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SGS is proud to present a guitar and lute recital by Joseph Littlefield and Oskar de Mari-Jones -BROLGA and other works!
Music by J.S. Bach, Barrios-Mangore, Ligeti, Australian composer Phillip Houghton and more! Special guest performers on the night!
Friday 8 September
St Alban's Church, 171 Great North Rd, Five Dock.
Phone: 0439 192 555
Come and join us for a great night of music in this beautiful sacred space.
About the performers:
Joseph received his Bachelor of Music with first class honours in 2007, under scholarship from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Joseph has been teaching guitar for over ten years at some of Sydney's most exclusive schools. He enjoys teaching a diversity in styles on nylon-string, acoustic, electric and bass guitars.
Joseph is an active solo performer. Apart from putting on concerts in Sydney, 2015 saw Joseph performed his transcriptions of works by György Ligeti across the U.S. and Europe. He has recently recorded these works and they will be available for commercial release in the near future. He has also performed with Sydney’s top contemporary classical groups including Ensemble Offspring, Halcyon and the Sydney Chamber Opera Company.
He is currently preparing to play a program with the Australian Opera and Balet Orchestra in April 2016. He has performed and recorded with baroque music ensembles and personalities such as Salut Baroque and recordist Alicia Crossley. He also plays with a variety of jazz and African music groups.
Joseph's teachers and mentors have included some of Australia’s leading guitar teachers Gregory Pikler, Phillip Houghton and Jane McClennan. Joseph has worked with some of the world’s best guitarists in Europe at festivals, summer schools and master classes with renowned performers such as Paul Galbraith, Pavel Stiedl, Dennis Azabagic, Miles Okazaki, Dusan Bogdanovic and Carlos Bonell.
Joseph has won various competitions including the Sydeny Eisteddfod, the B’nai Brith Eisteddfod, the Inner West Performing Arts Challenge and was finalist at the 2012 Adelaide International guitar competition.
OSKAR DE MARI-JONES
Born in 1987, Oskar de Mari-Jones has had an eclectic and multi-faceted musical education. His first guitar lessons were with his father at the age of five; aged 10 he took up the trombone and at sixteen, he returned to the guitar to seriously study the instrument, in particular the classical repertoire, studying privately with Giuseppe Zangari.
In 2006, Oskar received an Entry Scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied guitar with Greg Pikler and Phillip Houghton, internationally renowned guitarist-composer and educator. During his studies, Oskar received various scholarships, including the McCaw-Baiton scholarship, the Mary Little Memorial and prizes for high academic results. During this time, Oskar was a core member of the Sydney Guitar Quartet, which recorded the music of Phillip Houghton for a documentary film and won prizes in various ensemble competitions.
In 2008, Oskar also pursued studies of the Baroque Lute and historical plucked instruments with Australia’Õs leading lute-specialists, Tommie Andersson and Andrew Byrne and attended master classes and private lessons with Hopkinson Smith, Ben Verdery and Ricardo Gallen.
Oskar has performed throughout Sydney, making his Opera-House solo debut in 2005 at the age of 17 for the Sydney Region Music Festival. In 2008 he recorded a program of Lute music for the soundtrack of Serenity, a Music-Therapy DVD. In 2010 he broadcast a solo recital for 2mbs as part of their Young Performer Award, for which he competed as a finalist later that year. Recently, Oskar's Conservatorium of Music Honours Recital and Thesis were awarded a Sydney University Academic Merit Award. Oskar is an Ars Musica Australis Fellowship-holder.