To be found here. Seems we were well received
The morning recital at the Royal Over-Seas Legion was exquisite and perhaps proves once and for all that there is a great deal of truth in the old housewives saying that ‘the early bird catches the worm.’ Despite their youth, both Jun Sasaki and Sean Shibe display a maturity beyond their years, truly connecting with the pieces and consequentially both delivering a wonderful performance. Both musicians aptly and elegantly demonstrated the beauty of their instruments.
First on stage was Sasaki, a magnificent young cellist performing Bach’s Suite No. 1. Sasaki remained the absolute picture of elegance throughout his performance, injecting a burst of life into the room, every note being made with either a quiet pride or a subtle melancholy.
This was followed by Shibe who retained the room’s acknowledgement of excellence, breaking interspersing Bach with a brief interlude of Mudarra’s Fantasia X111, the warm tones of his classical guitar highlighted to perfection. He then returned to Bach, performing Lute Suite No 2. Shibe retained a resounding sense of control over the music, seeming to instinctively understand when to hold back and when to play more passionately; the honeyed tones of the guitar permeating every inch of the room.
The true mark of the almost entrancing performance was the audible fidgeting and expulsion of breath in the gaps between sections, as the audience are suddenly transported back into their everyday world.
Also, I’ll be performing on the Friday night of the Edinburgh International Guitar Festival, run by Mike McGeary, on the 9th October in Ullapol Guitar Festival, and on some date to be confirmed during the Big Guitar Weekend. Dates to be confirmed on upcoming concerts page soon.
Catch me at Bach for Breakfast this Friday @ 0930, tickets selling fast so get one while you can.
The recital that I gave after the Annual General Meeting of the North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society was reviewed on their website (top). The programme, despite what is listed below, ended up with not so much Arnold and some Asturias (guilty pleasure…), Granados, and Purcell put in.
Paul Fowles was along last year so published was a review of the few days and some fine photography, examples below.
Here is a link to Alan Coady’s generous review of the gig, it’s all good woop wooop woooop
I’ve added to the Forthcoming Concerts page the details of, well… some forthcoming concerts. It seems that these first few months of 2011 will be busy.
Oh and I also added in a wee quote given by those nice EGTA guys to the quotes page re: a wee half recital I gave in England for their AGM.
So Michael Tumelty from the Herald reviewed the lunchtime concert of that last Friday after having been there, and it was published today.
“Then came utter magic in Marek Pasieczny’s guitar Sequenza, which took the guitar into little-explored, often exotic and always beguiling territory, and played by, I believe, the finest acoustic guitarist I have ever heard, Sean Shibe, a first year student who, incredibly, is still 16. Remember the name. One day he will be famous; I do not exaggerate.”
Actually what I thought was quite funny was that he said I am 16, and I’m not. But also I wondered where did he get that from. Well hey ho it’s a good review anyway. I will put it onto the page for reviews and post a link to the full article.