Excerpts from the New York Concert Review, Anthony Aibel:
March 07, 2004 at the Roger Smith Hotel Penthouse Concert Hall
"In New York, one gets treated to all sorts of interesting instrumental combinations, and a viola/guitar duo, Dou Criollo, appearing at the Roger Smith Hotel recently, made an impressive addition to that creative diversity. Duo Criollo is a handsome mix of the dark, rich resonance of Donna Clark's viola and the exotic, intiamate colors of Sebastian Zambrana's guitar. They are both impressive musicians in their own right, and together, they form an excellent partnership.
Donna Lively Clark, whose major teachers were William Primrose, William Lincer, and Alan de Veritch, is a very impressive violist, with a knack for choosing inventive programs. She also chose the right partner in Sebastian F. Zambrana, a very gifted, first-rate guitarist. They opened with Zambrana's own composition, a 2002 commission, called Mirada Rioplatenses. There are many appealing characteristics; the intimate night music of the first movement, which recapitulates at the end, the hypnotic second movement, with its engaging ostinato figures against a pedal bass, and interesting effects, such as having the viola bow placed on the other side of the bridge.
5 Tanguitos for solo guitar, written by five different composers, showed Zambrana's smooth, facile technique and his natural affinity for rubato, color, and just the right atmosphere. Zambrana's Baila, also for solo guitar, had a pop song quality sometimes reminiscent of James Taylor, and utilized innovative harmonies. Piazzolla's Etude #4 for solo viola and guitar, and the viola adds a lovely lyrical quality to the more edgy, rythmic zest of the guitar. One has to applaud the unique Duo Criollo for presenting quality performances of fresh repertoire."