This was like a cultural tour, through time and Euro space. AJ America was singing with Minh Le Hoang on guitar as accompaniment. First up were 3 songs by John Dowland, Tudor England (~1600). The originals were played on lute, but the guitar fitted. Minh may be of a totally different background, but his Euro guitar was superb. Just shows how all is all these days. Then Castelnuovo Tedesco writing Spanish in 1956 and Manual de Falla with 3 more popular songs from 1914. Amusingly, the Moorish cloth was a metaphor for the straying lover who is eventually ripped up when tired of. Then a bit of classic Euro artsong: Schubert Die Nacht. Then French song from 1890, Reynaldo Hahn L'heure esquise. So we have England, Spain, France (with a Vietnamese accompanist) ranging from Tudor to contemporary. Quite a mix and very successful. AJ has a strong mezzo voice and could indulge at times. Minh accompanied with the most delicate playing. A real treat all round and not a minor lesson to boot. Just another Wednesday at Wesley?
AJ America (mezzo soprano) was accompanied by Minh Le Hoang (guitar) at Wesley.