Fred Sturm plays Villa-Lobos and more

Sunday March 22, 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Time: 03:00 Doors: 02:30 Ages: All Ages Tickets: $15 - $20

Outpost Performance Space

210 Yale SE - Albuquerque NM

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Albuquerque-based pianist Fred Sturm has performed regularly at the Outpost for many years (since the days of the original Morningside Drive venue), specializing in  music by Latin American composers. This concert will feature Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ suite of sixteen Cirandas, which was written in 1926 in advance of his second voyage to Paris to promote his music on the international stage. During his first stay there, Villa-Lobos found that his music with a marked Brazilian flavor was most successful. Accordingly, he produced a large repertoire in that vein, including this set of pieces, which are  based on Brazilian children’s songs that he set in a very colorful and rhythmic way. While they are widely considered to be Villa-Lobos’ best music for piano, these pieces have only rarely been heard outside Brazil due to the fact that they were published by a Brazilian firm with no international distribution. Sturm will also perform two works by Mexican composer Federico Ibarra, including his seventh sonata, which was completed in 2012 and dedicated to Sturm, who has just completed recording it for release later this year, and his more recent Annihilation of a Dream. Rounding out the program will be Argentine composer Alejandro Rutty’s Qualia (2015), written in an extended tango style with layers of rhythm and accents. Fred Sturm makes his living as a piano technician (he rebuilt and lovingly cares for Outpost's (as well as UNM's) pianos) to support his ability to explore, perform and record music that excites him. He has released six CDs, including Brazilian Soul (all Villa-Lobos) and Piano Music of Federico Ibarra. His latest project will include all the piano music of Arturo Márquez, together with the Ibarra and Rutty onthis program, plus a couple of other works. 

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