Bryan Fasola and Donovan Butez formed a guitar duo in 2012 focused on producing and premiering new works. In 2014, they released an album of works composed by Butez, titled Los Angeles Duo. As a duo, they have performed at a variety of venues across the country, and participated in the inaugural traversing music festival, Licks on 66 in 2015. They regularly premiere new works for two guitars and small chamber groups and are currently recording an album of their own arrangements of French composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Fasola grew up in Los Angeles, and at a young age published and recorded music that has been frequently used on the History Channel. After playing and studying the classical guitar in Germany for several years, Fasola accepted a position as lecturer at California State University, Northridge, while completing the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at USC. He performs for audiences at universities and arts societies around L.A. as well as for radio stations in Los Angeles and St. Louis.
Butez is a French-born American guitarist and composer who, by age twelve, performed with the Orchestre national de region de Caen. He graduated from the Conservatoire National de Region de Caen in Normandy France at age 17, and moved to the US on the prestigious Woodruff scholarship to study at Columbus State University. While in Georgia, Butez became a popular performer for many important patrons of the arts and premiered countless works for guitar–including Suite Brasileira by Sergio Assad. Since earning his Masters degree from USC in 2013, he has been working as a studio guitarist and composer in Los Angeles while performing with the LADuo.
Los Angeles Duo will perform in Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana on Saturday, August 13, during the Memory & Meaning concert.