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Church on the Hill
Boston, MA
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Sunday, 21 July, starting at 7:30 pm, Church on the Hill, 140 Bowdoin Street, Beacon Hill (Boston), the SONS OF LIBERTY FESTIVAL and ARIEL ARTISTS present "SOLI DEO GLORIA" performed by Duo Orfeo --Jamie Balmer and Joseph Ricker-- on electric guitars, featuring pieces by Guiallame de Machaut (1300-1377); Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992); Frederick Chopin (1810-1849); Joseph Ricker (b. 1983); Thomas Shuttenhelm (b. 1975); Nicolai Kedrov (1871-1940); Arvo Pärt (b. 1938); and J.S. Bach (1685-1750).  

Performing a rare and eclectic repertoire on both classical and electric guitars, Jamie Balmer and Joseph Ricker as Duo Orfeo are emerging as one of the most distinctive voices in the classical music world.  Duo Orfeo was formed in 2005, taking its name from Orpheus, the poet and musician of Greek myth. Deeply enamored with the sonority of their chosen instruments and relentlessly searching out the music most in harmony with their expressive sensibilities, Duo Orfeo bring to life a world of sound that is intimate, charming, subtle, and haunting.
Duo Orfeo draw their repertoire largely from under-explored byways of Western musical tradition both past and present, ranging from Renaissance lute and French Baroque harpsichord music to compositions by such modern masters as Arvo Pärt, Federico Mompou, Steve Reich, and Valentin Silvestrov. This ever-expanding body of music includes many of their own arrangements of works written for other instruments, as well as works written for the ensemble of guitar duo. Orfeo perform their unique repertoire on classical guitars with an approach inspired by the tradition of Andrés Segovia (which they learned from Phillip de Fremery, a guitarist and teacher who studied with Segovia and a true curator of his legacy) and also on vintage electric guitars through tube amplifiers, creating a new sound that is all their own by playing these instruments (normally associated with styles outside of classical music) with the finesse, clarity, and focused touch of classical musicians.

Duo Orfeo have toured extensively throughout the eastern U.S., earning the approval of audiences and the highest praise from presenters. They have recently been hosted on concert series at Washington College, Bates College, St. Vincent College, La Grua Center, and Shippensburg University, among many others. Following their dynamic performances, Duo Orfeo have been lauded by concert presenters as having conjured "a synergy which transports the listener," and as being "one of the few young guitar ensembles to watch." Alongside pianist Oni Buchanan and trombone quartet Guidonian Hand, Duo Orfeo recently collaborated with brilliant kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson on the performance/installation art project "Machines" in Boston and New York City. Additionally, Duo Orfeo eagerly perform in jazz cafés, book shops, farmers' markets, art galleries, union halls, and other non-traditional venues, and they enjoy a strong local following in their hometowns of Boston and Northampton, MA. Active teachers both, Joe and Jamie strive to incorporate their interest in education and outreach into their work as a performing duo, and their offerings include guitar master-classes and interactive children's concerts.

Duo Orfeo have released three recordings to date. 2012s I sing the body electric is their landmark first essay on electric guitars and features their arrangements of works by John Cage, Federico Mompou, Arvo Pärt, Erik Satie, and Valentin Silvestrov. This album was produced by the recording artist, composer, and inventor of the archguitar, Peter Blanchette.  2009s Duo Orfeo includes several of Joe and Jamie's favorite acoustic selections  music of Frédéric Chopin, Radamés Gnattali, Francesco Da Milano, Federico Mompou, and Erik Satie. Their breakout debut, The Grace Sessions (2005), features music of Bach, Brahms, Boccherini, and Albéniz. It was recorded live and unedited in a midnight marathon session in Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst, MA.  

Duo Orfeo perform in the Sons of Liberty Festival by exclusive arrangement with Ariel Artists,
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Church on the Hill (View)
140 Bowdoin Street
Boston, MA 02108
United States

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