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Playing with Color: Music from Argentina & Brazil

Playing with Color: Music from Argentina & Brazil

  • By BELOSOM PIANO DUO
  • Release 29/09/2013
  • Media Format CD
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Price: $27.30

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BeloSom, the vibrant four-hand piano duo, was formed by Brazilian pianist Patricia Guadagnoli and American pianist and conductor Lee Hagon in 2012. "Belo som", meaning "beautiful sound" in Portuguese, reflects the goal of the pianists to share beautiful music from all over the world and from many different time periods, using the vast array of sounds available through the versatility of the piano. BeloSom has played much of the well-loved four-hand piano literature, including Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite", Rachmaninoff's Suite for four hands, Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Liszt's "Mephisto" waltzes and Hungarian Dances for four hands, works by Poulenc and Saint-Saens, Mozart sonatas, and everything in between. While BeloSom's roots are in the classical tradition, Patricia and Lee share a passion for the music of Latin cultures. In addition to playing varied and virtuosic classical, romantic and modern four-hand piano repertoire, the duo also explores lesser known works by composers from Latin countries, particularly Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Italy, and Cuba. Patricia and Lee also create their own four hand arrangements to fuse the character of Latin genres with their classical style, while also utilizing more modern, inside-piano techniques. Patricia and Lee are available for commissions, or to create an arrangement of your composition, or a specific piece you would like arranged for four hands. Please get in touch with us on the contact page to get more information. BeloSom is incredibly excited to have recorded their first album in August, 2013, which features pieces from Argentina and Brazil, including their own arrangements of three Piazzolla tangos, his Tango Suite originally for two guitars, a Tango by the Brazilian composer Ronaldo Miranda, and Villa-Lobos' "A folia de um bloco infantil" from the Children's Carnival. BeloSom is available for bookings at a wide variety of concert venues; from school auditoriums, churches, and formal concert halls, to private musical soirées in your home, BeloSom is sure to bring a smile to your face, a song in your heart, and a rhythm to your spirit. The pianists' ability to have fun during performance is infectious to audiences, and they hope to bring the joy of diversity and the love of music to all who listen to the beautiful sounds of BeloSom. Lee Hagon received a performance certificate from Trinity College of Music, London in 2003 and a Bachelors of Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton in 2006 where she performed under world-renowned maestros including Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Joseph Flummerfelt and Anton Armstrong, among others. Winning several competitions and scholarships, Lee graduated from Westminster summa cum laude in three years. In 2009 she earned a Masters of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from The Hartt School in Hartford, CT under the guidance of world-renowned pianist Luiz de Moura Castro. In addition to traveling through out the U.S. and in England, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Mexico and Portugal for performances, international piano festivals, and pedagogy conferences, Lee maintains a private studio of piano students, is an avid choral conductor, has held several music ministry positions, and is an active performer and recording artist in the BeloSom piano duo with Brazilian pianist Patricia Guadagnoli. She is currently the minister of music at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Wilbraham, MA where she also coordinates The Joy of Music concert series. She has held positions as a choral director for the Children's Chorus of Springfield, MA, Girls Inc. In Holyoke, MA and Veritas Prep Charter School in Springfield, MA. Committed to promoting social change through the gift of music, every year Lee brings together singers from all over CT and Western MA to form a community choir with orchestra and soloists to perform benefit events for those in need. Lee is excited to be starting a new position in the fall of 2013 as the director of choral activities at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, MA. Patricia Guadagnoli began her music studies at the age of five with her mother. While in Brazil, she won several piano competitions including first prize at the Artlivre National Piano Competition, first prize and best Brazilian music interpretation at the Honorina Barra Piano Competition, and special prize at the Magda Tagliaferro Piano Competition. In 2004 she represented Brazil for the Brazilian-Colombian music week at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia. In 2007 she won the Paranov Competition and performed as soloist with the Hartt Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Patricia has performed as soloist with symphonic orchestras in Brazil, and with Beth El Temple Orchestra in Connecticut, US. Patricia also won second prize at the Connecticut State Music Young Artist Competition and the Van Rooy Competition at the Hartt School of Music. She was under the guidance of professor Luis de Moura Castro, and a member of the Performance 20/20 Honors Chamber Ensemble during her Bachelor's degree at the Hartt School of Music She has performed in Brazil, Colombia, Portugal, Italy, Spain and the United States. Currently Patricia is the music director and organist of the St George's Episcopal church, the piano accompanist of the New England girls' choir, the principal piano of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO), and a member of the BeloSom duo.

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Title: Playing with Color: Music from Argentina & Brazil
Release Date: 29/09/2013
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 884501989503
Item #: 872898X
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