Athens Guitar Duo
First constituted at the Athens Guitar Trio, the Athens Guitar Duo from the USA has been consistently entertaining audiences for the past eight years, offering them exquisitely crafted performances, each presented with a delicacy and creativity only to be found among the finest of chamber ensembles. They have opened up the world of the guitar to new audiences and have promoted the works of both modern and traditional composers with a youthfulness and freshness that makes the music of those composers come alive. Of this ensemble, Jim Montavalli of radio station WPKN in New Haven, CT has said: "[Their] interpretations of music from both classical and contemporary composers are seamlessly blended into an organic whole." Similarly, the Clearwater Tribune wrote: "Individually they play with passion for the music and ... their sounds blend to produce one harmonic tone that is pleasing to the ear and tends to soothe the soul."
Through their performances as a trio
||Athens Guitar duo plays Hill Signature Guitars.
and their past and upcoming ensemble. They explore the expressive capabilities of their instruments through unique repertoire selections and creative and entertaining arrangements. Each member plays a guitar built by the master luthier, Kenny Hill. These include an extremely rare 11-string guitar which extends the range of the ensemble's capability and awakes interest from both fellow musicians and from audiences alike.
AG² is an active partner in the creation of a musical legacy. Since 2005, first appearing as a trio, they have premiered many works composed specifically for their ensemble. They have also been invited to perform for an impressive list of distinguished guests. These include former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter; the Pulitzer-Prize winning Composer, William Bolcom; Simone Fontanelli of the Mozarteum in Salzburg; and the world-renowned guitarist, Christopher Parkening.
As an ensemble, both Dusty Woodruff and Matthew Anderson, the members of AG², have performed throughout the United States. As the ensemble, AG², their explorations into the depth and wealth of the guitar repertoire along with their increased flexibility and dedication to producing great performances, will open to new audiences the joys to be found in this music.
As a trio, their performances have included master classes at major universities and they were the featured ensemble at the first annual North Georgia Guitar Summit. AG² will continue this tradition adding concerts and appearances in Europe and Asia to an increasingly long list of musical triumphs. The ensemble's recordings have been a regular feature on radio stations throughout the USA and they have been featured on America's National Public Radio.
AG² has recently recorded their debut album in Brighton, England with Claudio Records. The album will be distributed internationally by Naxos. This CD comes in preparation for their debut international tour through the People's Republic of China in October 2013.
Magellans Playlist Vol. 1 CD
Our debut CD, recorded for Claudio Records and distributed worldwide by Naxos International. We recorded in June '13 in Brighton, UK, in the beautiful Anglican cathedral of St. Bartholomew. Our recording engineer was the owner/founder of Claudio, Colin Attwell. See our photos for a peak at the venue and the setup for this recording. Colin is a true genius; we couldn't be happier with the end result. Enjoy!!
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