The Mellow Sounds Of Spain: Success in Piccadilly for the “Maria Camahort Quintet”:

St. James’s Church in Piccadilly (designed by Sir Christopher Wren and opened in 1684) offers an extensive music programme: Lunchtime concerts three days a week and “an array of evening concerts”. On 10th April at 7pm, the Maria Camahort Quintet performed there to an appreciative audience of more than 100.

Laura Rahi (Soprano) is from Girona, Violeta Garcia (Violinist & Singer) from Madrid, Sergio Serra (Cello) from Barcelona and Maria (Guitarist & arrangements) from between Barcelona and Valencia. Their flamenco percussionist (Pablo Dominguez) was away in India so was replaced for this event by Malik from Cadiz. They are all based in London and all of them except for Pablo (who they met at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club) studied together at the Guildhall School of Music. They have performed in Edinburgh, Oxford, St. Martins-in-the Field and at the South Bank Centre. They will release their first CD in September or October this year.

Their repertoire at St. James’s included compositions by Federico Mompou, Manuel de Falla, Federico Garcia Lorca, Astor Piazzola and Chano Dominguez. They also played their own arrangement of traditional Catalan melodies.

 

 

Filed under: Music & Dance | Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Colin D Gordon

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