PARMA Artist Alex Lubet and new PARMA Artist Maja Radovanlija will be releasing an album of guitar duos and solos in 2016. This release, titled THE ENCHANTED GUITAR FOREST, will mix compositions of both Maja and Alex based largely on a combination of traditional Balkan and synagogue melodies, featuring some blues and improvisation. The duo performed many of these pieces live at the 2nd annual PARMA Music Festival in 2014.
Alex Lubet is a Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is a composer, performer, and author whose specialties include music and text for theatre, dance, and improvisation ensembles, and works on Jewish subjects. Blending together musical styles from various cultures, including classical, jazz, blues, and Easter traditions, his Ravello release SPECTRAL BLUES came out in January 2013.
Maja Radovanlija also teaches at the University of Minnesota. She was born in Belgrade, Serbia and has been playing guitar since the age of nine. As graduate student at Indiana University, Maja won second prize at the Latin-American music competition in 2009. During her studies, she often performed new music for guitar, including a piece written by PARMA Artist Don Freund. She is currently also member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.
Keep an eye out for details on the debut release from this guitar duo, and in the meantime, here’s a great video of Alex and Maja performing together live: