Review of Meltzer’s “Brion” written for the Cygnus Ensemble

A very nice review of Harold Meltzer’s piece “Brion”, written for the my group the Cygnus Ensemble. Here’s the review, by Frank Oteri:  Click Here.

“Brion” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in music composition.

Classical Contemporary Guitar Music Recording

Recording news

Recording News:

My group the Cygnus Ensemble has been busy recording lately. The group can be heard on the new Naxos release of the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Brion”, by composer Harold Meltzer. Cygnus Ensemble also recently recorded Matthew Greenbaum’s “Wild Rose, Lily, Dry Vanilla” with the wonderful soprano Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev.

The Anderson/Fader guitar duo, the core of the Cygnus Ensemble is almost finished with their debut cd, with pieces by Wuorinen, Rokeach, Dawe, Anderson, Pollock and electric guitar duos by Scott Johnson and David Lang. All the pieces, with the exception of the Rokeach and the Corbett were written for the Anderson/Fader duo. This recording will be released by the Furious Artisans label.

I continue recording with wonderful singers: soprano Courtenay Budd for her new cd of lullabies, and for a Christmas album with the soprano Michele Capalbo.

My two solo cds, Another’s Fandango , and First Flight are available on CDBaby, Amazon, and Itunes.


Some (older and newer) News

Greetings! I hope everyone is having a relaxing summer. I wanted to tell you about some exciting projects that happened this summer, and some that will happen in the Fall.

New You Tube video! : Elliott Carter’s “Changes, for Solo Guitar”. Here’s the link.

I performed two Concertos recently; David Del Puerto’s “Zephyr”, for guitar and ensemble, with New Paths in Music , and Rodrigo’s “Concerto de Aranjuez” with the Manchester Music Festival Orchestra . Both were recorded professionally, and sound clips will be posted soon.

I also returned to Tanglewood , to play guitar and mandolin on two concerts at the Festival of Contemporary Music, Unsuk Chin’s “ Akrostichon Wortspiel” for soprano and ensemble, and Mario Davidovsky’s “Festino”, for guitar, viola, cello and bass. The New York Times review said “Also on Sunday evening the guitarist Oren Fader presided over a lively account of Mario Davidovsky’s invitingly pointillistic “Festino” (1991)” Here’s a link to the full NY Times review.

Other highlights include a week-long Composers residency at the University of Oregon , Eugene , with the Fireworks Ensemble , and a duo performance with violinist Katie Lansdale in Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York , and a full recital of Spanish and Latin American music in Northern New Hampshire (look for our Piazzolla “Histoire du Tango” on Youtube, soon to be posted).

I have articles and interviews in both Classical Guitar , and Guitar Review magazines this month. The Classical Guitar article is a profile of me, and how i make a living as a classical and new music guitarist in New York City, and the Guitar Review article is a remembrance of Thomas Humphrey, the great guitar luthier, on his recent passing.


Recent Interview

Hi. Below is a recent interview I did with composer James Holt for his Podcast, “My Ears Are Open” You can listen to the interview HERE.


CUNY Grad Center

Today my group Cygnus Ensemble worked with Graduate composition students at the CUNY Graduate Center, where we have a residency. David Olan is the head of the program, and we read through about 12 compositions, all different from each other and interesting in their own way. We’ll do another reading in a few months. Good to work with young composers. Maybe one will be the next Mozart!