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Jan Straczynski Classical Guitarist

Music

Overview

  • Young Solo Guitarist
  • Spanish, Flamenco, Latin-American and Classical
  • Acoustic guitar (but can be amplified)
  • Can perform with other musicians if required

Location

This act is based in Glasgow but regularly plays across Scotland and the rest of the UK

Standard Set Times

  • Two 60 minute sets + break

About this Act

Jan Straczynski is a solo classical guitarist performing Spanish, Flamenco, Latin-American and Classical music. Jan also plays a selection of well arranged pop and folk songs which together with the lush tone of the classical guitar create a lovely unique atmosphere. The intricate combination of melody, bass line and chords all on one guitar are likely to massage the listeners ears for the duration of the performance and be left wanting more.

Though only in his mid-twenties, award winning performer Jan Straczynski has firmly established himself as one of the UK's leading classical guitarists.

Jan began playing the guitar at the age of 13 under the guidance of Ian Smith. A year later he was awarded 1st place in the Edinburgh competition festival. At the age of 17 Jan was awarded senior "young musician of the year" at Holy Rood High School Edinburgh and was regularly performing as a soloist in venues across Scotland including a solo debut concert at the Queens Hall Edinburgh.

In 2007 Jan Graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a Masters degree in Performance. Whilst studying Jan represented the RSAMD on a tour of the UK including solo concerts in London (Bolivar Hall), Liverpool (St. Georges Hall), Edinburgh (St. Marks) and Glasgow (Guinness room). Jan was awarded the RSAMD Chanterelle guitar prize and is a recipient of the RSAMD endowment trust scholarship for Postgraduate study. In 2006 Jan performed Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor and in 2007 performed Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by Villa-Lobos in the Academy Concert Hall Glasgow.

Jan has performed live on BBC Radio Scotland and at arts festivals around the U.K including the Dundee Guitar Festival, Celtic Connections, the Bolivar Hall International Guitar Festival, The Edinburgh Festival and the Torphichen Summer Nights Festival.

In 2008 Jan performed in a concert tour of Florida (USA) where he demonstrated his expertise in solo and duo repertoire.

Set List

Early/Baroque Music:
Sir John Smith, His Almaine -Dowland
Frog Galliard -Dowland
Suite in E minor -Buxtahude
Fantasy -Weiss
Prelude BWV 999 -Bach
Fugue BWV 1000 -Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man?Desiring (theme) -Bach

Spanish/Classical:
Recuerdos de Alhambra -Tarrega
Lagrima -Tarrega
Mallorca -Albeniz
Asturias -Albeniz
Romance -Anonymous
Variations on a theme by Mozart -Sor
The Millers Dance -De Falla
La Paloma -Yradier

Romantic:
Hungarian Fantasy -Mertz
Elegy -Mertz
Eb Nocturne -Chopin
Etude No.1 -Regondi

South American:
Danza Brasilera -Morel
Verano Porteno -Piazzolla
El Colibri -Sagreras
Sueno en la Floresta -Barrios
5 Pieces by Sojo -Diaz
Preludio Criollo -Riera

World/Modern Music:
Koyunbaba -Domeniconi
El Decameron Negro -Brouwer
Usher Waltz -Koshkin
Saudade No. 3 -Dyens
Drag Racer -BBC snooker theme
Hunt Suite -Straczynski

Traditional/Scottish:
Ye Banks and Braes -Burns
My Love is like a Red Red Rose -Burns
Sky Boat Song -Burns

Sample hour set list:
Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Tarrega
Asturias - Albeniz
Cavatina (Theme from the Deer Hunter) - Myers
Millers Dance - De Falla
La Paloma - Yradier
Elegy - Mertz
Danza Brasilera - Morel
Maleguena
Prelude in D - Bach
Ye Banks and Braes - Burns
Variations on a theme by Mozart - Sor

Lineup

  • Solo guitarist
    Can perform with other musicians if required

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