Guitar lovers can attend two free concerts in different genres on Wednesday, featuring two performers who draw inspiration from their home countries.
Composer, folklorist and professor Jose Manuel Lezcano was born in Cuba, and jazz guitarist Amos Hoffman recently relocated to Columbia from Israel.
Lezcano, a University of South Carolina alumnus, plays original work with a Latin flavor. The two-time Grammy nominee has composed four concertos for guitar, as well as various other compositions, and he has premiered his work with professional orchestras in New York, Ecuador, Peru, Cuba, Colombia and New Hampshire. He directs the guitar orchestra and the Latin American ensemble and teaches classical guitar at Keene State College in New Hampshire
Lezcano will play at 7 p.m. in room 006 at USC School of Music, 813 Assembly St. A master class, at 8:30 p.m., will follow the concert.
More casual listeners, though, may want to head to Main Street Public House to catch the end of Hoffman’s performance.
The next performer in the ColaJazz Artists Series, Hoffman began playing guitar at age 6 and oud shortly after, according to the biography on his website. (An oud is a pear-shaped instrument, similar to a lute, commonly used in Middle Eastern music.)
He grew up in Israel, has lived in Amsterdam and New York, and is now based in Columbia. He is a 2013 recipient of Israel’s Landau Prize for outstanding achievement in jazz, according to his biography. The prestigious award, which comes with a cash prize, is funded by the national lottery.
His trio Wednesday includes Reggie Sullivan on bass and Jonathan Lovett on keyboard.
Hoffman will play at 8 p.m. at Main Street Public House, 1556 Main St. There is no cover charge or minimum purchase.