ST. CHARLES – Virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque and the critically acclaimed KAIA String Quartet will perform Latin American music at 2 p.m. June 9 at the St. Charles Public Library.
The concert will be held in the Carnegie Community Room, featuring songs from the performers' new album on Delmark records, a news release stated.
Haque, whose ethnic heritage is Pakistani and Chilean, is a graduate of Northwestern University and recently retired from Northern Illinois University, where he taught jazz and classical guitar for 29 years. He has performed and recorded with a virtual who's-who list of the jazz and classical music worlds.
Television appearances have included WTTW's "Art Beat" and "Chicago Tonight," Ben Sidran's "New Visions," his own "Lonesome Pines" special on PBS, and on BET cable jazz programs. He is a multiple award winner from DownBeat magazine, and in 2009, was voted Best World Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine.
The KAIA String Quartet is a Chicago-based ensemble devoted to capturing the essence of Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. KAIA recently completed its residency with WFMT Chicago's classical and arts radio station, where they performed, curated, and exposed audiences to new ways of thinking about Latin American music.
"The album beautifully blurs the lines between jazz, classical, Latin and world music," writes DownBeat. "The centerpiece of the album is a stellar, 28-minute arrangement of Piazzolla’s suite 'Five Tango Sensations.' Here, DeCelle’s cello work provides an intriguing, sturdy foundation in the movement titled 'Loving.' Throughout the Piazzolla segment, and particularly during the rendition of Angulo’s suite 'El Alevin (The Minnow),' Haque’s intricate playing techniques and sensitivity to the setting make for memorable music that warrants repeated spins. This album would appeal to fans of genre-blending artists such as the Kronos Quartet or Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and is a wonderful entry in the expanding catalog of the 65-year-old Delmark label."
Admission is free to the concert in the library at 1 S. Sixth Ave. For more information, visit stcharleslibrary.org or call 630-584-0076.