West Sussex Guitar Club

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Carlos Barbosa-Lima - A Night To Remember

Posted by admin on May 28, 2007

On Friday 25th May, the West Sussex Guitar Club (WSGC) together with the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS) proudly presented a concert given by the world famous legendary Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

The Regis School of Music was filled to capacity as people had travelled from far and wide to see this concert - one of only two performances given in this country. Among the audience were the Bognor Regis Mayor and Mayoress and members of guitar clubs from as far as London, Dorset, Southampton and Brighton.

On a hot summer's evening, by the magic of music the audience were transported to South America where we were spellbound by the captivating rhythms. Nearly all were Carlos's own arrangements - and what beautiful arrangements they were. Close your eyes and you could swear that there were at least three guitars playing. So technically challenging and yet so emotional at the same time. We were treated to well known gems such as Perfidia, Frenesi, Adios, Siboney, Brazil, Desafinado and One Note Samba as well as pieces from the classical guitar repertoire.

We heard a full orchestra played on the solo guitar. There were so many voices playing in Gershwin's I Got Rhythm. Each time the verse was played it was different, becoming more complex each time but always melodic. No wonder that Segovia many years ago said that Carlos was "..a musician gifted by the goddess of music". Carlos gave his concert debut at the age of just 12 when his recording career began. He sees no division between classical and popular music and moves with ease from one style to another.

The evening was a treat for both guitar aficionados and those who just like wonderful music. Carlos loves to play and the audience loves to listen - what a splendid example of symbiosis. We must hope it is not too long before he returns. What an oasis of culture we have on our doorstep in the WSGC.