Saturday November 24, 2018
Knox Presbyterian Church (3704 37th St SW)
Azuline Duo features award-winning young musicians Sara Traficante (flute) and Emma Rush (guitar). This ensemble pushes the boundaries of their instruments and conventional programming with unusual and rarely heard pieces both historical and contemporary, and a dynamic onstage presence that engages the audience from the first note.
Recent performance highlights include a sold-out 2015 JUNOfest classical showcase concert and a guest appearance on the Guitar Hamilton concert series, as well as numerous performances throughout Southern Ontario. The upcoming season holds local appearances in Hamilton, Toronto, Cambridge, Caledon, and Ottawa and bookings with international music events including the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival (ON), Buffalo Women of the Guitar Festival (NY) and the Lonestar Guitar Festival (Weatherford, TX). They performed as guests with Sinfonia Ancaster in May, 2017. In November, 2017, they will be touring Canada’s East Coast with stops in Halifax, Dartmouth, Musquodoboit Harbour, Brookfield, Wolfville, and Moncton.
Azuline Duo’s debut recording “Romanza: Music of Spain and South America” was released in September 2016 and showcases the rich history of the guitar and the brilliant voice of the flute in an exciting chamber music setting. The program combines transcriptions of Spanish favourites and new music for flute and guitar. It also features three new arrangements by Azuline Duo that re-imagine traditional repertoire in compelling and unusual presentations. “Fantastic performances, great repertoire, and sound quality to match, this album is sure to be popular with general listeners and guitarists alike.” thisisclassicalguitar.com
Emma Rush has established herself as one of Canada’s top classical guitarists, in demand as both a soloist and chamber musician. Her playing has commanded worldwide recognition and she performs regularly throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, and is a frequent guest at international guitar festivals. Performance highlights include the Shanghai International Guitar Festival (China), Nyköping Gitaarseminarium (Sweden), Internacional Festival de Gitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), and a concert at the prestigious Internationales Gitarren Symposion Iserlohn (Germany). In 2016-17 she was a Debut Atlantic touring artist and an artist in residence at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. Rush is known for her innovative programming and powerful stage presence. “She enchanted the audience with her charm, wit, and technical prowess” Frankenpost, Hof
Sara Traficante is a versatile flutist, performing throughout Canada and internationally as a chamber and orchestral musician. She is a founding member of genre-bending trio Vox Metropolis and has a passion for presenting unique concert experiences. She is in demand as a clinician and collaborator on projects from traditional classical to film scores and indie rock and plays all flutes and whistles on the soundtrack to the new Netflix/CBC production, Anne. “Flutist Sara Traficante’s controlled vibrato and evocative changes of tone colour and sound are just right.” Whole Note
Between them, Rush and Traficante have been recognized by FACTOR, the Ontario Arts Council, Heritage Canada, the Ottawa Community Foundation, the Banff Centre for Performing Arts, the Hamilton Arts Awards, and the City of Hamilton Cultural Enrichment Fund. Rush is on faculty with Mohawk College (Hamilton), Redeemer University College (Ancaster) and the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. Traficante is on faculty at Redeemer University College (Ancaster) and the Centre for String Playing (Hamilton).