Kemal Belevi: Cypriana – Silvia Grasso, Livio Grasso

July 18, 2022, 9:00 am

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Kemal Belevi’s works for the guitar, either solo or in combination, exude the color and allure of the eastern Mediterranean. Without alluding to any specific tunes, he evokes Cypriot folk music in Cypriana, while the linked Four Sketches show his variety in the work’s bracing modernity. Belevi is at heart a romantic and a melodist of touching beauty as can be heard in Catch 22 and in the subtle color study Clouds. The poignant Suite Chypre is heard in a special arrangement made for violinist Silvia Grasso and guitarist Livio Grasso.