion.
Recordings “Out Now” on Nimbus Alliance Records