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James Edwards and Jacqueline Rosen

Guitarist James Edwards and flutist Jacqueline Rosen will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

The program will comprise a largely Brazilian repertoire, including pieces by composers Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luiz Bonfá, Celso Machado and Baden Powell.

Brazilian music is marked by jazz harmonies, syncopated rhythms and evocative elements, says Edwards, director of guitar studies at Southern Oregon University.

Brazilians have a long, rich tradition of classical guitar. The Spaniards first introduced "la guitarra" to the country in the 18th century — before the instrument made its debut in North America, says Edwards.

French, Spanish and Irish compositions also will be featured, along with original songs by Edwards.

Edwards' originals are influenced by the Hawaiian folk style known as slack-key, in which the guitar is retuned to produce a different resonance.

Edwards will perform solo for the first set and be joined by Rosen for the second.

Before teaching at SOU, Edwards taught at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and was an active performer in California for 30 years. He has released about 25 recordings.

Rosen is a transplant from Carmel, Calif. She maintains a private studio and frequently plays at weddings and large events in Southern Oregon. While in California, she performed at master classes alongside Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker and James Galway. She also studied with Louella Howard, Sheridon Stokes, Miles Zentner and George Drexler.

Proceeds from Sunday's concert will benefit the RVUUF. The suggested donation is $15. Ages 12 and younger will be admitted free. Call 541-482-4755.

Besides nylon string guitar, James Edwards also plays historical instruments from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, including the five-course guitar and ten course lute. - Photo by Gerard Brewer