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When I heard we were doing staff picks, I thought: Which videos come to mind right away, without any second guesses? Which ones have recently caught my attention the most? It was tough narrowing it down to five videos, but then again my picks change every few months, so these are just the five I can loop on YouTube for days (as of now). This is also a great way to introduce friends to these videos as a sampling of the classical guitar, so enjoy:
We had the chance to sit and talk with Amalia Ramirez about some of the new Ramirez models and a bit about the current state of Ramirez Guitars in general and the future of the shop. Amalia tells us about the new Antigua, Guitarra de Tablao, Guitarra Del Tiempo and Auditorio Trio models.
As you can imagine, over the years we’ve recorded more than a few great videos on guitars by Jose Ramirez – everything from brand new guitars to guitars from the middle of the last century and of course the 1969 Ramirez that was owned on played by Andres Segovia for ten years. Players have included Scott Tennant, Adam Holzman, Irina Kulikova, George Sakellariou, Tavi Jinariu and many more. We’ve complied a playlist of all of the videos we’ve produced featuring Jose Ramirez guitars and you can see them all here, or simply watch the video below and you’ll be on your way.
We have more of Smaro Gregoriadou playing Bach’s Allemande from the first Cello Suite, BWV 1007, on a beautiful 1962 Ignacio Fleta spruce classical. And be sure to check out the Sarabande from the same suite, played on the same guitar.
From time to time, a guitar comes to us with the designation “this guitar was donated to our non-profit charitable organization, the GSI Foundation,” signifying that a generous donor has gifted this instrument to us. In turn, we sell the guitar through GSI, and use proceeds from the sale to benefit music education in public schools that are finding themselves under-funded. These donations have had a deep impact on our community, and here are a few words from some of the beneficiaries of this program:
“Sometimes I have a lot of things going on in my life and it is very stressful. So, sometimes I just play my violin to get out stress.” – José, Fourth Grader, Sendak Elementary
*Update – Vladimir has sent us some more photos and the guitar looks stunning. We should have the guitar in mid June (Vladimir will be in town for GFA and is bringing it himself).
We’ve received photos of the first guitar to us coming from Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin, whom we met a few years back in Moscow. The guitar is a Hauser-inspired classical with a cedar top and African rosewood back and sides.