El Paseo Arts Foundation Presents Midsummer Music on Friday, July 13th

On Friday, July 13, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., El Paseo Arts Foundation will host a Midsummer Music Concert featuring internationally renowned guitarists Bert Lams, born and raised in Belgium, and Italian born Fabio Mittino performing the music from their album “Long Ago”. The album contains the music of Russian/Armenian philosopher George Ivanovich Gurdjieff and his Russian/Ukrainian protégé, composer Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann. Gurdjieff had the remarkable gift of remembering music he had heard during his early travels in Asia and the Middle East, and many years later he sang and played the melodies to De Hartmann. Together they created more than 200 pieces of music for the piano between 1918 and 1927. Lams and Mittino heard the music and were inspired to create transcriptions and arrangements of the music for two guitars. For the album and the performance, Lams and Mittino selected acoustic, Gibson, arch top guitars, built in the 1930’s. The instruments help create the authentic and intimate character of the music — music that covers a vast territory including Armenian songs, Hindu melodies, Kurdish melodies, and Orthodox Hymn and several Savvid dances. Most of it has never been played on the guitar before. The melodies vary, sometimes capturing an ancient ambience, a bit of Eastern intrigue, a rich spiritual cast, a delicate dance, or a mischievous bit of humor.

Bert Lams has twenty years of experience in performing and teaching classical guitar and guitar technique. He studied classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium where he graduated with Honors. He studied under Monique Vigneron and Albert Sundermann (a student of Andres Segovia.) He has subsequently conducted workshops for guitar students around the world, including master classes in Berlin, Paris, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Mexico City.

Since 1990, Bert Lams has been a composer and performer with the highly acclaimed California Guitar Trio. In 1993, the California Guitar Trio released their first recording “Yamanashi Blues” on Discipline Records followed by a successful world tour. In the same year Lams completed a world tour with the Robert Fripp String Quintet resulting in Lams also playing as a members of Fripp’s King Crimson group.
Fabio Mittino began studying classical guitar when he was thirteen. In 1998 he was introduced to Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft in Salisbury, London. Fripp suggested that Mittino study with Lams and that relationship led to their collaboration on the transcriptions and arrangements of Gurdjieff and de Hartmann’s music. In addition to the “Long Ago” album with Lams, Mittino plays original music on electric guitar with his own solo project, “Simple Music For Difficult People”

As an added treat for this special evening of music, local favorite, Jenuine Cello will open the concert with a performance of complementary classical cello pieces. Jenuine Cello, aka Jen Mulhern, is a captivating model of a modern one-woman band. Her live compositions take listeners on a road trip free from genre, saturated with an array of influences. With undercurrents of Bach, Bjork and everything in between, her music combines classically-infused inspiration with raw textures to create a unique sound of layered soulful puzzle pieces.

The setting for the concert is the nightclub at 5908 Padre Blvd. (near the corner of Sunset). It provides the perfect ambience for this intimate evening of music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar available. Ticket are specially priced at just $15 per person and are currently available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, S.O.S., the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square and online at http://www.elpaseoarts.org.

Grab your passport for this musical tour that you don’t want to miss. The music should transport you to a different time and place altogether – a place of quiet, exotic serenity – a lovely sound for a midsummer evening.