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Yolanda Kondonassis | Jason Vieaux interview on KHFM: Albuquerque

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Interview with KHFM's Brent Stevens

Internationally acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and virtuoso classical guitarist Jason Vieaux joined forces earlier this year 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. 

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." 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."

Attached is Yolanda and Jason's interview with KHFM: Albuquerque - Brent Stevens who relished the opportunity to get the duo. Stevens already knew Jason who is approachable and interesting, and Yolanda lived up to his expectations. He commented that she was "charming and loves the music... what's not to like? They sound like they have fun being together."  Listen to the attached clip.