Episode #2515

Guitar Marathon 2006

« previous episode | next episode »

Friday, April 13, 2007

For this New Sounds program, there’s new music from the New York Guitar Festival Marathon 2006 at the 92nd Street Y, “450 Years of Spanish Guitar.” Listen to three newly commissioned world-premiere compositions — all inspired by Spanish themes: "Los Cambios Quedan Igual," by Gyan Riley for classical guitar; Variations on “La Follia” by Dominic Frasca, for guitar and laptop; and “Memorial” by Bryce Dessner, for guitar, viola, and percussion. There’s a Flamenco impression left by Riley’s work coupled with bluesy bends, while Dessner's piece is inspired by the traditions of ornamentation and improvisation in Spanish and Italian Renaissance lute music. And Frasca’s untitled piece, for 10-string guitar and computer, is a set of variations on La Follia, a well-known theme (based on a Spanish folk melody) that has been used in Western music since the Renaissance. These works and much more.

PROGRAM #2515, New works from the NY Guitar Festival Marathon (First aired on Thurs., 2/23/06)





Gyan Riley

New York Guitar Festival Marathon, 1/15/06 @ 92nd Street Y

Progression of the Ancestors [5:00]
Dances of the Forgotten / The Majestic Temple [5:30]

Not yet available. Riley’s CD “Food for the Bearded” is on New Albion Records

Dominic Frasca

John’s Not Taken [7:00]

Not commercially available. Frasca’s CD, “Deviations” is on Cantaloupe Records,

Bryce Dessner

Memorial [8:00]

Dessner’s music (as part of the band Clogs) is available at*

Gyan Riley

Los Cambios Queran Igual [13:00]

See above.

Comments [2]

John in the New Sounds office

Gyan's comment demands a Soundcheck Smackdown. The topic: which guitarist is better-looking - Dominic Frasca or Gyan Riley? In this corner, arguing in favor of Dominic Frasca, is a bevy of lingerie models from Victoria's Secret. In that corner, representing Gyan Riley and simultaneously eating crickets, is Gyan's wrinkly old Bearded Lizard.

Jul. 06 2012 05:55 PM
Gyan from NYC

Gyan Riley is a much better musician and composer than Dominic Frasca. He is also better looking.

Jul. 05 2012 12:07 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.