Mak Grgic | Adam del Monte
Modern Day Guitar Virtuosi
Mak grgic 2.10.19 concert 4pm | reception 6pm
In a new and exciting collaboration, guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic team up for a fresh and spontaneous duo, with their program “La Buena Vida”, taking you on a journey through Latin American and Spanish landscapes.Brand new arrangements of Guastavino, Granados, Albeniz, traditional Argentinian Tangos and original flamenco compositions by Adam del Monte, cast a renewed spirit into the world of the guitar duo expressed through two dynamic artists, each with their own voice.
About Adam Del Monte
One of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation, Adam del Monte has made it his life mission to fully express himself in these two genres, transcending labeling and convention.
Del Monte has recorded for Deutsche Gramophone – the featured flamenco guitar part in the double Grammy award winning opera “Ainadamar” by Osvaldo Golijov (2006), with soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Atlanta Symphony, conducted by Robert Spano. Since then he has toured this opera in, Carnegie Hall, NY, Lincoln Center, NY, Barbican Center, London, Colorado Music Festival, in Boulder, Chicago Symphony and many more.
Del Monte has recently composed his second flamenco guitar concerto, “Paisajes”, which was debuted and commissioned by the St. Monica Symphony. He has since performed it with the Moscow State Symphony in Tchaikovsky Hall and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, in Caracas, Venezuela. He has also recorded “Avner’s Theme” by film composer John Williams for the sound track CD of the motion picture “ Munich” by Steven Spielberg. Other film credits include featured participations in Films such as Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz and Mr and Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, music by John Powell, and Toy Story 3, music by Randy Newman. Del Monte has also performed with flamenco singer Enrique Morente and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, as well as with Lole’ y Manuel. Del Monte was both influenced by and inspired the younger generation of flamenco performers who were beginning to depart from the previous virtual space of Spanish flamenco. Del Monte, too, set out in new directions, integrating years of traditional and leading –edge flamenco training as well as expanding his musicianship on the classical guitar.
An eclectic awareness of jazz, world music and other contemporary forms led to new, creative renditions of flamenco repertoire. He has been commissioned by the LA Guitar Quartet to compose a ‘progressive’ flamenco piece entitled ‘Cambio de Aire’. He has collaborated with Yusef Lateef and the Atlanta Symphony at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta GA. His flamenco debut CD on the Spanish label Sonifolk (1998), entitled: “Viaje a Un Nuevo Mundo” (Journey to a New World) was most favorably reviewed by Spain’s most acclaimed flamenco critic Angel Alvarez Caballero as well as Miguel Mora of El Pais an Alfredo Grimaldos of El Mundo.
The LA Times said of his work . “Flamenco has always been a world unto itself, so it’s news when artists of great technical and stylistic authority stretch beyond its limits to incorporate outside traditions.” In [his] “Flamenco Fusion,” guitarist Adam del Monte did just that, layering jazz, Middle Eastern and Western European Gypsy influences without blurring [its] powerful flamenco impetus.”
About Mak Grgic
is first solo release on Marquis Records entitled Cinema Verismo explores adept guitar arrangements of music from the movies. His latest recordings, Balkanisms for Naxos Music and MAKrotonal for MicroFest Records, an album produced by the Grammy Award winning producer John Schneider, explore a vast repertoire spanning ethnic music, microtonal newly-composed music and early music on re-fretted instruments.
Grgic spent two years as a Young Artist in Residence at The Da Camera Society of Los Angeles. Aside from chamber music, solo performances and school outreach as a part of this residency, he co-founded a contemporary octet called DC8. This ensemble performed and commissioned new works from Michael Gordon and Nina Senk as well as stellar established contemporary works by Davidovsky and Sciarrino. The DC8 ensemble was proclaimed as an “inspiring addition to the contemporary music landscape in Los Angeles” by the LA Times.
Mak continuously collaborates with many esteemed musicians, such as JACK Quartet, Martin Chalifour (Concertmaster, LA Phil), Jay Campbell, Joshua Roman, The Assad Brothers, Ashley Bathgate (Bang on a Can All-Stars), and John Sant’Ambrogio (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra). Grgic is also a founding and active member of Duo Deloro with Adam Del Monte and FretX Duo with Daniel Lippel, the intrepid guitarist of ICE Ensemble. `
As a soloist, both with orchestra and in recital, he has performed at numerous venues worldwide. Some of these are Allegro Guitar Society, Sarasota Guitar Society, Portland Classic Guitar, Austin Classical Guitar (in recital with Martin Chalifour), University of Las Vegas in Nevada, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Newman Center for Performing Arts, Denver, Strathmore Hall in Maryland, Pepperdine University as a guest of Christopher Parkening, Portland Classical Guitar, the Minnesota Guitar Society, Guitar Festival Mikulov, Northwest Guitar Festival, Piran Music Nights and The Sounds of Six Strings, Cankarjev Dom, Slovenia, Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Croatia, Jeunesse Musicales - Kulturwoche in Vienna, Arts at the Park in NYC, the New York Classical Guitar Society, Microfest in Los Angeles, Van Dekker House in California, The Beyond Microtonal Festival in Pittsburgh, Guitar Art Summer Fest, and in Korea at the Music Now Festival.
Both Artists are inspired and versatile guitarists, with a boundaryless approach to their instruments. The New York Times called Mak “imaginative” and “expressive,” and Classics Today proclaimed that “Mak Grgic’s abundant, yet tasteful guitar virtuosity leaves a powerful impression.” Mak’s repertoire spans centuries of music, and after performing the music of Sylvius Weiss at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Washington Post called him “A guitarist to keep an eye on.” His first commercial CD, Cinema Verismo has been heard in the United States and Canada on hundreds of radio stations. It has been a CD of the week and a download of the week on many NPR Stations. Mak has also taken to performing some of the great contemporary composers of our time, including Michael Gordon, Salvatore Sciarinno and Mario Davidovsky, and will be playing contemporary guitar duos with Dan Lipel. Mak also performs duos with Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.