Last night, 1st December, we provided sound reinforcement for the Alvaro Sanchez guitar recital held in Emmanuel & Son’s piano showroom in Kallang Way.
The opportunity to work with Alvaro happened by accident on Wednesday 28th November. The available microphone and guitar amp were not able to render a live acoustic guitar’s dynamics, percussive and tonal nuances. We happened to be present in the E&S showroom, and offered our services and equipment:
- RØDE NT2A microphone;
- Soundcraft Ui12 mixer;
- REDGUM Black i120ENR integrated amplifier;
- REDGUM interconnects and speaker cables; and
- Axis VoiceBox FLS loudspeakers (pair).
The guitar on the left in the picture above is particularly interesting. It is a hand-built flamenco guitar gifted to Alvaro by the legendary flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía.
The resulting sound was magnificent! Mrs. Sanchez (sitting in the audience) said that it sounded completely real and natural. Like Alvaro was sitting right in front of her. Alvaro was also very pleased with the sound. Playing between a pair of speakers that were doing double duty (as sound reinforcement and fold-back) was artistically satisfying and immersive.
Conductor, guitarist and harpist Maestro Alvaro Sanchez has wowed audiences worldwide as an International Recording Artist.
Over the years, Maestro Sanchez has performed with symphony orchestras, polyphonic choirs and with many international stars, including famed flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía. He has been a special guest artist for heads of state, dignitaries and royalty. Sanchez was decorated by the late Singapore President Nathan.
Maestro Sanchez, graduated with honors from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia and continued his studies at L’université de Paris Sorbonne, as well as in Italy and the United States.
His music education started at age four under the firm hand of his father, Alvaro Senior, who guided him to a consistent daily practice and shared his passion and love for the guitar, mandolin and flute with his young son.
He remembers his first solo concert in his hometown at 14, and the pride he felt when he saw tears falling down his father’s face; a man he thought he could never please. Maestro Sanchez is a man of faith, a family man, and a dear friend to many. Alvaro also loves to play the harp. But, his first love is his guitar.
- Etude in A Major (M. Carcassi)
- Minué Célebre (L. Boccherini, arr. A. Sanchez)
- Vivre Pour Vivre (F. Lai)
- Swedish Rhapsody (H. Alfven, arr. A. Sanchez)
- Sons de Carrihões (J. Pernambuco)
- Romance (Anon.)
- Classical Renditions (Bizet/Verdi/Mozart/Brahms/Beethoven/von Suppe, arr. A. Sanchez)
- Pena, Penita Pena! (M. Quiroga, arr. A. Sanchez)
- La Zarzamora (Quintero/Leon/Quiroga)
- Islas Canarias (J. Tarridas)
- Malagueñas (E. Lecuona, arr. A. Sanchez)
- Brazil (A. Barroso, arr. A. Sanchez)
- The Moon Represents My Heart [月亮代表我的心] (T. Teng, arr. A. Sanchez)
- El Choclo (A. Villoldo, arr. A. Sanchez)
- Guantanamera (J. Fernández & J. Martí, arr. A. Sanchez)
For the encore Alvaro played a medley comprising a fragment of J.S. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and The Little Drummer Boy.