Stapleford Granary

Event description

Sunday 16 September

Luca Luciano

Sunday Coffee Concert

Coffee from 11:00  Concert 12:00     £12/£8 under 16

Luca Luciano - Clarinet

Bruno D'Ambra - Piano

“Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer who now makes his home in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances”
(The Musician magazine, 2008)

Homage to Puccini, for clarinet solo, on a theme from “Tosca” (Puccini/Luciano)

Sonata #2 “Stellare” (L. Luciano)

September Song (K. Weill)

Sonata #4 (L. Luciano)

Libertango (A. Piazzolla)

Preludio Ironico alla Stravinsky (L. Luciano)

Sonata #3 (L. Luciano)

Neapolis (L. Luciano)

I’ve got rhythm (G. Gershwin)

This contemporary clarinet recital presents 20th and 21st century music also informed by Luciano’s research on extended techniques and new music for clarinet solo. The programme features original compositions written and arranged by Luciano, published on the albums “Neapolis” and “Poeta”. The “Sonatas” for clarinet and basso continuo are in one movement only. Luciano’s performance showcases the full potential of the clarinet presenting new and challenging music that is unique and varied, notated or composed in real time, that embraces romantic atmospheres and contemporary idioms, experimentation and heartfelt melodies. Though Luciano’s exceptional virtuoso skills are clearly evident, the music has always a distinctive melodic sense inspired by the Western European tradition and his Neapolitan heritage. The performance also includes re-arrangements of classics by Kurt Weill, Astor Piazzolla, George Gershwin along with a homage to Giacomo Puccini recently premiered at the Gonville & Caius College at Cambridge.    

Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer based in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” (The Musician). Former clarinet professor in the UK and internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary music, he debuts at the age of twelve at a prestigious hall of his home town Naples. Introduced as “the new voice of the clarinet” on the front page of De Klarinet magazine, Luciano graduated from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), has been awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy (UK) and, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, he has “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”. Described by the BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s leading exponent of jazz clarinet”, his repertoire also embraces Brahms, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Berio. He has held many master-classes, has regularly premiered his music at St Martin in the Fields London and Cambridge University, has performed at the South Bank Centre (recording live for BBC Radio at the Royal Festival Hall), Edinburgh Festival, American Cathedral Paris. His solo albums have received much critical acclaim in three continents.