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Padre Sunset Nightclub

5908 Padre Blvd

South Padre Island, TX 78597

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El Paseo Arts Foundation will host a Midsummer Music Concert featuring internationally renowned guitarists Bert Lams, born and raised in Belgium, and Italian born Fabio Mittino performing the music from their album “Long Ago”. The album contains the music of Russian/Armenian philosopher George Ivanovich Gurdjieff and his Russian/Ukranian protégé, composer Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann. Gurdjieff had the remarkable gift of remembering music he had heard during his early travels in Asia and the Middle East, and many years later he sang and played the melodies to De Hartmann. Together they created more than 200 pieces of music for the piano between 1918 and 1927. Lams and Mittano heard the music and were inspired to create transcriptions and arrangements of the music for two guitars. For the album and the performance, Lams and Mittio selected acoustic, Gibson, arch top guitars, built in the 1930’s. The instruments help create the authentic and intimate character of the music -- music that covers a vast territory including Armenian songs, Hindu melodies, Kurdish melodies, and Orthodox Hymn and several Savvid dances. Most of it has never been played on the guitar before. . The melodies vary, sometimes capturing an ancient ambience, a bit of Eastern intrigue, a rich spiritual cast, a delicate dance or a mischievous bit of humor.

As an added treat for this special evening of music, local favorite, Jen Mulhern (Jenuine Cello) will open the concert with a performance of complementary classical cello pieces.

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