Yolanda Kondonassis and Jason Vieaux interview on WRCJ: Detroit
Internationally acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and virtuoso classical guitarist Jason Vieaux joined forces to release their first duo recording, Together, which features original works for harp and guitar including Alan Hovhaness' Spirit of Trees, Xavier Montsalvatge's Fantasia, Máximo Diego Pujol's Suite Magica, and two world premiere recordings of works commissioned by the duo: Knock on Wood (2012) by Keith Fitch and Hypnotized (2013) by Gary Schocker. Together will be released on Azica Records on January 27, 2015 at all major retailers.
The disc marks Kondonassis' 19th album in a Grammy-nominated recording career that has broken boundaries with hundreds of thousands of discs and downloads sold worldwide. It is Vieaux's 13th recording and follows his most recent album, PLAY, for which he received a 2015 Grammy nomination for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo."
Of Together, Kondonassis says, "A common thread in compositions written for harp and guitar is often a nod to world music cultures – Latin, Asian, Middle Eastern, and everything in between . . . the result is a sonic space unlike most chamber music territories." Vieaux adds, "Part of what we're doing is attempting to expand the repertoire for guitar and harp because we think the combination of these two instruments is beautiful."
WRCJ: Detroit - Chris Felcyn sat down with the duo to discuss their careers and the new disc Together. The segment will air Today, Sunday March 22 on 'The Listening Room. Listen to the attached clip.