John performs regularly in a variety of ensembles, including the following:
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.
Olson/De Cari Duo — Guitar-and-voice duo with soprano Gioia De Cari. The duo performs a wide range of repertoire, emphasizing new music written for them. They have commissioned a number of song cycles as part of their Science/Music Commissioning Project, which uses the medium of song to explore and celebrate science. They have recently commissioned a new work from David Leisner and a set of arrangements from João Luiz. Their CD, Quiet Songs, features Baroque and twentieth-century repertoire for solo guitar and guitar and voice.
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.
Live videos from concerts at Brooklyn College:
For more Brooklyn Guitar Quartet videos and information about the ensemble, visit brooklynguitarquartet.com.
Two tracks from the Olson/De Cari Duo CD, Quiet Songs:
Coming soon: New recordings of 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 by Roald Hoffmann
Songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim arranged by João Luiz
Broadway songs arranged by Clarice Assad
For more information about the Olson/De Cari Duo, visit olsondecariduo.com.
To purchase the Olson/De Cari Duo CD, Quiet Songs, click below.
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.