frank wallace

2014.04.08

Elemental FANMAIL:

“The music is incredible and the versatility of musical styles and genres is incredible. Your synthesis of style is remarkable… I felt transported to the world of Albeniz, de Falla and Montsalvatge one minute and another I was in a new and unknown realm.
—Orlay Alonso, Seconda Prattica

An epic work.  This album signifies not only a major musical statement by Composer Frank Wallace, but a much needed sonic statement by Guitarist Frank Wallace.   Elemental delightfully demonstrates what a master guitarist can do with a seemingly unlimited tonal palette.”
Aaron GreenLuthier

Your CD is mind blowing… Your evolution as a composer and player continues to astound me.  Your playing is immaculate.  The guitar sounds magnificent.
David Isaacs, professor of guitar

The music is definitely elemental — powerful and poetic!”
—Jonathan Richmond, writer and music critic

“I’m just now listening to your new CD Elemental. God it is good!!!  Really - it is just a terrific combination of composition, performance and recording. Oh and the art work’s not bad either!” 
Mark Davis, Director of New American Mandolin Ensemble

2014.04.02

I am thrilled to announce the release of my new CD Elemental at Gyre Music, CDBaby and Strings-by-Mail and as MP3 downloads at iTunes, Amazon and Naxos Music Library [click on Preview, if you are not a member].  This album [other than my two sons!] is the most important creation of my life, it is a pure statement of my soul and spirit. The music was written within the last 10 years and contains elements of all my musical experiences, alchemically fused together. Thanks to my late dear friend Edmund Brelsford and his wife Veronica, I was able to record this very special moment on an incredible 1931 Hauser guitar that was built for Andrés Segovia, who in turn gave it to his student Blanche Honegger Moyse.  She eventually brought it to Brattleboro VT where I first encountered it in the hands of Edmund in the mid 1990’s.

REVIEW: “From brittle cutting chords to silky melodic lines, Wallace has a very wide range of expressive and coloristic abilities on the guitar. The expressive qualities are equally matched by virtuosic playing in rapid flourishes and voice separation.  /  Frank Wallace plays his own works with inspiration, determination, and a wealth of creativity. With top notch playing and excellent compositions, this synthesis is a spectacular success.  /  …he can match the musicality of any player out there…”  Read the full review: This is classical guitar – Bradford Werner

2014.03.20

Speak Love song-cycle review

Review by David Isaacs in Soundboard Vol 40, No. 1

This collection of seven love songs, a setting of the poetry of Henriette de Saussure Blanding, grandmother to guitarist Thomas Heck’s wife, written from 1909 to 1910, is breathtaking and instantly engaging. From the opening melody of Were I a Bird, Frank Wallace captures the listener with his intriguing sense of beauty. He uses odd time signatures, arpeggio bursts, rhythmic themes, chromaticism, unmeasured passages, harmonics and tambours to bring
these words to life. No matter how intricate the tuplets or the time signatures, the melodies remain graceful and intensely expressive.

A couple of these songs are wonderful pieces to introduce young guitarists and singers to the idea of working together. The pieces work well individually, as smaller groups, or the entire collection could be presented in a little over fifteen minutes. The vocal range is G-sharp 2—F-sharp 4, or an octave higher at an intermediate level, and the guitar parts vary from simple to intermediate level playing. The presentation of the set is pristine, with fingerings and notes to guide preferred tempo changes. Recordings, samples and digital versions are available at: www.gyremusic.com
David Isaacs

2014.01.03

The Five Zero Hartt Project

I began thinking about “chamber symphony” several years ago somewhat after the fact. I had written an extended 3 section song called Epitafio a un Pájaro for voice, flute, and 2 guitars. Sometime after it was done I was compelled to write another piece using the same motivic ideas - they were based on the name of the poet of Epitafio, Federico García Lorca. This was Un Establo de Oro for two guitars, flute and cello.  La Perla del Pico for flute and guitar quartet, a guitar duo called Sombra para mis Gritos and finally a piece for narrator and guitar, De la Muerte Oscura, followed. I had written a small “chamber symphony” without knowing it!

I was left with the desire to “do it again.” Perhaps with more intention, as the first time I had no idea that I was going to go so far. My ensuing proposal to several ensembles in the Hartford area, with the steadfast support of Richard Provost and the Hartt School, led to the Hartt Five Zero Project, a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Guitar Department with five local ensembles participating. The Augustin Foundation has generously supported the commission of seven works for the following groups to be performed on April 12, 2012 at the Hartt School in Hartford. CT: Phenix Ensemble: Richard Provost, guitar; Anton Miller, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola Pandora Duo: Christopher Ladd, guitar; Janet Arms, flute New England Guitar Quartet: Nick Cutroneo; Jeremy Milligan; Daniel Hartington; Christopher Ladd  Alturas Duo Scott Hill, guitar; Carlos Boltes, viola and charango  Kaleidos: Yovianna Garcia, voice and guitar: Sayun Chang, voice and percussion.

2013.12.15

Second Place Prize for My Vital Breath

I just received this notice and am extremely honored to receive the prize for my composition My Vital Breath for mandolin orchestra, written in honor of Benjamin Britten’s 100th Anniversary. Congratulations to Juan García Escudero for receiving the First Prize!

Estimados socios y amigos:

 Ayer por la tarde, durante un concierto ofrecido por La Orden de la Terraza con obras ganadoras de años precedentes, se dio a conocer el fallo del jurado del Concurso Internacional de Composición “José Fernández Rojas” 2013.

 Os transcribo el acta del jurado:

En Logroño, a 5 de diciembre de 2013, siendo las 13:00h el jurado del Concurso Internacional de Composición “José Fernández Rojas” falla los premios de la edición 2013, siendo los ganadores los siguientes compositores y obras:

PRIMER PREMIO, dotado con 2.000 € a la obra

“The Shift”, cuya autor es Juan García Escudero, de Murcia (España).

ACCÉSIT, dotado con 500 € a la obra

“My Vital Breath”, cuyo autor es Frank Wallace, de Antrim, New Hampshire (Estados Unidos).

Mi enhorabuena a los ganadores.

En este enlace podéis ver el palmarés de este concurso: http://www.bip-rioja..com/03concpremios.html

Un saludo

 Antonio Cerrajería Arza

Presidente FEGIP

2013.12.11

2013.11.22

2013.10.25

New chamber music and sale at Gyre Music

Read today’s’ blog, Sustaining Power, writing for wind quintet.

2013.10.04

New Website | Frank Wallace, classical guitarist, composer, baritone, lutenist
Post yesterday was a bit vague!  Spherical Communications, led by Adam Wallace with assistance from Sam Baker-Salmon, has created a gorgeous new site for me. Nancy Knowles, my wife and long-time Duo LiveOak partner, was also instrumental in the design and took most of the photographs. Thank you ALL for such a wonderful new focal point to my work.

New Website | Frank Wallace, classical guitarist, composer, baritone, lutenist

Post yesterday was a bit vague!  Spherical Communications, led by Adam Wallace with assistance from Sam Baker-Salmon, has created a gorgeous new site for me. Nancy Knowles, my wife and long-time Duo LiveOak partner, was also instrumental in the design and took most of the photographs. Thank you ALL for such a wonderful new focal point to my work.

2013.08.12

Mobius Trio will perform More Gargoyles at San Francisco Conservatory on September 6.  See a video and read notes bout the piece at Gyre Music.

Mobius Trio will perform More Gargoyles at San Francisco Conservatory on September 6.  See a video and read notes bout the piece at Gyre Music.