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19 January 2020Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić plays Perth Concert Hall this Thursday

Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić appears at Perth Concert Hall on Thursday, 23rd January.

The London-based Montenegrin has returned to the stage after conquering one of the worst experiences a musician can face. In 2016, just as he was launching his acclaimed album of Beatles interpretations, Blackbird, Miloš began to suffer from hand problems that threatened to end his career.

Five years earlier he had released his debut album for the esteemed classical label Deutsche Grammophon, simply titled The Guitar. He quickly became one of the classical music world’s new stars but keeping pace with the demands placed on him for live performances and promotional activities, coupled with his own determination to the best he could possibly be, led to what was originally diagnosed as intense muscle strain.

After months of consultations and cancelled concerts, Miloš met a Zurich-based specialist who helped him overcome what had effectively been burn-out. Now back to top form, he’ll play music from Bach to the Beatles in this keenly anticipated concert.

17 January 2020Syrian guitar master Ayman Jarjour plays Dunfermline concert

Ayman Jarjour brings a wealth of experience to his classical guitar recital at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline on Sunday 19th January.

The latest guest of the recently rebranded Music on Sundays (formerly Dunfermline Arts Guitar) completed studies at conservatoires in Damascus, Madrid, New York and Boston before beginning a professional career that has seen him give recitals across the world, including one at Carnegie Hall in New York and another that brought the first-ever performance of the famous Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez to his native Syria.

His dedication to learning from the best – he studied with the great Andres Segovia’s favourite student, Jose Luis Rodrigo, in Madrid – is matched by the passion in Ayman’s playing and an ability to communicate his own personality while honouring the composer’s original intentions.

Sunday’s programme will include music by Spain’s father of the classical guitar Francisco Tárrega, South American guitar music masters Heitor Villa-Lobos and Antonio Lauro, and the Italian guitarist-composer Carlo Domeniconi.

 

Ayman Jarjour

07 December 2019Scottish pianist wins top jazz award with first album

Young Glasgow-based pianist Fergus McCreadie has won the Album of the Year award at the UK’s most prestigious jazz honours, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, with his debut album, Turas.

Recorded with his trio, with whom he has won rapturous receptions across Northern Europe and at venues including London jazz mecca, Ronnie Scott’s this year, the album has already been recognised in the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019, where it won the Best Album category. It was also shortlisted in the Scottish Album of the Year award (SAY), reaching the final ten from an entry of nearly three hundred albums, a rare feat for a jazz recording.

McCreadie, 22, studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he graduated in 2018, and formed his trio with fellow RCS graduates, bassist David Bowden and drummer Stephen Henderson in 2016. They went on to win the Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize later the same year.

Turas was shortlisted in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards alongside recordings by the experienced musicians, saxophonist Jean Toussaint, clarinettist Adrian Cox and top UK band Sons of Kemet. The awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), were held in Pizza Express Live in High Holborn, London on Tuesday this week.

McCreadie, who will be recording the follow-up to Turas with his trio in January, said: “I’m amazed to win this award. I couldn’t have made the album without the great input from David and Stephen and I’d like to thank all my teachers and everyone who has given me encouragement to make a career in music.”

 

Fergus McCreadie (photo by Morgan Shaw)

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