Thursday, 25 October 2012

October 19th to 25th 2012

In tune with the times

A great night of Bach
and Blues at the
Kempinski Bahía. The concert’s
organisers,MasElenco, and
the hotel Kempinski had put their
hearts into the event, and the musicians
played superbly.

Bach, as austere as the times
we live in, can hit you right in
your stomach in the hands of a
master and cellist Michael Jones
enthralled us with the deep, reverberating
tones of his Stradivarius.
Totally focused, he seemed not
to notice a door banging, the rustle
of papers and the audience not
knowing when to clap. Michael
studied at the Royal College of
Music and has an international
reputation as a solo player

Monday, 22 October 2012

British cellist wows audiences in Spain

PUBLISHED: October 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm  •  LAST EDITED: October 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm

British cellist wows audiences in Spain
• British cellist Michael Jones is performing in Andalucia
HE has taken his cello all over the world and even played for the British Royal Family – and now he is performing in Andalucia.
British cellist Michael Jones,  is performing A Night of Bach and Blues at three destinations this month with accompanying artists.
Having wowed Estepona audiences last week at a charity concert in aid of Cudeca, Jones will now be performing at the Garrison Library in Gibraltar on October 18 and at the Hotel Hacienda Herriza in Gaucin on 19.

Monday, 1 October 2012

2013 ...Spring concerts UK ,USA and Canada

March 1st- Bristol    (UK)
March 3rd -Hay on Wye

March 5th - New York  (USA)
March 10th- NY pro musica series
March 14th- Morgan library Manhatten 

March 16th- Miami 
March 22nd- masterclass Dal University Halifax  ( Canada )
March 27th- concert music room Halifax

April 5th -Victoria Metchosin BC

April 7th- Bowen island
April 13th- Hornby island
April 14th- Denman island
April 21st- Vancouver island
April 23rd- Enderby BC
April 26th- Kaslo     BC 
April 28th- Creston BC
April 29th- Grand Forks BC
May 1st  -Vancouver BC

may 5th - Exeter Bach society  (UK )

Joaquin Rodrigo ´como una fantasia´ Madrid premier Eboli Galeria

Monday, 17 September 2012

Michael Jones British cellist ....Village voice

Barely Silent has a fine score, parts of which are played live by composer Alan Terricciano and Michael Kevin Jones on piano and cello. 

The Secret of Excess
Supercharged dancing by a cadre programmed for speed and complexity

Jones Maruri duo New York 2013

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Jones Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo
Based in Spain, the noted duo of cellist Michael Kevin Jones and guitarist Agustin Maruri present a concert of music from the baroque to contemporary periods, including the New York premiere of Drew Heminger's "Songs from America."

Benedetto Marcello, Sonata in G
Schubert, Sonata in A minor, D. 821 "Sonata Arpeggione"
Drew Hemenger, "Songs from America," after traditional American Folk Songs, New
York Premiere
Erik Marchelie, "Don Quijote y Dulcinea"
de Falla, "Suite Española"
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35; $25 Members
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Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail tickets for information.

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Jones Maruri Don Quijote

Marchielie: Don Quixote & Dulcinea; Eclipse; 3 Estampes; Dance.

American Record Guide 

MARCHIELIE: Don Quixote & Dulcinea; Eclipse; 3 Estampes; Dance; REBAY: Waltz; Tango; HAUSWIRTH: Konzertino: GNATTALI: Sonata; HEMENGER: Songs from America; JENTSCH: Sonata

Michael Kevin Jones, vc; Agustin Maruri, guitar

Emec 63--75 minutes

With the exception of Gnattali, I did not know any of these composers before putting the disc in my player. Nor did I expect the unusual pairing of cello and guitar to be particularly revelatory or even reasonable. I was wrong. This release gripped me immediately, largely because of the superb playing of Jones and Maruri. Cellist Jones is the main attraction, his magnificent tone and expansive phrasing an irresistible figure against the ground of Maruri's accompaniment. The music is largely conservative, neoromantic fare; without Jones's beguiling cello I suspect much of it would be forgettable.

The six works by French composer Erik Marchelie that open the program are the most satisfying of the safely lyrical pieces here; Marchelie's rich harmonies and soaring melodies are ideally suited to Jones and Maruri's approach. Works by Ferdinand Rebay and Hans Hauswirth inhabit the same tonal landscape, but by this point in the program I was itching for something less saccharine. To my surprise, Gnattali's sonata largely failed to deliver on this front; it is blander, formally stiffer than much of his music, and it is not until III that it really leaps out with some spirited textures and exchanges between the two instruments.

Seven American folk song and spiritual arrangements by the young American composer Drew Hemenger follow. The almost vocal directness of Jones's playing carries these simple arrangements. It is not until the final work that a real affective contrast finally arrives: Walter Jentsch's sonata, one of several world premiere recordings here, is coarse, angular, and austere. After so much triadic sweetness its effect is paradoxical: a bitter palette cleanser.

The packaging is very attractive, the sound is excellent--with a realistic balance between guitar and cello--and the notes are extensive.