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by Rebecca Hartka

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Colors Couleurs Colores Cores

You will receive the full album November 4, 2017

Full album will contain:

Jaco do Bandolim (arr. Lezcano & Hartka): Doce de Coco
José Lezcano: Sonata for cello and guitar (PREMIERE Recording)
Maurice Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera
Claude Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Patricio Villarejo): Oblivion
Radamés Gnattali: Sonata for cello and guitar

Rebecca Hartka cello
José Lezcano guitar
Barbara Lysakowski piano

This album features two different musical partnerships. Barbara and I have been exploring the colors and subtle delicacies of French music for nearly a decade together, deepening and expanding our color palette, and refining our interpretation as Duo Deja Vu. With Jose I have had adventures on and off stage, exploring new worlds and styles, and traveling to Cuba as guest artists at the Cello Festival of Havana. I cannot thank these two enough for their contribution to this project and for trusting me to wear also the hat of producer. While the primary impulse for this album is to give voice to vibrantly colorful music, it was in the streets of Havana that I was struck by the power that music has, like water, to flow over political and cultural boundaries. I began to notice threads of connection between French music and Latin American music, styles that we might imagine live in their own separate spheres. In Cuba I found myself confronted with the dark legacy of slavery and imperialism, but also a story of resilience and cultural exchange with shared rhythms and harmonies. This recording builds a musical bridge between styles, cultures and partnerships.


released November 3, 2017

Recorded at WGBH Studios Boston, MA
Antonio Oliart and Robin Moore Recording and Mix
Gayle Kabaker Artwork
Alexis Neubert Graphic Design
Rebecca Hartka Production
Michael Fein and Wesley Fleming Photography


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Rebecca Hartka Ashfield, Massachusetts

Cellist Rebecca Hartka has concertized for over a decade throughout the U.S. and internationally in Italy, Vietnam, and Thailand. The Hanoi Times described her playing as “...magical and eloquent.”
DMA & MM from Boston University College of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory. Studies with Andor Toth, Michael Reynolds, Rhonda Rider, and Leslie Parnas.
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