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LO QUE VENDRÁ VIDEOCheck out this new video of the duo playing Lo Que Vendrá by Astor Piazzolla, a guitar duo arrangement of one of the Argentinian composer's great works. This video was recorded at the Water Tower Theater in Addison, Texas, and filmed by Mark Rutledge.
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LISTEN NOWThe duo has received high praise for their inaugural effort Beings, which showcases a wide range of moods and compositional styles, featuring original works by Olga Amelkina-Vera alongside guitar duo works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Astor Piazzolla. Lauded as "outstanding" by the American Record guide, the album is available for purchase via iTunes and Amazon. The duo followed up with their newest CD, Lingua Franca, which features their arrangements and transcriptions of music from the Renaissance to the 20th century. The album is available on iTunes and CDBaby.
ABOUT THE DUOKithara Duo is a critically-acclaimed duo formed in 2002. Performing around the country as well as Europe and South America, the duo features original compositions and arrangements as part of their expansive repertoire. Check the schedule for upcoming performances or experience the duo through their two albums, Beings and Lingua Franca.
Their work is outstanding. They have a beautiful sound, a wide range of tone, a subtle and broad control of dynamics, perfect ensemble, and subtle and expressive phrasing…This is some of the finest guitar duo work I’ve heard since the Assads, and I look forward to hearing more from this pair.
American Record Guide
A delightfully diverse program of music, shared with an admirably seamless level of musicality and technique. The real discovery of the evening were three original compositions by Olga Amelkina-Vera, who gently stretched expectations sharing her delightful musical imagination.
Gayle Williams // Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Fernand Vera and Olga Amelkina-Vera are remarkable musicians. Their performances are a perfect blend of artistic refinement, sensitivity, and dynamic virtuosity, all delivered with impeccable accuracy and musical expression.
Frank Koonce // Arizona State University
Fernand Vera and Olga Amelkina-Vera are flawless guitarists possessing musical taste and refinement in the highest degree. Their performances show a beautiful command of the entire range of sounds, dynamics, and effects of which the guitar is capable, together with a deep understanding of the repertoire. I consider them one of the best guitar duos I have heard in terms of perfect ensemble, naturalness of expression, and sheer musicality.
Robert Guthrie // Southern Methodist University
The Metroplex-based duo impressed with touching musicality, elegant presentation, and seamless coordination. Four preludes and fugues from Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Well Tempered Guitars”…showcased delicate textures and incandescent tones…Of two recent compositions by Amelkina-Vera, subtle effects defined the three character pieces in “Beings”–the low, menacing huff of the mysterious Minotaur; the harp-like strums of incandescent Sylphs; the hypnotic patterns unraveling across Salamander.
Chris Shull // Fort Worth Star-Telegram
…[the duo] wove a dreamy spell in Astor Piazzolla’s “Lo Que Vendra.
Scott Cantrell // Dallas Morning News
A real pleasure to hear--wonderful uniformity of articulation and phrasing. A first rate duo.
University of Texas at Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition