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Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan are both acclaimed and established guitarists, having performed individually and together on concert stages across Canada and abroad. Their duo efforts date back to 2015, when what began as performing Spanish classics soon evolved into new Canadian commissions, electroacoustic experiments, and arrangements of 20th century French music. On their debut release, FOCUS, Tracy Anne Smith (American Record Guide) states that “with sensitive, authoritative, au courant playing, Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan retain their individuality while communicating like old friends”. FOCUS was nominated for “Classical Recording of the Year” at the East Coast Music Awards. The duo released its second album under the Analekta label, INTIMATE IMPRESSIONS, in the spring of 2021. Cowan and Cicchillitti toured Eastern Canada under the auspices of Debut Atlantic in 2018 and Prairie Debut in 2020-2021.
The duo has established its identity at the forefront of new music for guitar. At the inaugural 21st Century Guitar Conference in Ottawa, Steve and Adam commissioned and premiered 9 new electroacoustic works by the New York-based composer collective, ICEBERG New Music. In 2022, the duo undertakes their most ambitious project with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts: to premiere and record 6 new commissions for two guitars and orchestra with Ottawa-based chamber ensemble 13 Strings.
Andrew Staniland (b. 1977) - Choro: the Joyful Lament for Villa-Lobos
Federico Mompou (1893-1987) - Musica Callada (three excerpts) (arr. Cicchillitti-Cowan)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Sonatine (arr. Cicchillitti)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Prelude no. 5, book 2, "Bruyères" (arr. Cowan)
M. Ravel - Prelude from "le Tombeau de Couperin" (arr. Henderson-Kolk)
Harry Stafylakis (b. 1980) - Focus
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