Celso Machado and Carlos Barbosa Lima in Toronto

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Toronto Guitar Weekend, fom Friday, April 15 to Sunday April 17, 2016, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Guitar Society of Toronto, featuring Brazilian guitarists Carlos Barbosa Lima and Celso Machado.

This event provides an intensive experience of concerts, performance opportunities, demonstrations, presentations, and seminars for all lovers of the classical guitar. For the second time, a luthier and vendor fair will be included. All events will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Church of St. Simon-the-Apostle, 525 Bloor Street East. Master class Sunday 1 – 4 pm at Victoria College Room 211.

Celso Machado

Virtuoso Brazilian Guitarist, Percussionist, Vocalist, Multi-instrumentalist, and Composer.

“Amazing skills that combine elements rarely found in the same band, let alone the same musician.”…
TIM BROOKS, Review of New York Guitar Festivals Brazilian Guitar Marathon

Virtuoso Brazilian guitarist, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Celso Machado transports his audiences through the richness and diversity of Brazilian music and beyond. For forty years Celso has been performing on concert stages throughout Brazil, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, and the United States. One of the most versatile and exciting musician/composers of Brazilian music today, his guitar technique is but one of his passions; his gift for making music out of anything and everything around us is his mission in life.

Carlos Barbosa Lima

A Brazilian guitarist who has toured internationally as a soloist and with numerous major orchestras.

Born on 17 December 1944 he began playing the guitar aged seven, and he soon became known in his neighbourhood as a prodigy. After two years of lessons with Benedito Moreira, the young man was introduced to Brazilian guitarist composer Luiz Bonfá, at the time one of the leading musicians in the field. He then studied with the father of the classical guitar school of Brasil, Isaias Savio. The young Carlos publicly debuted at a solo concert hall appearance (in São Paulo) in November, 1957, when he was twelve years old. His first LP recording, called “Dez Dedos Magicos Num Violão De Ouro” was released in June 1958, when he was 13 years old.

In 1960 Barbosa-Lima began life on the road, which continues extensively till this day. In 1967 at the age of 23, Barbosa-Lima made his American debut in Washington, D.C., and in New York at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Excellent reviews followed and truly launched the career of the young guitarist onto the global concert stage where he remains to this day. Composers began writing works for him, including Alberto Ginastera and Francisco Mignone. He has worked with Charlie Byrd, Antionio Jobim, and Berta Rojas, among many others.

Cuban composer Leo Brouwer has said; “…when unknowingly I [Brouwer] walked by a hotel room and heard guitar music I thought I was listening to a guitar duo and then suddenly recognized the music and realized it was Barbosa-Lima playing solo. If I weren’t a guitar player and guitar composer who noticed a mistake by one of the violinists during a rehearsal of a seventy-member orchestra my confusion could be justified. I believe that Carlos Barbosa-Lima is a genius of transcriptions of Latin American music for guitar.

All Friday and Saturday Events at Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St East
Sunday Master Class at Victoria College Rm 211

More info, prices, and schedule at http://guitarsocietyoftoronto.com/