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The inspiration for this recording began with my curiosity of Uspensky’s Musical Sketches on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. The fact that it is based on Pushkin’s novel, and the unique instrumentation for eight musicians – drums, bass, clarinet and strings with guitar – intrigued me. Knowing the story and listening to the programmatic piece clearly explains the character of the hero and heroines created by both Pushkin and Uspensky while blending 19th Century with the 20th.
Public Radio International has called Lily Afshar "one of the world's foremost classical guitarists". Afshar's grandparents were born north of Iran in Azerbaijan and later moved to Tehran where Lily was born. She started learning the guitar at age 10, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree in guitar performance from the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music. Her first recording was released in 1994, and she's played on seven albums since then.
Her latest album is called "Musica da Camera" , and it is her first chamber music album. It features Musical Sketches on Pushkin's Eugene Onegin as well as works by Paganini and Piazzolla.
In Italian, the word "camera" means "chamber". In a light moment, the title Musica da Camera was proposed with a photograph of me alongside not a guitar, but a camera! It made me laugh and it was different and fun, just like the music.
Musica da Camera releases in the US on September 24, 2013 in physical and digital format and in the United Kingdom in October. For information on Lily Afshar's touring schedule of performances and master classes, please visit www.lilyafshar.com.