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Xavier Jara

  • Gates of Heaven 302 East Gorham Street Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

A young classical guitarist explores mood and atmosphere. Info

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Minnesota-born classical guitarist Xavier Jara is 25 years old and already has racked up a lot or prestige, including six years studying in Paris under French guitarist Judicael Perroy and a slew of awards. More importantly, though, Jara has demonstrated a knack for the melancholy and plaintive qualities of his instrument. The collection of recordings he released in 2017 does not feel like the work of a young virtuoso flexing his muscles. Rather, Jara seems to be patiently searching for the subtle shades in these pieces, which draw on composers including Italian 20th-century composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Brazilian classical guitarist Sergio Assad. The collection was recorded in a church in Ontario, so Jara's approach should translate well in this performance at the historic Gates of Heaven synagogue, organized by the Madison Classical Guitar Society. On his current tour, Jara has been playing pieces by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Dusan Bogdanovic, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Stephen Goss. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: May 6
Light Years Away (free)
Later Event: May 11
Communication Soft Open