Contact: Dr. Michael Sitton, dean, College of Fine Arts at 505.562.2373
PORTALES—Guitarist, vocalist and composer Alberto Rojo, who is visiting Eastern New Mexico University in Portales this semester as holder of the Jack Williamson Endowed Chair in Science and the Humanities, will perform a concert titled "Argentinean Landscapes for Guitar and Voice" in the Music Building's Buchanan Hall at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 2. The concert is free to the public. (Jack Williamson was the late world-renowned science fiction writer who taught at ENMU.)
Rojo, a native of Argentina, is also associate professor of physics at Oakland University in Michigan. He has published extensively in quantum properties of the solid state, some of his work as a single author and some in collaboration with prominent scientists such as 2003 Nobel Laureate Tony Leggett. He has an interest in the history of physics and his book on the "Principle of Least Action" will be published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press.
As a musician he has composed songs, solo guitar works and, in November 2006, made his debut as a symphonic composer with a short piece that was played in the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (Argentina), directed by Pedro Ignacio Calderon. He has two solo albums and his song "Chacarera del Fuego" was anthologized in The Rough Guide to the Music of Argentina (Music Rough Guides). He has given numerous concerts in Latin America and Europe.
His solo guitar pieces are published by Lathkill Music Publishers in the United Kingdom and have been recorded by artists including Berta Rojas (Dorian), Victor Villadangos (Naxos) and Mercedes Sosa. Rojo plays two songs (one his own) in Sosa's latest album "Corazon Libre," which was issued by Deutsche Grammophon and won the Latin Grammy for best folkloric album of 2006.
His concert will include mostly his own compositions for guitar, voice and guitar, and a short suite for decaphonic guitar.
For more information, call 505.562.2373.
Photograph is from http://albertorojo.com