Pedro Baez at The Mannes Seminar
Pedro Baez, a native of Argentina, presented an afternoon lecture and demonstration of "Guitar in the Pampas," demonstrating an enthralling range of sounds, textures and techniques on the guitar not often heard outside the cowboy/gaucho folkloric tradition. Highlights included the swampy bass work toward the end of Abel Fleury's Cifra, and again in Pedro Herrera's El Pastor y sus Llamas. An arrangement of La Cuartelera by Eduardo Falu proved unusual for its lingering treble vibrato. Juan Falu's Chacarera Utata conveyed the whimsy of its inspiration: a little lizard. Bae's arrangement of Ramon Navarro's Chayita del Vidalero evoked the South American cowboy range across the six strings. View Photos

Classical Guitar Magazine

"Mr. Baez ia a schooled and sensitive musician. His playing has a certain scope and formal grandeur. His interpretations have beginnings, middles and endings, an one rarely forgets where one is. His program was unusually interesting."

Tim Page, New York Time

Pedro Baez was born in Mendoza, Argentina, in March 27, 1951. He is a member of a noted family of guitarists and composers. Expressing an early interest in the guitar, he began his studies with his father, Pedro Baez, Sr. and gave his first concert performance at the age of ten. Mr. Baez has played throughout Argentina, appearing frequently on television and radio. The unusual breath of his musical interest has led him beyond the usual classic guitar repertoire and into the realms of folk, flamenco and contemporary Argentinian music. His concerts also include compositions from Latin America and Spain.

In 1982 he served as artist-in-residence under the sponsorship of the National Bank of Chile, and concertized at the Cultural Institute in Santiago. He came to the United States in 1983 for a cultural tour, performing extensively at universities, colleges and theatres. In New York City, he has performed at the Spanish Institute, Casa de España, Guitarreria Orozco, The American Institute of Guitar, Cami Hall, and Carnegie Recital Hall. Now he is the organiser of the Westchester Guitar Festival, in New York.

In performance of classical and Argentinian contemporary music, Pedro Baez presents a program rarely heard in the concert hall.

Mr. Baez demonstrates the diversity of styles and themes inherent to the repertoire of the classical guitar. He not only plays works by Villa-Lobos but also animated and improvised melodies from all over the Spanish musical world.

Pedro says...

For many years I have been dedicated to the interpretation of Spanish music with particular emphasis on Argentinian composers. I was born in Argentina and grew up listening to musical traditions from all parts of the country. In my concert repertory there are pieces by Piazzolla, Jorge Martinez-Zarate, Eduardo Falu, Alberto Ginastera and Domingo Baez. My concerts can be as solist or with an ensemble.

Also in my repertory there are pieces from other Latin American countries and from our mother land Spain, including flamenco.

I have a Piazzola Extravaganza in which I play many tango pieces by this extraordinary Argentinian composer. I have solo pieces as well as duos with guitar, piano or bandoneon. Available are "Suite Troileana" with guitar, bass and percussion, "History of the Tango" with two guitars and "Tango Sensation" with string quartet.

I also offer the complete "El Amor Brujo" by Manuel Falla, with two guitars and female voice in the popular style.

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