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Passion - Meta Epstein and Abel Mambreani

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   Meta Epstein and Abel Mambreani met one summer in Old Québec where musicians from all over the world come to play in the street festivals. They decided to create a harp-accordion duo called Passion.
  For Abel Mambreani, the challenge was to find a way to blend together the music of the harp and the accordion. He achieved this by writing original arrangements adapted to both instruments.
  This was an opportunity for Meta Epstein to explore and create new sounds for the harp. Her challenge was to redefine the instrument which has traditionally been associated uniquely with the concert stage.
  They have created an eclectic repertoire consisting of classical pieces infused with a new dynamism and popular music from the traditional melodies of South America. The Duo Passion have been charming their audiences with their unique and spectacular style and their extraordinary energy ever since.
  Meta Epstein was born in New York. She began studying the harp at the early age of eleven with the great Marcel Grandjany. She then went on to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where she graduated with a Premier Prix de harpe.
 
Meta received her Masters degree in music from Laval University in Québec City and then toured her show Les ailes de la harpe in regional schools across Canada for Jeunesses musicales du Canada. She later founded the Ensemble de harpes de Québec and has taught the harp to students of all ages.
  Meta Epstein has performed in numerous concerts in Canada and the United States including Québec's Grand Théâtre and the Château Frontenac. Her recordings for Radio Canada have allowed her to share her love of the harp with a wide audience who have enjoyed her virtuosity and the exceptional depth of feeling she achieves in her interpretations.
  Abel Mambreani, a native of the Patagonia region of Argentina, studied music at the Conservatory of Bahia-Bianca where he learned to play the accordion using the Luigi O. Anzagui method.
  At first, he worked as Musical Director and arranger for various groups in the popular music genre before deciding to devote his energy exclusively to the accordion.
  On a European tour, Abel had the opportunity to perform the traditional music of his country at several international festivals including the Printemps de Bourges in France and the Buskers Festival of Ferrare
in Italy.
  He has also performed in Canada and the United States. In Québec, he was invited to participate in the Correfour Mondial de l'accordéon d'Alma where he charmed the music lovers with his dynamic presence and expressive style of execution.
  They are assisted on this recording by Daniel Marcoux, acoustic and electric bass, and Sylvain Rodrigue, percussion.

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1. Ave Maria
Bach-Gounod
2. Für Elise
Beethoven
3. Canon
Pachebel
4. Sous les ponts de Paris
V. Scotto
5. Domino
L. Ferrari
6. Carnaval de Venise

7. Yo sere tu sombra
Traditional, South America
 8. Quiereme
Traditional, South America
 
9. Odiame
Traditional, South America
10. Adios Muchachos
Sanders
11. El Chocio
A. Villoldo
12. La Cumparsita
Matos Rodriguez
13. Guantanamera
Traditional, Cuba
14. Tico-Tico
Z. Abreu