Duos Dialogues was formed in 2003 when Norman Ruiz and his former student Jeffrey Warren teamed up for a concert at Columbia College celebrating the works of Leo Brouwer. Each brings a unique quality to the music they perform, Warren an incredibly sensitive ear and innate understanding of the phrase, Ruiz with his old-world romanticism. In the duo format they play off each other bringing surprising insight into the music they perform.
Ruiz has performed in the Chicago area for more than 30 years, soloing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has given solo concerts on WFMT and NPR radio, was a featured soloist on the Chicago Classical Guitar Society’s concert series as well as numerous performances as soloist and with chamber groups. He has also performed in Cordoba, Spain, at London’s Wigmore Hall, in Ixtlahuaca, Puebla, Guadalajara, Morelia, Queretaro and Paracho Mexico. He is also a much sought after teacher in Chicago. Warren studied with Ruiz at Trinity International University before going on to receive a Master’s Degree at Roosevelt University studying with Paul Henry. In 2002 he was awarded 1st prize in the Society of American Musicians guitar competition and has gone on to judge competitions in both the US and Mexico. As soloist he has performed frequently in the Chicago area and in Minneapolis, where he was a featured soloist in the Minnesota Guitar Society's Classical Guitarathon. He teaches guitar at North Central University and Crown College where he encourages excellence and an ever-growing passion for music.
Duos Dialogues have performed at Columbia College, Trinity International University, Moody Bible Institute, Hamline University and libraries and churches throughout the Chicago and Minneapolis areas. In 2009 the Duo performed Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra, Op. 201, at a guitar festival in Wheaton Illinois. They were invited to perform at the Festival de la Gutiarra in Paracho, Michoacan, Mexico and at the Teatro Obrero in Zamora. In 2010 they performed at the Castle Caetani in Sermonetta Italy and the Villa Dionigi in Lanuvio as part of the Caroso Chitarra Festival. They also traveled to Mexico to perform in the 4th Internacional Festival de la Gutiarra in Salamanca, the Festival de Guitarra de la Cienega de Chapala in Sahuayo, followed by a concert at the Teatro Obrero in Zamora. They also have released the CD "Duos Dialogues" featuring works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Granados, Albeniz, Ponce and two Duos Dialogues by Carulli.