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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]

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. 

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

2021 – Year in Review

2021 was many things, boring wasn’t one of them!

I’m not great at reflecting on the year, so I made a little list of some accomplishments as this year felt extra special:

  • 13 premieres
  • 2 albums issued
  • 2 anthologies published
  • 12 radio and podcast appearances
  • 6 concerts
  • 4 festivals
  • 3 awards
  • 1 article
  • 450K+ streams!

Not bad for barely leaving home 🙂

May 2022 be all that you wish for and need. I’m preparing for some recordings, concerts (fingers crossed), and a surprise or two.

Thank you for being safe and sharing in my music.


Aaron Larget-Caplan

Year In Review

Premieres

Lainie Fefferman – Carousel – guitar + electronics
Tom Flaherty – Steps and Leaps – guitar + electronics
Alejandro Rutty – Down with those guitars
David Warrin Solomons – Passacaglia
UNC Greensboro Students: Joshua Weitz, Noah Marney, A.J. Lyon – 3 Pieces

New Lullaby Project Premieres

Curtis Hughes – lullibule
John Johnstone – Blue Lullaby
Tom Nazziola – Lull-a-by-the-sea
Ronald Pearl – Berceuse Inquiète
Štěpán Rak – Lullaby
Brian Schober – A Winter Lullaby


L->R top: Johnston, Pearl, Schober
L->R bottom: Nazziola, Rak, Hughes

RECORDINGS ISSUED

A Guitar Holiday – Tiger Turn Records (450K streams!)
Drifting, Volume 3 of the New Lullaby Project – Stone Records
Passacaglia by David Warin Solomons, digital single
Discography of 6 Albums from 2006-2021 issued online by Stone Records

PUBLICATIONS

Nights Transfigured, Volume 1 of the New Lullaby Project, Pub. American Composers Alliance
Hushed, Volume 2 of the New Lullaby Project, Pub. American Composers Alliance 

RADIO & PODCASTS (click–>Podcast)

All Things Cage with Laura Kuhn (3x!)
Café Classicale with Felice Coral
Conducting Conversations with Mike Maino
Exploring Music with Tigran Arakelyan
Classical Guitar Around the World with Kevin Collins (2x)
Guitaromanie! with Karl Wohlwend
All Things Six Strings with Rick Cox
Is That Really Legal with Eric Ruben
Jay Talking with Bradley Jay

FESTIVALS

New Music Gathering, Portland, Oregon
21st Century Guitar Festival – Portugal
Guitar Foundation of America – Denver, Colorado
‘Institute for Effective Training International Conference’ – Russia

AWARDS

Three Revere Awards from the Music Publishers Associations – Nights Transfigured
Grant Southbridge Cultural Council
Small Business Association Grants

CONCERTS

Tew Recital Hall, UNC Greensboro, North Carolina
First Congregation Church Camden, Maine
Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Zalon, Philadelphia, PA
Jacob Edwards Library, Southbridge, MA
Windhover, Rockport, MA w/ amazing Dancers: Michael Trusnovec, Xin Ying, Annmaria Mazzini,, Thryn Saxon

ARTICLES (click–>articles)

Dorchester Reporter – Larget-Caplan’s new album explores Christmas classics

 

 

LISTEN to A Guitar Holiday on Radio & Podcast

Radio and Podcast Play – ‘A Guitar Holiday’

For your holiday season, listen to tracks from ‘A Guitar Holiday’ and interviews with Aaron. Huge thanks to the hosts for inviting me on their shows and sharing in the music! – ALC

WOMR Radio – Café Classicale with Felice Coral
December 6 – 2 pieces and multiple performed live
December 20 – 2 pieces

All Things Six Strings with Rick Cox, PODCAST
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Available December 5, 2021
LISTEN: https://www.spreaker.com/user/srgpodcasts/atss111121alcaplanfinal

KPTZ Radio Port Townsend at 3PM PST with host Tigran Arakelyan
December. 19 – 2 pieces and interview
Available until January 2, 2022: https://spinitron.com/KPTZ/dj/149278/Tigran-Arakelyan

Trust me I’m a Composer with Peter Byrom-Smith
FabRadio Hour MixCloud
December 25 – 5 pieces
LISTEN: http://www.fabradiointernational.com/fab-radio-schedule/saturday/trust-me-i-am-a-composer

Intimate Guitar with Jim McCutcheon
December 25 & 26 – 2 pieces
LISTEN: https://discoverclassical.org/intimate-guitar.htm

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PLAYLIST: Guitarra Navideña

Thank you SPOTIFY for posting my renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “Greensleeves” to your #GuitarraNavidena playlist.

Streaming Playlist for the Holidays

Thank you SPOTIFY for posting my renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “Greensleeves” to your #ChristmasPeacefulGuitar playlist.

New Interviews

In June and July, I was very lucky to speak with some wonderful people for radio and podcasts about my recent releases, being a classical guitarist, inspiration, and collaborating with composers.

  1. Guitar Around The World with Kevin Collins • July 13, 2021 • Listen Now
  2. Contemporary Guitar Blog with Trevor Babb • June 27, 2021 •  Listen Now (YT)
  3. What Do You Want To Do? with Leonard Caplan • June 12, 2021 • Listen Now (YT)
  4. Guitar Around The World with Kevin Collins • June 8, 2021 • Listen Now

Kevin Collins is a classical guitarist who directs Red Barn Music School in Northampton, Mass. and has a deep history of performing throughout the world. His new radio show, ‘Guitar Around The World’,  is dedicated to the guitar and features a new artist each week, including historical figures like Oscar Ghiglia!. Each show features discussion on various topics from guitar to arts in society, and includes music.

Trevor Babb is a fellow Colorado native and guitarist who is based in Rhode Island. His young show, ‘Contemporary Guitar Blog’ is on YouTube and features guitarists from around the world. In-depth questions and discussion about one of my favorite topics, new music, makes this show a must for guitar enthusiasts.

Leonard Caplan (no relation) is a producer, teacher, and music lover. His show ‘What Do You Want To Do? is on YT and features artists, people in business, writers and more. The show explores inspiration and how one got to where they are in their field. I’ve known Leonard since 2007, he has interviewed me for various shows over the years, and his style is relaxed and focused. A wonderful introduction to many areas of creation. I talk about my journey from electric guitar as a child to classical guitar. Music sample: Asturias by Albéniz.

Top–>Bottom: Kevin Collins and Aaron, Trevor Babb and Aaron, Aaron and Leonard Caplan

Stone Records Releases All Of Aaron’s Recordings

On August 6, 2021 the UK label Stone Records will issue Aaron’s sixth studio album ‘Drifting, Volume 3 of the New Lullaby Project’. At the same time they will re-issue Aaron’s earlier studio albums dating back to his debut album in 2006 and two the first two volumes of the New Lullaby Project. After the

Aaron and Mark Stone at Symphony Hall, 2018

successful collaboration of the 2015 and 2018 releases ‘The Legend of Hagoromo‘ and ‘John. Cage. Guitar.‘, Aaron and label founder/director Mark Stone came to an agreement that the music and the audiences would be best served by expanding their relationship to these albums. A fourth volume of new lullabies is in the works!

Newly released in the Stone Records catalogue:

  • Tracing a wheel on water (2006) – Music by Barrios, Brouwer, Dyens Pujol, Takemitsu, and premieres by Lior Navok, Daniel Pinkham, and Kevin Siegfried.
  • New Lullaby (2010) – Volume 1 of the New Lullaby Project. 14 contemporary solos in the genre of the lullaby.
  • Nights Transfigured (2020) – Volume 2 of the New Lullaby Project. 14 contemporary solos in the genre of the lullaby
  • Drifting (2021) – Volume 3 of the New Lullaby Project. 15 contemporary solos in the genre of the lullaby.

Already in the Stone Records catalogue:

  • The Legend of Hagoromo (2015) – Inspired by Japan, each piece has a connection to the country either through the composer or aesthetic. Compositions by Brouwer, Takemitsu, Gershwin, Keigo Fujii, and premieres by Kota Nakamura, Ken Ueno, and Martin Max Schreiner. Only the 2nd recording of the title track.
  • John. Cage. Guitar. (2018) – The first classical guitar album dedicated to the music of John Cage. Guitar solos, duos for violin and guitar, prepared guitar duo. All arrangements by Aaron Larget-Caplan.

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