Sunday, January 8, 2023
Roberto Granados, guitar
Roberto Granados, guitar
PETITE SUITE POUR GUITARE (1981)
I. Vivace energico
III. Allegro moderato
V. Moderato Aquarelle
III. Preludio e toccatina
THREE LOOP PEDAL PIECES (2017, rev. 2020)
II. Crown Shyness
III. Altostratus Undulatus
TOCCATA Y LAMENTO (1987)
ALL IN TWILIGHT (1988)
… ALL THERE IS … (2022)
I.Everything we see and touch is all there is,
II. but all there is is so out of reach;
III. we can’t hold it all at the same time.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Roberto Granados is a guitarist and composer from Hayward, California. First inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix, Roberto began studying guitar at the age of six with Hungarian classical guitarist Gyorgy Vass. He has since studied privately with flamenco guitarist-composer Jason McGuire and classical guitarist-composer Sérgio Assad. Roberto holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Music from California State University East Bay, where he studied with Marc Teicholz, and two Masters degrees in Music (M.M., M.M.A.) from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. Roberto has performed widely in numerous venues in collaboration with various ensembles and artists, including the San Francisco Guitar Quartet, the California Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony, Jon Anderson of British progressive rock band Yes, and ukulele soloist Jake Shimabukuro.
Roberto’s ongoing work as a performer, composer and multidisciplinary artist center on a concerted effort to expand the idiom of the guitar as a classical instrument, creating spaces for performance that focus primarily on new music, and music that is underrepresented, underperformed, or even completely unperformed or excluded in the conventional repertoire for the instrument.
Roberto composes music varying from solo and ensemble works to electronics and performance art-inspired pieces, and often experimenting with elements of noise, improvisation, indeterminacy and altered tuning systems. He has premiered and composed new works for guitar and other instruments in collaboration with the Bay Area Composers Group collective, including several concerts at the Center for New Music in San Francisco and an online livestream premiere series. Roberto has contributed a piece for guitar duet and real-time signal processing for the Musaics of the Bay "Stay-at-Home Symposium" series, which pairs new and emerging composers with visual artists to create new works for a virtual premiere. Roberto has also studied and performed extensively as a flamenco guitarist, and has released an album of flamenco music, Soñador (2018). He writes music for a solo instrumental progressive metal project under the alias of The Halcyon Effect, and works in audio production and visual art in his free time.