[WORLD PREMIERE ~ SPAIN/BRAZIL]
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Fri 10 Aug.
Chrystian Dozza, an up and coming Brazilian composer and guitarist, brilliantly takes the stage first up with his own compositions with inspirations from prominent Brazilian composers. His music was soulful, dreamy, rhythmic and sublime and watching his fingers slide and caress the strings was mesmerising to watch. Half an hour of Dozza was simply not long enough!
Pedro Javier González enthralled us with his flamenco-inspired plucking of the strings. His speed was fast and frantic; it was just impossible to take my eyes from his hands and the precise movements to produce such an exhilarating sound! He shares his stories and inspirations for the pieces he has composed, but no matter how I tried, I was unable to catch the song titles, so I’ll not attempt to name them for fear of getting it terribly wrong. But, playing with such passion as he did, their titles are almost irrelevant to the beautiful music he performed for us.
As the night dew closer to the end, González invited Flamenco Areti (friends made here in Adelaide) onto the stage as two spectacular dancers swirl and twirl their shawls about in a stunning display of flamenco dancing to his upbeat strumming of his guitar. The joy is apparent on González’s face as he and the dance instructor decide on another song and the dancers reappear, displaying their amazing footwork!
So ends the night with long and loud applause and, after all the bowing and appreciation shown to the crowd, they leave the stage… with González still playing, perfectly illustrating that this is not just a job but a passion and love for his art.