Musical teamwork with the Interlochen Arts Academy Guitar Ensemble
Interlochen Arts Academy guitar students Bonham Geller, Juan Jaimes, Wesley Patterson, Ally Waddell and Samuel Watsham performed music by Andrew York and Ólafur Arnalds
Classical IPR recently took Studio A on location to the Music Center at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
There, we heard from five students in the Interlochen Arts Academy guitar studio.
The musicians are Bonham Geller (U.S. Virgin Islands), Juan Jaimes (Colombia), Wesley Patterson (Alabama), Ally Waddell (Washington State) and Samuel Watsham (Texas).
They are students of Dr. Matthew Cochran.
Interlochen Arts Academy junior Juan Jaimes said that playing with an ensemble like this one can be a very different experience than playing as a soloist.
Working well with all of the individual members is crucial to the group's success.
"You have to know your ensemble, you have to trust your ensemble and you have to work with them," Jaimes explained. "It's all about the teamwork."
The ensemble performed two pieces, "Happiness does not wait" by Ólafur Arnalds and "Lotus Eaters" by Andrew York.
Jaimes told us that playing "Lotus Eaters" is a lot of fun - pretty much what you might expect from a piece about the mythological creatures who live a hedonistic lifestyle.
"It's such a joyful piece," he said. "Whenever I hear it, I want to drop whatever I'm doing and dance to it."
Interlochen Arts Academy senior Bonham Geller then performed a solo piece of his own composition called "Bayahibe vitae."
Geller said he was inspired to write this piece after working with renowned composer Bill Banfield, who is a guest artist at Interlochen Arts Academy.
The Interlochen Arts Academy guitar studio is presenting a recital Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Admission is free.
Stefan Wiebe engineered this edition of Studio A.