"--the alert guitarist"  The New York Times

"--The mirror-paneled recital room provided an apt visual metaphor for how such seemingly modest dimensions can trick the ear into an impression of vaster scale. Guitarist William Anderson brought both technical and expressive virtuosity to his accounts...a quasi-orchestral pallete of coloristic effects...deftly realized by Anderson as he shaped each entry with epigrammatic concentration." ----Thomas May, The Washington Post

"--Electrifying" New York Times

"--astonishing....astounding arrangements" The New York Times

"--virtuosos in their own right, and together produce chamber music proper...close observance of each other's actions...a very tight performance." Fanfare Magazine, referring to Wm. Anderson & pianist Joan Forsyth

UPCOMING--

October 30, 7:30pm @ the Italian Academy, Columbia University, NYC)

Vox n Plux
http://www.voxnplux.com/
performs *Eight Rhythms, Settings of Djuna Barnes* by composer/guitarist William Anderson There are two samples, recorded by Ebb & Flow Arts in Maui last month:

No. 1
Seen From the "L"

No. 5
Paradise

Also on the program--new works by Matthew Greenbaum, Jonathan Dawe and Charles Wuorinen, with pianist Steven Beck and the Jack Quartet!


Vox n Plux
www.voxnplux.com


Vox n Plux combines guitarists William Anderson and Oren Fader with noted soprano Elizabeth Farnum

 


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  • Spring & Summer, Fall 2014

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