June 26, 2017
Sono Luminus Announces the Release of Boyd Meets Girl, Featuring Cellist Laura Metcalf and Guitarist Rupert Boyd In Their Duo Debut Album

NEW YORK, NY – On July 28, 2017, Sono Luminus releases Boyd Meets Girl [DSL 92217], the duo debut album featuring American cellist Laura Metcalf (Sybarite 5, Break of Reality) and her husband, acclaimed Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd. For their first album together, the artists have chosen both familiar and relatively unknown repertoire which highlights the range and timbral possibilities of this under-explored instrumental pairing. The album includes new arrangements of music by J.S. Bach, Ross Edwards, Manuel de Falla, Gabriel Fauré, Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, Porcaro/Bettis (for Michael Jackson), as well as works written specifically for cello and guitar by Radamés Gnattali and Jaime Zenamon. To celebrate the release of the album, the duo will also embark on a summer tour of the U.S. and an 18-city tour of Australia and New Zealand including the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

The album opens with the first of two relatively unknown works written for cello and guitar, the three-movement Reflexões No. 6 by Bolivian composer Jaime Zenamon. Born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1953, and a guitarist himself, Zenamon displays a deep understanding of the strengths and mechanics of both guitar and cello, and how to balance the two. The short, three-movement work “feels like a complete story,” the duo notes.

The Zenamon is followed by a beloved staple of the standard repertoire, Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane presented here in a reduction from the orchestral score. Metcalf notes that arranging the work “was not without its challenges” but the result captures, they believe, “the nostalgic melancholy of the piece.”

For both artists, performing the music of J.S. Bach continues to be “the most enlightening and the most maddening musical undertaking.” For this album, they present their own arrangements of four of the composer’s two-part Inventions: No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779; No. 10 in G Major, BWV 781; No. 6 in E Major, BWV 777; and No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784, playing the two hands on separate instruments: one bowed and one plucked in order to highlight different characteristics and nuances that may not be heard when played on one instrument.

Boyd Meets Girl also includes the premiere recording of Arafura Arioso by the renowned Australian composer Ross Edwards, arranged especially for duo by the composer. “The Arafura Sea is located to the north of Australia, and the work captures the beauty and expanse of the vast Australian outback,” notes Boyd. “In Edwards’s words, the piece portrays the “calm and reflective” nature of the Northern Territory, and the music “floats mysteriously on the balmy tropical air.”

The second work on the album also composed specifically for cello and guitar, is Allegretto Comodo, the first movement of the Sonata for Cello and Guitar by Brazilian composer Radamés Gnattali. Written in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, this movement, although composed in strict classical style, is imbued with the rhythms and harmony of the choro, the street music of Brazil.

Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla is best known for revolutionizing the tango, and taking it from music used to accompany dance, to an art form intended to be performed on the concert hall stage. Café 1930 is the second movement of his four-movement work Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango), and was originally scored for flute and guitar.

One of Spain’s most revered composers, Manuel de Falla, collected the melodies of these Siete Canciones Populares Españolas (Seven Popular Spanish songs) during the beginning of the 20th century. Scored by the composer for voice with piano accompaniment, the piano part often mimics the sound of the guitar, Spain’s national instrument, and that used in flamenco and to accompany popular song.

Rounding out the album are two works – both modern, but at polar opposites. Arvo Pärt’s haunting and much-loved Spiegel im Spiegel (“Mirror in the Mirror”) demands reflection and contemplation from the listener. The work’s rising and falling scales return to the center, drawing the listener into its numinous sound world. Ms. Metcalf plays the cello part in this version at the original violin pitch.

The album closes with the couple’s ingenious arrangement of Steve Porcaro’s and John Bettis’s song, “Human Nature” from Michael Jackson’s iconic 1982 album, Thriller. “The song also has significance for us”, notes the couple, “as its lyrics can easily be interpreted as an affectionate love song for New York City, our adopted home¬town.”

LISTEN TO TRACKS FROM THE ALBUM: 
https://soundcloud.com/sonolummusic/sets/boyd-meets-girl

WATCH A VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxgBP3kFUfg

ABOUT BOYD MEETS GIRL:

Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. Acclaimed soloists in their own right, as a duo they perform an eclectic and engaging range of repertoire, from the baroque through modern day, including many of their own arrangements. Boyd has been described as “truly evocative” by The Washington Post, and as “a player who deserves to be heard” by Classical Guitar Magazine, while Metcalf, also a member of the ensembles Sybarite5 and Break of Reality, has been called “brilliant” by Gramophone. Boyd Meets Girl has toured throughout the USA, Australia, India and Nepal, including appearances at the Newport Music Festival (Rhode Island), the Gharana Music Festival (Kathmandu, Nepal) and the Monsoon Music Festival (Kolkata, India). A happily married couple, the duo lives in New York City. For up to date information on tour dates, please visit: http://www.boydmeetsgirlduo.com/concerts.html.

CALENDAR OF U.S. PERFORMANCES:

July 5, 7 pm
First Congregational Church of Chatham, MA
http://m.bpt.me/event/3008815

July 14, 8 pm
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
https://www.guildhall.org/events/?id=1206&mode=id

July 20, 7:30 pm
Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, VT
https://www.radiobean.com/calendar

July 23, 11 am
Newport Music Festival, Newport, RI
http://www.newportmusic.org/calendars/boyd-meets-girl/

August 4, 5:30 pm
Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM
http://m.bpt.me/event/2937872

August 6, 10:30 am
Chatter Sunday @ Las Puertas, Albuquerque, NM
https://www.chatterabq.org/product/august-6-2017/

August 8, 7:30 pm
Telluride Music Company, Telluride, CO

August 10, 7 pm
Sunflower Theatre, Cortez, CO

August 11, 5 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe, NMC

CALENDAR OF AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND PERFORMANCES:

August 23, 7:30 pm
St. Andrews Church, Hamilton, NZ

August 25, 7:30 pm
The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall (Presented by The Music Lounge & Wollongong Conservatorium of Music) Wollongong, NSW
http://www.merrigong.com.au/shows/boyd-meets-girl.html

August 26, 6 pm
Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, Bungendore, NSW
http://cafewoodworks.com.au

August 27, 2:30 pm
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Cooma, NSW

August 30, 7 pm
Wayville House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Bookings essential: email or SMS to 0413 914 280
wayvilleconcertlist@gmail.com

August 31
Robin Boyd Foundation, Melbourne, VIC
www.robinboyd.org.au

September 1
Robin Boyd Foundation, Melbourne, VIC
www.robinboyd.org.au

September 2, 7:30 pm
Wesley Music Centre, Canberra, ACT
www.wesleycanberra.org.au/

September 3, 6 pm
Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
Perth, WA
www.guitarwa.com.au

September 4
Albany, WA

September 7, 6 pm
Riverina Conservatorium of Music Concert Series, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Wagga Wagga, NSW,
http://www.rivconmusic.org.au/whatson/2017/9/7/rcm-concert-series-no9-boyd-meets-girl

September 8, 7 pm
South West Music Concert Series
Bishop’s Lodge, Hay, NSW
https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=247004

September 9, 7 pm
South West Music Concert Series, Uniting Church, Deniliquin, NSW
https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=247004

September 13, 6 pm
Bunnyconnellen, Toowoomba, QLD
www.bunnyconnellen.com.au

September 14, 6:30 pm
One Two Three Chamber Music at St Andrews Uniting Church;
Brisbane, QLD

September 15, 6:30 pm
Caloundra Regional Gallery, Sunshine Coast, QLD

September 16, 7 pm
Guitar Passion, Northside Baptist Church, Sydney, NSW

September 17
Epsom House, Hobart, TAS
http://www.epsomhouse.com

September 22, 8 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
http://araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au/whats-on/boyd-meets-girl

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