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From Valérie Hartzell

Dear Andrew,

I hope you are doing well. I thought I would email you before the craziness of December holidays and tell you about our upcoming 2 day festival held outside of Cambridge. The festival is open to all ages and levels.
The dates are 14-15 March, 2020 and our faculty include myself, Daniela Rossi, Raymond Burley and Mathew James. Our tuition includes guitar orchestra, workshops, lecture recital, evening Sunday concert (participants get to perform as an ensemble that same evening), observing master classes, breakfast and social time on breaks with tea/coffee/biscuits. Participants can add to their schedule with private lessons and performing in the master classes. There are several package deals to suit each person's needs.

Below is the schedule so you can see what we will be doing all weekend.

I have a travel page with a few suggestions on hotels.

Lastly, we will have guitar dealers and builders at the festival.
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.

Valérie Hartzell, Artistic Director



From Polyphony Arts

Duo Tandem - a contemporary guitar duo with a unique musical voice

“…pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on classical guitars…” Minor7th

They bring a unique and exciting repertoire to the contemporary classical music scene, which I think would be perfect for the society

Necati Emirzade and Mark Anderson formed Duo Tandem in 2012 while studying together at the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Necati’s roots lie in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus while Mark’s home is Chicago, and their shared artistic vision blends these influences into a unique sound. Their collaboration has resulted in the creation of a far-reaching oeuvre of new music based on Old and New World stories and imagery

As well as blending music from different cultural traditions, Duo Tandem have also experimented with incorporating other art forms in their work, sometimes using contemporary dance choreography in their video recordings and live painting during their concert performances.

Their 2018 album: Watching the World Go By was chosen as a ‘top 10’ album of that year by the editor of Classical Guitar Magazine, Blair Jackson. A video of their haunting title track is available here: https://youtu.be/cheEfNVJLao.

You can read more about Duo Tandem and their repertoire in the attached document, and on their website: https://www.duotandem.com where you can hear clips of their music. Their video of the American folk classic “John Henry”, which they recorded in collaboration with dancers Erika Farkvam and Danielle Gilmore, is an especially compelling example of their work:

Here is their most recent video – released this month - https://youtu.be/cheEfNVJLao

The artists love to talk about their music and their collaborative vision, and are also available for lectures, interviews and masterclasses, should this be of interest.

I should be grateful if would also circulate this to your members. Please don't hesitate to get in touch by email or phone if this is something you would like to discuss further.

Wishing you and your members all the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

Very best wishes,


Margaret Pinder
Music Manager, Polyphony Arts
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