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2022 Year in Review

2022

slight return

moments of normalcy

new artistic directions

Catching up

Dreams realized

musical Adventures

2022 By the Numbers (see below for expansion):

  • Premieres: 12
  • Concerts: 26 
  • Espresso: 730-750 (~2 per day)
  • Albums: 2 
  • Cassettes: 1 
  • Publications:
  • Collaborations: 8
  • Music with electronics: 2
  • Interviews & Podcasts: 8 
  • Grants: 2 
  • Grants Applied for:
  • Interviews conducted: 5
  • Residencies: 2
  • Classes: 12
  • Streams: 2.5 million
  • Amazing Street Tacos:
  • Pieces performed: 79

I know it’s arbitrary, but I would prefer our calendars marked the New Year in the spring, at least in to the Northern Hemisphere. That said, when I awoke on January 1, 2022 I did not know what to expect. 

My album ‘A Guitar Holiday’ was reaching people via streaming in ways I had never experienced (1-million streams to date!)

I was deep into composing what would become ‘honey cadence.’

A few concerts were on the calendar, but it did not feel like Covid had released us from its terrible grasp.

Coupled with the terror of Jan. 6, I knew I needed to focus on Art and appreciate each moment of living and creating.

I began the process of getting back to performing with classes and a concert at Framingham State University before embarking on my first tour since Covid: California!

APRIL TOUR: San Francisco State University –>Museum of Northern California Art, Chico–> Center For New Music, SF –> CSU Bakersfield –> Cal Poly Pomona –> Guitar Solo International (VIDEOS). SEE California Tour Pictures

While on the tour in California, I received news that I had been awarded a grant from the Boston Mayor’s Office for Arts & Culture to produce a series of 5 contemporary music concerts being held in my neighborhood between August and November under my series Now Musique.

Each concert brought composers to Dorchester for performances of their new lullabies and works for guitar + electronics. Read and see pictures HERE.

Upon returning to Boston, honey cadence, the first album dedicated to my own music was released. Mixed and mastered by the great Steve Hunt, I was not expecting much, as who knew if my music would touch people. Needless to say, I was happily surprised to go quickly through the first printing of CDs, and then see it was picked up on a few streaming playlists and it now has 1 million streams since its release in April!
It is my most popular album, which is a bit surreal. And no, my Mom does not do streaming.

My June concerts in Oregon began with an interview and performance on Thursdays @ Three with Christa Wessel for All Classical Portland before performing two solo programs in Portland for CDZ Musica and another at the wonderful Coaster Theatre Playhouse.

Seeing friends and walking on the beach felt like returning home. 

In June I recorded God’s Time: Music of J.S. Bach on Guitar, which was released in September. Featuring 16 of my own arrangements, it was recorded over 3 days and mixed and mastered by the wonderful Paul Averginos. The reviews have been stellar and I’m extremely proud of the album.

I set out to create a Bach album that was not like every other Bach Guitar album.

Mine would explore pieces not often played on the guitar, create new repertoire (a bit of a habit of mine), and bring a fresh voice to a couple of well known works, and I think I did that.

The responses to God’s Time have been overwhelmingly positive.

With over 300K streams since its release, I can’t wait to do another! Read and watch HERE.

One of the great difficulties of Covid was not being able to collaborate with wonderful musicians. Thankfully I had three performances with harpsichordist Frederick Jodry in Boston, Cape Cod, and Newport. Pianist John Thomas improvised over my own compositions in Provincetown – a first, and I joined Convergence Ensemble in November for three duos, two solos, and two quartets in an exhilarating concert titled Strings Galore. Libby Larsen’s Cajun Set was extra special!

I returned to Southern California in November for a series of classes and concerts. Being amongst friends and musicians for more than a day or two was inspiring extremely inspiring. I worked with students of guitarist-artist Peter Yates at UCLA, collaborated with Tom Flaherty and Buzz Gravelle at Pomona College, performed in La Jolla and Carlsbad, and ate amazing tacos!

Even while touring, I kept up with my students. In August we held our first student recital since Covid with players ranging in age of 14-62, and were gifted a wonderful Fernando Sor song with soprano Jessica Cooper.

At the end of November I kicked off my new blog series Music I Am, featuring brief interviews with inspiring and smart musicians and artists about their latest projects, inspirations, and habits. Check it out HERE.

Wishing all of you a happy and healthy year ahead. May 2023 be a year of wonderful music, exciting adventures, and Dreams Realized.

Musically,

Aaron

2022 Numbers Expanded

  • Premieres: 12 – Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Antonio Celso Ribeiro, Dean Rosenthal, Thomas L. Read, Laurie Spiegel, Ian Wiese, Aaron Larget-Caplan
  • Concerts: 26 – California, Oregon, Massachusetts, which is still well below pre-covid concert numbers.
  • Espresso: 730-50 (~2 per day on average) – mainly cappuccino and Cortado
  • Albums: 2 – honey cadence and God’s Time: Music of J.S. Bach on Guitar
  • Cassettes: 1 – Etudes Volume 1 by Petridisch 
  • Publications: 3 – Bacchanale w/ Edition Peters and two Meet The Composer articles for the American Composers Alliance 
  • Collaborations: Frederick Jodry – harpsichord, John Thomas – piano; Convergence Ensemble: Heidi Braun-Hill – violin, Michelle LaCourse – viola, Hyun-Ji Kwon – cello
  • Music with electronics: 2 – Lainie Fefferman & Tom Flaherty
  • Interviews & PodcastsAll Classical Portland, Conducting Conversations Rhode IslandAll things Six Strings (2x), Just One Question, Guitaromanie, Fret Not
  • Grants: 3 – Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, multiple Local Cultural Council
  • Grants Applied for:
  • Interviews conducted: 5 – Music I Am blog series
  • Residencies: 2 Kirkland Community Artist Residency, Clinton, New York • Now Musique – Dorchester, Mass.
  • Classes: 12 – California, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island
  • Streams: 2.5 million – Amazon and Spotify
  • Teaching: In person and online with students from California, China, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Texas.
  • Amazing Street Tacos: 2 – San Francisco Korean Tacos and Los Angeles street tacos
  • Pieces performed: 79 compositions by 34 living composers, including 7 chamber works, 12 world premieres, and 29 solos from the New Lullaby Project

* Now Musique Composers TL: John McDonald, Stanley Hoffman, Charles Turner, Aaron Larget-Caplan TR: Larget-Caplan, Ronald Pearl, Brian Schober, Scott Wheeler BL: Tom Flaherty, Larget-Caplan, Stefanie Lubkowski, Ian Wiese, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz BR: Anthony Green, Francine Trester, Jim Dalton, Michael Veloso, Larget-Caplan, Curtis Hughes

Music I Am #3 – Tom Nazziola

1.    The moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician:
 
9 years old or so
 
2.     An important skill for a career in music that does not have anything to do with an instrument or making music:
 
Communicate with others
 
3.     Two ways you stay motivated:
 
Exercise regularly and imagine new projects
 
4.     Latest album or recording project:
 
Immovable Do
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4a.     What inspired it:
 
Bach preludes and the minimalist aesthetic
 
4b.     Who’s on it:
 
Wade Culbreath and myself
 
5.     How do you discover new music?
 
I listen to recommendations by my peers.
 
6.     One living and one dead musician that deserves more attention:
 
Living: I really don’t have an answer for this one.
Dead: Lennie Tristano
 
7.     Where can we find you online?
 
 

Tom Nazziola, Composer

* Tom wrote ‘Lull-a-by-the-sea’ for Aaron’s New Lullaby Project.

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

SPOTIFYAPPLE MUSICAMAZONDEEZER

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

*Physical CDs can only be purchased through Bandcamp

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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!

 

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