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This duo will move you. They rock in the most classical, eloquent, and elegant way.
— Pepe Raphael, Pepe & The Bottle Blondes
Duo Tenebroso engage in music conversations, creating lyrical performances with impeccable technique and fresh programmatic choices.
— Gregory Miller, Luthier

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Duo Tenebroso is known for their warm musicality and singular interpretations. Their concerts are filled with a wide variety of music from the Baroque masters Bach, Vivaldi, and Scarlatti, to the romantics such as Brahms, as well as new transcriptions and music from living composers like Brouwer, Assad, Duarte, Pujol, and Carbajo. Members David Franzen and Kristen Waligora take pleasure in expanding the guitar repertoire by constantly searching out new works as well as transcribing undiscovered classics.

Duo Tenebroso member David Franzen has performed with renowned artists such as Angel Romero and the Columbia Symphony under Huw Edwards, the Oregon Symphony under Norman Leyden, the Siberian Chamber Orchestra under Alexei Ludmilin, the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Member Kristen Waligora has performed in the Bel Canto Northwest Festival and the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series as well being among the judges at the Northwest Guitar Festival in 2017.

The name Duo Tenebroso is inspired by the painting style of Tenebrism which employs extreme contrasts of dark and light, with darkness being the predominant feature to allow a spotlight on the subject. In much the same way, Duo Tenebroso strives to use the language of music to illuminate the spirit.

 

David Franzen

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He is a powerful player with confidence on stage. Having noticed his forthright and excellent musicianship, it was surprising to find him somewhat shy and retiring in person after the recital.
— Soundboard Magazine
An American guitarist stole the thunder from three well-known Russian composers at Saturday’s Vancouver Symphony concert. With guitarist David Franzen leading the way, the Vancouver Symphony sounded better than ever as it opened what promises to be its best-ever season. Franzen was fundamentally flawless in his delivery of Guitar Concerto No. 1 by Italian composer Mario Castelvuovo-Tedesco, the only non-Russian composer on the program.
— The Daily Columbian
What was apparent in his performance probably was what helped him win: articulate playing and cool confidence. Franzen handled the often rhapsodic solo passages with finesse. The second movement Adagio is some of Rodrigo’s most exquisite music, and its melody is instantly recognizable. The performance of this movement was perhaps the finest of the evening, thanks largely to Franzen’s beautiful performance...
— The Winston-Salem Journal

Having performed in such varied places as the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi to soloing at the Montreal Jazz Festival, David Franzen is known for his mesmerizing stage presence, lush tone, and deep and articulate performances. Mr. Franzen has toured throughout Italy, Germany, Central America, the United States, and Canada. One of the many highlights of his career occurred in 2011 when he joined master guitarist and icon Angel Romero in Joaquin Rodrigo's double guitar concerto the Madrigal with the Columbia Symphony.

David was the first-prize winner of the Northwest Guitar Festival Competition as well as becoming a semifinalist in the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Guitar Competition. He also took first prize in the North Carolina School of the Arts concerto competition in Winston Salem, NC.

In 1991 he was honored to collaborate with the father of modern guitar pedagogy Aaron Shearer in the music interpretation section of the method book series, “Learning the Classical Guitar.” Mr. Franzen plays the examples and pieces on the accompanying recording published by Mel Bay.

Mr. Franzen has also performed as guest soloist with many symphonies including the Winston Salem Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Olympia and Columbia Symphonies, and most recently with the Siberian Chamber Orchestra led by Alexei Ludmilin. In September 2001 he joined the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in a collaborative concert with Pepe and the Bottle Blondes where they performed original Latin songs he co-wrote with lead singer Pepe Raphael. Their single Rumba De Five Kilos was bought by Sony Digital and added into the compilation CD Hear Music, Volume Four and sold at Starbucks internationally along with their CD Late Night Betty. They were featured with artists such as Van Morrison, Beck, and Miles Davis.

David has an extensive background in ensemble work. His most recent collaboration is Duo Tenebroso with guitarist Kristen Waligora. He is also a former founding member of the critically acclaimed ensemble the Oregon Guitar Quartet which was featured at the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America in Los Angeles.

David Franzen has been on the music faculty at Oregon State University, Pacific University, Marylhurst University, and is currently on faculty at Portland State University.  

 

Kristen Waligora

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Kristen is an award-winning classical guitarist based in the Pacific Northwest who is known for possessing a crystalline technique that gives her the voice and palate to convey her heartfelt and elegant artistry.

Ms. Waligora has premiered many new works including a performance in the world premiere of the opera Buck Jones with a guitar part written for her. Kristen has performed with David Franzen as a soloist in Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Major for Two Guitars, Strings and Continuo with the Portland State University Symphony under maestro Keith Clark. She also performed as a soloist with tenor Oliver Mercer on the opening night of the 2002 Bel Canto Northwest Festival and was a featured soloist with the Willamette Men’s Master Chorus under maestro Dr. Paul Klemme. While attending PSU, Ms. Waligora performed as head soloist with the PSU Guitar Orchestra in the world premiere of Bryan Johanson’s Concerto Grosso as well as performing the first guitar part in the world premiere of his Little Suite for Guitar Orchestra and Toccata for Guitar Orchestra.

Kristen has a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance from Portland State University and works as a court reporter.