We rarely invite Tiny Desk alumni back to the confines of Bob Boilen's work space, but we couldn't resist this time. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux have both given solo Tiny Desk performances. Since then they've paired up for concerts and a new album of works composed especially for their combination of instruments.
He won the 2015 GRAMMY for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" for his album, Play, and he collaborates with musicians in a wide variety of styles. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on classical guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux.
Susan Lewis: Jason Vieaux’s Grammy-winning album, Play, showcases his solo work with music from Europe, Africa, Cuba, South America and Mexico – as well as his own arrangement of a Duke Ellington tune.
Those of a certain age remember the old Certs breath mint commercial, "It's TWO, TWO, TWO mints in one!" This week on Crossover, it's TWO, TWO, TWO great musicians in one! Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux are duet partners on their new CD, Together.
A harp and a guitar - two plucked instruments played "together" by their virtuoso owners? This is quite a unique duo of instruments that wouldn't normally share the stage. But...maybe it's time they did!
Jill Pasternak interviews harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and composer George Fenton, who are as passionate about the environment as they are about their music.
Yolanda Kondonassis, harpist / George Fenton, composer
Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis has authored Our House Is Round, a book that teaches children about the importance of protecting the Earth. She's also donating a portion of the proceeds from her album Air to the Environmental Defense Fund.
Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. Hailed by the New York Times as a harpist with "powerful playing and musicianly energy," Ms. Kondonassis is recognized as one of the world's foremost harpists. Since her debut at age 18 with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, she has appeared as a concerto soloist and recitalist with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States, Far East, and Europe.