Posts Tagged ‘esteso’
**Update** We’ve just received a few more photos of this guitar from Norwood, and the guitar should be here any day now.
In Paris last week, David Collett met with Thomas Norwood, who has just begun construction of a new guitar for us. This next one will be his 1932 Esteso model – we haven’t had one of these yet, but we’ve all been extremely impressed with the guitars we’ve had from Norwood so far, so we’re looking forward to this one. Photos 1-4 are of the wood and neck he will be using for our new guitar, and 5-8 are of a cypress Santos model that Norwood made for himself, and which David reports was an amazing instrument.
Here’s the last of our videos from guitarist Tariq Harb’s visit to GSI a couple of weeks ago. Tariq plays more of the Aranjuez on that amazing 1931 Esteso and the introduction from Napoleon Coste’s ‘Fantaisie Dramatique, Op.31′ on a gorgeous 2008 Bernd Martin ‘Exposition’ that besides sounding great has a lot of cool snakewood detail and a snakewood fretboard.
Here are two more videos we shot last week with Tariq Harb. Tariq played the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 on a gorgeous 2008 cedar-top Edmund Blochinger and some of the Aranjuez on a 1931 Domingo Esteso. The Esteso is a little smaller than some modern guitars, and Tariq wasn’t expecting much out of this little guitar, but when he picked it up and started playing the Aranjuez you could just see his amazement at the response he got from this little cannon.
Here are some photos of Marc Teicholz at the shop in Santa Monica. On Sunday Marc will be playing some of the rarest guitars ever collected in one performance (details here). Here is the list of guitars that he will be playing:
1. 1867 Torres SP/MP
2. 1921 Santos SP/MP
3. 1930 Esteso SP/CSAR
4. 1936 Fleta SP/MP
5. 1952 Hauser SP/CSAR
6. 1969 Rodriguez “Churchdoor” CD/CSAR
7. 2007 Blochinger SP/MP
As you can imagine, it takes a minute to get used to so many different guitars, so Marc is getting acquainted (or reacquainted, as he played many of them on his CD Valseana) with them all as I write.
Felipe Conde and his son, also Felipe, were in town for a few days for the NAMM show and they stopped by to hang out with us at the shop in Santa Monica. I took this photo with my phone because it was two generations of Conde checking out a 1929 Esteso, Domingo Esteso being Felipe Sr.’s great uncle (and therefore Felipe Jr.’s great-great uncle). And even though I’m perfectly aware of the relationship it just suddenly struck me how cool it was to have all that history in the room at one time.
Virtuoso classical and flamenco guitarist Adam Del Monte stopped by the showroom this week. He’s had a busy year with a new flamenco CD called ‘Asi Lo Siento Yo’, his online guitar classes (you can check them out here) and a new flamenco concerto that he will be premiering here in Santa Monica on January 15th. Adam was kind enough to record a bunch of lessons for us, as well as some guitar demos and an interview about what he’s been up to and more. We got so much material, in fact, that it’s going to take some time to get all the videos up and I’m going to be posting them over the next few weeks.
For starters, here’s Adam on the finer points of tremolo. We did two videos: one focusing on the classical tremolo and another on the flamenco termolo. In both videos Adam is playing a 2006 Conde Hermanos ‘Esteso’ model. Check back to see Adam’s lessons on arpeggio and scales, as well as some great performances and the interview.
So in anticipation of our January 29, 2012 event with guitarist Marc Teicholz. David Collett and Marc have been busy choosing guitars, and we have some pretty amazing guitars that you’ll be able to hear in person – a pretty unique opportunity to hear some historic guitars played by a great virtuoso. Three of the confirmed guitars are a 1921 Santos Hernandez, a 1927 Domingo Esteso, and a 2004 Edmund Blochinger, all of which you can hear here as recorded the CD we produced in collaboration with Marc, ‘Valseana’. Seating is pretty limited – only 80 tickets will be sold – so you might want to think about getting your tickets now.