Composer Portraits for the ACA by Aaron Larget-Caplan

Below are two Composer Portrait articles I wrote for the May 2022 Bulletin of the American Composers Alliance (ACA). The first is on Thomas L. Read and the second on Tom Flaherty. The ACA published the two award winning New Lullaby Project anthology volumes Nights Transfigured and Hushed. (Audio links at the bottom)


Audio and Video

READ: Capricci • guitar and string quartet • [watch on youtube]

READ: Concert Champêtre • guitar and cello • [listen on bandcamp]

READ: The Moon Through The Window Shines Down • guitar alone • [listen on bandcamp]

Audio and Video

FLAHERTY: Steps and Leaps • guitar and responsive electronics • [watch on youtube]

FLAHERTY: TimefliesI. Slowly We Turn… • guitar and cello • [watch on youtube]

New Album – honey cadence

honey cadence – guitar solos by Aaron Larget-Caplan

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honey cadence tracks:

  1. sweet nuance
  2. honey cadence
  3. moving still
  4. minding play
  5. hidden anticipation
  6. slight nuance

About honey cadence:

Tone and variation of timbre are some of my favorite aspects of the guitar.

With melodies floating in my head, I aimed to highlight these unique traits,

while creating meditative intimacy.

Composed in December and January, the six pensive solos of honey cadence are

my first compositions to be recorded.

Some pieces began as improvisations and others were born out of a particular gestural idea.

Each title has a connection to music as well as general language,

i.e., ‘anticipation’ musical ornament and linguistically expresses expectation or prediction.

After the success of A Guitar Holiday,

I trusted Grammy winning producer Kabir Sehgal as a partner in the project.

I am grateful for the amazing mixing and mastering of Steve Hunt.

hidden anticipation sketch

Thanks to Alex Fedorov for realizing my cover art vision and

transforming my Fanton D’Andon guitar photo.

May the album add some sweetness to your life.

Musically,
Aaron

ALBUM CREDITS:
Composer/Guitarist: Aaron Larget-Caplan
Label: Tiger Turn • April 29, 2022 • 6 tracks • 24min
Producers: Kabir Sehgal & Aaron Larget-Caplan
Mix Final: Steve Hunt
Engineer & cover photo: Aaron Larget-Caplan
Album Design: Alex Fedorov
Recorded: January 23, 2022
Publishing: ALC Guitar Publishing (BMI)
Guitar: Olivier Fanton D’Andon, 2009

*honey cadence is a digital release only at this time

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Videos – Guitar Salon International

On April 10, I had the pleasure of visiting Guitar Salon International in Santa Monica, California.

This was my third time recording videos for GSI.

I collaborated with  videographer Felix Salazar for a set of six videos on six different guitars.

Starting April 18, one video a week will be released on their YouTube Channel.

I performed my own composition sweet nuance, two pieces by John Cage, and three of my arrangements of J.S. Bach.

I will add the videos to this blog post as they are published.

Your comments, here or on Youtube, are greatly appreciated!

Scroll down for a playlist of my GSI Videos from the 3 visits.

And click to see a 2015 Player Spotlight they made of me.

Video 1: ‘sweet nuance’ by Aaron Larget-Caplan

Video 2: Prelude in D-minor, BWV 926 by J.S. Bach,  Arr. ALC

Video 3: Duo from Three Easy Pieces by John Cage, Arr. ALC

Video 4: Prelude in C-major, BWV 939  by J.S. Bach, Arr. ALC

Video 5: Infinite Cannon from Three Easy Pieces by John Cage, Arr. ALC

Video 6: Prelude in A-minor, BWV 999/872 by J.S. Bach, Arr. ALC

TBA

Video Playlist of 3 visits to GSI, 2015, 2017, 2022:

California Tour Pictures

My March 30-April 11 Tour in California came to 25 musical events in 13 days and 1200+ miles traveled!

This included:

  • 9 Lectures & Masterclass at 3 Universities
  • 7 Public Performances in 6 cites
  • 3 In-person private lessons
  • 6 Online lessons

I met amazing musicians, enthusiastic students, kind and curious fans, and ate amazing tacos!

I played and recorded on some beautiful guitars and was able to visit some beautiful parts of the state.

Huge thank you to all of my hosts for either patiently waiting out Covid or bringing me in at the last minute.

To all of the students: your questions inspire me to be better and better!

Thank you,
Aaron

Ps. If you are a FB friend you can see beautiful Encinitas photos by Robert Bender HERE.

San Francisco State University with Larry Ferrara and students

Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA) and Lynn and Warren Haskell

South Bay Guitar Society, Los Altos

South Bay Guitar Society, Los Altos

Center for New Music with Brent Miller

Program – Center For New Music

The train from SF to Bakersfield was particularly awesome and only $50.

Amtrak Train SF->Bakersfield

Mid-day concert of new lullabies & works for electronics at CSU Bakersfield

Coaching Guitar Ensemble CSU Bakersfield

Post-Concert CSU Bakersfield

Jim Scully of CSU Bakersfield

Set up!

Cal Poly Pomona with students of Buzz Gravelle

Bender Family in Encinitas

Karob Studios, Encinitas*

Playing a Pepe Romero Jr. *photo by Robert Bender

In Pepe Romero Jr.’s studio*

Playing for the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra*

With EGO director Peter Pupping*

Warming up in Encinitas!*

Rasgueado Lesson with Kenneth Bender*

Korean Tacos!!

Korean Tacos!!

A mocajete, Bakersfield!

Tacos and tamale

First breakfast in San Francisco

The Route!

*photos by Robert Bender

Anthology Review Soundboard – Nights Transfigured + Hushed

Very excited to see that the New Lullaby Project anthologies ‘Nights Transfigured’ and ‘Hushed’ were reviewed by Peter Yates in the venerable guitar journal Soundboard. I am overjoyed for the attention given to the project, the composers, and the wonderful American Composers Alliance, who I partnered with for the two volumes. More to come!!

The anthologies are available via American Composers Alliance website or my Bandcamp page.

*click on the images below to enlarge and read. 

New Single and Playlists!

Thank you Amazon Music for including my composition and performance of moving still on three playlists:

Classical Guitar (track 5) • Fresh Classical (track 23) • Classical Yoga (track 10)

It is very cool to be featured alongside so many amazing musicians and classical guitar players!

*Click above or the photos below to go the individual playlist!

 

Video Premiere – Sweet Nuance

On Friday April 1st, the video premiere of the first single from honey cadence will be live!

sweet nuance was born in early January 2022, from an improvisation and idea: a repeated harmonic figure (ostinato) with a melody floating over. I sought to capture a moment of stillness that is both intimate and timeless. sweet nuance, the first piece on my instrumental album honey cadence, marks my debut as a composer. The solo felt special as soon as I found it and resides close to my heart. Having only focused on performing and arranging for almost 20 years, composing this album in just a couple of weeks was magic.

Thanks for watching!!

Save sweet nuance to your Spotify and Apple Music here: https://fanlink.to/sweetnuance

PODCAST – Aaron on Fret Not with Rosie Bennet

I had a wonderful time speaking with guitarist and podcaster extraordinaire Rosie Bennet for ‘Fret Not’. For close to 2hrs(!) we discuss definitions of success and by token my definitions of mistakes, Segovia’s influence and whether or not he would be able to make a career in the current industry climate, and what it truly means to make a difference as a musician. Don’t worry, she edited it down to 43min. If you’d like the complete ramble, just shoot her an email. It’s given at the beginning of the podcast.

For the record, I love much of what Segovia did. Do check out the rest of her shows! Her interview with Brian May, yes Brian May of Queen, is fantastic!

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/fret-not/id1554353545?i=1000554002182

New Single April 1 – Reserve Today!

On April 1st, ‘sweet nuance’ the first single from my first album dedicated to my own compositions will be released on Tiger Turn! This is a new artistic direction that has been extremely rewarding.

The album, ‘honey cadence’ is an EP of six works. Click the link below to reserve ‘sweet nuance’. I wrote ‘sweet nuance’ in early January 2022. Born from an improvisation, a melody floats over a repeated harmonic figure (ostinato). Once it clicked I wrote out the music in about 20min. I sought to capture a moment of stillness that is both intimate and timeless.

This is the first piece from my debut album as a composer. It felt special as soon as I started it, so it is very close to my heart. Having only focused on performing and a little improvisation, composing this album in just a couple of weeks felt almost like magic.

CLICK –> https://fanlink.to/sweetnuance

California Tour April 2022!

I’m super excited to be getting back on the road for the first 2020.

3/30 – Class & Masterclass, SF State University, San Francisco
4/1 – Concert, Museum of Northern California Art, Chico
4/2 – Concert, South Bay Guitar Society, San Jose
4/3 – Masterclass, South Bay Guitar Society, San Jose
4/3 – Concert, Center for New Music, San Francisco
4/5-7 – Artist Residency with two concerts, CSU Bakersfield
4/8 – Classes, Cal Poly Pomona University, Pomona
4/10 – Video Shoot, Guitar Salon International (GSI)
4/11 – Guest Artist Performance for the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra
* individual information can be found at the links above or on my calendar: alcguitar.com/calendar

Programs*:
A mix of new Bach keyboard arrangements, popular songs by Gershwin and Arlen, solos by John Cage and from the New Lullaby Project by Antonio Celso Ribeiro, Laurie Spiegel, Ian Wiese, Brian Schober, Ken Ueno, Antony R. Green, and Stepan Rak, the Legend of Hagoromo by Keigo Fujii, new works for guitar+electronics by Tom Flaherty, Lainie Fefferman, and Lou Bunk, and my own original compositions from ‘honey cadence’. Lots and lots of music!

Concerts are still being announced so check back in for more!

*Concert programs vary by venue.