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Vida Guitar Quartet

Saturday January 13, 2024 at 19:30
Southwell Library, Southwell
Phone for tickets: 01636 812148
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Vida's ability to conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects(Classic FM) combined with their exquisite tonal and dynamic controlhas firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble who sparkle with vitality and spontaneity(Acoustic). Vida's seemingly effortless sense of ensemble and their broad range of timbres and dynamics evokes listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. There's only one word for it: magic(Gramophone).

Since forming in 2007, Vida has performed to critical acclaim in major UK venues including King's Place (London), The Purcell room (London), The Sage (Gateshead) and St George's (Bristol). They are sought-after festival artists throughout the UK, Europe and North America

In 2011 Vida made their US debuts in Los Angeles and New York. They were artists in residence at CSU’s Summer Arts program in Monterey Bay CA in March 2012.

The Vida Guitar Quartet has appeared on some of North America’s most prestigious stages for classical guitar, including the Long Island Guitar Festival and the Allegro Guitar Series in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Las Vegas. They have been chosen as the keynote performers for the 2015 GFA (Guitar Federation of America) Annual Conference, one of the world’s most high- profile engagements for guitarists. 2017 marked the quartets debut in China as part of the Changsha International Guitar Festival where they were invited to play the closing nights concert.

In April 2013 following on from their acclaimed debut CD, ?Love, the Magician' (BGS118) Vida released ?Rhapsody' featuring works by George Gershwin, Malcolm Arnold and Adam Gorb. The next recording “The leaves be Green”, includes music by English composers such as Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar. In Autumn 2017 a collaboration with Saxophonist Amy Green saw the release of ‘Bachianas’.With Bach’s Brandenburg concerto No.3 (the theme) and a collection of pieces directly inspired by Bach (the variations) this recording features composers such as Mendelssohn, Villa Lobos as well as two new works written for the quartet by Howard Skempton and Laura Snowdon. In 2019 VIDA were busy with extensive tours in the US in Arizona, Florida, South Carolina and Colorado, and in China performing in concert halls in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dalian, Nanchang and Haian. They are delighted to be returning to the US in 2024.

Vida are D’Addario string classical artists.

Vida sparkled with vitality and spontaneity, weaving a rich tapestry of colour and breathtaking range of dynamics and percussive effects that held the audience spellbound ... the visual interplay between them enhancing an already superb performance. These are outstanding musicians, if you can, go hear them play.Acoustic

exquisite tonal and dynamic control, super-tight ensemble and unerring musical instinct. There's only one word for it: magicGramophone

Vida conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects ... they play with technical brilliance and precise ensemble, creating alternately smoky and glittering colours in Falla's El amor brujo that suit the gypsy heart of the music so well.Classic FM

Their range of timbres and colouration is so broad that one really does forget that there are four identical instruments. Their dynamic control, which ranges from an almost inaudible pianissimo to ranging fortissimos, is impressive.The Vida Guitar Quartet's ensemble throughout is exemplary and seemingly achieved with ease ... their blending of tone is remarkably unified. The recording is well balanced and natural, with a warm tone quality and intimate clarity. This is a thoroughly enjoyable disc.International Record Review

Southwell Library
KIngs Street
NG25 0EH

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