A “ FOUR HANDS – GUITAR”
TWO GUITARS BETWEEN TRADITION AND ACTUALITY
Ester Poli – Leopoldo Saracino
The duo originates from the precious musical experience of the years
of study under the lead of Ruggero Chiesa at the Conservatory of Music
in Milan. Subsequently, the two musicians have developed their profession
along separate ways.
For a few years now the duo has been actively engaged in concerts in Italy and abroad presenting the traditional guitar repertoire. At the same time, thanks to the musical experience in Northern Europe, greatly enhancing contemporary arts, the duo has become involved in several projects set up together with other musicians: a tour of Scandinavia, the Baltic Countries and Germany; a close collaboration with other musicians; the recording, still in the making with some Danish ensemble, of a CD dedicated to the music for guitar by a great living Lithuanian composer.
The duo's lively concert and research activity has been met everywhere with extremely favourable response:
"A dialogue between the two guitarists, who take the flow of the melody up to the highest dramatic peaks, while still keeping their perfect syncronicity, and maintaining carefully the dancing rhythm of the piece..” (Wolfsburger Nachrichten, march 2003, Wolfsburger Schloss, Wolfsburg)
"Their musical style is characterized by the ability to capture
the multiplicity of ensemble music, a relief and a comfort for the soul...
"There was good collaboration between the performing couple,
with much understanding and communication ensuring a stylish presentation
of the work......the guitar duo rightly indulged in a greeter flexibility
of tempos and in a broader variety of moods and accompanying dynamics”.
Leopoldo Saracino was born in Milan in 1965.
A NORDIC VOICE AND AN ITALIAN GUITAR
Jerker Dahlin - Ester Poli
The young swedish tenor Jerker Dahlin is already very well known in Scandinavia.
The Duo features a repertoire consisting of music from both the "classical" period (for example Schubert's Lieder, transcriptions by Mauro Giuliani of Arias from Italian operas) as of beautiful traditional Swedish music (like that of K.M.Bellman). The timbric possibilities of an instrument such as the guitar, together with the warm softness of this male voice, creates an intimate atmosphere typical for chamber music.
It is possible to comprehend the Duo's scenic and musical worth from
viewing the video cassette and their recording of one of their latest
The Duo is often enriched by their collaboration with Norwegian flutist
Ester Poli-Reidar Edvardsen
The duo consists of the Italian guitarist Ester Poli and the Norwegian
mandolinist Reidar Edvardsen.
Reidar Edvardsen touched the mandolin for the first
time years after his graduation as a guitarist. For a long time he has
now been mandolinist of the Norwegian National Opera
and other symphonic and chamber orchestras, and pioneered
the instrument in Norway by playing its classical reportoire and cooperating
with composers to create new works. He has performed all over
Norway, and appeared with leading musicians from different
countrys. In addition he has been playing concerts in England,
Sweden, Russia, Austria, Greece, Italy and Spain, and have been
granted more scolarships for his activity. Reidar Edvardsen has for many
years worked as teacher and conductor of mandolinorchestras, and was lecturing
the EGMYO-2000 (European Guitar and mandolinYouth Orchestra) in Ferrara,