Here’s Celil Refik Kaya with the first movement of a new suite he has written entitled Miriam & Leon’s Daughters. This movement is called Loretta and Celil plays it on a gorgeous 1927 Francisco Simplicio in spruce and mahogany. In addition to being his deluxe model, with more decoration than is usual even for Simplicio, this particular guitar is fitted with a mahogany tornavoz, which is partly responsible for the incredibly rich low end on this instrument.
Here we have the classical side of Fareed Haque, this time playing the cadenza from Villa Lobos’ Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra – a rarely played piece in the repertoire in general and even of Villa Lobos. Fareed plays a gorgeous 1968 Ignacio Fleta in cedar and Indian rosewood.
Here we have GSI’s Chris Garwood with two new First Look videos featuring two brand new guitars by Dominik Wurth and Fructuoso Zalapa. The Wurth is a spruce and Indian rosewood guitar in the Spanish tradition (although Wurth also credits Friederich as an influence), and the Zalapa is his Torres model, perhaps more of a Torres tribute than an exact replica of any particular Torres guitar.
We’ve got another great tutorial from the EliteGuitarist.com crew – this time it’s Ines Thome with Carcassi’s study No. 6, with Ines playing a great 2018 G V Rubio Custom Elite in spruce and Indian rosewood.
Carcassi’s study Opus 60 No. 7 is a standard in the classical guitar repertoire. Far from being a mere exercise in dexterity, this piece offers ample opportunities for phrasing development, chord formation, tremolo practice, as well as dynamic and tonal variations. Dr. Ines Thome insightfully deals with each of these performance aspects and enlarges the EliteGuitarist library of resources with another great tutorial. Check out this tutorial and the numerous other repertoire tutorials at www.EliteGuitarist.com
Fareed Haque is one of those rare beasts – a legit jazz player who is also a totally legit classical guitarist. He was recently in town on tour and wanted to come check out some guitars so we asked if he’d be down to do some videos, and he not only said yes, but brought the whole band with him – Alex Austin on bass, Greg Fundis on drums and Kevin Kozol on keys – and we got an amazing concert right there in the showroom on a Sunday morning. Here’s Fareed and his group playing the great Thelonious Monk classic ‘Round Midnight, with Fareed playing a new G V Rubio ‘Concert 635’ in spruce and maple. We’ll be uploading more videos of Fareed both with his group and solo, including some killer jazz arrangements of pieces from the classical guitar rep, so stay tuned!
We have another great video of Taso Comanescu and his duo partner, cellist Yoshika Masuda. Here they play El Paño Moruno, the first movement from from Manuel de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole, with Taso playing a gorgeous 2005 Fritz Ober guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood. And be sure to also check out their video of Astor Piazzolla’s Tanti Anni Prima.
Josh Moore was back for more videos recently, and he always seems to introduce me to great new corners of the classical guitar repertoire. This time he performed two of the three Preludios Urbanos by Anton Garcia Abril. Josh plays Preludio de Atenas on a new 2018 Oscar Muñoz guitar in spruce and Makassar ebony – Muñoz took 2nd prize in the first annual Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition. He plays Preludio de Paris on a fantastic 1961 Arcangel Fernandez classical in spruce and Indian rosewood. Rosewood guitars from Arcangel are exceedingly rare, so it was fun to hear one in such good shape played so well!
We are so happy to announce that The Sound Of Torres, the new CD we produced with the great guitarist George Sakellariou, is now available! The CD features George playing two different guitars by Antonio de Torres, a First Epoch guitar from 1862 and a Second Epoch one from 1888. It’s a pretty amazing chance to hear these amazing instruments played by someone able to bring out all of their beauty and we are very pleased indeed with the result. The repertoire George chose spans from Bach to the Rolling Stones (George’s great arrangement of Paint It Black) and also includes works by Sor, Satie, Ponce, Fleury, Piazzolla, Carlevaro, Pujol and Mikis Theodorakis. You can buy the CD here, or you can download or stream the CD at Amazon, Spotify, or just about anywhere you listen to music.
For more information about the guitars themselves check out the liner notes by GSI president David Collett: