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Simon Powis and Jacques Lee Wood have been working together for the last five years, starting out as colleagues at the Yale School of Music. Recently they recorded their first duo album “Paperworks” and launched the recording with five concerts in China.

Their repertoire includes Shubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, Manuel De Falla’s Spanish songs, Gnatalli’s Sonata for Guitar and Cello, Arvo Pärt’s stunning Spiegel im Spiegel, and songs by Reynaldo Hahn.

Why String Lab? Well, looking to the future Simon & Jacques will be commissioning new works for the instrumental combination from New York based composers and abroad. The cello and guitar have a wonderful resonance together and it is String Lab’s mission to expand the repertoire for this fantastic coupling.

Recordings

Jacques and Simon

Si Mes VersSi Mes Vers, Reynaldo Hahn

Track 08Arpeggione Sonata, Franz Schubert

El Pano MorunoEl Paño Moruno – Manuel De Falla

Paperworks is the debut recording by Simon & Jacques, and was released in China late 2013. Then in the US in April 2014. The recording includes beautiful arrangements of songs by Manuel De Falla, Reynaldo Hahn, Heitor Villa-Lobos, along with the stunning Arpeggione Sonata by Franz Schubert and some original nocturnes by Bergmüller.

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Concerts

November 9, 2014 – Shepherd Foundation Concert Series

Hartford, CT

November 6th, 2014 – Yale University
Sprague Hall 8pm

August 7, 2014 – Manchester by the Sea
Summer  Chamber Music Festival

June 13, 2014 – House Concert
Cape Cod, MA

May 10, 2014 – 8:00pm – Gallery 263, Boston
Paperworks CD Release

April 23, 2014 – 8:00pm – National Opera Center, New York
Paperworks CD Release

December 21, 2013 – Agrilandia, Beijing
String Lab China Tour

December 20, 2013 – Centennial Hall, Peking University
String Lab China Tour

December 19, 2013 – The Bookworm, Beijing
String Lab China Tour

December 18, 2013 – Beijing Sunrise Concert Hall
String Lab China Tour

September 22, 2013 – 3:30pm – Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church, NY
Opening Concert for the St Alban’s Series

Jacques and Simon

Spiegel Im Spiegel – A. Pärt

L’Heure Exquise – R. Hahn

El Paño Moruno – M. De Falla