'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Barrios and his Headress

Today I was reading Alex Ross:The Rest is Noise, and he was referring to a picture of Messiaen with a bird on his head. This wasn't actually the case but was rather amusing.
It reminded me of the guitarist Agustin Pio Barrios Mangore, who was born in Paraguay in 1885.
He appeared to be something of a character as in 1932 he began to call himself 'Nitsuga Mangore - the Paganini of the guitar'. Nitsuga is Agustin spelt backwards and Mangore was a legendary Guarani chieftain. He also promoted himself and performed concerts in full Indian dress.
Robin Hill - Yorkshire, Peter Wiltschinsky - Yorkshire/Ukraine, there must be something in their backgrounds that I can come up with and produce some outlandish costumes. I'm off to find my sewing box..

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