Nathan Granner

Nathan Granner

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Nathan Granner and Beau Bledsoe: Tenor and Classical Guitar. Mr. Granner has been winning accolades from Opera News, Opera Now, The New York Times, London Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Bledsoe’s is regularly programmed on “All Songs Considered” on NPR.

Biography

Nathan Granner and Beau Bledsoe

Close friends and musical compatriots with a fearless attitude toward classical music, Nathan Granner and Beau Bledsoe are earning standing ovations everywhere they go.

These two young masters have consistently challenged audiences throughout the world with programs that include new commissioned works, innovative transcriptions of classical and popular song as well as genre-bending renditions of American Spirituals and traditional Flamenco.

Nathan Granner's old school timbre and natural qualities are distinctive and rare. He is currently performing both nationally and internationally with the Sony Classical recording trio, The American Tenors. The CD reached top five in the Classical charts.

Mr. Granner has received national acclaim on such programs as PBS, RTE1’s The Late Late Show, CNN, Fox News, E! Hollywood Extra as well as press from The Times of London, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Opera News, Opera Now and more.

"Granner has an irrepressible sense of good
humor and showmanship, doing all sorts of
different accents, getting members of the
audience involved in some on-stage
shenanigans and the like. Yet when it came
time for the music to start, Granner
channeled all that energy and personality
into his singing." - Tulsa World

Beau Bledsoe is constantly evolving by exploring new repertoire, cultures and programming. His studies in southern Spain and involvement with the tango scene of Buenos Aires have led him to create a large body of evocative arrangements, transcriptions and compositions.

Mr. Bledsoe has worked extensively with the Guthrie Theater, classical violinist Gregory Sandomirsky and with the Argentine Tango quintet Tango Lorca, as well as Flamenco dancers Miel Castagna and Rey Duran. His music is regularly programmed on radio1 BBC, “Segovia a Yupanki” Radio Nacional Argentina, and “All Songs Considered” on NPR.

“Bledsoe's guitar work would be diminished by
calling it "accompaniment." This was more of a
musical partnership between guitar and voice. ”
-Tulsa World

Lyrics

Sevilanas de Siglo XVII

Written By: tba

Sevilanas de Siglo XVII

1

¡Viva Sevilla!
Llevan las sevillanas
en la mantilla
un letrero que dice:
¡Viva Sevilla!

¡Viva Triana!
¡Vivan los trianeros,
los de Triana!
¡Vivan los sevillanos
y sevillanas!

2

Lo traigo andado.
La Macarena y todo
lo traigo andado.

Lo traigo andado;
cara como la tuya
no la he encontrado.
La Macarena y todo
lo traigo andado.

3

Ay río de Sevilla,
qué bien pareces
lleno de velas blancas
y ramas verdes.

Give me Jesus

Written By: trad. spiritual

In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus
You may have all this world
Give me Jesus

At dark midnight, was my cry
Dark midnight was my cry
Dark midnight was my cry
“Give me Jesus”

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus
You may have all this world
Give me Jesus

And when I come to die
And when I come to die
And when I come to die
Give me Jesus

Bachiana Brasilieras no. 5

Written By: composed and arranged by Heitor Villalobos (1887-1959). English version by Harvey Officer.

Bachiana Brasilieras no. 5

Ah!
Tarde, uma nuvem rosea lenta e transparente,
Sobre o espaço sonhadora e bella!
Surge no infinito a lua docemente,
Enfeitando a darde qual meiga donzela
Que se a presta e alinda sonhadoramente
Em anseios d’alma para fincar bela
Grita ao çeo e a terra toda Natureza!!!
Cala a passarada aos seus tristes queixumes
E reflete o mar toda a sua riqueza...
Suave a luz da lua desperta agora
A cruel saudade que rie e chora!

Ah!

Lo, at midnight clouds are slowly passing, rosy and lustrous
O’er the spacious heaven with loveliness laden.
From the boundless deep the moon arises wondrous
Glorifying the evening like a beauteous maiden.
Now she adorns herself in half unconscious duty
Eager, anxious that we recognize her beauty.
While sky and earth, yea all nature with applause salute her.

All the birds have ceased their sad and mournful complaining,
Now appears on the sea in a silver reflection
Moonlight softly waking the soul and constraining
hearts to cruel tears and bitter dejection.

Discography

Nathan and Beau combined all that they learned about life, music, and people into a painstakingly crafted recording, ‘Departure’. A beautiful album of varied and highly emotive music where one travels from the evocative art of Villa-Lobos into the austere sexuality of John Dowland, until finally being snapped into the fever-pitched passion of traditional Flamenco. There's also a little southern comfort thrown in for good measure!

1 Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Heitor Villa-Lobos
2 Give me Jesus: traditional spiritual
3 The Ash Grove: traditional Welsh song
4 Sally Gardens: William Butler Yeats
5 Go Crystal Tears: John Dowland
6 Come Again: John Dowland
7-9 Three Lullabies: Brad Cox
10 Mi Tierra (granaina): Pepe Habichuela
11 CafeFederico Garci12 E Lucevan le Stelle: Giacomo Puccini
13 Sevillanas del Siglo: XVIII Federico Garcia Lorca

Set List

A typical performance by Nathan Granner includes guitarist Beau Bledsoe, and their program often includes repertoire from Baroque to Classical, interspersed with Americana to Broadway with several internationally popular selections and love songs that are rarely heard in one program, in one evening!