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Guitar Heroes / LAGQ

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>Kanengiser, Bill [Guitar] : Black Icarus, for 4 guitars & percussion (after Ralph Towner's Icarus)
>York, Andrew : B & B, for 4 guitars & double bass
>Head, Brian : We Know You Know
>     Reverie for Mahavishnu, for 4 guitars
>Johanson, Bryan : Pluck, Strum and Hammer, for 4 guitars
>Metheny, Pat : Letter from Home
>Assad, Sérgio : Uarekena
>Howe, Steve : Aire para un Dia (Mood for a Day)
>Dunne, Matthew : Gypsy Flower, for 4 guitars
>York, Andrew : Pop, for 4 guitars
>Giménez, Jerónimo : El Baile de Luis Alonso, zarzuela
>Hirschelman, Evan : Textures
>     In Memory of Michael Hedges, for 4 guitars
>Johanson, Bryan : Let's Be Frank, for 4 guitars
>Chet Atkins / Boudleaux B : Work(s)
>     Blue Echo / Country Gentleman

Album Summary

>Kanengiser, Bill [Guitar] : Black Icarus, for 4 guitars & percussion (after Ralph Towner's Icarus)
>York, Andrew : B & B, for 4 guitars & double bass
>Head, Brian : We Know You Know
>Johanson, Bryan : Pluck, Strum and Hammer, for 4 guitars
>Metheny, Pat : Letter from Home
>Assad, Sérgio : Uarekena
>Howe, Steve : Aire para un Dia (Mood for a Day)
>Dunne, Matthew : Gypsy Flower, for 4 guitars
>York, Andrew : Pop, for 4 guitars
>Giménez, Jerónimo : El Baile de Luis Alonso, zarzuela
>Hirschelman, Evan : Textures
>Johanson, Bryan : Let's Be Frank, for 4 guitars
>Chet Atkins / Boudleaux B : Work(s)
Performers Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This album received the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Crossover Album.

Personnel: Benjamin "Benwell" Levine (double bass).

Recording information: Studio A, O'Henry Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (12/08/2003-12/11/2003).

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is not your typical classical ensemble. The group's open-minded, category-defying aesthetic is shaped by the diverse influences of its individual members. GUITAR HEROES pays homage to the musicians who inspired the foursome, an eclectic pantheon that includes jazz icons, finger-picking wizards, and rock legends, as well as artists from the classical mainstream. The ensemble honors many of its idols via imaginative arrangements of their heroes' works, notably a Brazilian-flavored version of Ralph Towner's classic "Icarus," a "nuevo flamenco" take on Yes guitarist Steve Howe's "Mood for a Day," and a deft medley of "Blue Ocean Echo" and "Country Gentleman" that would make Chet Atkins proud.

Other six-string luminaries are celebrated through original compositions. Brian Head's "We Know You Know: Reverie for Mahavishnu" recalls John McLaughlin's groundbreaking fusion work with both Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Bryan Johanson conjures the flamboyant virtuosity of Jimi Hendrix with the atmospheric "Pluck, Strum, and Hammer," and shows deep appreciation for the uncompromising nature of Frank Zappa's music, as well as his humor, with "Let's Be Frank." The quartet acknowledges its enormous debt to the pioneering work of the Assad Duo and Los Romeros with a vibrant performance of Sergio Assad's "Uarekena" and a graceful reading of "El Boda de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo," a staple from the Romeros' repertoire.



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Works Details

>Kanengiser, Bill [Guitar] : Black Icarus, for 4 guitars & percussion (after Ralph Towner's Icarus)
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>York, Andrew : B & B, for 4 guitars & double bass
  • Performers: Benjamin Levine (Double Bass); Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Head, Brian : We Know You Know :: Reverie for Mahavishnu, for 4 guitars
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johanson, Bryan : Pluck, Strum and Hammer, for 4 guitars
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Metheny, Pat : Letter from Home
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Assad, Sérgio : Uarekena
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s

>Howe, Steve : Aire para un Día (Mood for a Day)
  • Performers: Deanna Nuñez (Palmas); Angelita Macias (Palmas); Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dunne, Matthew : Gypsy Flower, for 4 guitars
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.

>York, Andrew : Pop, for 4 guitars
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jerónimo Giménez (1854 - 1923) : El Baile de Luis Alonso, zarzuela
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Hirschelman, Evan : Textures :: In Memory of Michael Hedges, for 4 guitars
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.

>Johanson, Bryan : Let's Be Frank, for 4 guitars
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chet Atkins / Boudleaux B : Work(s) :: Blue Echo / Country Gentleman
  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.