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Modern Hearts - New Music for Electric Guitar

by Adrian Verdejo

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Mies 'Modern Hearts' is an interesting and well-executed set of guitar-driven forays into contemporary classical music. The selection is pleasantly diverse ranging from the incomparable "Vampyr!" to recent compositions such as Lizée's piece that gives its title to the album or Nobles' "Nebula". On this recording, Verdejo's guitar sound is a lot heavier and more rock-orientated than Fiore's on the similar 'american electric guitars' album, which should make it more palatable to a wider audience. Favorite track: Tristan Murail - Vampyr! (1984) for solo guitar.
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Modern Hearts - New Music for Electric Guitar is the debut album from Vancouver guitarist Adrian Verdejo. This album features music for multiple electric guitars and bass by contemporary composers.

"A deeply satisfying listening experience, Verdejo’s instincts are as good as his ears, hands, and heart." - Musicworks Magazine

"Avec ce disque, Verdejo, que l’on sait autant virtuose sur les cordes de nylon de la guitare classique que sur les cordes métalliques amplifiées, démontre bien son parti pris pour la création."- Revue Circuit. Musiques Contemporaines

"Modern Hearts by Adrian Verdejo delivers all the accuracy, precision, and interpretive genius of a top notch classical musician mixed with the raw energy, flare, and recording prowess of the modern electric guitarist. This album is a sonic world of wonders! A must hear for new music enthusiasts and general listeners alike." - This is Classical Guitar

"...a most auspicious debut" - The Georgia Straight

“Verdejo is a musician’s musician not just for his virtuosity, but for his uncompromising commitment to following the muse wherever it may go.” – The Vancouver Observer

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released February 1, 2014

Recorded by Braden Kwasnicia at Ampersound Studio. Mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering in Vancouver. Photo and CD cover design by Mark Mushet.


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Adrian Verdejo Vancouver, British Columbia

Adrian Verdejo is a Canadian guitarist living in Vancouver. He performs as a soloist and with the Victoria Guitar Trio. . He performs many works spanning the guitar repertoire and has commissioned and premiered several new pieces. He specializes in contemporary music with equal fluency in classical and electric guitar styles. ... more

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