Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sharon Isbin's guitar alchemy

Like Yo Yo Ma and Herbie Hancock, classical guitarist Sharon Isbin collaborates often with other musicians, regardless of genre. Also like them, she is one of the supreme masters of her instrument. In Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions, her duet partners range from American jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan to  Brazilian bossa nova virtuoso Romero Lubambo. Here are two sample videos of Isbin in full flight: the first a Latin-themed duet with Berta Rojas and the second "Asturias" by Isaac Albeniz, which is on the new album and which she performed in 2009 for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House.

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