Monday, January 13, 2014

Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan, Romero Lubambo Revisit Guitar Passions at Strathmore 2/13

From our friends at the Strathmore...

Sharon Isbin, Guitar | Stanley Jordan, Jazz Guitar | Romero Lubambo, Brazilian Guitar

Distinctive guitar genres coincide in the hands of three influential, acclaimed guitar innovators

Acclaimed classical guitarist Sharon Isbin joins jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan and Brazilian virtuoso Romero Lubambo to fluidly unite their distinctive genres and unique styles of playing on stage in the Music Center at Strathmore on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. Originally brought together for Isbin’s album, Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions, the trio reignite the spirit of that 2011 recording, which saw Isbin convene a diverse group of contemporaries to create an unusual sonic blend of Brazilian, jazz, rock, classical, and even soprano saxophone and vocals. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

Born in Minneapolis, Sharon Isbin began her guitar studies at age nine in Italy, and later studied with Andrès Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. A former student of Rosalyn Tureck, Isbin collaborated with the noted keyboardist in preparing the first performance editions of the Bach lute suites for guitar. She received a B.A. cum laude from Yale University and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. She is the Director of the guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, which she created in 1989, becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the school’s 100-year history.

Isbin’s catalogue of over 25 recordings—from Baroque, Spanish/Latin, and crossover to jazz-fusion—reflects remarkable versatility. The multiple Grammy Award winner and recipient of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, has been profiled in periodicals from People to Elle, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, on the cover of 45 magazines, and on television.

While Stanley Jordan began his journey in music studying piano, his transition to guitar proved a pivotal one—as the Princeton graduate’s popular claim to fame is the mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan's innovative "touch technique" is an advanced form of two-handed tapping. Jordan's touch technique allows the guitarist to play melody and chords simultaneously, and also allows Jordan to play simultaneously on two different guitars, or even on guitar and piano. To date, Jordan has performed in over 60 countries on six continents.

In 1985, Romero Lubambo left Rio de Janeiro and came to the United States, bringing with him a new sound in jazz guitar. Romero’s playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition. Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Mann, Gal Costa, Leny Andrade, Cesar C. Mariano, Luciana Souza, Mauro Senise, Cyro Baptista, Paquito D’Rivera, Paula Robison, and Ivan Lins. He is also a composer and performer on his own acclaimed recording projects, as well as on those of Trio da Paz, a Brazilian jazz trio Lubambo formed with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca.

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The hallmark of the arts center is the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For those attending a ticketed performance at the Music Center at Strathmore, parking in the Metro garage is complimentary with your ticket.

Strathmore Presents
Guitar Passions:
Sharon Isbin, Guitar/ Stanley Jordan, Jazz Guitar/Romero Lubambo, Brazilian Guitar
Thursday, February 13, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $29-$70 (Stars $26.10-$63)

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (301) 581-5100