The best jazz guitarists from Austria, Brazil, Spain and the United States come to La Jolla

The fact that five internationally acclaimed jazz guitarists from four countries are embarking on US tours that include concerts at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla between February 1 and March 2 can be seen as a musical windfall for six-string fans.

Two of them, Austrian Wolfgang Muthspiel and Spaniard Oscar Peñas, will make their debuts in San Diego. The others – Romero Lubambo and Chico Pinheiro from Brazil and Mimi Fox from New York – are crowd favorites here.

“The fact that the guitar is an instrument that a lot of people can play a little bit — unlike the cello, for example — is dear to me,” said Muthspiel, who opens the Athenaeum series on Tuesday, February 1. layers and there is still so much to discover about the guitar. There are thousands of approaches to this instrument.

“The guitar is a most majestic instrument because of the beauty and immediacy it imparts to player and listener,” said Fox, whose performance at the Athenaeum on Wednesday, Feb. 23 will mark his debut. in the area with the San Francisco String Trio. The group also includes Danish violinist Mads Tolling and former San Diego bassist Jeff Denson.

“When two hands and six strings come together, a special chemistry takes place,” Fox said. “For me, I love the vibration of the wood against my body and the endless challenges [that] the mastery of the instrument brings.

Pinheiro accepted.

“It’s a fascinating instrument in the sense that you can take it with you anywhere, like a real orchestra. A portable orchestra,” he said. His concert on Sunday February 6 at the Athenaeum will be a guitar duet with his compatriot, Lubambo.

Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro performs during the 2019 International Jazz Day Global Star Concert in Melbourne, Australia.

(Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Mimi Fox calls the guitar

Mimi Fox calls the guitar “a most majestic instrument”.

(Grason Littles / Courtesy of San Francisco String Trio)

Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel will make his San Diego debut at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library on February 1.

Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel will make his San Diego debut at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library on February 1.

(Laura Pleifer / Courtesy of Wolfgang Muthspiel)

Originally from Barcelona, ​​Oscar Peñas has become one of Spain's most notable jazz musicians.

Originally from Barcelona, ​​Oscar Peñas has become one of Spain’s most notable jazz musicians.

(David Roth)

Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo's concert on February 6 at the Athenaeum will be with his compatriot Chico Pinheiro.

Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo’s concert on Sunday February 6 at the Athenaeum will be with his compatriot Chico Pinheiro.

(Piu Dip / Courtesy Romero Lubambo)

Athenaeum 2022 Winter Jazz Series

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m.

February 1st : Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio, with Scott Colley and Brian Blade

February 6: Romero Lubambo and Chico Pinheiro

February 23: San Francisco String Trio, with Mimi Fox, Jeff Denson and Mads Tolling

March 2: Oscar Peñas Quartet, with Sara Caswell, Motohito Fukushima and Richie Barshay

Or: Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla

Tickets: $35 per gig for members and $40 for non-members; series tickets are $132 for members and $152 for non-members

Health protocols: All guests must be masked and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative coronavirus test taken no later than 48 hours before each concert.

Information: (858) 454-5872 or ljathenaeum.org

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