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Guitar quartet features young new member


The San Francisco Guitar Quartet performed for the Linfield Chamber Orchestra Series Concert on Feb. 15 in Ice Auditorium. The quartet featured “musical genius” 14-year-old Roberto Granados and his younger brother.

The highly esteemed San Francisco Guitar Quartet (SFGQ) performed Feb. 15, marking the second con- cert of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra Series. The group’s talented members demonstrated unique instruments and original compositions.

One of the most sought- after quartets since its begin- nings in 1997, the SFGQ is comprised of distinguished musicians, including award- winning guitarist Mark Simons, Carnegie Hall debutant Patrick O’Connell, classical guitarist Jon Mendle and their newest and young- est member, Roberto Granados—who, at only 14 years old, is considered a “musical genius” by the other members.

Introduced by Faun Tiedge, department chair and professor of music, the quartet performed a variety of pieces representing different musical styles, while paying tribute to Oregon- based composers.

The quartet began the concert with a performance of “Marenje,” a soft, intricate piece that reflects African polyrhythms, composed by Ashland native, Mark Knippel.

The next local Oregon composer to be represented was Bryan Johanson, whose arrangement of “Toccata”
was performed.
“We’ve recorded this on our third CD, ‘Silhouette,’” Simons said.

“Silhouette” is one of SFGQ’s highly praised albums, with “Black Opal,” “Chasing Light” and “Com- padres” completing the current collection.

The concert featured a song from each of the albums, with a performance of “Opals,” by Australian composer Phillip Houghton.

“This was one of the first pieces we recorded on our first CD in 2001,” Simons said.
Simons introduced “Opals” with a short description of the composer and his unique ability to hear colors—often referred to as sound-color synesthesia.

Mendel further described the intricacies Houghton’s synesthesia added to the physical performance of “Opals,” explaining that the arrangement called for specific strumming and plucking placement on the strings.

“Playing away from the center of the guitar makes a more metallic sound,” Mendel said.
After a performance of another arrangement by Houghton, the quartet presented “Black Diamonds,” and “Burning Moon, Frozen Sun,” which are original pieces by Granados.

The concert program said that there would be a performance of Andrew York’s “Pacific Coast High- way,” but the quartet made an impromptu decision to give Granados a solo performance of an original flamenco-style piece.

“We want to show off our newest member,” Simons said.

Joining Granados on stage for the performance
was his 8-year-old brother Ernesto, who accompanied him on the Cajón.

Granados explained that the instrument was a wooden box with guitar strings on the inside, that, when slapped on the front face of the box, a sound similar to that of a snare drum was produced.

To end the concert, the quartet performed “Mi Com- padre Nicolas,” a traditional arrangement and freedom fighting song that featured improvisations from each of the members.

After receiving a standing ovation, the quartet met with audience members and signed CDs that were available for purchase.
The performance was sponsored by WillaKenzie Estate.
For more information of The San Francisco Quartet, visit http://www.sfgq. com/.

Chrissy Shane
Features editor

Chrissy Shane can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com.

Photo by Joel Ray/Senior photographer

Guatemalan musician showcases unique style

Gaby Moreno performs a guitar solo during a professional Cat Cab on May 19 in the Fred Meyer Lounge.

Singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno embodied the blues style in a professional Cat Cab on May 19 in the Fred Meyer Lounge.

Moreno engaged the audience during her performance, inviting junior Jeremy Moll to join her on stage for two songs.

“I love being spontaneous,” Moreno said. “I saw [Moll] playing, and I liked how he played. So I just asked him to come up.”

Freshman Kyra Rickards said she enjoyed the show.

“I thought [Moreno] was absolutely amazing,” Rickards said. “It was one of the best Cat Cabs ever.”

Freshman Annika Yates said she appreciated the bilingual musical experience.

“She was really good, really great,” Yates said. ”I loved how she sang in Spanish too.”

Moreno’s musical roots extend back to her childhood.

The 29-year-old was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Moreno said that she started singing at the age of two and started taking formal lessons when she was five.

She also said that she started performing at festivals and opening for other artists when she was nine years old.

Moreno said her love for music deepened while she was on a family trip to New York City and heard women on the street singing blues songs.

She said she started listening to artists such as, Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack and Ella Fitzgerald.

“[These artists] inspired me,” Moreno said. “I became very interested in the blues music of the 1920s and 1930s. I’d lock myself in my room for hours when I was listening to blues music.”

Moreno said blues music was also the reason why she decided to learn English.

She said she traveled from Guatemala to Los Angeles, Calif., to pursue her dream of being a blues singer after graduating from high school. This decision brought her to America, where she attended classes at the Musician

“I don’t think I would have been able to get where I am today if I would have stayed in Guatemala,” Moreno said. “I knew this is where I had to be.”

While she sings a combination of blues and jazz, Moreno incorporates her Guatemalan background by singing in both Spanish and English.

Some of her more popular songs are “Ave Que Emigra”, “Y Tu Sombra” and “All Things Considered.”

Moreno said that her Guatemalan background has influenced her song writing, along with her experiences  in America.

“I am musically inspired by a lot of things,” she said. “I am inspired by my experiences in Guatemala and moving here. That’s part of it, but not all about that.”

Moreno said she enjoyed her visit to Linfield.

“I had a lot of fun. It was a nice atmosphere,” Moreno said. “I love, love, love this town, and this is a beautiful campus.”

Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor
Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.