By Kristopher Charles.
Grammy award winning guitarist Sharon Isbin performed on Sunday, March 23, at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts.
The show took the audience on an emotional musical journey from the extensive mountains of Andalusia to the beaches of Copacabana.
The journey began in Spain with a piece inspired by the Roma people of Andalusia and continued to the New World with pieces from Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, and Paraguay.
Sharon Isbin was also accompanied by two fellow guitarists, Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo. The group played in combinations of one, two, and three. as a solo, a duo, and a trio performance.
When playing in the trio, Sharon played the main portion of the piece. Stanley and Romero provided on-the-spot improvisation.
Works from famous composers such as Mozart and Jerome Kern were reiterated and adapted for the guitar by Stanley and Romero.
Stanley took the audience by surprise during his solo performance by alternating between playing a guitar and a piano, and played both instruments simultaneously at times—to great applause. .
The musicians strumming were heartfelt. Audience members were visibly moved by the sounds.
Sharon played her solo piece, “Asturias,” When the performance concluded, a round of applause roared through the performing hall. It was evident an encore was needed.
The trio’s album, “Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions,” is available at Amazon.com and sells for $12.