“The world’s hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band? However it helps you to think about the LAGQ, keep the emphasis on superlatives for its unrivaled joy, technical elan and questing spirits.” — Los Angeles Times
For over three decades on the concert stage, the Grammy® Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) has continually set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, while perennially exploring new musical landscapes. The charismatic LAGQ is recognized as one of America’s premier instrumental ensembles and consistently plays to sold-out houses worldwide. Their critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. Latin, African, Far East, Irish, Folk and American influenced works transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience.
Their forthcoming AMERICAN GUITAR MASTERS program continues their exploration of music from around the globe, this time turning their focus towards some of the most innovative guitar masters from the US. The centerpiece of this program is a monumental new work written for them by jazz legend Pat Metheny: “Road to the Sun,” a tone poem filled with Metheny’s trademark grooves, haunting melodies, and rich extended harmonies. Tunes by artists as diverse as Chet Atkins, Hendrix, Zappa and Flatt & Scruggs will showcase LAGQ’s stylistic range, and a set of “American Classics” with settings of a Sousa March, Shenandoah, and Copland’s “Hoe-Down” will certainly raise the barn. The program will be rounded out with the lyrical “Chorale” by fingerstyle master Fred Hand, Robert Beaser’s “Chaconne” (dedicated to LAGQ), and a projected new work by modern eclectic virtuoso Julian Lage.
The LAGQ's collaborations with others result in brilliant performances, including:
Andrew York's "By Chants" inspired by Native American themes and Shingo Fujii's "SHIKI: Seasons of Japan," both written for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra, continue to connect communities across the nation.
The Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” and Sergio Assad’s “Interchange”, written specifically for LAGQ, help draw diverse audiences to orchestral programs around the world. Among highlights for the group is their Philadelphia Orchestra debut in February 2019.
Reprisal performances and a forthcoming recording with award-winning choir Conspirare of Nico Muhly's mezmerizing "How Little You Are" to be paired with Sergio Assad's work for choir and guitar quartet, "Yesterday's Tomorrow"
In addition to the Grammy award-winning “Guitar Heroes” CD and the Grammy-nominated "LAGQ-Latin", their recent releases include "New Renaissance" and Rodrigo's “Concierto Andaluz” paired with Sergio Assad’s Latin Grammy-nominated “Interchange, ” which quickly climbed to the top spot on the Billboard charts.