In the project En las dos orillas (In both shores) Alenta duo explores the large amount of classical music compositions, inspired by Spanish and Latin American folkloric music. The duo, guides us in a journey through seven countries from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Works by Falla, Granados, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Sarasate, Domeniconi… will fusion the elegance with the strong character of Ibero-American spirit.
The duo proposes a voyage across the Ibero-American musical and cultural tradition. It is a journey through seven countries from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. A collection of pieces born from the beauty of transferring art from the folklore, to the cultivated music. The strong character of tradition takes the shape of elegant compositions, bringing to live an intimate concert program.
Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile and Peru are the stops across this Ibero-American tour. Viola and guitar will become the travelling guides, sometimes as soloists, sometimes as a duo. Romanzas, valses, tangos, fandangos, guaranías, tonadas, takiraris, jotas… compose this exciting program. A concert repertoire that is a clear reflexion of a genuine Ibero-American identity and spirit.
At the same time, En las dos orillas (In both shores) is also a tribute to whom in 2017 stands out as an ephemerid: Enrique Granados and the celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. Our homage here wants to commemorate and exalt this musician, and his work transforming the local into universal.
With a fresh and non-conventional perspective, through the uncommon viola and guitar duo setting, Alenta Duo exalts the expression and voice of the Ibero-American culture. Melodies inspired by the old cultures brought to life through the unique sonority of this combination of instruments. The dark sound of the viola and the spiritual pulse of the guitar, bring in an intimate experience the fusion between traditional folklore and classical music.
Born in Huesca (Spain), Raúl Viela started his music school in the Local Conservatoire, taking the elementary and middle course with J.M. Casamayor. Later on, he entered the Royal Superior Conservatoire of Music in Madrid with professor D. Ballesteros, finishing his studies with Honourable Mention. During that period the influence of Ana Jenaro was decisive in his musical training. He also holds a degree in Musicology from the University of La Rioja.
He has performed numerous concerts as a soloist. His collaborations with various institutions and festivals led him to perform concerts in twenty different countries across Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East. Including important events such as his performance for the Canadian Head of State in Ottawa in 2003. His music has sounded for all audiences, some times in places where classical guitar had never been heard before.
In 2007, he took part in the recording of a CD during the celebration of the V International Festival of Classical Contemporary Music of Lima (Peru), with music written by some of the authors honoured in that Festival.
He develops his pedagogical career across several conservatories of Aragon and Madrid in the last years. He has also been invited as a guest teacher to several international festivals: Zarautz Guitar Festival (Spain), Gaspar Sanz Festival (Spain), International Festival “Ciudad de Guía” (Spain), Bilkent University (Turkey), master class in Praia (Cape Verde), etc. In the meantime he is active as the founder and deputy director of the Gaspar Sanz Institute (Center for Music Studies – Calanda, Spain).
He has received different prizes in various contests: first prize in the XVIII International Music Festival “Martín Códax” (Cuenca), Scholarship from Ibercaja within the Cycle of Young performers (Huesca), first prize in the XII competition of Cantabria, (Comillas – Santander), Prize “Ediciones Joaquín Rodrigo” in the XLIII Music Course (Santiago de Compostela), first prize in the IX International Guitar Contest of Zarautz (San Sebastian), second prize in the III Guitar Festival in Cacabelos (León).
At the same time, he is a founding member of the “Terpsicore Guitar Quartet”, with which he has performed the world premiere of numerous works and has given concerts throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and America. In 2003 Terpsicore won the first prize and the public’s prize in the II Classical Guitar Competition “Vila L’Olleria” (Valencia). On the occasion of these they recorded their first CD. In 2007, they released a recording dedicated to the “Original music for quartet of guitars” (Arsis). In 2015, they recorded “Feedback 7.24” (Arsis), with dedicated works by Roberto González, Andrew York, José Antonio Chic, Antonio Ballestín, Carlo Domeniconi, Esteban Sanz and Víctor C. Rebullida. With Terpsicore he has recorded and collaborated for various media such as Radio Clásica, TVE, Aragón TV, National Radio of Peru, KBS World Seoul, etc.