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Tardelli to perform at Newman Center

Brazil is “the nation of the guitar,” and Marcus Tardelli has risen quickly to be one of its greatest stars, according to Steve Seifert, executive director of the Newman Center.

Tardelli will perform works by Alexander Scriabin, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Baden Powell, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Claude Debussy at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on March 25.

“Tardelli’s playing technique is revolutionary — he has developed an orchestral approach to his instrument,” Seifert says.

Tardelli says he learned to play guitar by ear after listening to more recordings of orchestra than of guitar. He reproduced the sounds he heard and developed a form uncommon to the traditional technique for the guitar.

In October 2005, Tardelli released his first solo CD, Unha e Carne, in which he arranges and interprets Guinga’s compositions. Critics recognized the album as one of the five most important guitar albums of all time. Tardelli also won the most important award in Brazilian music, the 2007 Tim Award — Revelation in Brazilian Music.

Tardelli will perform at the Newman Center at 7:30 p.m. on March 25. A free “Behind the Curtain” lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. General Admission tickets are $38. Parking is free. Tickets can be purchased through the Newman Center and TicketMaster. For more information, call 303-871-7720 or visit


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