2016 began with the world premiere of Nazcan, written for the San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensemble, conducted by David Tanenbaum. Described by the Classical Guitar Magazine as a “bracing and evocative piece that offers much food for thought, both musically and lyrically”, the 20 minutes’ music suite also includes two narrators, and is based on the poem Clarivigilia Primaveral, by Guatemalan Nobel Prize winner Miguel Angel Asturias.
Stephen Smoliar wrote in The Examiner that “Equally impressive was the diversity of sonorities the composer could evoke from eight separate guitars. This allowed him to call attention to the rhetorical subtleties of the poetry through his own repertoire of sonorous rhetorical tropes. The result was a smooth flow through a litany of six image-rich sections of Asturias’ poem that revealed new potentials for the interplay of music with text.”
The world premiere took place on January 14th, in the opening concert of the Biasini Guitar Competition and Festival at the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall in San Francisco. The music is part of the project “Seis miradas por Latinoamerica”.
Javier Farias has been awarded a grant from New Music USA for his project Seis miradas por Latinoamérica: Two new pieces for solo guitar in homage to Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriela Mistral will be premiered by Javier Farias at the 2016 Latin American Cultural Week, in New York, and also a new piece to be premiered by the Ensamble de Guitarras de Chile at the Entrecuerdas Festival, in Santiago, Chile (October 2016).
Javier Farías is working in a new duet for classical and electric guitar featuring jazz fusion guitarist Mike Stern. The three movements suite will be recorded by Farías on both, classical and acoustic guitar along with Mike Stern during spring 2016.
Mike Stern’s career spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, including six-time GRAMMY® nominee.
New works by Javier Farías have been recently published by Doberman-Yppan. These new publications include the music that was premiered and recorded by Eliot Fisk; the guitarist of The Police, Andy Summers; Ricardo Cobo, and Romilio Orellana. Other new works are to be published soon.
For upcoming March Javier Farías is invited to give a lecture to speak about his experience founding and leading the project Ensamble de Guitarras de Chile at the International Guitar Research Conference at the University of Surrey, in United Kingdom. The conference will run from 18th to 23rd March 2016 where some of the most distinguished and highly regarded scholars and musicians from around the world will gather for this major international conference featuring six public concerts, four keynote lectures, and over 50 lecture-recitals and academic papers.
The Ensamble de Guitarras de Chile, under the artistic direction of Javier Farías, is preparing the recording of its second CD, which includes Farías’ Recinto de la piedra, and works by Ben Verdery, Sergio Assad, Paquito d’Rivera and Alberto Ginastera. The CD will be recorded in Santiago, Chile in July 2016 thanks to a grant obtained by the Chilean Council for the Arts.
A new DVD by the Orellana & Orlandini Duo has been recently released. It includes Farías’ “Trastocada” written for two guitars.