Brian Luce, flute and Christopher Caliendo, guitar
Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
The concept of fusion, the synthesis of two distinct entities into a new whole, appears in science, medicine, food and music. In the case of music, it describes a melding of musical styles, genres or instruments to create a whole new sound.
While guitar and flute have been played together before, Brian Luce and Christopher Caliendo blend their instruments together in a way that is unique as well as beautiful. Their repertoire consists of original world music composed by Caliendo that includes a mix of tango, gypsy, farandula, flamenco, jazz, classical, samba, bossa nova and milonga, rendered by these two extraordinary talents to provide a heady brew of melodies that is not only a celebration for the ears but for the spirit. Caliendo also provides added insight to the music by treating us to the stories behind the songs.
In addition to being a world-music composer and concert guitarist, Christopher Caliendo is also a film score composer, conductor, teacher, motivational speaker, and master class technician. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and UCLA. He has performed with many Hollywood luminaries and has received many awards for his compositions.
A native Arizonan, Brian Luce is the flute professor at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music. He has performed as the principal flute for various professional orchestras and ensembles in the United States and as a soloist in Europe and Asia. He is also a master teacher who has trained numerous young flutists all over the world. He has authored many articles on flute pedagogy and has received many honors for his work.
Written by Roxy Mitchem-Horn, Academy Village Volunteer