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VIDA Guitar Quartet

February 6 & 7, 2014

URS Theater - 7:30 p.m.

Vida Guitar Quartet 

THE VIDA GUITAR QUARTET brings together four internationally renowned guitarists of exceptional artistry who share a passion for their music. -- Mark Ashford, Mark Eden, Helen Sanderson and Chris Stell. Since their debut at the World Youth Guitar Festival in 2007, the Quartet has rapidly gained a reputation as the most dynamic guitar ensemble in the United Kingdom. VIDA GQ made their USA debut in 2011 at the International Guitar Festival in Los Angeles, and more recently were artists-in-residence for California State University’s “Summer Arts” program in Monterey in July 2012.

Love, the Magician – their debut CD– has received rave press reviews since its release in 2009 ...e.g. “VIDA Guitar Quartet’s debut recording is impressive indeed. Why? Because it’s so easy to imagine you’re listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. Throughout, the Quartet succeeds in bringing out the narrative and dramatic qualities implicit in the music through a combination of exquisite tonal and dynamic control, super-tight ensemble and unerring musical instinct. There’s only one word for it: magic”. Gramophone

The members of VIDA conjure up an orchestral palette of color and effects from four regular classical models. Sticking to tried-and-tested guitar transcription material, they play with technical brilliance and precise ensemble. They clearly demonstrate their musical maturity and mastery of the medium. They sparkle with vitality and spontaneity, weaving a rich tapestry of color and breathtaking range of dynamics and percussive effects that will hold you spellbound.

Not only is VIDA GQ a group of outstanding musicians, they are also highly entertaining, using humor throughout the performance to relate to the audience and to one another.

Do not miss this magical evening of music and mirth!

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