CLASSICAL GUITAR SOLOIST: 1994 to Present
Chelsea holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied with Theodore Norman and Peter Yates. At present, she frequenly performs as a soloist throughout Egypt and the US.
The guitar’s versatility has afforded Chelsea unique opportunities to work in cross-cultural and cross-media contexts around the globe. In 2010 she participated in the month-long Asian Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX). Gamelan Çudamani hosted the program in Bali where artists from Cambodia, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Java and the United States studied Balinese arts and created collaborative performance pieces.
CAIRO GUITAR COLLECTIVE (Founder/Director): 2015 to Present
The Cairo Guitar Collective is dedicated to the performance of quality works for small ensembles of guitar and guitar-like instruments. The group's repertoire spans various cultures and eras—ranging from traditional Arab longas to English Renaissance ayres and contemporary minimalist works for electric guitars.
The collective consists of Egypt's premier classical guitarists and advanced students from the American University of Cairo. We perform throughout Egypt.
LES COPINES DUO (Guitarist/Transcriber): 2015 to 2018
Les Copines formed in 2015 when long-time friends, Risa Larson (soprano) and Chelsea Green (guitarist/arranger), recorded a full-length album of art songs by Reynaldo Hahn and Erik Satie. Chelsea transcribed all the pieces on the album—originally composed for voice and piano—for voice and guitar. The sheet music and full-length recording are available for purchase through California Guitar Archives, www.calguitar.com. Les Copines promoted art songs for voice and guitar (and electric guitar) through performances, recordings, lecture-recitals and master classes.
The octet’s repertoire spans the late Renaissance to the present day, ranging from the polychoral music of Giovanni Gabrieli to Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments. A recent program juxtaposed Indonesian gamelan with American minimalism. Beyond re-imagining the traditional, the Electric 8 is devoted to playing new music. The group has premiered new works by Frank J. Oteri, Phil Kline, and Peter Yates and continues to actively collaborate with living composers from around the world. Their two previous releases and their latest album Interlocking Textures, illustrate how the group adapts the old and advances the new.
Los Angeles Electric 8 has performed in a variety of national festivals including the Strathmore Guitar Festival, Grand Performances, Sundays Live at LACMA, REDCAT’s Summer Studio, Santa Barbara Guitar Festival, World Festival of Sacred Music, MicroFest, and more.
© 2016 by Frank E. Bartscheck II