Ewald is joined by her 15-year-old student Caroline Golino for two Renaissance compositions: “Mr. Dowland’s Midnight,” originally written for solo lute, and “Les Buffons,” a variation on a familiar dance theme by W. Heckel, which she calls “a perfect pub piece.” There is a “Prelude” by Hector Villa-Lobos, giving a nod to the concert hall. She closes with two bonus tracks “Vals Venezolano No.1” and “No. 2” by Antonio Lauro, one of the first guitar composers, she explains, “to meld the European and Latin musical traditions.”
Annalisa Ewald may not have the name recognition that a guitarist like Sharon Isbin has, but if she produces a few more albums like this one, she’ll be right up there. Not only does Live at The Factory Underground show her joy in the music, it makes that joy contagious.