A&E Briefs: Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow returns to Summit County Library
The Summit County Library presents acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow for a special concert. The event will be Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Mountain Room of the County Commons Building in Frisco. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free to the community.
Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions. His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.
“In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor and legends behind the music,” said Scott Beach, director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment, in a statement. “Jerry Barlow … a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting. Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience. It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas.”
Barlow’s latest CD, “‘Twas The Night, Songs of Christmas,” was released in early December 2013 to excellent reviews. His 2011 recording, “Fields And Fences,” was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Association. The Indie Acoustic Project selected the title song from Jerry’s CD, “Bring Down The Storm,” as “one of the best songs of 2006.”
Music from all of Barlow’s recordings can be heard regularly on National Public Radio stations. He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine and was profiled in the February 2011 issue of Celtic Connection. He has performed in the Gates Auditorium for the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts and is a favorite of High plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert Series in Amarillo, Texas. For more information, contact the library at (970) 668-5555.
La Catrina to perform at CMC
Music is a part of life, but in many cultures it is also a part of grieving or even in celebrating the passing of a loved one.
That may have been part of the thinking when La Catrina String Quartet formed eight years ago. The four-member group will perform Latin American and classical string quartet music at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Jorge Martínez-Ríos plays viola in the quartet and said the group chose its name because all four are from Latin America and recognize the cultural importance of celebrating the lives of those who pass away.
“We listen to the music they liked and eat the food they liked to eat,” Martínez-Ríos said. “So it becomes a fun celebration, which we want our music to portray.”
La Catrina String Quartet is the string-quartet-in-residence at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. A big part of the group’s educational mission includes outreach programs, Martínez-Ríos said, especially sharing with younger children Latin American and string quartet music.
“No group can survive today on performances alone,” he said. “So we do about 30 outreach concerts a year, where we explain what the music is about, where it came from and its importance to our culture. And we find little kids are more open to Latin American music.”
Martínez-Ríos said some of the group’s time in Colorado will include outreach events.
La Catrina String Quartet will perform at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, 107 Denison Placer Road, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The concert is sponsored by CMC ArtShare. La Catrina will also perform at the college’s campus in Rifle the evening before. For more information, call (970) 947-8367. Find more about La Catrina String Quartet online at lacatrinaquartet.com.
— By Mike McKibbin
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