For our second evening recital of the conference we are honoured to welcome Jad Azkoul for a return visit. Jad’s lecture-recital will commence at 8pm in the Thompson Room at Queen Margaret’s School in Escrick near York.
In 2014 Jad gave a lecture on the philosophy and playing technique of 20th-century Uruguayan pedagogue Abel Carlevaro, with particular emphasis on controlling the production of sound through small variations of right-hand fingernail attack. He balanced this material with insights into his career working with Carlevaro and subsequent development of his ideas.
“Due to his superb talents … it gives me great pleasure to present Maestro Azkoul as my genuine representative.” Abel Carlevaro. Montevideo, 6th May 1997
“Azkoul can make his instrument sing.” The Washington Post
“Azkoul is a lyrical performer; … impeccably prepared, and he gets a lovely tone.” Soundboard (GFA)
“Jad Azkoul’s playing, warm and intimate, reaches out to his audience.” Classical Guitar Magazine (Wigmore Hall)
We look forward to this lecture-recital as a way of expanding on the previous presentation and appreciating the music and tone production qualities that it explored. There is also the possibility that Jad may bring his own Carlevaro guitar to fully illustrate the ideas. In conjunction with Manuel Contreras, in the 1980’s Carlevaro designed a unique new style of classical guitar which provided a much larger soundboard surface area which was freer to resonate, particularly in the bass.