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Antonio Lysy, Professor of Cello and Head of Strings at UCLA, has recently released his album “Antonio Lysy at the Broad: Music from Argentina,” a selection of works from prominent Argentinean composers, to critical acclaim. The album highlights both Lysy’s artistry as a solo cellist performer as well as the influences of the Amerindian, Spanish-Creole and tango traditions on Argentinean composers. Dr. Lysy himself has a deeply personal connection with Argentina and its music; his father Alberto was born in Argentina and returned many times throughout his career as an established violin performer and pedagogue, sometimes bringing a young Antonio with him. “I was introduced to the sounds and textures of a fascinating and colorful country I had only previously known as a child on vacation,” writes Lysy of his visits. “All of a sudden this music filled me… On each successive return I discovered more about the wonders of the land extending from the icebergs beyond Tierra del Fuego in the south, to the jungle and waterfalls of Iguazu in the north.” Dr. Lysy spent years discovering, performing and commissioning works from living composers, single-handedly accumulating new Argentine repertoire for his instrument. The album features a selection of works, two of which are original works, by Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, Jose Bragato, Osvaldo Golijov and Lalo Schifrin.

A “CD Release Fiesta” was held at the Sol-La campus on May 8 to celebrate the new album. Copies of the CD were sold and 100% of their proceeds went to benefit the Sol-La Music Academy for 5 years. The Sol-La Music Academy was founded in part by the Lysy family in 2007 with the mission to provide innovative arts education to children from all backgrounds and income levels. The program offers private musical instruction, group instrumental classes, theater improv groups and children’s chorus.

Antonio Lysy's album is available online through Yarlung Records and on iTunes.

For more information on the Sol-La program, visit http://www.sollamusicacademy.org/