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International guitar duo Lee Song-Ou and Oliver Fartach-Naini set to dazzle at Kay Brothers Winery

Dubbed ‘Poets on Strings!’ by the Potsdamer Neue Nachrichten in Germany, the duo is celebrated for their extraordinary blend of musical styles and cultures.

In an event that’s stirring excitement among music enthusiasts, the renowned international guitar duo, Lee Song-Ou from South Korea and Oliver Fartach-Naini from Germany, are set to perform at the picturesque Kay Brothers Winery in McLaren Vale.

This much-anticipated concert, scheduled for Sunday, 3 December at noon, marks their first performance at this venue since 2016.

Dubbed ‘Poets on Strings!’ by the Potsdamer Neue Nachrichten in Germany, the duo is celebrated for their extraordinary blend of musical styles and cultures.

This upcoming concert promises to be a feast for the senses, featuring a rich tapestry of 19th century French music interlaced with contemporary interludes by Adelaide’s own eclectic composer, Stephen Whittington. The program is a vibrant mix, showcasing solo and duo compositions by a range of composers including Ian Seaborn, Napoleon Coste, Fernando Sor, Dilermando Reis, Hyewon Lee, and Stephen Whittington himself, with additional influences from Brazilian and Korean music.

Oliver Fartach-Naini shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming event, stating, “We are very excited about this concept of intertwining 19th century repertoire with new interludes crafted specifically for this program. Having worked with Stephen Whittington on a number of other projects already we know we are in for some exquisite music, and we look forward to recording these works early next year.”

The duo’s journey began in 1991 when both were students under American guitarist and composer Laurie Randolph at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. Since then, their innovative programs and collaborations have garnered international acclaim. They have a unique knack for blending traditional and contemporary elements, creating performances that are both fresh and deeply rooted in classical traditions.

Their collaborations extend globally, having worked with composers from various countries including Geonyong Lee (South Korea), Laurie Randolph (USA), Ludger Vollmer (Germany), Carlo Domeniconi (Italy), Thomas Wallisch (Austria), Coco Nelegatti (Argentina), Jaime Zenamon (Brazil), Vincent Lindsey-Clark (England), and Australians Richard Charlton and Stephen Whittington. Their discography is impressive, with over 20 albums recorded for numerous labels worldwide.

Notable among these are their trio collaborations with Richard Yongjae O’Neill (viola) for the CD “Winter Journey” (Deutsche Grammophon) and with violinist Zia Hyunsu Shin for “Canto Antigo” (Credia Classics, Universal).

When not touring the world with their mesmerizing performances, Lee Song-Ou resides in Daegu, South Korea, and Oliver Fartach-Naini is based in Adelaide, where he serves as a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Kay Brothers Winery, McLaren Vale, Barrel Room
3 December 2023 12:00 pm

Tickets: $45/35 (concert only), $150 (concert & degustation lunch)

Online booking here.

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