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Arthur Kampela & Band  

Brief reviews:

        "Extraordinary pieces (...) Kampela's effects were fascinatingly inventive. The best was his use of a spoon to give the guitar a wavery, underwater sound."

       - The New York Times, 1993

        "...Ironclad technique (...) It seemed only natural that someone so imaginative might find the standard guitar repertory constricting."

       - The New York Times, 1997

       "... And Even more stunning was Arthur Kampela's "Percussion  Studies I & II for solo guitar (...) The visionary treatment of the instrument and the "never-heard-before" sounds of modernism." -ISCM Festival,

       - Copenhagen 1996. Berlingske Tidende

       "... As a virtuoso Kampela is probably unsurpassable both in speed and accuracy. He also sets himself apart from the crowd of new music experimenters by the free flight of his imagination." Helsinki, 1995

       - Finnish News  

ARTHUR KAMPELA. Winner of the 1995 International Guitar Composition Competition (Caracas, Venezuela) and of the 1998 Lamarque-Pons Guitar Composition Competition (Montevideo, Uruguay), two of the most prestigious composition competitions for the guitar in the world, he is internationally recognized as one of the most representatives voices of his generation. Kampela has broken new ground in two particular ways: first, in his native country as a sort of "Brazilian Frank Zappa," establishing himself as a true heir to the Bossa-Nova and Tropicalist movements of Brazilian recent music. Second, in his series of "Percussion Studies" for solo guitar, Kampela  has created an entirely new playing technique, combining in a compelling and seamless manner, traditional playing techniques and noise oriented, percussive effects.


 The Band

GRAZIELA BORTZ is a DMA candidate in performance at the Graduate Center of CUNY. She has been performing in many New York venues for new music, such as Cornelia Street Café, The Cutting Room (ASCAP), and Washington Square Church, among others. She performed at major new music festivals in Brazil, her native country, including the Biennial of Contemporary Music in Rio de Janeiro and the New Music Festival of São Paulo.In 1997, she was invited to perform a solo work by Arthur Kampela at the ISCMs league in Seoul, South Korea.


DARCIO GIANELLI is a winner of the Tilden Prize Competition for tenor trombone held in New York in May 2000. Before moving to the States, he performed as a soloist with major orchestras in his native country Brazil.  He is currently a recipient of the Brazilian Foundation Vitae Scholarship at the Juilliard School, where he’s been studying with Dr. Per Brevig, in the master of music program. He is a member of Arthur Kampela’s new music band, as well as an active participant of the New Juilliard Ensemble, soloing with symphony orchestras and a variety of chamber music groups.


GREGOR KITZIS has performed and recorded with orchestras including The Orchestra of St. Lukes, Blanche Moyse's New England Bach Festival, Concordia and Bang On A Can's Spit Orchestra, new music groups including Ensemble 21, North/South Consonance, Essential Music, Common Sense, The Group For Contemporary Music, and the Crosstown, Xenakis and S.E.M Ensembles, and bands including Songs From a Random House, Gawk, Church of Betty and Voltaire playing everything from solo and chamber music recitals and Broadway Shows to rock, ragtime, Klezmer, Indian and Tango in venues ranging from Carnegie, Merkin, Avery Fischer and Alice Tully Halls to CBGB's, The Kitchen, The Knitting Factory, Saturday Night Live, Live From Lincoln Center, the David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Rosie O'Donnel and Jay Leno Shows, and new music and jazz festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has worked with artists ranging from Anthony Braxton, Elliot Sharp and Don Byron to John Cage, Morton Feldman, Elliot Carter and George Crumb. Of his performance of Nils Vigeland's "Ives Music", The New York Times called it, "scratchier and more mistuned than even Ives would have found amusing."

"The important violin solos were excellently projected by Gregor Kitzis, sometimes with whistling purity, always with vivid presence." - Paul Griffiths, New York Times, 11/22/00.


JOSÉ MOURA has played with Arthur Kampela for 15 years, with whom he recorded Epopéia e Graça. He recorded with Guilherme Hermolin in his CD North, South, East, West.  José Moura has played with the composer Giovanni Bizotto, and with bands like Cão sem Dono, Banda Brasil, and Frisson, among others. Besides his experience as an instrumentalist, he has developed projects for over 10 years at musical schools in Brazil, such as Centro Musical Antonio Adolfo and Musiarte in Rio de Janeiro, where he developed his own method of teaching electric bass.

In 1997 he won the Virtuose award from The Ministry of Culture of Brazil to study in New York with the bass player John Patitucci. Since then, he has performed in several places in Manhattan and Brooklyn.