From an early age, Colin has been drawn outward, toward explorations of other places and other ways of life. Hearing music from around the world gave him a glimpse of the many complex expressions of the human soul possible through sound. And it was through performing that Colin first traveled abroad, beginning a lifelong engagement with other cultures.
In an era of global anxiety, many are leaving their home countries not with the freedom of exploration, but rather seeking refuge from violence and poverty. The music in this program highlights voices from around the world, and seeks to illuminate the deep connections we share. The works presented express both the unique beauties of individual cultures, and the exquisite stories and sounds made when music crosses borders. Featuring music from Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Serbia, Australia, Germany, and the United States.
Pedro Elías Gutiérrez: Alma Llanera (arr. Alirio Díaz)
Antonio Lauro: Seis por derecho
Leo Brouwer: El Decameron Negro
Golfam Khayam: Whisper Song
Phillip Houghton: Kinkachoo, I Love You
Dušan Bogdanović: Mysterious Habitats
Joan Tower: Clocks
J.S. Bach: Cello Suite no. 6, BWV 1012 (arr. Davin)
Bach in the Workshop of Joshia de Jonge
"Airs" by Mohammed Fairouz
Spanish Eclectic (Solo)
Taking a different approach to the Spanish tradition, Colin Davin explores not simply the classic sounds of Andalusian, flamenco-inspired guitar music, but rather the diverse spectrum of regional and global influences in Spanish music. Music by composers including Antonio José, Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Turina, and Federico Mompou fully embrace the cosmopolitan spirit of 19th and 20th century Spanish guitar music.
"Mr. Davin...built to an exciting intensity that brought to mind the vigorous foot stamping of flamenco...impossible to forget" (Voce di Meche)
"Davin brought the 2016 festival to a marvelous conclusion with a performance that again displayed the guitarist's brilliant technique and musical elegance" (Cleveland Classical)
Francisco Tárrega: Preludio no. 2
Joaquín Turina: Homenaje à Tárrega
Hans Haug: Préude, Tiento et Toccata
Federico Mompou: Suite Compostelana
Francisco Tárrega: Preludio no. 5
Manuel de Falla: Homenaje "Le Tombeau de Debussy"
Federico Moreno Torroba: Burgalesa
Antonio José: Sonata for Guitar
Photo: Dario Griffin
Colin Davin has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras across the United States, and has earned a reputation as an exciting and expressive soloist. He has performed works by Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Malcolm Arnold, and more, with ensembles including the New Mexico Philharmonic, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Aiken Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and more.
“Davin delivered in a big way, to the delight of the near capacity crowd…Davin and his guitar cast a spell over the audience” (Lake Placid News)
“Colin's technique and performance are driven by the perfect balance of intellect, creativity, passion and conviction. He is an artist of great depth and thoughtfulness- working with him is truly a delight" (Anna Binniweg, conductor, Anne Arundel Community College Symphony Orchestra)
Emily Levin, principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, joins Colin Davin in a compelling collaboration featuring music by Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla, Philip Glass, and more. The guitar and harp are distant cousins in the plucked-string family, and the affinity between the two instruments allows for a seamless collaboration. Their repertoire embraces the classic association of Spain with the guitar and France with the harp, while also seeking new ground in dynamic, virtuoso new works.
January 15, 2019 - College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH
February 11, 2019 - Washington County Concert Association, Sandersville, GA
February 12, 2019 - Island Concert Association, St. Simons Island, GA
February 19, 2019 - Live Concert Recording, DiMenna Center, New York, NY
April 4, 2019 - Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Since 2015, Colin Davin and Sharon Isbin (multiple GRAMMY winner, founder of The Juilliard School’s guitar program) have performed in a set of works from - or inspired by - Spain and Latin America. Together, they have performed at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Chautauqua Institution, the New York Guitar Festival, the ELLNORA Festival, and more. As their student-teacher relationship evolved into a collaborative partnership, their on-stage chemistry and deep musical connection has been widely noted by audiences and critics alike.
“Davin’s playing complemented Isbin’s with considerable ease and expressiveness” (Classical Guitar Magazine)
“ A tour de force” (Cleveland Classical)
For more information about Sharon Isbin, visit www.sharonisbin.com
Joaquin Rodrigo: "Aranjuez, Ma Pensee"
Estelí Gomez and Colin Davin
GRAMMY Award-winning soprano Estelí Gomez joins guitarist Colin Davin in recital programs featuring music spanning more than 400 years. From the Renaissance lute-song of John Dowland to the soul-searching works of Clara and Robert Schumann; from the haunting intensity of Spanish song to the beautifully inventive sounds of current composers including Richard Beaudoin, Becca Stevens, and Caroline Shaw. Gomez and Davin have been praised as "splendid...highly imaginative" (Cleveland Classical) in their performances, and continue to explore exciting possibilities at every turn.
The Century Guitar Project serves as a vehicle for creating and promoting a new repertoire for the guitar in the 21st Century, through commissions, premieres (and continued championing of new works), and recordings. To date, the project has supported two commissions (by Dylan Mattingly and Richard Beaudoin), and will fund the creation of a new album of music for guitar and harp by the Davin-Levin Duo, scheduled for recording in February 2019.
Since 2012, Colin has been a core member of Contemporaneous, an ensemble of 21 musicians whose mission is to bring to life the music of now. Recently recognized for a “ferocious, focused performance” (The New York Times) and for its “passionate drive...setting an extremely high bar for other ensembles to live up to” (I Care If You Listen), Contemporaneous performs and promotes the most exciting work of living composers through innovative concerts, commissions, recordings, and educational programs.
Based in New York City and active throughout the United States, Contemporaneous has performed over 80 concerts at a wide range of venues, including Lincoln Center, (le) poisson rouge, Merkin Concert Hall, Baryshnikov Arts Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Bang on a Can Marathon. The ensemble has worked with a range of prominent musical artists including David Byrne, Donnacha Dennehy, Yotam Haber, Julia Wolfe, and Dawn Upshaw.
Cathedral Parkway is the collaboration of singer-songwriter Caroline Eckman and multi-instrumentalists Simon Powis, Colin Davin, and Jacques Lee Wood. Formed in 2012, the band plays a blend of originals and covers embracing a wide stylistic range, from bluegrass to classical, folk to indie rock. The penetrating vocals of Caroline Eckman are enhanced by the eclectic playing of the band, including guitars, banjo, mandolin, cello, and harmonica.