Guitarist Jason Vieaux and
Bandoneónist Julien Labro
Release New Album Infusion
Available October 28, 2016 (Azica Records)
Music by Leo Brouwer, Radamés Gnattali, Astor
Piazzolla, Pat Metheny, and Tears for Fears
Watch Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro Perform
Pat Metheny’s Antonia Live at WQXR: http://bit.ly/VieauxLabroWQXR
“The dynamic duo performed from one musical mind…perfectly in sync…a lot of fun” – Cleveland Classical
“Crossing genres and audiences is what these two do and do superbly” –Boston Musical Intelligencer
www.jasonvieaux.com | www.julienlabro.com
New York, NY — Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux and internationally acclaimed composer, bandoneónist, and accordionist Julien Labro will release their second duo album, Infusion, on October 28, 2016 on Azica Records. Infusionincludes Julien Labro’s arrangements of Leo Brouwer’s Tres Danzas Concertantesand Piazzolla’s Escualo, his arrangement of Radamés Gnattali’s Suite Retratos with bassist Peter Dominguez and percussionist Jamey Haddad, Pat Metheny’s Antonia, and Vieaux’s arrangement of iconic 1980s British rock band Tears for Fears’Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Vieaux and Labro will perform Piazzolla’s Double Concerto with the Arkansas Symphony in September 2016.
The combination of arranged pieces with original through-composed material epitomizes Vieaux and Labro’s versatility and ability to wear multiple hats, blurring the boundaries between composer, performer, improviser, and arranger, and creating an uncommonly fluid musical product. Guitarist Dan Lippel’s liner notes expand on this subject, noting that “Hermeto Pascoal, Astor Piazzolla, and Egberto Gismonti all come to mind as musicians who have worn many hats, and have enjoyed broad appeal while defying easy categorization on a popular-serious continuum. When I listen to Vieaux and Labro play Gnattali or Piazzolla, Metheny or Tears for Fears, I hear several threads all at once – captivating music from various traditions that doesn’t fit neatly in a box, and two artists who push beyond the conventional roles of classical performance and get their hands dirty as arrangers and improvisers. But more than anything else, I hear the joyful sound of music infused with new ideas and vibrant energy. What better musicians than Vieaux and Labro, both of whom have backgrounds as arrangers and improvisers, in addition to being virtuoso instrumentalists, to tackle music that asks for a broad set of tools across the spectrum? And what better repertoire to absorb their infusion of influences?”
Vieaux and Labro released their debut album, The Music of Astor Piazzolla, with A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra on Azica Records in 2011. Of the album, The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote, “Jason Vieaux adds to his list of stellar recordings with this alluring program of works by Argentina’s master of the tango. The music seduces the listener as Vieaux and bandoneon player Julien Labro weave sinuous lines…The irresistible performances and crystal-clear sound…make this a don’t-miss disc.” Listen to their recording of Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango here:http://bit.ly/VieauxLabroPiazzolla
Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro: Infusion | Azica Records | Release Date:October 28, 2016
Jason Vieaux, guitar; Julien Labro, accordina, accordion, bandoneón; Peter Dominguez, bass (tracks 5-8); Jamey Haddad, drums, percussion (tracks 5-8)
1-3. Tres Danzas Concertantes - Leo Brouwer (arr. Julien Labro)
- Andantino (Quasi Allegretto)
4. Antonia - Pat Metheny
5-8. Suite Retratos - Radamés Gnattali (arr. Julien Labro based on Rabello’s version)
- Ernesto Nazareth
- Anacleto de Medeiros
- Chiquinha Gonzaga
9. Escualo - Astor Piazzolla (arr. Julien Labro)
10. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Words and Music by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, and Chris Hughes (arr. Jason Vieaux)
About Jason Vieaux
Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music. Recent and future highlights include performances at the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Ravinia Festival, New York's 92Y, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, and many others. He has performed as soloist with over 100 orchestras and his passion for new music has fostered premieres by Avner Dorman, Dan Visconti, Vivian Fung, José Luis Merlin, and more. Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well, and has previously released thirteen albums, most recently Together with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. Vieaux recently recorded Ginastera’s Sonata for Guitar for a Ginastera Centennial album which will also be released in October 2016 on Oberlin Music.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. In 1992 he was the youngest ever winner of the GFA International Guitar Competition. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series. For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com.
About Julien Labro
Heralded as “the next accordion star” and “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger,” (Chicago Tribune) Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in both the classical and jazz genres. His artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim.
French-born Labro was inﬂuenced early on by traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Labro began winning international competitions, including the Coupe Mondiale, the Castelﬁdardo Competitions, and many others. In 1998, Labro moved to the United States, where he earned two graduate degrees in Composition and Jazz Studies; and was exposed to and embraced music ranging from jazz, pop and hip-hop to electronic/techno, avant-garde and rap, as well as Latin, Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and other types of world music.
He has shared the stage and/or recorded with a myriad of eclectic artists including João Donato, Cassandra Wilson, Marcel Khalife, Miguel Zenón, Jon Irabagon, James Carter, Chris Cheek, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizarelli, Frank Vignola, and Fernando Otero to name a few. Labro has played for audiences throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, where he recently premiered his own accordion concerto, Apricity. He has been enlisted as an arranger and/or soloist by numerous ensembles, including A Far Cry, Spektral Quartet, Curtis On Tour, Ensemble Vivant, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony and many more. When not on tour, he can be found frequenting the NYC jazz scene. For more information, visit www.julienlabro.com.