Friday, January 3, 2014

Peter Yates

PETER YATES studied guitar under the late Theodore Norman at UCLA. Trained also as a composer, his activities have included annual performances in Europe and the United States -- both as a soloist and as a member of the Elgart-Yates Guitar Duo -- and the composition of an opera based on the lives and works of folk artists Simon Rodia and "Grandma" Tressa Prisbrey.  He has premiered over one hundred works for one and two guitars. The Elgart-Yates Duo have co-written a pioneering book on the prepared guitar, have been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts "Arts America" International Touring Roster, and have performed at venues ranging from Lincoln Center and Italian Radio (RAI) to the jazz clubs of Salzburg and Brussels. Their most recent recordings are available on TR and Bridge Records.  His M.F.A. in guitar performance is from UCLA and his D.M.A. in composition is from the Claremont Graduate School.

An extraordinary collection of acoustic and electronic music by Peter Yates. You have never heard anything like this music anywhere else. Other performers are Matthew Elgart (guitar), Laura Rosky-Santoni (violin), Lucia Terry (piano), Kristi Alderman (soprano voice), Barry Socher (violin), Armen Ksajikian (cello), Bryan Pezzone (piano), Nicholas Yates (voice), and the Modern Arts Guitar Quartet.