With the attitude of a rock band, phenomenal game technique and always in search of music's innermost essence, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - LAGQ - has positioned themselves as one of our most significant guitar reminders. They do not hesitate for any repertoire and collaborate with several iconic musicians and composers. For the first time, they finally visit Uppsala International Guitar Festival and Sweden.
— It is an honor for us in the quartet to be invited to the guitar festival in Uppsala! A great meeting place that reflects the guitar's all styles and offers high-level guitar play. It's not just the first time our quartet visits the festival, we will also give the European Patrols of Pat Methenys Road to the Sun a 25-minute multilingual piece written exclusively for us. Music that has all that Pat Metheny stands for - beautiful floating melodies, strong drive and exquisite harmonies.
— I have admired LAGQ for many years. It is a privilege to collaborate with such distinguished musicians, says legendary Pat Metheny who, by the way, himself hosted the Uppsala International Guitar Festival last year.
The four members of LAGQ belong to all top teams of American guitarists. With music ranging from bluegrass to Bach, the ensemble has a unique ability to create concerts as flashes of energy and musical sensation.
LAGQ was formed in 1980 at the Thornton School of Music. The pre-picture was Pepe Romero and his guitar quartet. But LAGQ created something completely unique and exceptional! They also have major public performances all over the world and appear on a regular basis at many of the most prestigious concert scenes, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall and Southbank Center in London, the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and the Symphony Center Orchestra Hall in Chicago, to give some examples.
The program includes Pat Metheny (European Performing Arts), Cervantes music, Brazilian pieces of Baden Powell Heitor Villa-Lobos and Bach's 6th Brandenburg,
Enseblem will also attend several workshops, master classes and seminars during the Guitar Festival.
John Dearman plays on a specially built, sophisticated guitar. Also teaches in guitar games at the University of California.
William Kanengiser is one of the founders. He has made celebrated arrangements for the Quartet, including Liszt's Hungarian rapsodi No. 2.
Matthew Greif is member since 2006. He has studied for both William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant.
Scott Tennant is one of the founders. He has released several albums in their own name with music by Joaquín Rodrigo. Teaches guitar play at the University of Southern California.