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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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REVIEW – Nights Transfigured

– May 2021
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Guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan follows up his 2010 CD New Lullaby – 14 Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep with Nights Transfigured – Vol.2 of the New Lullaby Project, a second collection of short pieces by 14 different composers written for Larget-Caplan between 2009 and 2020 (Stone Records 5060192781106 stonerecords.co.uk).

Don’t be misled by the title. Although there’s obviously a general sense of calm throughout the CD, this isn’t a disc of music for children but a fascinating collection of exquisite contemporary miniatures for classical guitar that explore a wide range of musical languages and often employ extended guitar technique, all of it beautifully played and recorded.

LISTEN AND PURCHASE  THE ALBUM HERE: https://alcguitar.bandcamp.com/album/nights-transfigured

ALL THINGS CAGE – RADIO

All Things Cage: Conversations about John Cage.

Hosted by Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust.
Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Mondays from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m.
All Things Cage is a weekly program featuring conversations between Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust, and Cage experts and enthusiasts from around the world. Aaron is featured in three episodes to date. If you’d like to propose a guest or a topic for a future program, write directly to Laura at lkuhn@johncage.org. She’d love to hear from you.
LISTEN FOR FREE!
Each episode includes music or lectures featuring John Cage.

SHOW 1
All Things Cage: Laura Kuhn and Aaron Larget-Caplan
 (Audio)

Jan 09, 2021
Hosted by Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust.

Aaron Larget-Caplan is an international recording, touring, and guitar virtuoso, one of those rare musicians who can seamlessly move between and among baroque, classical, and contemporary music in a single performance. He first came to my attention through his stunning 2018 CD entitled JOHN. CAGE. GUITAR, which contains arrangements of seven works by John Cage, composed between 1933 and 1950, all originally for piano or prepared piano: A Room, Three Easy Pieces, Chess Pieces, Dream, Six Melodies, In a Landscape, and Bacchanale.

This was the first-ever classical guitar recording dedicated to the work of John Cage and it includes not only arrangements for solo guitar, but also for violin and guitar and prepared guitar duo. Larget-Caplan is joined in this recording by violinist Sharan Leventhal (of the Kepler String Quartet) and guitarist Adam Levin. The music on this CD has been described as “…playful, meditative, meandering, introspective, large, quiet, rambunctious, haunting and regal.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://wavefarm.org/wf/archive/8m5y5j

SHOW 2
All Things Cage: Aaron Larget-Caplan with Laura Kuhn
 (Audio)

Mar 13, 2021
Hosted by Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust.

The international recording, touring, and guitar virtuoso Aaron Larget-Caplan was Laura Kuhn’s second guest on All Things Cage on January 9, 2021, and soon after he was asking for an ex post facto quid pro quo: doing another program together, but with their roles reversed. With Larget-Caplan at the helm, their resulting conversation is almost entirely about Kuhn and her 30+ year journey with Cage, but Kuhn closes the program with a lengthy excerpt by Cage himself lifted from his first public performance of his Overpopulation and Art (1992) at Stanford University.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://wavefarm.org/wf/archive/2whnef

SHOW 3
All Things Cage: Aaron Larget-Caplan with Laura Kuhn, II
 (Audio)

May 08, 2021
Hosted by Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust.

The international recording, touring, and guitar virtuoso Aaron Larget-Caplan is back for the third time, having more questions for our host. Larget-Caplan was Laura Kuhn’s second guest on All Things Cage on January 9, 2021, and soon after he was asking for an ex post facto quid pro quo: doing another program together with their roles reversed. With Larget-Caplan at the helm, their resulting conversation was almost entirely about Kuhn and her 30+ year journey with Cage, but Kuhn closed the program with a lengthy excerpt by Cage from his first public performance of his Overpopulation and Art in 1992. For tonight’s program, Aaron again had his list of questions in hand, but we made it through only the first two. Mostly we talked about why we listen to music, what we’re really asking for from the choices we make, and how musicians tend more often to be active listeners.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN (MAY 8 OR LATER): https://wavefarm.org/wf/archive/jrh0aw

Album Review – Nights Transfigured

Nights Transfigured by Aaron Larget-Caplan

“Nights Transfigured, Volume 2 of the New Lullaby Project by Aaron Larget-Caplan is an album filled with creativity, virtuosity, and beauty. It’s more than an album release, it’s a creative project that encourages interaction between the performing artist and composers but also between the compositions themselves. Each composer approaches the lullaby in a new creative way allowing the listener to engage with the album as a conceptual whole. From colourful sensitive phrasing to virtuosic execution of soothing new music textures, Aaron Larget-Caplan’s playing is exquisite. Highly recommended.”

The link includes a few words from me about the album.

Read the complete review at: https://www.thisisclassicalguitar.com/nights-transfigured-aaron-larget-caplan/

 

New SCORE Anthology Published!

Nights Transfigured, 15 solos for guitar
Dec. 21, 2020

Published by the American Composers Alliance (ACA), ‘NIGHTS TRANSFIGURED’ is the 1st of a multi-volume endeavor exploring  the over 60 compositions written for my New Lullaby Project since 2006. These compositions assert that the sonic boundaries of the guitar are only limited by the composer’s imagination and physical abilities of the player. Whether a student, amateur, or professional there is a lullaby for you. Recordings of works featured are on the 2010 ‘New Lullaby’ and the just released ‘Nights Transfigured’.

  • Download the PDF HERE via the ACA website
  • Physical scores are avaialble on BANDCAMP, the ACA website, or order it from your local music dealer (local is great!)
  • Institutional orders with a discount must be made via the ACA website

Nights Transfigured features new lullabies inspired by composers’ children, song and the intimacy of singing to another, the end of night, poetry, longing for sleep, our troubled times, gentle motion, and of course, the melding of stars and moonbeams. They are lullabies of passage and being, longing and loneliness, marking time, memory, and yet these sonorous landscapes are also inhabited by warmth, hope, and peace.

There is a variety of musical languages–tonal, 12-tone, contrapuntal, North Indian, minimalist, and quasi-improvisational, with many using a mix of them while requiring many extended instrumental techniques. American Composers Alliance is honored to publish and distribute this collection of scores, in partnership with curator, guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan.

One of the leading classical guitarists of his generation; Aaron Larget-Caplan is an enthusiastic ambassador for new music. Following his groundbreaking 2015 release ‘John. Cage. Guitar.’ (Stone Records), Aaron returned to his New Lullaby Project with première recordings, available on Bandcamp and iTunes, and the publication of the score collection.

The score volume includes the following pieces:

3    Francine Trester          my darling’s slumber
6    Agustín Castilla-Ávila   Perseiden
10  Stephanie Ann Boyd    Esperanza
15  Carson Cooman           Unfolding the Gates of Dawn
18  Scott Wheeler               Nachtlied
23  Alan Fletcher                 Lullaby in Three Voices
27  Thomas L. Read           The Moon Through The Window Shines Down
31  Patricia Julien               After Many Days Without Rain
34  Barnaby Oliver             The Pillow That You Dream On
36  David Leisner               Disturbed, A Lullaby
41  John McDonald             You Are Alone To Sleep
45  David McMullin             Sleeping Light, Spinning World
48  Vineet Shende              Reva’s Lullaby
52  Eric Schwartz               Song Softly Sung, in Trying Times
54  Demetrius Spaneas      A Child Sings at Thanksgiving

60 pages, with composer notes on the works and biographies.

Curator’s note (excerpt):

The solos found in this first volume give an introduction to the more than 60 compositions written between 2006-2020 by over 50 composers from nine countries. Volume one contains compositions from Austria, Australia and the USA, and have lullabies inspired by composers’ children, song and the intimacy of singing to another, the end of night, poetry, longing for sleep, our troubled times, and of course, the melding of stars and moonbeams. On a theoretical level there are a variety of musical languages: tonal, 12-tone, contrapuntal, North Indian, First Nation, additive, minimalist, and quasi-improvisational. A few will stand out for their use of extended techniques, only three require scordatura, and harmonics abound!

These compositions assert that the sonic boundaries of the guitar are only limited by the composer’s imagination and physical abilities of the player. Whether a student, amateur, or professional there is a lullaby for you.

New ALBUM – Nights Transfigured

NIGHTS TRANSFIGURED, Vol. 2 of the New Lullaby Project

Aaron Larget-Caplan is more than one of the leading classical guitarists of his generation; he is an enthusiastic ambassador for his art. Following his groundbreaking 2015 release ‘John. Cage. Guitar.’ (Stone Records), Aaron returns to his New Lullaby Project with the première recording of a second volume of contemporary lullabies in Nights Transfigured. Compositions written between 2008 and 2020 by 14 composers from Australia, Austria, France and the United States, these new lullabies give a compelling argument for the listener to examine their relationships to contemporary music, the lullaby, and how to bridge the chasm between audience and living composers.

When Covid-19 canceled touring and public performances, Aaron constructed his own studio, L’atelier des Artists Boston, and recorded the album in September 2020. It is an exhilarating representation of 21st century composition for guitar and the album demonstrates how extraordinarily welcoming Aaron is in his expansive ideas about what can be embraced in the musical idea of lullaby.

Nights Transfigured features new lullabies inspired by composers’ children, song and the intimacy of singing to another, the end of night, poetry, longing for sleep, our troubled times, gentle motion, and of course, the melding of stars and moonbeams. They are lullabies of passage and being, longing and loneliness, marking time, memory, and yet these sonorous landscapes are also inhabited by warmth, hope, and peace. On a theoretical level there is a variety of musical languages: tonal, 12-tone, contrapuntal, North Indian, minimalist, and quasi-improvisational, with many using a mix of them while requiring many extended instrumental techniques. The American Composers Alliance will publish a multi-volume anthology of new lullaby project scores beginning in 2021.

Whether a music lover, amateur or professional musician, child, or someone who wishes to doze off peacefully, there is a piece for you. A lullaby’s creation is tied to something never quite forgotten or remembered. Lullabies transfigure our nights, so, then, they must transfigure our dreams.


CRITICAL ACCLAIM

“Aaron Larget-Caplan is a riveting artist. His classical guitar performance was a treasure” ~The Washington Post

“This is not some godawful Classics-for-Baby CD” ~Fanfare (New Lullaby, 2010)

“A fascinating program … with irresistible mastery” ~American Record Guide

“Astounding technical proficiency and artistic delicacy” ~Boston Musical Intelligencer

“Aaron Larget-Caplan is fast becoming perhaps the greatest guitar advocate for the music of John Cage.” ~ Classical Guitar Magazine

 

BIOGRAPHY

Aaron Larget-Caplan is an international recording and touring guitarist, who has premiered over 80 compositions. He is the founder and director of ¡Con Fuego! – a Spanish classical music & flamenco dance trio, and the commissioning-performance endeavor the ‘New Lullaby Project’, which has premiered over 60 compositions from nine countries.

Aaron has five critically acclaimed solo recordings: Tracing a wheel on water (2006), New Lullaby (2010), The Legend of Hagoromo (Stone Records, 2015), John. Cage. Guitar. (Stone Records, 2018), Nights Transfigured (2020), and he is featured as a soloist and in chamber music on four other albums for Albany, Navona, and American Composers Alliance record labels. Aaron’s groundbreaking arrangements of John Cage for guitar solo, and violin-guitar, are exclusively published by Edition Peters and are the first officially sanctioned arrangements of Cage for guitar. Forthcoming publications include solo and chamber music of Cage, Alan Hovhaness, and Reynaldo Hahn. A partnership with the American Composers Alliance will see a multi-volume anthology of New Lullaby Project scores beginning in 2021. Aaron also utilizes his own arrangements of Bach, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and numerous Spanish composers.

Aaron is on faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston and formerly at the Boston Conservatory. He presents lectures for universities, the Guitar Foundation of America, 21st Century Guitar Conference, and Mu Phi Epsilon. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, and his principal teacher was Dmitry Goryachev. He recently received a medal from the Société Académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres of Paris, France for his trailblazing work in music, and was Musician in Residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Raised in Colorado, he resides in Boston where he enjoys espresso with his wife, healer, and muse, Catherine. Aaron performs on an Olivier Fanton d’Andon guitar and Hannabach strings exclusively.

https://www.NewLullabyProject.com

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Artists: Aaron Larget-Caplan (guitar)

Disc: Nights Transfigured, Volume 2 of the New Lullaby Project

Label: Six String Sound

Catalogue number/barcode: 195269049775

Release date: 06 November 2020

Track Listing:

1.      Shatzer: Lullaby for D—

2.      Castilla-Ávilla: Perseiden

3.      Read: The Moon Through The Window Shines Down

4.      Julien: After Many Days Without Rain

5.      Shende: Reva’s Lullaby

6.      Fletcher: Lullaby in Three Voices

7.      Éon: Berceuse

 

8.     McMullin: Sleeping Light, Spinning World

9.     Trester: Lullaby for Our Time

10.   Dalton: A World of Your Own

11.   Spaneas: A Child Sings at Thanksgiving

12.   Boyd: Esperanza

13.   Schuttenhelm: Wiegenlied

14.   Oliver: The Pillow That You Dream On

 

*all première recordings

 

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American Record Guide: REVIEW John. Cage. Guitar

CAGE: A Room; 3 Easy Pieces; Dream; 6 Melodies; In a Landscape+

Aaron Larget-Caplan, Adam Levin, g; Sharan Leventhal, v

Stone 8083—54 minutes

Aaron Larget-Caplin and Sharan Leventhal both live in my neck of the woods, the north- east—possibly Mr Levin too. Noting that Cage never wrote for the guitar, Larget-Caplin has resolved to make some suitable arrangements of his piano music, which have been issued by Cage’s publisher, CF Peters. They are very effective, though from time to time I miss the resonance of the piano. The best performances are of the 6 Melodies; Larget-Caplan and Leventhal seem to bring a degree of expression and nuance to the music missing in the earlier solo pieces here. But in the marvelous arrangement of Bacchanale, for two prepared guitars, the raucous sounds of the instruments work very well for this exuberant work. The recording sounds a little harsh to me—as if the microphones are too close to the instruments—but that might appeal to listeners who like their CDs to have a little crossover appeal.

HASKINS
p. 83, April 2019

Let Him Fall in the Globe

Regarding being quoted by The Boston Globe for its article on Placido Domingo, it came as quite a morning surprise to see my tweets in the headline and article. Though I don’t own the tweets, I do stand by my words 100%.

I am a classical guitarist with little reach or influence in the opera world, let alone a star of PD’s magnitude. That said, the behavior described by the brave women, and that of many other “professionals” in the classical music field is abhorrent. The sense of entitlement is sickening and the hero worship needs to stop.

Times have not changed. It has been and will continue to be bad to harass someone for sex in all walks of life.

Being a great artist should not allow for abusive behavior. I truly believe being a great person and great artist is possible.

I find two things extremely sad about all of this:
1 – Music, the thing PD says feeds his soul and is the meaning of his life, was not enough for him; he needed power over others.
2 – The idea of how many great artists were lost because he made sure the door closed for them.

Lastly, it was not a great article by the globe. Because of my tweets I was emailed by Andersen yesterday asking to comment further. I stated I had no direct experience with PD, and am a classical guitarist with little interaction in the opera world. I was not informed of the article nor of the use of my tweets. Again, I stand by them, but I do think the Boston Globe can do better.

Complete article: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/08/13/let-him-fall-hub-classical-guitarist-unloads-placido-domingo-wake-allegations/lRjDgKgFkUKRjXWe1IgreI/story.html?

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