Guitar recital set for Bliss Hall

Andrew Mah

Andrew Mah

The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University presents a recital by Canadian-born guitarist Andrew Mah at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Bliss Recital Hall on the YSU campus.

Born in Ottawa into a family of guitarists, Mah has performed professionally for more than 17 years, touring France in 1990 with the ensemble Guitares Nouvelle France and premiering some of the earliest work of Canadian guitarist/composer Patrick Roux.

In 2005, Andrew Mah was the first musician from the Americas ever to tour the Republic of Cape Verde and returned there later the same year to research the regional guitar styles with Cape Verdean guitar legends Bau and Voginha. In 2006, he was invited to Yale University to perform two concerts of Cape Verdean and Brazilian music in both solo and chamber music capacities. That same year, Mah he traveled to the Czech Republic to produce the North Czech Philharmonic recording the symphonies of Vasco Martins, and later toured Atlantic Canada as a soloist under the auspices of the Debut Atlantic touring organization.

A recipient of two grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Mah is currently collaborating with composers Roddy Ellias (Ottawa) and Vasco Martins (Cape Verde – West Africa), helping to create and premiere new music for solo guitar. Mah specializes in transcribing complex music by ear.

Selections at the concert will include work by Scarlatti, Bach, Aguado and Mangore, among others. The recital is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. More information at 330-941-3636.