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Fresh from a five week USA tour with kd lang, the Grigoryan Brothers are performing in the acoustic and architectural splendor of St Michael’s Uniting Church in Melbourne’s CBD.
Its been quite a year for Slava and Leonard. Their touring schedule in the past eight months has included a national Australian tour with kd lang, followed immediately by another national tour with the Spanish guitar legend Paco Pena.
In late 2017, they were nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Classical Album and recently have been nominated for an AIR Award for Best Independent Classical Album - both for their release ‘Songs Without Words’.
Although regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo performing much of the instrument’s standard classical repertoire, the Grigoryan Brothers’ passion is to expand their horizons through new arrangements, their own compositions and commissions.
This ambition can be heard as the brothers take the classical guitar into genres such as jazz, folk and contemporary music. There are no boundaries, only new frontiers to cross. In concert, mix it all together and you have a dimension to guitar-playing rarely seen in the musical world.
For this performance The Grigoryan Brothers will be performing works Songs Without Words, which sees a return to classical repertoire.
The album will include songs by composers such as Bach, Elgar, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce all masterfully arranged for them by their father Edward. This familial collaboration is not new, with Grigoryan senior arranging the music of Tchaikovsky’s suite for piano ‘The Seasons’, for his sons’ critically acclaimed 2012 release.
The program will also include other works highlighting the Slava and Leonard’s diverse skills: their deep appreciation of a broad spectrum of musical styles has resulted in many collaborations involving music, both written and improvised. Combine this with their classical training and the result is a unique sound incorporating all these influences.