EL QUIXOTE FESTIVAL CONCERT – “ED STEPHENSON & THE PACO BAND” – NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF HISTORY
APRIL 10, 2016 – MUSIC OF THE CAROLINAS SERIES –
Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band
Ed Stephenson Raleigh, NC based Canadian guitarist and Alanna recording artist, Ed (Stefanyshyn) Stephenson’s virtuosity extends throughout the Classical Spanish, Flamenco, and Flamenco Fusion genres. He has performed throughout North America as a soloist, a member of the North Carolina Guitar Quartet and the Paco Band. His numerous return engagements with the North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh Symphony, North Carolina Theater, North Carolina Bach Festival and concert series at universities and colleges in the southeast, have established him as one of the region’s most sought after performers. His versatility is reflected in his discography: Kypoyka – Ukrainian Children’s Songs and Stories, Winter Branches – North Carolina Guitar Quartet (Liscio Recordings) (1997), Ino Live – Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (Liscio Recordings) (2011), Esencia – Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (Alanna Records) (2012), A Paco Band Christmas – Ed Stephenson (2013), & Rosamaria – Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (Alanna Records) (2015). The Classical Voice of North Carolina praised his Esencia album saying, “It has all the characteristics and virtuosity of traditional flamenco guitar but falls outside – or perhaps expands upon – the limited traditional flamenco harmonies and structure. You find influences such as bossa nova or Latin, rock, jazz, swing and salsa, and others.” His most recent CD Rosamaria was recently completed with the Paco Band and will be released in April 2015 under the Alanna Records label.
This performance is part of the El Quixote Festival, celebrating The 400 Year Anniversary Of El Quijote, a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, written in two parts: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, 1605; El ingenioso caballero don Quijote de la Mancha, 1615.
The Festival’s initial intention is to celebrate the 400th anniversary and closing of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra’s two books, known now simply as El Quijote, while placing a special emphasis on artistic creations in the Spanish language. Genres such as visual arts, literature, opera, music, dance, theatre, film, gastronomy along with various academic events are being planned throughout the year.
Music of the Carolinas concerts are presented in partnership by the North Carolina Museum of History and PineCone, and they are made possible thanks to the support of Williams Mullen and the NC Museum of History Associates.
Four public parking decks lie within two blocks of the Museum of History. Also, the Jones/Edenton Street lot behind the museum offers a small number of spaces ($1 per hour, maximum $8 per day; free parking on weekends). Metered parking is available along Jones and Edenton Streets (free parking on weekends).