After many years of touring almost exclusively as a solo classical guitarist, Petar Jankovic entered the world of chamber music in 2008 with an innovative idea: a traditional string quartet led by guitar! The guitar's Spanish and Latin American performing practices, blended with the string quartet's classical European music tradition infuse an inventive vigor and inspirational outlook. PJE covers a wide range of repertoire with idiomatic and expressive renditions: from early music jewels of Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Boccerini, to traditional Spanish works by Albeniz, De Falla, and Granados. Passionate Piazzolla tangos and rich Brazzilian music forms of Gnattalli, Bellinati, and Villa-Lobos are performed alongside exotic Balkan/Gypsy traditions, and new classical works by contemporary composers such as Roland Dyens, Elliott Bark, Jonathan Godfrey. Featuring an international cast of musicians: Sophie Bird (New Zealand) on Violin 1, Grace Kim (Korea/Canada) on Violin 2, Rose Wollman (USA) on Viola, Maria Martinez (Spain) on Cello and Petar Jankovic (US/Serbia) on guitar.
This is a Doudna Fine Arts Center New and Emerging Artists Series program with additional support from the EIU Classical Music Series Endowment Fund.Read more »