Duo Tandem to Perform Guest Recital

March 21, 2012  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music will present a guest recital, featuring the Duo Tandem.  Mark Anderson and Necati Emirzade, guitarists, will perform on Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington).  The event is free and open to the public. 

Emirzade is a Cypriot classical guitarist named “the island’s future of classical guitar” by Cypriot Newspaper Kibris. His performances have been described as "Beautiful and intense with many colors and no fear,” by Latin Grammy award-winner Sergio Assad. In 2006 at the age of 16, Emirzade became one of the youngest undergraduate students accepted at the UNC School of the Arts, and he is currently pursuing his master’s in music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Anderson has performed for some of the world’s most famous guitarists including Sergio and Odair Assad, David Tanenbaum, the Katona Twins, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Beijing Duo, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant of the Grammy award-winning L.A. Guitar Quartet.  He received his bachelor’s in music degree from Elmhurst College and is currently pursuing his master’s in music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  

Duo Tandem was formed while Emirzade and Anderson studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Brought together by a mutual passion for the music of Astor Piazzolla, the influence of the recordings of the Assad Brothers has expanded their repertoire to include Brazilian music as well. After playing together for the past year, the two are now touring for the first time.

The duo will perform selections from Suite Retratos by Radames Gnattali, Naquele Tempo and Lamentos by Pixinguinha and Ensimesmado and Elegantissima by Ernesto Nazareth.  Following a brief intermission, they will perform Capriccio Cantabile by Rex Willis, Aufenthalt by Franz Schubert and selctions from Suite Troileana by Astor Piazzolla.  

For additional information contact the Illinois Wesleyan School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.

Contact: Courtney Keenan, ’12, (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu