William Kanengiser will continue the launch of “The Diaspora Project” in the 2019-2020 season.
For “The Diaspora Project,” Mr. Kanengiser has commissioned seven new compositions for classical guitar, each reflecting the individual composers’ personal perspectives on issues of musical and cultural identity.
· Sergio Assad: “The Walls” for Solo Guitar & Guitar Orchestra
· Dusan Bogdanovic: “The Castle in Cloudland” – a work based on Serbian folktales
· Andrea Clearfield: A re-imagining of traditional Tibetan dramyin music
· Matthew Dunne: An exploration of Central American migration to the United States
· Bryan Johanson: “The Bootlegger’s Tale” – a reflection on the composer’s Irish-American immigrant grandfather during Prohibition
· Golfam Khayam: “Lost Land” – a transfiguration of ancient Persian music
· Carlos Rafael Rivera: The composer’s take on Mayan/Guatemalan music
Selections from these works will be integrated into a program of Spanish masterworks for solo guitar.
NOTE: Mr. Assad’s work includes the participation of a local guitar orchestra. If you are interested in including this work in your program, please request further details as to preparation and rehearsal.
The Alexander String Quartet and guitarist William Kanengiser are pleased to announce an unusual collaborative program, “British Invasion,” available beginning in 2019-2020.
The germ of this project is a work co-composed by Sting and Dušan Bogdanović, “Prisms – Six Songs by Sting” (2013). The work reinterprets, for guitar and string quartet, the songs “Every Breath You Take,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Shape of My Heart,” “Fields of Gold,” “Roxanne,” and “Desert Rose.”
This will be the U.S. Premiere of this work.
The musicians decided to craft a program of quintet works, all with a British connection:
Sting/Bogdanović Prisms – Six Songs by Sting  – U.S. Premiere
Leo Brouwer From Yesterday to Today: Seven Songs After the Beatles 
Ian Krouse Labyrinth (on a theme by Led Zeppelin) 
Ian Krouse Music in Four Sharps (on Dowland’s Frog Galliard) 
Repertory with Guitar Orchestra
This work, written for Mr. Kanengiser, is for solo guitar with a guitar ensemble of 15 or more players (and conductor).
Sergio Assad The Walls (2018)
Shingo Fujii Concierto de Los Angeles (2006)
Repertory with Orchestra
Isaac Albeniz (arr. Steven Goss) The Albeniz Concerto (2009)
Malcolm Arnold Concerto, Op. 67 (1959)
Dusan Bogdanovic Kaleidoscope (written for William Kanengiser) (2004)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 99 (1939)
Ernesto Cordero Concierto Antillano (1983)
Manuel Ponce Concierto del Sur (1941)
Joaquin Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)
Fantasia para un Gentilhombre (1954)
Craig Russell Concierto Romántico (1977)
Heitor Villa-Lobos Concerto (1951)
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto in D major, RV 93
Concerto in C major, RV 425
Concerto in A major