Featuring Paulo Eduardo and Dan Willett
Guitarist Paulo Oliveira and oboist Dan Willett joined forces when they discovered a shared interest in exploring this under-utilized pairing. The rich variety of plunked and strummed guitar sounds, combined with the distinctive voice and sustaining capability of the oboe, creates a wealth of textural and coloristic possibilities. Their stylistic reach encompasses both classical and jazz worlds, from Renaissance through modern eras. It is their hope to please listeners and encourage other musicians to consider new musical collaborations.
Oboist Dan Willett has served on the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Music faculty since 1982. In addition to numerous solo recitals, Mr. Willett has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Missouri Chamber Orchestra, and for the International Double Reed Society. As a member of the Missouri Woodwind Quintet, he has performed widely, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the International Chamber Music Festival in Belém, Brazil, and National Public Radio’s Performance Today. A CD of chamber works by David Maslanka, on the Albany Records label, includes the premiere recording of Sonata for Oboe and Piano. Mr. Willett can be heard in a 2006 Albany CD performing Michael Horvitt’s Chamber Concerto for English Horn and String Quartet, also a premiere recording. In 2006 and 2010 he taught on the faculty of the Londrina Festival of Music. Active as a composer and arranger, Mr. Willett has had his woodwind quintet transcriptions favorably reviewed by the New York Times and featured on Romantic Winds, a CD on the Cambria label.
Paulo Eduardo began formal musical studies at the Municipal School of São Paulo (Brazil) in 1999. This included guitar lessons with Henrique Pinto and Paulo Porto Alegre. During this time, he additionally studied Music Harmony and Jazz Improvisation at EMESP (São Paulo – Brazil). While on scholarship He earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Cruzeiro do Sul University (Brazil) in 2007. Paulo has performed throughout Brazil including São Paulo, MASP Auditory, Memorial da América Latina, Olido Galery, Souza Lima Conservatory, Metodista University, Cruzeiro do Sul University and Municipal School of São Paulo. Paulo has been awarded top prizes in classical guitar competitions including those at the Villa-Lobos Conservatory, Souza Lima Competition, Musicalis Competition, FiTO Competition (Brazil) and Emerging Artists at MU. While in the United States in 2011 Paulo has performed in New Jersey, Missouri and Georgia. . Paulo is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the University of Missouri School of Music and pursuing a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar under Anthony Glise.
Sir John Smith*
Mrs. Winter’s Jump*
Sonata in E Major, K380*
Georg Philipp Telemann:
Sonata in A Minor
Question and Answer*
Bright Size Life*
Green and Golden*
Beneath an Evening Sky*
*arranged by Paulo Oliveira and Dan Willett.