Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, "among the elite of today's classical guitarists" (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, "perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation." He has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. Vieaux is highly involved as a solo performer, recording artist and educational figure.
Heralded as "the next accordion star," Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneon players in both the classical and jazz genres. Deemed to be "a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger," his artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide. French born Labro's early influences included traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. Upon discovering the music of jazz legends like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, he quickly became inspired by the originality, freedom, creativity, and the endless possibilities in their musical language.
These two unique performers join together for an evening with San Francisco Performances, presenting works by Piazzolla, Arvo Part, Pat Metheny and others, in which they infuse traditional classical music with diverse performance approaches including tango and jazz.