My recent recording, Sirocco, includes solo works that I have particularly enjoyed performing over the last few years. Although each one is different in character, they all share a strong jazz, ethnic or folk music influence. The featured composers, who are also guitarists, have brilliantly illustrated the many facets of the guitar – from the use of its rich textural palette to the exploration of new harmonic territory.
With regard to recital performances, I have always sought an eclectic repertoire that transcends various musical genres, perhaps reflecting my tendency to “fall” for a specific piece rather than remaining loyal to any particular composer or musical style. Through my recording selections it was my intent to capture a sample, if only a small one, of the rich and diverse guitar repertoire that is available today.
- Light Motif
- Black Horn
- Clown Down
- Variations on McGillicuddy’s Rant
- An Idea
This is one of those rare guitar albums where flawless technique is trumped by even finer musicianship.
John Terauds, Toronto Star
Here is a delightful solo recording by Canadian guitarist Sylvie Proulx featuring accessible yet virtuosic contemporary music for everyone….Proulx is a technical and stylistic wizard on the guitar…Her take on the Spanish musical influences of Andrew York’s Sirocco are personal yet bang-on accurate.
My first nomination for next year’s (2012) Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble is guitarist Sylvie Proulx’s Sirocco. Ms. Proulx’s technique and musicality are a joy to experience.
Stanley Fefferman, Showtime Magazine
Proulx’s playing is gorgeous here: a ravishing tone, exquisite phrasing and pacing, and no technical limitations whatsoever. Yet the spontaneity is always there. This is very satisfying.
Keaton, American Record Guide
Where To Buy
When I first saw Astor Piazzolla perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival in the late eighties, I was immediately taken by his contagious vivacity on stage. Above all else in NUEVO TANGO music, I am attracted by the extreme contrast of emotions evoking moods ranging from deep passion to elating tenderness. I came across this description of the tango by Pierre Monette, which I think captures much of Piazzolla’s musical spirit.
“The Tango feeds on memories. If blues music comes from the pain in the soul, tango comes form inside these wounds associated with a profound sense of loss, – exile. The heart of tango is not in Argentina, but in the wounded heart that we all have inside us that beats to the slow count of the passage of time…”
- 1. Verano Porteño
Histoire du Tango (Suite for flute and guitar)
- 2. Bordel
- 3. Café
- 4. Night-Club
- 5. Concert d’aujourd’hui
- 6. Inverño Porteño
- 7. Tango no3
- 8. Adios Noniño
Double Concerto for Guitar and Bandoneon
- 9. Introduction
- 10. Milonga
- 11. Tango
Where To Buy
- CD is in the process of being re-issued. Stay tuned!