Matthew McAllister


Matthew McAllister and Feargus Hetherington (violin) have been performing as a duo for several years. The genesis of this new quartet was borne out of a successful collaboration on their 2005 album, Maelasta, which saw Aisling Agnew (flute) and Douglas Whates (bass) join the duo for Piazzolla’s Libertango and Gismonti’s Agua e Vinho. The sound was addictive and the joy of playing together was such that it proved only a matter of time before the new quartet emerged.

The unusual combination of instruments emotes a distinctive sound – one that is more synonymous with traditional Latin American music than Western art music. Whether it’s a simple Cuban habanera or a fiery Argentinian tango, the quartet relish this rich tradition, delivering fascinating arrangements and interesting twists on repertoire both old and new.

Matthew McAllister – classical and 12-string guitars
Aisling Agnew – flute
Feargus Hetherington – violin
Douglas Whates – double bass

The quartet will give their debut concert at Dundee International Guitar Festival 2007McAllisterHetheringtonAgnewWhates will open the late night concert series after the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet’s opening night recital.

Programme to include:

Celso Machado (b. 1953–) – Paçoca (Chôro), Quebra Queixo (Chôro)

Egberto Gismonti (b. 1947–) – Agua e Vinho

Luiz Bonfá (1922–2001) – Manha de Carnaval

Villa Lobos (1887–1959) – Suite Populaire Bresilienne

Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992) – Libertango, Oblivion & Verano Porteno

Máximo Diego Pujol (b. 1947–) – Suite Buenos Aires