This is the first CD released by Dos Américas. The guitar duo is comprised of Argentine virtuoso Alejandro Dávila and guitarist/composer Jim Bosse from Colorado. Since forming in 2001, Dos Américas has performed over 100 concerts in North and South America.
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) is perhaps the most famous composer from Argentina, known worldwide as the Father of the New Tango. These two Tangos were originally written for dance ensemble and aptly demonstrate Piazzola's craft in using Argentina's most popular dance form. Lo Que Vendrá (What Will Come) was arranged by Delia Aussel-Estrada. Triunfal (Triumphant) was arranged for guitar duo by one of Alejandro's students, Sylvana Poblete.
Milongueo del Ayer by Abel Fleury (1903-1958) is an example of the traditional Argentine dance form, the Milonga, composed in the style of yesterday.
The three pieces by Walter Heinze (1943-2005) are 20th century creations but present traditional Argentine dance rhythms and harmonization. The title Cancion translates to "Song". The title Huella translates to "Path", in particular the path that Mary and Joseph took to Egypt in biblical times. Chamamenmi translates to "Bartering" and is a happy dance form originating from Northeastern Argentina where composer Walter Heinze lived.
In contrast to the world famous Piazzolla, José Paredes (b 1958) is virtually unknown outside of Argentina. He attended the San Juan National University in Argentina at the same time as Alejandro. José was a talented young guitarist/composer. He won an international composition contest. Shortly after graduation he abandoned music to pursue a spiritual life. Recently he gave Alejandro all his composition manuscripts. These contained many beautiful pieces for guitar solo, duo and guitar ensemble with several other instruments.
Cancion de Cuna is a lovely lullaby. The Milonga and Gato (Cat) are traditional Argentine dance forms. Coleccion de Otoño is a set of three pieces inspired by the autumn season. Campanas Lunares (Moon Bells) and Ritual share a compositional style that José uses frequently; a slow moving, hauntingly beautiful melody positioned over a fast moving complex arpeggio accompaniment. The middle movement Vals Antiguo (Old Waltz) is dedicated to Eric Satie and composed in the same impressionist style as Satie's popular gymnopodies. All of José's music is beautifully melodic, heavily influenced, if not based upon, Argentine folk music/dance forms, and wonderfully modern with a strong bias toward impressionalism.
Alejandro Dávila began studying guitar when he was seven. His first teachers were Domingo Carbajal and Juan Fernandez de Peña. He graduated from the prestigious guitar program at the National University in San Juan with maestro Omar Atreo. He perfected his skills through courses with Abel Carlevaro, Manuel Lopez Ramos, Irma Costanzo, Eduardo Fernandez and Hopkinson Smith.
Alejandro obtained awards in several competitions including: National Guitar contest, Santa Fe 1978, Pre-Cosquin Festival, Cordoba 1978, National Music Promotions Contest, Buenos Aires 1978, and Maria Louisa Anida National Guitar Contest, Buenos Aires 1970.
Alejandro is a professor of guitar at the National University in San Juan and Centro Polivante de Artes in San Juan, Argentina.
Jim Bosse was born in New York in 1949. He began his music career performing in rock bands. A few of the musicians Jim performed with achieved success in popular music, most notably Billy Joel, who Jim performed with from 1962-1967.
Jim's interest gradually shifted to classical music. He has studied with Colorado's finest guitarists including Charles Wolzein, David Honig, Ricardo Iznaola, Masa Ito, and Alex Komodore. He has participated in over thirty master classes with many of the world's greatest guitarists.
In 1986 Jim founded the Southern Colorado Guitar Society and served as its first president. He taught guitar at Adams State College in Alamosa from 1995-1997 and at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo from 1997-2000.
Jim has performed over 200 concerts in North and South America, composes classical guitar music and arranges popular music for classical guitar. He has published two books and recorded six CDs.