Guitarist Nahuel Bronzini completed his studies with David Tanenbaum at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music this past September. Since then he has continued to develop his performance skills in parallel with efforts as both a composer and a recording producer. As a result, he has cultivated a rich network of colleagues across the domains of classical, jazz, pop, and Argentine folk.
Later this month he will bring together a broad sampling of those colleagues for a program entitled The String Quartet Experience. The title refers to how Bronzini took one of his original compositions for guitar and reworked it as a set of variations for string quartet. The title of the “source” is “Aquello Que Extrañar” (what wonders); and the variations will be performed by the quartet of violinists Azat Fyshian and Eric Aurenbach, violist Sarah Lee, and cellist Helen Newby. Bronzini will also present “Winter Song,” which he composed for a jazz combo of piano (Gabriel Rodrick), bass (Schuyler Karr), and percussion (Aaron Kierbel). The first half of the program will conclude with Bronzini and the string quartet performing a guitar concerto by Carlos Guastavino and “Dorotea La Cautiva” (Dorotea the captive), a folk song setting by Ariel Ramirez.
For the second half of the program, Bronzini will showcase his string quartet arrangements of the work of four songwriters with whom he has worked. These will be Adrian Symcox (“War, First”), John Haesenmeyer (“Bright White, Colors in Between”), Kendra McKinley (“Poor Boy”), and Camille Mai (“We are no Beautiful Children”). The program will conclude with a performance of music by Astor Piazzolla by Mai on piano with her trio of Bronzini on guitar and Karr on bass. The trio will be joined by the Argentine tenor Claudio Santome.
This concert will take place at the Red Poppy Art House, which is located at 2698 Folsom Street, on the northwest corner of 23rd Street, a short walk from the 24th Street Mission BART station. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the concert should conclude around 10 p.m. Tickets will be $15 and $20. They will go on sale after the doors have been opened, but those interested in advance purchase may inquire at an electronic mail address. Further information may be found on the Red Poppy event page.