Ambassadors of Sound

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Over the last 20 years, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has not only re-imagined the classics, but commissioned new works from more than 20 composers (one of whom dubbed them the "ambassadors of sound"). We feature two such pieces tonight, from their album of contemporary world music, Over Land and Sea.

Elassomorph and Hermannin Riili

Both of tonight's featured works combine traditional world elements with American influences. Written by Finnish composer/accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, "Hermannin Riili" (Reel Of Hermanni) colors its Middle-Eastern rhythms and melodies with a tinge of American funk. "Elassomorph," the title of which comes from combining two Greek words — with an extra ...


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