Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’

Jan
13

Here’s nineteen year old Olivia Chiang who is currently a student of Scott Tennant, playing all three movements from the “Tres Canciones Populares Mexicanas” arranged by Manuel Ponce. For each of the movements, Olivia is playing on a different guitar. You can hear her play “La Pajarera” on a stunning 2019 Luigi Locatto, “Por Ti Mi Corazón” on a brand new Contreras “10th Anniversary” and “La Valentina”, the third and final piece on a Vicente Carrillo “Primera Especial”.

Continue Reading

Jan
13

Aaron Haas recently visited the showroom again but this time along with vocalist Anastasia Malliaras, and the two delivered some stunning performances of some great gems in the repertoire.

Aaron selected several guitars from our selection in order to show off the variety of makers we carry, as well as to give each piece a different sonic character. In his solo performance of Federico Mompou’s “Canción” from ‘Suite Compostelana’, Aaron played a fantastic 2019 Narongsak Visesnut with a gorgeous set of CSA rosewood back and sides. He also used this same guitar to accompany Anastasia on lovely performance of “Chanson de la Mariée” by Maurice Ravel. Aaron then moved on to a 2019 Michel Belair “Homage a Daniel Friederich” to play Mompou’s “Prelude” (also from the ‘Suite Compostelana’) and again on Manuel de Falla’s “Asturiana”, accompanied by Anastasia.

For Aaron’s final solo piece, he played the 2019 Kenneth Brögger “Polycentric Baroque Arch Head” guitar for a great performance of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Tonadilla, Op. 107, No. 5”.

The duo’s final 2 performances included Benjamin Britten’s “Sailor Boy” with Aaron playing a 2019 G.V. Rubio “Monarca Elite” – the flagship model from this fine maker. Lastly, we have a fantastic arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s “Là-bas, vers l’église” with Aaron on a charming 1991 Miguel Rodriguez.

We hope you are able to watch and enjoy the variety of music and guitars found in these 7 videos, and look forward to seeing these two great musicians back for another round of videos in the future!

Continue Reading

Jan
07

GSI’s “Story Time” is one of our newer video series released on our YouTube channel in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and to tell of the more candid moments in their momentous lives.

A few months ago, international concert artist and superstar Xuefei Yang stopped by the showroom to record some videos and promote her concert in LA. We were able to convince her to stick around and share some stories with us, as well as share some rare tips and tricks she’s accumulated from a storied international performance career.

Continue Reading

Dec
30

GSI’s “Story Time” is one of our newer video series, released on our YouTube channel, in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and capture some of the more candid stories of their eventful lives.

Continue Reading

Dec
16

This edition of GSI’s “Story Time” takes a slightly different turn, as we had the chance to sit down with the new duo Chika & Scott. The duo features internationally acclaimed artists Scott Morris (head of guitar program at CSU Dominguez Hills) and Chika Inoue, saxophonist with LA Phil and newly appointed faculty at CSUDH.

In this series of stories, the duo discuss the ins and outs of filming a music video on location in Spain, arranging for an uncommon duo, amplification challenges and solutions for live performances, recording at the famed Capitol Records Studio, and more!

Continue Reading

Nov
08

Barrios expert & luthier Federico Sheppard, editor and visionary behind “El Libro de Oro”, the new 6-volume edition of the works of Agustín Barrios Mangoré, asked if GSI would be willing to provide the video companion to the first 2 volumes, and of course we said “yes”! Although Barrios is a household name in the classical guitar world, he is largely known for his phenomenal compositions, which have become permanent staples of the classical guitar repertoire. But very little has been known of his teaching materials and method, and we are quite astonished to discover that he was as skilled in arranging as in composing, as these arrangement testify even upon first listening.

Continue Reading

Nov
01

We were recently visited by the amazingly talented Italian guitarist Federica Canta who left us with four great performance videos, which you can view below. She specializes in performing Italian “Capricci” – indeed, in 2016 her thesis written while at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan was called “Italian Capricci through the Centuries”, and so naturally, she left us with 3 performances of some great caprices by Legnani and Mertz on guitars by Geza Burghardt, John Weissenrieder and Edmund Blöchinger. Another of her specialties is performing music of the Romantic era on historical instruments – a passion she learned from Francesco Biraghi, one of her earlier teachers. So for her fourth video, we’re treated to a stunning performance of the “Hungarian Fantasy” by Johan Kaspar Mertz on a 1924 Hermann Hauser guitar built with several “Viennese” style features from the previous era – borrowing many structural ideas particularly from Stauffer instruments, and we’re delighted to hear that “period” sound comes across beautifully under her fingertips.

Continue Reading

Oct
18

We were super thrilled to have the better part of the day to spend with both Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang on September 26th, two days before their “Virtuosas of The Guitar” concert, which was presented by our friends at EDM Services and the James Hunley Guitar Studio. During their visit to our showroom, the ladies recorded some amazing performance videos on several of our guitars and hung around for some fun and candid interviews conducted by our very own Jaxon Williams. The crew from the James Hunley Guitar Studio and EDM Services were present as well, so it was a great time for us all.

Continue Reading

Oct
02

Paraguayan guitarist José Carlos Cabrera was a recent guest of ours in the Salon, and totally floored with some incredibly clean and sensitive performances! José recorded 3 pieces by none other than fellow Paraguayan Agustín Barrios Mangoré. José, who is known for his authentic performances of Barrios’ traditional Paraguayan music, actually recently released an all-Barrios album titled Oración (see it here!), in which he plays some of the classics and many lesser-known but incredible works. It’s available on the Contrastes record label. He has been performing all over Spain, and South America since 2016 and is currently known as one of most sought-after performer of Barrios’ music. José was in Los Angeles to perform a concert and we are super excited he was able to make some time to stop by and record some of his program and album tracks with us.

Continue Reading

Sep
20

To those of you regularly following our YouTube channel, you’ll know Jennifer Kim, who has been coming in and doing videos for us the past few years. She’s now a student of Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute Of The Johns Hopkins University. She was recently in town and stopped by the showroom to perform some of her current repertoire. Here she is playing 3 dazzling pieces: two Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata K.32/L423 on a 1986 Thomas Humphrey “Millenium” and Sonata K.27/L449 on the award-winning 2019 Yulong Guo “Granada” guitar. She also played a the highly virtuosic “Scherzo Vals” by Miguel Llobet with ease on a 2018 José Ramírez “Tablao”.

Enjoy Jennifer Kim’s great playing from her most recent visit, and we look forward to seeing her again, hopefully soon!

Continue Reading