Let’s be honest – here at GSI and in Los Angeles in general, we meet and hear a lot of incredible guitar players, both from seasoned professionals and the best up-and-coming young talents, and though we haven’t seen absolutely everything, we definitely get exposed to a fair share of great musicians. However, even from our very lucky vantage point, we can still be taken by surprise once in a while… and candidly admit we’re still floating from last week’s concert featuring the legendary Yamandu Costa.
*Update: All five of TY’s performances are now available on the GSI YouTube channel.
Our good friend TY Zhang recently visited Los Angeles as part of his North American concert tour, the coveted prize awarded each year to the recent GFA competition winner. We were thrilled when TY was able to stop by and share his incredible virtuosity and musicality on a few of our favorite guitars in the showroom right now. Below are five videos from him performing both “Tuhu” by Roland Dyens and “Sonata K. 53” by Scarlatti on a 2003 Greg Smallman, “Shindler’s List” by filmscore composer John Williams on a 1912 Enrique Garcia, “Valseana” by Sergio Assad on a 2017 Jose Vigil as well as Astor Piazzolla’s “Primavera Portena” on a 2018 Zoran Kuvac. These are all of the five videos TY shot for us, but stay tuned for more in the future!
Florian Blochinger (artistically known as Florian David) is a rare breed – he’s both an extremely talented concert performer as well as world-class guitar maker. Since birth, Florian has been immersed in the world of the classical and flamenco guitar. Being the son of world-renowned luthier Edmund Blochinger, Florian has not only been around the construction of instruments his entire life, but has also studied the instrument as a player extensively.
As many of you are aware, we’re big fans of the Park Brothers here at GSI. Alex and Wesley have been coming into the showroom and blowing us away for just about as long as we can remember. Most recently they joined us for our incredible night of performers at the “Scott Tennant & Friends” celebration where they treated our audience to a set of beautiful traditional works (videos coming soon!)
Here’s a great series of photographs documenting the birth of Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin’s newest rosette – from conception to realization. Starting with a CAD (computer assisted design) rosette, you can see the step-by-step process that ultimately led to its being inlayed in its first soundboard.
We know it’s early into 2019, but this past weekend may have already been the highlight of the year! For one night, we hosted a lineup of some of Los Angeles’s finest classical guitarists to give the 1969 Segovia Ramirez its final and proper goodbye. The event was called “Scott Tennant & Friends” and it ended up being a PACKED house (as you can see from the photos below!)
Check out these new images and mesmerizing video from Granada luthier Mario Aracama! Built with a cedar top and cocobolo rosewood back and sides, this is his newest instrument coming our way soon. A close inspection of these photos reveals the inscription “Las Cañadillas,” the significance we’ll have to ask Mario and get back to you on!
We are always happy campers when Ukranian-born / Austrialian-based classical guitar phenom Alex Tsiboulski drops by the GSI showroom! In addition to his brilliantly expressive playing, Alex’s repertoire is always a refreshing mix of traditional along with a little something new, often from Brazilian composer and guitarist Chrystian Dozza.