“[a] spirited and expressive guitarist” – The New Yorker
“among the elite of today's classical guitarists” – Gramophone
“Vieaux opened ears with his rhythmic clarity and remarkable lefthand
facility” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Throughout his career, Argentine composer and bandoneón virtuoso Ástor Piazzolla redefined the traditional tango with his new style of composition known as nuevo tango, which incorporate elements of classical and jazz. Among his prolific output, Oblivion remains one of his most popular works. Composed in 1982 for chamber ensemble, the piece has seen numerous arrangements and transcriptions over the years. In this transcription for guitar, violin, and cello by Julian Labro, an already hauntingly beautiful piece is made even more intimate.
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Jason Vieaux isn't the sort of guitarist who needs guest artists in order to present an engaging recital. Even so, this frequent visitor, presented Sunday by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, had the young soprano Sarah Shafer for performances of John Dowland songs and Benjamin Britten folk music arrangements that became charming interludes between more challenging works.
Overall, the recital explored the fascination that 20th-century Britten had with the melancholic 16thcentury Dowland. Four of Dowland's more popular songs, with Shafer's youthful voice accentuating the music's straightforwardness, laid the foundation for Britten's cerebral 1963 Nocturnal After John Dowland, which the composer himself admitted was rather remote. The theme and variations format is backward: The theme arrives at the end of eight variations that are so far flung you aren't sure they belong in the same piece.
Vieaux brought great concentration to passages of typically Brittenesque spareness that can feel threadbare in a lesser performance. Particularly powerful was the "Passacaglia" movement, whose recurring chords can feel obsessive if not constantly varied, as they were by Vieaux. The other modern work was Dan Visconti's 2010 Devil's Strum, a descriptive work about making deals with the devil, the supernatural qualities underscored by extended techniques that had Vieaux playing the strings high on the neck around the tuning pegs.
Few guitarists stray far from the Bach lute suites, represented here by the Suite in E minor that ended Vieaux's program, his slim, fat-free, forthright sound being a clear vehicle for his artistic intentions. His playing has conceptual solidity with his tempo relationships. Instead of constantly beautifying the musical surfaces, he uses vibrato and color for interpretive points when most demanded, and with particularly arresting effect, in part because your ears don't take them for granted.
In works written for lute, I did miss the older instrument's sound and faster rate of decay, which lends vulnerability to the Dowland lute songs and, in Bach, keeps the rhythm from becoming heavy-handed.
But considering the scarcity of lutenists, the Dowland/Bach repertoire would be heard even less were it not for guitarists such as Jason Vieaux.
JASON VIEAUX CLASSICAL GUITAR SCHOOL LAUNCH
In June 2012, Jason Vieaux launches the Jason Vieaux Classical Guitar School from ArtistWorks. This revolutionary online school, the first of its kind for classical guitar, gives students of any age, ability, or location an unprecedented level of access to studies with Vieaux through ArtistWorks’ Video ExchangeTM accelerated learning platform. The School includes a lifetime of lessons covering fundamentals through advanced techniques. Each video lesson is offered with multiple angles and in slow motion for optimal learning. In addition, students may submit videos of their own playing, which Vieaux responds to with personalized feedback via video. Other students benefit from viewing these interactions, creating an ever-evolving curriculum in a virtual master class environment.
Founded in 2008, ArtistWorks offers interactive music lessons from master musicians in a variety of different styles including rock guitar, jazz improv/gypsy guitar, finger style solo guitar, rock guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, acoustic bass, harmonica, jazz/fusion drums, rock drums, DJ scratching, classical piano and banjo.
Jason Vieaux invites you to attend the 2012 Guitar Weekend, sponsored by Guitars International, held at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
The Guitar Weekend will be held from June 1st-June 3rd, 2012 and includes concerts by Pavel Steidl, Gaelle Solal, Solo Duo, and Jason Vieaux with soprano Jung Eun Oh. Additional lectures will be given by luthier Bernard Kresse, guitarist Jonathan Fitzgerald, and record producer Alan Bise.
JASON VIEAUX SUMMER GUITAR WORKSHOP | JUNE 19-24
Guitar study in the peaceful, scenic surroundings of the Holy Cross Retreat Center, on the Hudson River.
Jason Vieaux and fellow guitarists William Kanengiser, Eliot Fisk, Christopher Parkening, Denis Azabagic, and others, contributed essays for a book by author Donn Levie Jr. titled, “Instrumental Influences”. This book was just awarded Runner-Up in the “Performing Arts/Music” category for the 2011 Global eBook Awards.
ISAAC ALBENIZ: SEVILLA FROM CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC
NEW CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC GUITAR DEPARTMENT
Jason Vieaux with new Curtis Institute of Music guitar students Jordan Dodson and JiYeon Kim, at Curtis Institute's new Lenfest Hall. Jason Vieaux had performed for the Convocation just minutes earlier on SEP 6th, celebrating the opening of Lenfest Hall, as well as the new Guitar Department. Jason and his colleague David Starobin are looking forward to this great new step forward for the classical guitar.
The CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC has invited Jason Vieaux and guitarist David Starobin to join the faculty and launch a classical guitar department, the first in its history. The appointment is set to begin in the 2011–12 school year. To read more, click here...
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 23, 2010: to read the article, click here...
MORE REVIEWS FROM RECENT PERFORMANCES BY JASON:
Guitarist Jason Vieaux performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
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Jason Vieaux, Guitar with Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke at the Music@Menlo Festival. To read more click here.
Guitarist Jason Vieaux at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.
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Jason Vieaux has been awarded a 2010 SALON DE VIRTUOSI CAREER GRANT. A celebration gala concert will be held on October 26 at Steinway Hall in New York City.
[Jason photographed by Tyler Boye]
Jason Vieaux’s highly anticipated NEW RECORDING will feature music by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla. Jason collaborates with Bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro and Boston’s exciting chamber orchestra, A FAR CRY. The recording is set to release in 2011 on the Azica label.
[Photo by Kimberly Hsu]
Jason’s appearance at the THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER'S TERRACE THEATRE as part of mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke’s Marion Anderson Award recital will be a highlight this season. The two first performed together in the summer at the Music@Menlo festival in Silicon Valley, and the sold-out performances attracted rave reviews on the West Coast.
Heading north, Jason attracted an enthusiastic following on TOUR IN CANADA, with stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City.
Jason Vieaux is a frequent concerto guest artist with symphonies and orchestras across the nation. Highlights include CONCERT APPEARANCES with the Illinois Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Cleveland Pops.
A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY | JUNE 22-27, 2010, WEST PARK NY
This summer, Jason Vieaux teams with flutist Gary Schocker to offer a special week of masterclasses to both guitar and flute students. From June 22-27, 2010, participants will have an opportunity to study with both performers as soloists and/or as a duet. The course includes traditional masterclass instruction, performances by Mr. Vieaux and Mr. Schocker, ensemble playing, Alexander Technique, and yoga.
This unique masterclass will take place at Holy Cross Monastery and Guest House, nestled on 26 magnificent acres along the west bank of the Hudson River. While in attendance, you will enjoy sweeping views of the Hudson River Valley, hiking trails, and gardens. Each participant will have a private room, and meals are provided by a chef trained at the nearby Culinary Institute of America.
For more information, download a brochure, or call Class Director Julie Martyn at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 845-227-2706.
CLASSICAL GUITAR WEEKEND 2010
Jason Vieaux invites you to attend the 2010 Guitar Weekend, sponsored by Guitars International, held at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
In addition to concerts and masterclasses held at the Cleveland Institute of Music by lutenist Nigel North, Duo Melis, Daniel Lippel (with soprano Tony Arnold) and a lecture on guitar building by Andrea Tacchi, Jason Vieaux's will give a recital in Kulas Hall at 4pm on Sunday May 23rd. His program will include works by Albeniz, Bach, Barrios, Brouwer, Giuliani and Martin.
BACH VOL. 1: WORKS FOR LUTE REACHES #13 ON THE BILLBOARD CLASSICAL ALBUM CHART
"This is very exciting news for 'Bach Vol. 1' and I want to thank everyone who has purchased the CD for your support. You have made this recording's #13 position on the Billboard Classical Chart possible, and for that, I am grateful." - Jason
JASON VIEAUX: FLEXIBILITY AND NUANCE IN BACH
“Vieaux’s ability to render the counterpoint with utmost clarity makes his account of this suite a special occasion”
A new "behind the scenes" video series has been posted on YouTube. In this 3 part series, you will see Jason as he records at St. Stanislaus Church in Cleveland. He explains his philosophy of performing Bach, talks about the movements of a Bach suite, and discusses the recording process.
JASON WILL PERFORM FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS "ART OF THE GUITAR" SERIES AT 92 ST. Y's KAUFMANN CONCERT HALL
The program will feature Vieaux’s innovative and in-demand “e/MERGE” programming:
“This program of original and arranged music for solo guitar celebrates how new music and ideas emerge from music of past masters. Albéniz's Bach-inspired Toccata-Prelude Asturias and his impressions of then Spanish-owned port Cuba are followed by a contemporary work by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer and a lute masterpiece by Bach.
Other highlights of the program feature Mr. Vieaux's innovative and acclaimed arrangements of music by American jazz pioneer Pat Metheny. Vieaux's arrangements merge the musical languages of Spain and the Baroque era together with Metheny's Americana landscapes, creating fresh new concert works.”
Please CLICK HERE for more details about Jason’s concert and master class at The Cleveland Institute of Music.
JASON VIEAUX WAS ONE OF THREE GUITARISTS FEATURED IN A JANUARY 2008 COVER ARTICLE FOR ACOUSTIC GUITAR, ENTITLED "THE NEW VIRTUOSOS".
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JASON WILL BE PERFORMING
NATIONAL GUITAR WORKSHOP
Jason Vieaux will be performing and teaching at the National Guitar Workshop this August 3 – 5, 2008, in New Milford CT. Details can be found at www.guitarworkshop.com
January 27th, 2008 – after a performance of the Pierre Boulez masterpiece “Le Marteau Sans Maitre” and “Innocence and Experience” guitar concerto by Allen Krantz, Jason Vieaux celebrates with fellow Boulez group members Matthew Dane (viola), William Kerrigan (perc), Christina Jennings (flute), Freda Herseth (Alto), James Freeman (Orchestra 2001 Music Director).
[ Master class with Houston-area Suzuki guitar
students on January 20th, 2008 ]
[ ALBENIZ-Asturias ]
[ BROUWER-El Decameron Negro ]
JASON VIEAUX PERFORMS AT THE
GUITARS INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL GUITAR WEEKEND
View these two videos from a March 2007 performance by Jason Vieaux at the GUITARS INTERNATIONAL Classical Guitar Weekend at The Cleveland Institute of Music.
Please click on the images to view the movies.
PERFORMANCE TODAY® BROADCASTS JASON VIEAUX
Hear Jason Vieaux perform "Torre Bermeja" by Isaac Albeniz LIVE, from American Public Media's "Performance Today" broadcasting of a concert at University of Georgia's Hodgson Hall. Please click on the logo for details.
JASON PREMIERES NEW CONCERTO IN MINNEAPOLIS
Jason Vieaux performed the world premiere of Jerod Tate's concerto for guitar and orchestra, Nitoshi' Imali, in late Octoberwith the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis. This piece is inspired by American Indian sounds and cultures, and is written specially for Jason.
American Public Media spotlights this event on "Performance Today". To read more click here.
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GUITARIST JASON VIEAUX PRESENTS
his sixth solo recording set for release on Azica
Records, Jason branches
out in a new direction offering the music of
Pat Metheny arranged for solo guitar. As Gramophone
magazine recently acknowledged, Jason
won international competitions, traveled the
world as a concert artist and offers a captivating
making him one of the most exciting guitarists
on the scene today. With this first-ever recording
of Metheny arrangements for solo guitar, Jason
brings new repertoire and a fresh sound to his
Metheny, after listening to this landmark recording,
declared: "I am flattered to be
included in Jason's musical world. And I am honored
that a musician of his stature has directed his
considerable talents to manifest such beautiful
and true renditions of these pieces in such a personal
DEBUT CD IS NOW AVAILABLE!
For the first time since 1993, Jason’s debut recording of works by Morel, Brouwer, Regondi, Bach and Ponce will be available. This critically acclaimed CD can be purchased directly, by clicking on the cover of the album here.
CIM GUITAR WEEKEND 2007
This March, Jason participates in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s “Guitar Weekend” (sponsored by Galli Strings). He leads a master class at CIM on March 10 at 1pm. The following afternoon, March 11th, Jason appears in recital at Kulas Hall at 4pm. The program includes Bach: BWV 998, Orbon: “Preludio Y Danza”, Brouwer: “El Decameron Negro” and Albeniz: “Cuba” and “Asturias”.
On Sunday, March 18th, Jason flies out to Great Britain to make his long awaited UK debut at the Guildford International Music Festival in Guildford, Surrey. Repertoire includes works by Metheny, Albeniz, Ponce, Sor and Merlin.
TRIP TO GERMANY ON THE HORIZON
IN MAY 2007!
Jason is scheduled to participate in the IPS Koblenz Guitar Festival this spring. This renowned German festival offers a special focus on guitar music and presents concerts, master classes, workshops, lectures and the International Guitar Competition. Jason has been invited to join a distingued roster of some 200 performing artists, guest lecturers, and students from 44 countries around the globe. He is scheduled to appear in recital at the Rhein-Mosel Halle on May 28 at 11am.
This past December, Jason ventured out to Korea for the first time to join the celebrated Korean cellist Young Song on stage. Jason was a featured guest artist on a Christmas concert for a sold-out audience of 2,500 on Dec 23, which also served as a launch for Song’s STOMP/EMI CD release, “Tango”. The concert was filmed for broadcast throughout South Korea by the SBS. For the occasion, Jason arranged Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” for he and Mr. Song, and Jason opened the concert with a solo spot. Other highlights of the evening included “Reflexoes No. 6” by Jaime Zenamon, a movement from Piazzolla’s “Tango Suite” and sat in with Mr. Song and jazz pianist Yoshiko Kishino’s Trio performing her composition “Siesta”. Off the concert stage, Jason and Young had an opportunity to trade pool tips over several games of 9-ball and enjoy lots of Korean dining, including a traditional Korean feast in Jeonju.
[VERY fresh octopus – this poor fella
was alive just seconds before the photo.]
[Good food and wine, and new friends,
after the Seoul Arts Center concert.]
NAMES JASON AMONGST " MOST
INTERESTING PEOPLE FOR 2005"
Magazine named Jason one of the "Most Interesting
People for 2005" in a lively spread in the January
issue. The editors singled out a high profile politician,
a painter, an athlete, an artistic administrator,
a filmmaker, a television journalist, and the local
Bishop. Jason was in terrific company, alongside
the Cleveland Museum of Art's Curator of Greek & Roman
Art and The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer's architecture
FROM THE ROAD- JULY 2008
It’s been an incredible 12 months or so since I’ve last written something for the website.
First, here’s the latest on the Pat Metheny arrangements. I’m amazed at the number of emails from folks asking about a possible book of the entire IMAGES OF METHENY cd. It has been excellent motivation for me to really double my efforts to get these in print, despite playing over 100 concerts since IOM’s release. I now have just 4 pieces left for fingering, 6 others are fresh off to the engraver, and 4 others have been through an initial proofread. Pat really wants to see these out too, so I’m doing what I can from my end.
My teaching duties at the Cleveland Institute of Music have been fun and rewarding. I love working with my students; in addition to the improved level of players and musicianship each year, they’ve really stepped up the level of ensemble playing. This was one of my primary goals 6 years ago when I became head of the guitar department, so I’m very proud of them.
The travel has been, as usual, wonderful. My Germany debut at the Koblenz festival, a second trip to Korea, a tour of Mexico, Music@Menlo, and solo debuts in Vancouver, and Seattle were all highlights, but everyone we’ve been working with on the road has been great, and I’ve really enjoyed talking with the fans after concerts. It’s more fun now that it’s ever been. Many thanks to the audience and presenters – I am truly blessed to be playing music for you all.
Many of you are wondering about the next CD (Bach Lute Works, BWV 995 – 998), and we now have all of it recorded. The “problem” has been the performance repertoire. As I typically perform 7 – 8 hours of music each year, I get lots of cool requests. So I just had to say “yes” to Henze’s Kammermusik with David Robertson and St. Louis Symphony members last December, and the Boulez masterpiece Le Marteau Sans Maitre last January with Orchestra 2001. I wish I could get a couple CDs out each year, but I’m learning so much from all these musical experiences and opportunities, that it’s a challenge to take advantage of it all! Azica Records and I are looking forward to getting BACH; BWV 995 – 998 out for a January 2009 release.
However, there is a 2007 CD release I’d like you all to know about. If you like Brazilian music, I made a CD this last season with cellist Young Song (see RECORDINGS) called SONG OF BRAZIL. I did a lot of arranging for this CD; “Song of the Black Swan” by Villa-Lobos uses this “drag” technique I used for the right hand, and mixes natural harmonics within the chords in order to retain the original higher piano range sound of the accompaniment. There are also arrangements I did of tunes by Jobim and Chico Buarque. I really love how they all turned out.
OK, off to more practicing…I’ll try to check in and say hello in a month or so.
MAGAZINE SPOTLIGHTS JASON
Archetypal Albeniz To Arrangements Of Jazz, Guitarist
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