We are very excited to announce the second annual GSI Summer Arts Scholarship. The scholarship will provide $2000 towards tuition and housing for one very deserving student to spend three weeks this Summer (July 23rd to August 12th) in Granada, Spain, as a student at the CSU Summer Arts La Guitarra Española course, which includes master classes with Pepe Romero, the Romero Quartet and Mabel Millán, and daily instruction from Vicente Coves, Scott Morris and myself Kai Narezo. The course takes place during the Granada Guitar Festival, which will feature concerts all month. The scholarship will go to a talented guitar student who would greatly benefit from study in Spain. The winner will be chosen by the GSI staff based not only on talent, but on the student’s commitment to the guitar and to the guitar community.Continue Reading
Last time he visited us, Celil laid down a performance of Las Abejas by Agustin Barrios that totally blew us away. This year, he brought another super-virtuoso piece, the kind that makes you wonder, “Is that even possible on the guitar?!” Enjoy Celil’s performance of Paganini’s Caprice in A, Opus 1 No. 5. on this stunning 1930 Hermann Hauser I guitar in spruce and maple.
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!