sol sonata


Event Date and Time: Saturday, December 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
Location: A beautiful private Woodstock home; address to be given to ticket holders
Tickets: $65, includes cocktails, dinner and performance – tickets available for purchase online or by calling 845.679.2079

The 2015 season at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild has been marked by a multitude of events in all disciplines, with visual arts and music featured most prominently. This year, Byrdcliffe ventured into new entertainment territory, with musical performances intimately set in beautiful homes of the region. In May, Byrdcliffe's first musicale starred the Hudson Valley's beloved music-comic duo of Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine; it was a convivial almost-to-capacity evening of hilarity and fine food. On December 12, the theme is Early Music—with, however, a touch of James Taylor. The guitar-cello duo Sol Sonata, with Raphael Garritano and Marlan Barry, will perform music from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries, including Celtic and Gypsy melodies; some modern tunes will fill the evening as well.

The Sol Sonata musicale will be hosted by a Byrdcliffe supporter who lives just minutes outside of Woodstock in a stunning Arts & Crafts-style home, with expansive gardens and artwork by well-known members of the historic Woodstock Art Colony. The performance will be preceded by cocktails, with dinner after. All proceeds support future arts programming at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.

Space is limited to 40, so reserve early online or by calling 845.679.2079.


Sol Sonata - $65 (includes cocktails, dinner and performance)

Sol Sonata's Raphael Garritano is a composer and multi-instrumentalist; he plays the guitar, mandolin, cuatro, and recorder. In 1997 he formed Sol Sonata and in 2000 recorded an album by the same name; in 2006 Raphael founded the world music band Passero. He has performed with a variety of musicians including Garth Hudson of The Band. Most recently he has been studying Northern Classical Indian music with Bansuri Flute Maestro Steve Gorn and Barun Kumar Pal, a student of Ravi Shankar. His compositions have been used by The Food Network, Travel Channel, and National Geographic.

Marlan Barry is a recording engineer, producer, and cellist. As chief recording engineer for the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera, Marlan worked closely with conductors like Christoph Eschenbach and many of the world's leading instrumental soloists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, and operatic voices including Renee Fleming and Samuel Ramey. His work is regularly featured on NPR, the WFMT radio network, and Great Performances. Marlan has recorded world premieres, studio albums and broadcasts of Phillip Glass, Sir Paul McCartney and alt-pop band Deerhoof, Redhooker, and Jessica 6 as well as operatic composers Carlisle Floyd, Christopher Theophanides, and Rachel Portman. Recent cello performances include the Broadway show Shrek: The Musical, Songs for Persephone with Ben Neill and Mimi Goese, multiple albums by performers such as Matteah Baim, Alexander Turnquist and Kat Edmonson along with the neuvo disco pop phenomenon Jessica 6. Marlan holds a bachelor's degree in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master's degree from The Ohio State University. As a cellist, he attended the Aspen Music Festival and Breckenridge Music Festival and has played on many of the stages of New York City such as Lincoln Center, The Bowery Ballroom as well as small clubs on the lower east side.