Edwards and Rosen perform

Acclaimed guitarist James Edwards and award-winning flutist Jacqueline Rosen will demonstrate their musical ingenuity in concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

The program will comprise a largely Brazilian repertoire, including pieces by famed Brazilian composers Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luiz Bonfá, Celso Machado and Baden Powell.

Brazilian music is marked by jazz harmonies, syncopated rhythms and evocative elements, says Edwards, director of guitar studies at Southern Oregon University.

Brazilians have a long, rich tradition of classical guitar. The Spaniards first introduced "la guitarra" to the country in the 18th century even before the instrument had made its debut in North America, says Edwards.

French, Spanish and Irish compositions also will be featured in the performance, along with original songs by Edwards.

Edwards' originals are influenced by the Hawaiian folk style known as slack-key, in which the guitar is retuned to produce a different sound and resonance.

Edwards will perform solo for the first set and be joined by Rosen for the second.

Before teaching at SOU, Edwards taught at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif., was an active performer in California for 30 years and released about 25 recordings of his work.

A year ago, Rosen moved from Carmel, Calif., to Southern Oregon, where she maintains her private studio and frequently plays at weddings and large events. While in California, she performed at master classes alongside Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker and James Galway. She also studied with Louella Howard, Sheridan Stokes, Miles Zentner and George Drexler.

Proceeds from Sunday's concert will benefit the RVUUF. A suggested donation of $15 for adults is appreciated. Tickets are available at the door. Call 541-482-4755 for more information.

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