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Thu oct 11
7:30 pm

Guest Recital: Duo Cortado

Mellon Institute Auditorium
4400 Fifth Ave Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Duo Cortado which consists of classical guitarists Devin Sherman and Andy Jurik will be performing a program of music by Radamés Gnattali, André Jolivet, George Fetner, Thomas Dempster, and Stephane Wrembel. 

COST: Free and open to the public


Formed in the fall of 2012, Duo Cortado consists of classical guitarists Devin Sherman and Andy Jurik., Devin and Andy share a common interest of pursuing repertoire that highlights the unique qualities of the guitar duo while also exploiting unique sonic opportunities. Duo Cortado presents repertoire ranging from Latin-inspired rhythms to contemporary aesthetics to unique transcriptions not typically pursued by the guitar duo format. Enthusiastic to establish new repertoire, the duo has commissioned and premiered works by composers Thomas Dempster, George Fetner, Kevin Cope, Zack Pentecost, and Travis Kneisly.

Guitarist Andy Jurik actively explores the intersection of classical and popular music. His recent performances include the ASCAP-award winning Southern Exposure concert series, Brevard College, Wired Music concert series, Central Piedmont Community College, and White Horse Black Mountain (Black Mountain, NC). Andy actively collaborates with the Pan Harmonia music collective of Asheville, NC, performing and arranging music for a variety of chamber ensembles. He is a member of Duo Cortado (w/ Devin Sherman, guitar) and Demeler (w/ Rachel Hansbury, voice).

Andy’s arrangements for the guitar in solo and ensemble settings range from J.S. Bach and Edith Piaf to Brazilian choro and Radiohead. An avid supporter of new music, he has collaborated with and performed works by composers Michael Bies, Christine Burke, Kevin Cope, Tom Dempster, and George Fetner. Andy’s writing about music appears online at popmatters.com and classicalguitar.org.

Andy completed his D.M.A. at the University of South Carolina in 2016. His research with the classical/jazz hybrid of third stream music has resulted in lectures at the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Montreat College, and the University of South Carolina. Andy currently teaches at the University of North Carolina Asheville and Presbyterian College and acts as co-director of the Asheville Classical Guitar Society.

Devin Sherman is a guitarist, teacher, and music collaborator. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA where he performs solo and chamber music with a cast of unique and talented musicians including the ensembles NAT 28, Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, and Alia Musica. In addition to performing contemporary chamber music, Devin performs a variety of pop, jazz, and classical music with flutist, Sarah Steranka.

He studied guitar with Matthew Slotkin (Mansfield University), and Christopher Berg (University of South Carolina). While at the University of South Carolina, he performed for numerous University events including the award-winning Southern Exposure new music series, USC Wind Ensemble, Collaborations in Contemporary Art (Cica), and the New Voices series featuring works by USC's composition students. Devin was a participant in the new music festival New Music on the Point in 2017. At NMOP, he had the honor of performing new music by emerging composers with an incredible group of musicians from around the world including Tony Arnold, Stuart Gerber, and members of the JACK Quartet.

As a soloist, Devin connects audiences with contemporary guitar music that they are unlikely to hear anywhere else. Programs include lesser known works by well-known composers, new music by emerging composers, structured improvisations, and established works from the contemporary repertoire.

Devin is the guitarist and Director of Marketing for NAT 28, a Pittsburgh-based new music ensemble dedicated to reflecting Pittsburgh’s innovation and diversity through collaborative performances of work by a diverse group of artists from Pittsburgh and around the world. In its inaugural season (2016-2017), NAT 28 became known as an influential new music ensemble giving performances at some of the city’s most beloved venues including the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Carnegie Mellon University, Frick Fine Arts, and James Gallery. The ensemble was a featured guest on Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Performs Series.