With a lush and expressive style, musicians Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd combine cello and guitar with a repertoire that spans baroque through contemporary music.
Since there is a scarcity of music written for the combination of cello and guitar, Metcalf and Boyd arrange much of their own music. The happily married couple has played together as “Boyd Meets Girl” for a number of years. They reside in New York City, but performed their first professional concert together in Albuquerque in 2013.
Boyd Meets Girl will perform at the Taos Art Museum in the historic Fechin House on Friday (Aug. 4) at 5:30 p.m.
Boyd was raised in Australia, living there for 22 years before moving to New York City with a suitcase and guitar to attend school. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and received an artist diploma degree from Yale University. He has toured around the world as a soloist and has another duo with a musician in Barcelona, Spain.
Metcalf grew up in Connecticut and studied at Boston University and New York’s Mannes School of Music. Metcalf also spent time studying at the Taos School of Music in the summers of 2006 and 2007. “It was those summers that made me realize I wanted to play chamber music as a career,” recalled Metcalf.
In addition to Boyd Meets Girl, Metcalf plays with a couple of groups that tour internationally: string quintet Sybarite5 and a cello rock band called Break of Reality. She also performs as a soloist.
While she purchased her cello in Connecticut, Metcalf is pleased to own a cello made by David Caron, a renowned cello, violin and viola maker who lives in the mountains east of Taos. Metcalf and Boyd are looking forward to their concert in Taos.
“We’re excited it’s going to be in a historic house. It’s going to be an early evening concert, a shorter one-hour concert so audience members can go to dinner afterwards,” commented Metcalf.
“I’m just really looking forward to coming back to New Mexico,” said Boyd. This will be his first time in Taos.
Metcalf and Boyd have chosen a mix of familiar and lesser-known pieces that explore the possibilities of their cello-guitar pairing. Their program includes new arrangements of pieces by Gabriel Fauré, Astor Piazzolla, J.S. Bach and Manuel de Falla, a composition specifically for cello and guitar by Jaime Zenamon and works by Olivier Messiaen and Radamés Gnattali.
Boyd Meets Girl’s debut self-titled album, which records many of these pieces, as well as an arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” was released this July 28 by Sono Luminus Studios. Metcalf and Boyd worked with producer Dan Merceruio (nominated for a Grammy for producer of the year in 2012 and again in 2016) and three-time Grammy nominee audio engineer Daniel Shores.
“They’re a dream team. They make us sound great,” Boyd said.
Boyd and Metcalf will have CDs for sale at the concert. Sound clips are available on iTunes.
Tickets are $15 in advance – available from Brown Paper Tickets (m.bpt.me/event/2937872) – and $20 at the door. Seating is limited. For more information, call (575) 758-2690, ext. 106. The Taos Art Museum is located in the historic Fechin House at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2690.
For more information, visit boydmeetsgirlduo.com.