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