Tallinn XI Guitar Festival
June 13-17. 2016

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June 13. 19:00
KUMU Auditorium

Sounds from Mediterranean and Middle East

Cenk Erdoğan (Turkey)

acoustic fretless guitar

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1. Beklerken / While waiting
2. Yağmurla Gelen / What comes with the rain
3. Gül Kuruttum / I dried roses
4. Sis / Fog
5. Tatlı Dillim / My sweet talker
6. Bir ucu yanık / One end burned
7. Kadınım / My woman
8. Re / Tone D
9. 4’te / Capo on 4th

Guitarist, composer and improviser Cenk Erdoğan has received much international acclaim for his music and recordings. Playing the unique fretless guitar, his style is highly personal having the influences from Mediterranean and Middle East.

June 14. 19:00
House of Blackheads

Lute Legend

Hopkinson Smith lute (USA/Switzerland)

Jewels of Elisabethan Lute music

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“Mad Dog”: The Elizabethan Lute
English Music of the Golden Age

Hopkinson Smith, 8-course Lute

Works by John Dowland (1563-1626), Anthony Holborne (?-1602), and John Johnson (?-1594)

Fare Thee Well (Holborne)
Muy Linda (Holborne)
My Selfe (Holborne)
Mad Dog (Holborne)

Johnson’s Jewell (Johnson)
A Pavan (Johnson)
It fell on a holy eve (Holborne)
Heigh Ho Holiday (Holborne)

Prelude (Dowland)
Fantasie (5) (Dowland)

Shoes and Passion
The Cobbler (Anonymous)
Passion (Holborne)
The Shoemaker’s Wife (Dowland)

Last Will and Testament (Holborne)
The Fairy Round (Holborne)

Fantasy by the most famous Gregorio Huwet (and John Dowland)

Three Feminine Portraits
Lady Clifton’s Spirit (Dowland)
Mignarda (Dowland)
Lady Hunsdon’s Allmand (Dowland)

Renaissance Lute made by Joel van Lennep, New Hampshire, USA.

“Hopkinson Smith is without doubt the finest lute player in the world today…”

San Francisco Chronicle

“…a major artist of our time”

Répertoire, Paris

“Hopkinson Smith is the supreme ‘poet’ of the lute.”

Gramophone, London

Born in New York in 1946, Hopkinson Smith graduated from Harvard with Honors in Music in 1972. The next year he came to Europe to study with Emilio Pujol in Catalonia and Eugen Dombois in Switzerland. He then became involved in numerous chamber music projects including the founding of the ensemble Hespèrion XX. Since the mid-80’s, he has focused almost exclusively on the solo repertoires for early plucked instruments producing a series of prize-winning recordings for Naïve. These feature Spanish music for vihuela and baroque guitar, French lute music of the Renaissance and baroque, early 17th century Italian music and the German high baroque.

The recording of his lute arrangements of the Bach solo violin Sonatas and Partitas, released in the year 2000, has been universally acclaimed by the press. Gramophone magazine called it “the best recording of these works on any instrument”. A Dowland recording, out since early 2005, won a Diapason d’Or and was called ‘wonderfully personal’ in a review in the New York Times. A recording with music from the world of Francesco da Milano, was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’Année (the French equivalent of a Grammy award) in November 2009 and has been called “the first recording to do justice to Francesco’s reputation.” A CD with the first three Bach ‘cello Suites played on the German Theorbo was released in early 2013, has also won a Diapason d’Or and was called “totally riveting” in the BBC Music Magazine.

Hopkinson Smith has performed and given master classes throughout eastern and western Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan sometimes combining the life-style of a hermit with that of a gypsy. In 2007 and 2009, he gave concerts and workshops in Palestine under the auspices of the Barenboim-Said Foundation and the Swiss Arts Council. In 2010, he received the music prize from the Italian Region of Puglia with the inscription “maestro dei maestri, massimo interprete delle musiche per liuto dell’antica Europa Mediterranea”, and he is the 2015 winner of the Music Prize from the city of Petrer in the province of Alicante in Spain. He teaches at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

June 15. 21:00
Tallinna TV tower

Sunset concert

Viljandi Guitar Trio (Estonia)

Jalmar Vabarna, Argo Vals, Jaan Jaago

Acoustic guitars


Rongisõit - Gustav Ernesaks
Püssirohi - Jalmar Vabarna
Burn - Jalmar Vabarna
Ringrada jääd - Argo Vals
Rõõmus moll - Jalmar Vabarna
Pistesääsklase täielik muundumine - Argo Vals
Ärev sõnaseadja - Argo Vals
Vitterpolska - rootsi traditsionaal
Päikesemuusika II - Robert Jürjendal
Ballerina 12/24 - Steve Vai
Halloo kosmos - Jalmar Vabarna
Morse mis ei jõudnud kohale - Jaan Jaago

* Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddie Mercury

Jalmar Vabarna, Argo Vals and Jaan Jaago were three guitar students in the fall of 2008 who were participating in guitar studies at Viljandi Culture Academy. Together they felt a special interest in the ideas presented by the leader of the studio, Robert Jürjendal, soon branching out and forming the Viljandi Guitar Trio. The foundation of the group is grounded in Robert Fripp`s acclaimed Guitar Craft method and the unorthodox New Standard Tuning it endorses. Having worked with this school of thought in the studio, the trio felt compelled to extend their own musical agendas inside this framework. This activity and their constantly evolving skill as instrumentalists, improvisers and ensemble players led them to hone their compositions to their fullest potential and record them in the studio. Their acclaimed debut album, “VGT”, was released in March 2011. Trio’s second album, “10-56”, was released in October 2014.

  • Jalmar Vabarna – acoustic guitar tuned in fifths
  • Argo Vals – acoustic guitar tuned in fifths
  • Jaan Jaago – acoustic guitar tuned in fifths

June 16. juuni 19:00
House of Blackheads

Guitar legend

Ricardo Gallén (Spain)

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1. Invierno Porteño - Astor Piazzolla
2. Preludio n.1 y Scherzino-Choro - Heitor Villa-Lobos
3. Tres Valses Venezolanos - Antonio Lauro
  • Carora
  • La Negra
  • Natalia
4. La Catedral - Agustín Barrios
  • Preludio
  • Andante religioso
  • Allegro solemne

5. Valses op.8 n.3, 4 - Agustín Barrios
6. Canción de Cuna y Ojos Brujos - Leo Brouwer
7. Suite II - Leo Brouwer
  • Preludio
  • Allegro Burlesco
  • Andantino
8. Sonata del Pensador n.4 (to Ricardo Gallén) - L. Brouwer

* I. Recuperación de la Memoria
* II. Iluminaciones
* III. Elogio de la Meditación
* IV. Celebración de la Memoria

Ricardo Gallén is one of the greatest classical guitarists of our time. He has given highly acclaimed solo recitals throughout Europe and America and performed in concerts under the direction of well-known conductors.

He has recorded many works for the state radios and televisions in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Romania, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Chile, South Korea, Hungary and Bulgaria. He has also recorded four CD’s for NAXOS in which he performs music by Giuliani, Brouwer, and Takemitsu among others, as well as all of the concertos for guitar and orchestra by the Spanish master Joaquin Rodrigo. His first recording was one of NAXOS' fifty top selling CD’s for 2001 and received laudatory reviews in the press.

Ricardo Gallén has received over twenty international prizes. In 2009 he became one of the youngest musicians to become a professor at the prestigious University of Music "Franz List" in Weimar, Germany, a position that he holds today.

June 17. 19:00
KUMU Auditoorium

Buenos Aires hora zero

Mirta Alvarez guitar (Argentina)
Fabián Carbone bandoneon (Argentina)

Troilo, Grela, Piazzolla

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1. Taconeando .. Pedro Maffia/J.H. Staffolani
2. El abrojito .. L. Berstein/J. F. Blanco
3. Silbando .. S. Piana/C.Castillo - J.G. Castillo
4. Palomita Blanca .. A. Aieta/F.G. Gimenez
5. A Pedro Maffia .. Anibal Troilo
6. La tablada .. F. Canaro
7. Danzarín .. Julián Plaza

8. El choclo .. Ángel Villoldo*
9. El día que me quieras ... Gardel Le Pera*
10. Pa' que bailen los muchachos .. A. Troilo/E. Cadícamo
11. Madreselva .. F. Canaro/L. C. Amadori**
12. Vuelvo al sur .. A. Piazzolla/P. Solanas**

13. La Maleva .. A. Buglione/Mario Pardo
14. Oblivion .. Astor Piazzolla
15. La trampera .. Aníbal Troilo
16. Adiós Nonino .. Astor Piazzolla
17. Otoño Porteño .. Astor Piazzolla

*8. Solo de guitarra: Mirta Alvarez
*9. Solo de bandoneón: Fabián Carbone
**11. Voz cantada: Mirta Alvarez
**12. Voz cantada: Fabián Carbone

Mirta Alvarez (guitar) and  Fabián Carbone (bandoneon) present a musical language that expresses the sound of tango, through the great creators: Astor Piazzolla, Aníbal Troilo and Roberto Grela. This program highlights the unique sonority and standards of these legendary composers who marked the history of Tango developing remarkable “a la parrilla” improvisation.

Artistic director

Tiit Peterson


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