John performs regularly in a variety of ensembles, including the following:
Olson/De Cari Duo — A husband-and-wife ensemble dedicated to expanding the repertoire for classical guitar and voice, deriving inspiration from their eclectic backgrounds in both science and the arts. Their first CD, Quiet Songs, features Baroque and twentieth-century repertoire for solo guitar and guitar and voice. Their new recording, Eve's Diary, will be released October 12, 2018, and will feature new compositions and arrangements written for the Duo, by David Leisner, João Luiz, Frank Wallace, and Clarice Assad.
Brooklyn Guitar Quartet — An ensemble of four experienced classical guitarists, dedicated to exploring contemporary, classical and popular repertoire. Recent recital programs have included transcriptions of piano music by Felix Mendelssohn and contemporary works of Leo Brouwer, as well as popular Brazilian rhythms by Paulo Bellinati. The quartet's aim is to communicate with its audience by choosing repertoire that is accessible while remaining substantive as works of sounding art.
Contemporanea Guitar Duo — A collaboration with guitarist Isabella Abbonizio, dedicated to performing vibrant and engaging contemporary repertoire for two guitars, with an emphasis on twentieth- and twenty-first century European music.
New York City Guitar Orchestra — A performing collective that unites all levels of musicians with a passion for exploring ensemble music in the unique context of the guitar orchestra. Established by the New York City Classical Guitar Society and directed by Jason Sagebiel, the NYCGO is a welcoming and professionally-run organization dedicated to providing valuable ensemble experience for guitarists of diverse backgrounds, while maintaining musical excellence and a commitment to fostering the creation of new music.
New studio recording featuring new works written or arranged for the Olson/De Cari Duo:
Eve's Diary by David Leisner, on texts by Mark Twain
Men, Women and Molecules by Frank Wallace, on poems of Roald Hoffmann
Four Jobim Songs, arranged by João Luiz
Five Intimate Theatre Songs, arranged by Clarice Assad
Olson/De Cari Duo’s first recording
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 and Prelude No. 3 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Outdoor Shadows by David Leisner
Five Quiet Songs by John W. Duarte
Missing Her by Frederic Hand
Songs from the Schmelli Gesangbuch; selections from Suite BWV 995 by J. S. Bach
Gershwin songs arranged by John W. Duarte
For more information about the Olson/De Cari Duo, visit olsondecariduo.com.
To purchase the first Olson/De Cari Duo CD, Quiet Songs, click below.
Live videos from concerts at Brooklyn College:
For more Brooklyn Guitar Quartet videos and information about the ensemble, visit brooklynguitarquartet.com.
John performing the solo in J. S. Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major (BWV 1042), arranged for guitars and conducted by Jason Sagebiel, from a live concert performance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music:
For more information about the NYC Guitar Orchestra, visit guitarorchestra.nyc.