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August 6, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
What's surfing got to do with it? Nothing, absolutely nothing. That's what Gilles Apap said Tuesday night at his "lecture-demonstration" -- "Surfing and Improvisation" -- at the new Annenberg Community Beach House on the sand in Santa Monica. He was wrong. Apap, in fact, delivered no lecture, although he did provide a small, impressive demonstration of the improviser's art. Mainly, though, the former concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony -- who likes to call himself, not inaccurately, a renegade fiddler -- played a lively, multi-genre and highly enjoyable concert in an alluring new venue, a beach club that is free and open to the public.
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August 6, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
What's surfing got to do with it? Nothing, absolutely nothing. That's what Gilles Apap said Tuesday night at his "lecture-demonstration" -- "Surfing and Improvisation" -- at the new Annenberg Community Beach House on the sand in Santa Monica. He was wrong. Apap, in fact, delivered no lecture, although he did provide a small, impressive demonstration of the improviser's art. Mainly, though, the former concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony -- who likes to call himself, not inaccurately, a renegade fiddler -- played a lively, multi-genre and highly enjoyable concert in an alluring new venue, a beach club that is free and open to the public.
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March 25, 1993 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It wasn't long after the prodigious young French violinist Gilles Apap landed in Santa Barbara that the expansion urge hit him. There he was, an acclaimed young classical musician, picking up work around the area, including in the string section of the Ventura County Symphony. Apap had already been dabbling in non-classical music, playing Irish music with violinist and violin maker Jim Wimmer and traditional American tunes with Peter Feldmann.
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November 12, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the New West Symphony convenes for the second program of its season this weekend, the subject, more than less, will be Strauss--Richard, the one who slid gracefully into the 20th century. The evening's soloist, James Thatcher, will step forward from the ranks of the orchestra to perform Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 11.
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November 12, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the New West Symphony convenes for the second program of its season this weekend, the subject, more than less, will be Strauss--Richard, the one who slid gracefully into the 20th century. The evening's soloist, James Thatcher, will step forward from the ranks of the orchestra to perform Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 11.
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July 18, 1996 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a way, the group known as Transylvanian Mountain Boys may be the best-kept secret on Santa Barbara's musical scene. On the other hand, the secret is out and spreading. Just ask the standing-room-only crowd at the Lobero Theatre last Sunday when the Boys played their first official local show in over a year. That's not including the numerous unannounced shows in retirement homes and venues such as last weekend's French Festival in Santa Barbara.
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May 14, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Words and institutional kudos poured freely at the Mission on Sunday night. Refined sounds came from the acclaimed male a cappella group Chanticleer in an unusually diverse program, mixed with gestures of thanks from festival president Mike McGuire and even an exhortation to recycle from the hosting Harrison family. But who could complain, considering the occasion? This was, after all, the climactic evening of the 10-day fifth annual Ventura Chamber Music Festival.
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August 24, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
LIKE a postmodern ketchup, or figs, Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" goes with anything these days. Play the concertos on guitars, kotos, saxophones if you like. It's already been years since Gilles Apap manically completed Vivaldi's set with Jewish tunes, Irish reels and a "schizoid whistler" and since Gidon Kremer served up an arresting "Seasons" mix of Vivaldi and tango master Astor Piazzolla. At the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, Vivaldi got seasoned with salsa.
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April 13, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Spring break is over, UC Santa Barbara is back in session and, as usual, the university's various arts and entertainment departments have gotten a quick jump on things. Look for campus events sprinkled throughout the week. First up is a presentation of the music, song and dance of Egypt's Nile River region dating back to the 14th Century. The touring Festival of the Nile company will perform tonight at Campbell Hall. Show time is 8 p.m. General admission is $12, $15 and $18.
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December 25, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Santa Barbara Symphony, a fine ensemble by most any standard, has been steadily refining its sound and purpose over the past few years, with the impressive and forward-thinking conductor Gisele Ben-Dor at the helm. Ben-Dor has polished and juiced up the symphony in subtle ways, taking things slowly, careful to avoid shocking the essentially conservative constituency of the core symphony audience.
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March 25, 1993 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It wasn't long after the prodigious young French violinist Gilles Apap landed in Santa Barbara that the expansion urge hit him. There he was, an acclaimed young classical musician, picking up work around the area, including in the string section of the Ventura County Symphony. Apap had already been dabbling in non-classical music, playing Irish music with violinist and violin maker Jim Wimmer and traditional American tunes with Peter Feldmann.
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October 14, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA, DANIEL CARIAGA,
Abrasive, dramatic and emotionally resonant, recent works by Henri Lazarof are chamber music for the 1990s: deeply connected to the traditions of Brahms and Ravel (and others), but articulate of contemporary musical sensibilities. Like other composers of importance, Lazarof resists easy descriptions. And his music speaks with an urgency that transcends labels.
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June 15, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown, Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet, Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys, and Little Jonny and the Giants. Are those enough reasons to travel to the Santa Ynez Mountains for the Live Oak Music Festival on Friday through Sunday? If not, maybe the Hillbillies From Mars will grab your attention. These acts and more, representing a wide range of musical genres, will perform at the woodsy Live Oak Campground off California 154, just north of Santa Barbara.
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