“…a sweet treat for listeners who like their music hot!”
Holly Harris | The Winnipeg Free Press
“The Duo Beija-Flor is an incredibly dynamic and creative team. The flutist (Marie-Noëlle Choquette) has a beautifully warm sound which is dynamic and supremely expressive. The guitarist (Charles Hobson) is absolutely fantastic and provides a perfect bed for the flutist to soar on” -Viviana Guzman, The Flute View Magazine, San Francisco.
Viviana Guzman | The Flute View Magazine, San Francisco
Hailed by San Francisco’s Flute Talk magazine, Duo Beija-Flor is known for its “incredibly dynamic and creative team.” The duo has arranged works to create their personal style. Reflecting their ethno-specializing, they furthered their studies, travelling to Buenos Aires in 2015 where they worked with renowned Argentinian guitarist Victor Villadangos and tango-flutist Paulina Fain in order to perfect their interpretations and performances of South American music, such as Piazzolla’s Oblivion and Escualo. To add to the uniqueness of their programs, they commissioned Canadian composer Roddy Ellias to create a new work based on Cuban jazz. The piece, Havana Street Parade, was premiered in 2013 and is now a mainstay of their repertoire. All of this, coupled with their tireless research to find works from lesser known composers that follow the duo’s style, makes Duo Beija-Flor a classical flute and guitar duo that breaks the mold.
In September 2018, Duo Beija-Flor released their third and latest album, Costas on the American label Big Round Records/NAXOS of America. This album, based upon their Latin program of the same name, is comprised of music from the Atlantic coasts of the Latin world. The album includes works by Manuel De Falla, Astor Piazzolla, Sergio Assad, Celso Machado, and Canadian composers Sid Robinovitch and Roddy Ellias. The album has garnered rave reviews from the USA, Canada and England including a 4.5/5 from the Winnipeg Free Press, 4/4 from the Cinemusical (USA), and was named Album of the Month by Manitoba’s Classic 107FM.
PHOTO CREDITS: Geneviève Rivard | Marcel Laprise | Museo Fernandez Blanco
“…The virtuoso mastery of the instruments locked together in an interminable dance of music, the notes of which seem to leap off the page and dally in the rarefied atmosphere of the listening room, or dance and gambol in a mad rush of excitement…
…The duo plays the music unwrapping each statuesque melody as if revealing some delightful mystery for the listener to grasp with their ears with great expectation…“
Raul de Gama | World Music Report, Ottawa