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We hope you enjoy reading our newly re-vamped monthly newsletter. In addition to our regular concert listings we will now be bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the world of classical Iberican music. We hope that this new e-newsletter will help to create even more interest in what is undoubtedly the most exciting, yet most overlooked branch of classical music. We are keen to hear your feedback, so please do get back to us with your comments. You can email me at or also follow us on Facebook and Twitter - just follow the links below. Enjoy!
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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Valentina Díaz-Frenot: Two Centuries-Two Continents

Thu 6 June 2013, 7.30pm
The Forge
3-7 Delancey Street
United Kingdom

‘Clear, serene and balanced, this performer highlighted a sharpness of touch and transparence of intensities of rare quality.’ Buenos Aires Musical

A student of Alicia de Larrocha, Magda Tagliaferro and Vlado Perlemuter, and honored by the French government with the ‘Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ for her achievements in French music, pianist Valentina Díaz-Frénot returns to London for her debut performance at the intimate Forge venue. A winner of numerous international competitions, Valentina Díaz-Frenot offers technical panache with a Latin accent. Originally from Argentina and now considered Paraguay's resident 'National Pianist', Díaz-Frénot will perform a variety of French, Argentine and Spanish works reflecting her cosmopolitan background, plus a specially-commissioned world premiere by Paraguayan composer Diego Sánchez-Haase

Francis Poulenc 3 Bagatelles | Improvisation  No. 15 (‘Hommage à Edith Piaf’)
Manuel de Falla Canción | Cubana | Andaluza
Diego Sánchez-Haase Two Paraguayan Pieces (world premiere)
Julián Aguirre IntimasOp. 21, No. 2                                             
Alberto Ginastera Suite de danzas criollasOp. 15

For a sneak peek of Valentina's last ILAMS performance at St Martin-in-the-Fields click HERE 

BookingsWeb site | E-mail | 020 7383 7808
Tickets: £11/9 online | £12/10 on the door | £2 off all tickets to ILAMS Members

El Día E

Sat 22 June 2013, Time TBA
Instituto Cervantes
102 Eaton Square
United Kingdom

On 22nd June the Instituto Cervantes celebrates El Día E: a great open day which takes place simultaneously in more than 70 Cervantes centres around the world to celebrate the importance of Spanish as an international language. At the Instituto Cervantes London the day features a broad programme of cultural, educational, gastronomic and fun activities which will represent the richness and diversity of all the countries that share the Spanish language, including 3 classical music performances by some of the UK's leading young classical artists: Absolute Duo, Ahmed Dickinson and Alicia Griffiths Turrillas.

Absolute Duo: Julia White oboe & cor anglais | Georgina Whitehead guitar 

Fernando Sor 12 Seguidillas
Heitor Villa-Lobos Distribuição de flôres
Celso Machado Musiques populaires brésiliennes
Maurice Ravel Pièce en Forme de Habanera (tr. by Janet Ketchum & Peter Segal)
Manuel de Falla ‘Danza del Molinero’ from El sombrero de tres picos (arr. Georgina Whitehead)
Astor Piazzolla Libertango
Celso Machado Marchinha de carnaval |

Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas guitar

'A true pioneer...' Classic FM Magazine

Isaac Albéniz Asturias
Francisco Tárrega Capricho árabe
Jose Antonio Rojas Jairo y Juan | Lilliam | Guajira a mi madre
Eduardo Martín Divertimentos tropicales | Inevitable/ Chacumbele

Alicia Griffiths Turrillas harp 

Enrique Granados ‘Danza Oriental’ from 12 Danzas españolas
Alphonse Hasselmans Gitana, Op. 21
Jesús Guridi Viejo zortzico
Carlos Salzedo ‘Tango y Seguidilla’ from Suite de 8 danzas
Bernard Andrès Mambo

This is an ILAMS series of events organised in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes Londres

BookingsWeb site | E-mail | 020 7235 0353

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   CD of the Month

ILAMS Launches New Partnership with Como No and La Linea with a Sell-out Concert at the Southbank Centre

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Marcelo Bratke at the Purcell Room on 24th April

On 24th April ILAMS inaugurated a new partnership with Como No and La Linea, the UK's largest Latin music festival, with a sell-out concert at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room featuring acclaimed Brazilian virtuoso pianist, Marcelo Bratke. 'Bach and Bachianas' explored musical dialogues between Europe and Brazil, juxtaposing Bach's Partita No. 1 with Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 by Heitor Villa-Lobos. To mark the 150th anniversary of Brazilian composer, Ernesto Nazareth, Bratke also presented a selection of Brazilian tangos alongside Darius Milhaud's Saudades do Brasil, as well as a hauntingly beautiful own arrangement of Jobim's Girl from Ipanema for the encore. Opening for Marcelo Bratke were the soprano/piano duo, TangOpera, with special guest, Brazilian cellist, Diego Carneiro de Oliveira.

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Roberto Sierra: Souvenirs
Ian Hobson (piano/conductor),
Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Sinfonia da Camera
Albany TROY1078
I’ll admit straight off that Roberto Sierra is for me one of the most interesting Latin American composers alive today. He was born in Puerto Rico and now lives and works in the USA. His music is quite unmistakeable stylistically, remaining true to his roots and tonal but spiced with a distinctive contemporary edge. His concertos, symphonies and orchestral works are a testament to his vivid musical imagination and brilliant orchestral technique. Souvenirs represents Sierra’s continued exploration of iconic pieces from the Spanish Baroque, placed in a more contemporary setting. It opens with Fandangos, the brilliant successor to Folías, for guitar and orchestra, based on the well-known Folias D’Espagne and the Concierto barocco, both recorded for Koch by Manuel Barrueco. Sierra’s orchestral fantasy is broadly based on Soler’s famous Fandango for solo harpsichord, interspersed cleverly with elements of the fandangos by Scarlatti and Boccherini. It is a superbly-crafted orchestral tour de force that carries the oft-repeated theme before it with its sheer brio and inventiveness. Apart from a virtuoso Toccata that ends the CD, the main course is a fascinating exploration of the Louis Moreau Gottschalk characteristic solo piano piece, Souvenir de Porto Rico. Ian Hobson introduces the original and Sierra’s initial solo piano reflections, before embarking on the large-scale concertante work, Souvenirs for piano and orchestra. Sierra recreates the charming original and then takes the music through an expansive quasi-romantic set of variations, full of invention and pianistic rhetoric. It is superbly performed throughout and sets the seal on a fascinating and rewarding disc.
Reviewed by RAY PICOT

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   Video of the Month

Words of

‘Dicen que el amor es ciego, y en este caso, también sordo.’
‘They say that love is blind. ...In my case it is also deaf.’
Astor Piazzolla
Argentine composer,
bandoneón player and
tango revolutionary
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Click HERE to watch superlative Cuban soprano, Bárbara Llanes, performing two songs by compatriot compser, Roberto Valera.

   Other concerts we recommend this month

Melvyn Tan: Early Portuguese Keyboard Works


Thu 13 June 2013, 7.30pm
St James’s Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert, but one we highly recommend!)

Renowned Early keyboard specialist Melvyn Tan presents a programme including a great rarity – three virtuoso and brilliant sonatas by a group of three Portuguese monks who were taught by Antonio Soler, who was also a great influence on Domenico Scarlatti.
J.S. Bach Concerto in the Italian Style
Domenico Scarlatti Four Sonatas
Jose de Santana Sonata in D minor
Jacinto de Sacremento Sonata in G minor
Francisco Xavier Bachixa Sonata in F major

Click HERE for a preview of Melvyn Tan performing Bach.

BookingsWeb site | 020 7381 0441
Tickets: £15


Ahmed Dickinson: 'Nine Ways to Caress a Woman'


Fri 14 June 2013, 7.30pm
Bolívar Hall
54, Grafton Way
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert, but one we highly recommend!)

'A true pioneer...' Classic FM Magazine

Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson presents the UK premiere of Nine Ways To Caress A Woman, a suite for guitar and narrator composed by contemporary Mexican composer, Enrique González Medina. This seductive and ingenious work takes its inspiration from the proverbial comparison of the classical guitar to the female form. The piece, composed in 1997 and with texts by playwright Jose Cruz Gonzáles, has been specially revised for the occasion. With special guest narrator, Jamie Nichols.

Eduardo Martín Canciones del calendario | Divertimentos tropicales
Leo Brouwer Dos temas populares cubanos
Francisco Tárrega Capricho árabe
Enrique González Medina Nine Ways to Caress a Woman

This event is curated by Cubafilin Récords

BookingsWeb site | E-mail
Tickets: £11 in advance | £10 on the door


Echoes from Spain


Fri 21 June 2013, 7.30pm
Bolívar Hall
54, Grafton Way
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert, but one highly recommend!)

‘A singer of high intelligence, feisty character and captivating vocal colour’. The Times

The award-winning Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gúdrun Ólafsdóttir joins the Spanish violin/guitar Roncesvalles Duo (Elena and Francisco Javier Jáuregui) to perform music from all over Spain. From the heritage of the Sephardic communities, passed down from generation to generation since medieval times, to songs by Lorca, Granados and the folk Basque tradition, to the UK premiere of new Spanish music, this colourful evening will draw you into the depths of the Spanish soul.

Pablo de Sarasate Playera (tr. by FJ Jauregui)
Isaac Albéniz Cantos de España Suite española (tr. by FJ Jáuregui)
Enrique Granados Colección de tonadillas (tr. by FJ Jáuregui)
Francisco Javier Jáuregui Canciones sefardíes | Three Basque Folk Songs*
Agustín Castilla-Ávila To his Hephaestion Alexander writesCaged Music II*
Eduardo Morales Caso Homenajes*
Federico García Lorca Canciones españolas antiguas
*UK premiere |

BookingsWeb site | E-mail | 07976 899628
Tickets: £10 | £8 Concessions | £8 ILAMS members


New Horizons


Fri 28 June 2013, 7.30pm
Bolívar Hall
54, Grafton Way
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert, but one we highly recommend!)

The Transformations Music Series returns to the Bolivar Hall, one of London's finest venues for the guitar with its intimate setting and wonderful acoustics. This year's series of highly varied concerts and recitals opens on Friday 28 June 2013 with the innovative British guitarist and composer Gary Ryan and guest artist Thomas Hobbs, tenor, and includes a performance of Ryan's acclaimed composition Benga Beat alongside works by:


BookingsWeb site | E-mail | 020 7388 5788
Tickets: £15 | £13.50 for ILAMS members

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