Orfeo Magazine’s 10th release is particularly special to us – it showcases builders from our side of the world as the writers and photographers document their trip up and down the West Coast. It’s great to see so many of our friends in this issue! Pepe Romero Jr., down in San Diego, talks about his family legacy, how he makes guitars and shows us his personal collection. We’re excited to see Richard Reynoso here representing Los Angeles as he lets us into his inspiration for making such tasteful instruments. Then, we head to NorCal in Berkeley where we get a nice look into the Harris Guitar Foundation collection of instruments, which are available to the students at SFCM. Gregory Byers, in Willits, CA, is next and gives us a look at his extensive and unique research into guitar-making. Orfeo then visits Portland Oregon’s Jeffrey Elliott to learn about his history as a luthier, his building process and the kind of sound he looks for. Their last stop is in Spokane, WA for none other than Eric Sahlin. Eric talks about being self-taught, his wood preferences and his innovative “twisted” fingerboards.
Orfeo No. 10 is almost like going on an actual road trip along the West Coast, and it is nicely guided by quotes by Jack Kerouac. Read the full Orfeo Magazine No. 10 in English here.
This is the second of two instruments that Edmund Blöchinger built nearly side-by-side, using a flitch set of CSA for the back and sides, but using two different (and equally ancient) tops for each one. A couple of weeks before this instrument arrived, we had received the first of these, his “Dome” guitar with the sister set of back and sides to this pine, which itself has its own incredible back-story that you can read here. But let us turn to this pine-topped instrument, which is an entirely different marvel unto itself also with its own compelling background.
Yenne Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1987. In 2015, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts in classical guitar from Manhattan School of Music, becoming the first-ever Korean to hold such an honor. A versatile guitarist, her interests include both classical and popular varieties of music.
Edmund Blöchinger’s “Dome” guitar has a very intriguing back story, so we thought it would be a great piece of information to share with everyone. Among the fascinating details about this instrument, it is notably interesting that the soundboard comes from the spruce beams that resided for over 450 years in the roof of the Frauenkirche in Munich, Germany – probably the most iconic structure in that city that tourists today flock to with their selfie sticks and zoom lens cameras. From these antique spruce beams is where the story of this guitar begins…
Russian-born and Israeli-raised classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon has been recognized for his impressive technical ability and musicality. USCIS has granted Mr. Liberzon ‘Alien of Extraordinary Ability’ United States Permanent Residency based on his achievements in the music field.
You’re in for a week of concerts, lectures, workshops, competitions and more at the 2017 GFA Convention in beautiful California State University, Fullerton. The Convention is set from June 19-24 and will be hosted by guitar masters Martha Master and Andrew York. Registration and housing close in a few hours – on June 1st – so don’t miss your chance to reserve your spot.
Orfeo Magazine’s 9th issue celebrates Antonio de Torres‘ 200th anniversary. This issue is all about Torres from cover to cover, including great details about his upbringing, his start as a luthier, his influences and other personal information. Orfeo puts a spotlight on five famous Torres guitars, describing their construction, materials and history, including the 1856 “La Leona”, 1858 “Cumbre”, 1859 guitar owned by Miguel Llobet, 1862 papier maché guitar and the 1864 guitar owned by Francisco Tárrega. To finish off, we get leading authority and expert José Luis Romanillos‘ take on Torres’ works and testimonies from concert guitarists Stefano Grondona, Wulfin Lieske and Carles Trepat who play Antonio de Torres guitars. This issue, full of information about Torres, is a must-read! Click here to read the full issue.