Jacopo Lazzaretti (tonebase Ambassador, Guitar) and Kerry Lynch (Flute), known together as the JKL DUO, released their debut album The International Poet on all online platforms July 21st.
About JKL DUO
The JKL Duo are a Scottish/Italian Flute and Classical Guitar Duo, based in Glasgow.Kerry Lynch (Flute) and Jacopo Lazzaretti (Guitar) met in 2015 when Jacopo came to Glasgow to complete an Erasmus year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Since then their musical partnership has taken them to concert halls and recital spaces around Scotland, and in 2019 they opened up their very own teaching studio in Glasgow’s West End ‘JKL Duo Studios’ - where they teach and coach people on their respective instruments.
The International Poet
The project consists of new music commissioned especially for them from classic Robert Burns melodies. The album features several collaborations with composers including Laura Snowden who has several courses available to watch on tonebase Guitar and composed the following work for the album:
This album features a captivating collection of new music that both pays homage to Burns and showcases the duo’s immense talent. In a world where physical distance is no longer the obstacle it once was to communicate, collaborate, and create. They imagined the possibilities if Burns himself had been alive at this time and what he could have created with other artists from around the world.
The International Poet has been toured extensively in Scotland since February 2022, being described as ‘Simply stunning’ (Skye Chamber Music) and ‘Robert Burns as you've never heard him before’ (West Linton Village Centre). Since its release, some of the tracks have been broadcast on AwazFM, CamGlen Radio and Celtic Music Radio, and the album was awarded ‘Album of the Week’ at Celtic Music Radio in June 2023. Further reviews described it as ‘a stimulating and thought-provoking take on the music found by Robert Burns … The CD is beautifully produced’ (Kate Calder, Edinburgh Music Review) and ‘To see such a unique, well-executed, and fresh concept for a chamber music album is a rare delight, and the world is all the richer for JKL DUO's cheek in attempting such a project’ (Michael Ibsen).
"The International Poet" is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music, or for purchase on Bandcamp. To stay updated with the latest news from JKL DUO, fans can follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Don't miss out on this musical journey brought to life by the exceptional talents of Jacopo Lazzaretti and Kerry Lynch.