David Leisner has joined the roster of teaching artists at tonebase, a new platform for educating guitarists about specific aspects of technique, interpretation and repertoire. His first two videos on Villa-Lobos’ Etude 8 and 12 have just been released. This is the beginning of a series he will do on all 12 of the Etudes. https://tonebase.co
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The superb Brasil Guitar Duo has just released their latest CD on CAG Records, and the title of the album is the same as David Leisner’s piece on it, Ghosting. The piece was written for and dedicated to the Brasil Guitar Duo and commissioned by Symphony Space in New York. More info on the CD may be found on the CAG website.
Love Dreams of the Exile, a 17-minute work for flute, guitar and string quartet has been published by Theodore Presser Co. The piece is based on Sephardic folk songs and was recorded on the much-acclaimed Cedille CD, Sephardic Journey, by the Cavatina Duo and the Avalon String Quartet. Score and parts may be purchased here.
At the premiere of Vapors for solo viola, George Grella of the New York Concert Review reported: “Each movement opened simply and grew more complex. The first, “Falling,” created a haunting sensation of stillness, while the tough, fast music of “Floating” riveted the attention.”
On January 4, 5 and 6, Mark Holloway will give the World premiere of David Leisner’s Vapors for solo viola at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, New York. The two-movement work is inspired by New Mexico artist, Constance DeJong and one of her Nitrate Paintings.
Music Video Friday feature on The Tannhäuser Gate features a lovely tribute to David Leisner, calling him “a magnificent guitarist, as well as a composer of great feeling and integrity”, and featuring a live performance of the Bach Chaconne.
Writing for San Francisco Classical Voice, Scott Cmiel reported about David Leisner’s concert for the South Bay Guitar Society in early October 2016: “Leisner’s technical command, emotional intensity, and intellectual ability make him an ideal interpreter of this music [Ginastera Sonata]…Leisner is an absolute master of this material and his performance made pieces I have heard countless times spring to life [Villa-Lobos Etudes].” Later in the month, Blair Jackson, chief editor of…
Jim Tosone wrote a splendid review of the Guitar Plus “Three Anniversaries” concert of last April. Of David Leisner’s performance of the Ginastera Sonata, he reported: “I first heard Leisner play this piece 19 years ago at Weill Recital Hall in New York. In my review, I described his performance then as “controlled abandon”. This evening, he somehow managed to play with both more control and more abandon.” For more…
The distinguished Italian magazine, il Fronimo, published a rave review by Francesco Biraghi in their April 2016 issue. “An important recording event…Facts of Life, a terrific piece, solidly structured as only a few other pieces of the contemporary repertoire, extraordinarily rich in music…an interpreter of lively intelligence and uncommon sensitivity.” For the full review please see the Performer Press Quotes page.
The Cavatina Duo’s exquisite new CD, Sephardic Journey, contains five commissions of music inspired by Sephardic folk songs. The composers are Carlos Rafael Rivera, Clarice Assad, Alan Thomas, Joseph Williams and David Leisner. Leisner’s work, Love Dreams of the Exile, is scored for flute, guitar and string quartet, played by the Cavatina Duo (Eugenia Moliner and Denis Azabagic) and the Avalon String Quartet. For further info, click here