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Guitar-cello duo return to Chatter

Rupert Boyd and Laura Metcalf of Boyd Meets Girl.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Boyd Meets Girl evolved out of the desire of a romantically involved guitarist and cellist to tour together. At Chatter Sunday, their eclectic program moves from Bach to BeyoncĂ©.

Now married, Rupert Boyd and Laura Metcalf will return to Las Puertas Event Center, where they made their professional debut.

An Australian native, Boyd is releasing a solo album called “The Guitar” the same week of the concert. Metcalf is also a member of the ensemble Sybarite5, which performed in Corrales last fall.

She began playing the cello at 9, inspired by her younger sister when they were growing up in Connecticut.

“I think it really solidified for me when I went to summer festivals and summer camps,” Metcalf said in a telephone interview from New York. “Just being immersed in that world was really intoxicating to me.”

She and Boyd met in 2012.

“The combination of cello and guitar is really nice because there’s not a lot written for the combination, but there’s so much we can adapt,” Metcalf said. “The cello can play a vocal line very easily and the guitar can play the piano part.”

No music snobs, the duo plays BeyoncĂ©’s “Pray You Catch Me” from “Lemonade.”

“It’s a reimagining of the song almost as a piece of chamber music,” Metcalf said.

As for Bach, the pair play four of the composer’s two-part keyboard inventions.

“I play the left hand, the bass line, and Rupert plays the treble,” she said.

Then the duo heads south with tango master Piazzolla’s “L’histore du Tango” (“The History of the Tango”).

“Piazzolla was sort of the originator of tango music as concert music,” Metcalf said. “Prior to him, it was more of a street dance.”

The piece escorts tango through its evolution from the bordellos of 1900 to more contemporary versions, she added. Boyd Meets Girl will perform its “Cafe 30” movement; originally written for the violin and guitar, the music is slower, with new and often melancholy harmonies.

Metcalf has been returning to Chatter for 10 years.

“I just really love the feeling of playing for this community,” she said. “I feel very welcomed and supported. We’ve actually started a similar series in New York. There wasn’t anything like Chatter. It’s called Gather NYC.”

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