Yuri Liberzon, a good friend of GSI and wonderful guitarist, recently stopped by the showroom to record a couple new videos for us. We always love Yuri’s performances and are still digging his videos from last year of Vassiliev and Piazzolla. This year, he’s brought a couple of pieces by two of our favorite composers and laid them down on some really spectacular guitars. First, you will hear J.S. Bach’s gorgeous Adagio from the Violin Sonata in C major on a 2014 Antonio Marin Montero. The bright, clear spruce and amazing sustain of this instrument makes this the ideal guitar for playing works such as this, especially in the hands of a great player like Yuri!
This week, we have an extra special Coming Soon installment for you in that it features a budding YouTube star… Maria Conde! Maria was recently profiled in a beautiful mini-doc from Bloomberg’s MADE series which showcases “craftspeople and their premium wares, all made the hard way.” There certainly is nothing easy about making a guitar, and we are thrilled to see Maria’s work receiving the recognition it deserves.
“On the first day of Guitar-mas, my true love gave to me… a Torres?” While Guitar-mas isn’t a real holiday (yet), we’re celebrating the season this year by bringing you ‘The Twelve Days of Villa-Lobos!’ Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll be releasing a new etude, all played expertly – and in one sitting – by our good friend Tomasz Fechner.
Pepe is back this week with the music of a lesser known Barrios… Ángel! You may recognize these two lovely pieces from our last recording with Pepe on the amazing ‘1492 Granada Pine’ guitar built by our good friend Eddie Blochinger. This time, Pepe is playing one of his son’s instruments from 2012 with a stunning Spruce top and exotic CSA Rosewood back and sides. One of our favorite aesthetic aspects of this instrument is the mix of colors created from the different shades of wood and the subtle red purfling that decorates the edge of the top. As you will hear in a moment, it sounds pretty darn good as well!
We’re still gushing about Celil Refik Kaya’s recent performance here in the showroom on a beautiful 2017 Cedar and Satinwood by Jochen Rothel. But within just a couple weeks, we’ve already got another instrument from him coming our way, this time with the stunning combination of a Spruce top and Maple back and sides.
Swedish luthier Tobias Berg has just finished guitar #124 which will be on its way to us very soon! Looking at the pictures he sent, we were immediately taken by the stunning bridge which Tobias constructed out of a piece of Boxwood. Check out the pictures below where you can see the original cut of wood and the final bridge being glued and vacuum clamped.
This week, we have an awesome new artist for you – Sondre Hoymer! Sondre originally hails from Norway, later moving to Poland to study with Marcin Dylla at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music. Here he is playing a short, delightful piece by Agustín Barrios entitled ‘Gavota al Estilo Antigua.’
We hope you aren’t getting tired of Grisha‘s videos because we sure aren’t! Here’s another stunning guitar demonstration with the flamenco maestro on a 2010 Pepe Romero ‘Blanca.’ In this performance, Grisha plays Sabicas’s ‘Zapateado en Re,’ an exciting piece that’s almost operatic in style as well as its level of drama!
Here is Celil Refik Kaya with the last two movements, ‘Abigail Cloe’ and ‘Adriana Sofia,’ from his suite Miriam & Leon’s Daughters. In the first performance, he is playing a gorgeous 2017 Jochen Rothel with a Cedar top and Satinwood back and sides, and in the second, a 2018 Teodoro Perez “Especial” with an entrancing set of Imbuia back and sides.