Strings on Fire featuring The Assad Brothers

Sérgio and Odair Assad, Guitars
Joshua Roman, Cello
Mak Grgić, Guitar

Tickets | Thursday | April 25 | 2013 | 7:30 P.M.

Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists in innovation, ingenuity and expression.Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the best guitarists in South America. They have also played a major role in creating new music for two guitars.  The Assad’s repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio Assad, his re-workings of folk and jazz music, Latin music of every style and the classical repertoire.

Dubbed a “Classical Rock Star” by the press, cellist Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level.  Before embarking on a solo career, Roman was for two seasons principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22.  In 2007, Roman was named Artistic Director of Town Music in Seattle, where he creates programs that feature new works and reflect his eclectic musical influences and inspirations. The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Roman as “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” following his 2010 debut with the San Francisco Symphony.  For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, Roman was named a 2011 TED Fellow.

Born in 1987 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mak Grgić follows in a distinguished line of some of today’s finest young guitarists emerging from the Croatian school of guitar. In Zagreb he studied with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with Alvaro Pierri at the Universitaet fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. At the moment he is pursuing a Master’s Degree at the USC Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.