Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’

Nov
13

Bokyung Byun, a rising star in the classical guitar world and current student of Scott Tennant at USC, stopped by the showroom recently to record some videos with us. Bokyung is fresh off a very successful year of competitions, taking second prize at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and becoming the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta Concerto Competition. Needless to say, we were thrilled she made the time to stop in and play for us!

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Nov
13

For our next video with Grisha, we have his performance on the 1924 Miguel Rodriguez we shared last week in our post of Pepe Romero’s performance. As previously mentioned, this guitar is particularly interesting due to the fact that 1) it’s the oldest Rodriguez we’ve ever had in the shop by over 25 years, 2) Pepe himself used to own it, and 3) Paco de Lucia’s cousin was the owner before Pepe, and it is known that Paco played this guitar quite often. All this makes Grisha’s incredible interpretation of Paco’s “Malaguena de Lecuona” all the more inspiring!

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Nov
05

Last month, we had an inspiring evening recording with both Pepe Romero and Grisha Goryachev on a fascinating 1924 Miguel Rodriguez. Up to this point, the earliest Rodriguez to come through the shop was a flamenco from 1950, so the fact that this instrument was made over 25 years earlier gives you an indication of its rarity. On top of that, Pepe – the previous owner – says he acquired it from a relative of Paco de Lucia who claimed the flamenco legend played on it regularly! 

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Nov
05

You guys asked for more Grisha so he’s back this week with a Faruca by Sabicas entitled ‘Con Garbo y Salero.’ In this video, he plays a fiery 2017 Francisco Barba with a warm Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides. The sonic result is a powerful and lively Andalusian guitar with the perfect amount of flamenco “sizzle” as you can hear in the recording. While Grisha’s playing looks effortless no matter the guitar he plays, the set up for this particular Barba makes playing a breeze!

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Oct
31

Grisha Goryachev was back in the showroom recently and took some time to demo a few guitars for us. To start, here is his performance of Paco de Lucia’s exciting Almoraima (Bulerias) on a 2018 Pepe Romero which features a Cedar top and Indonesian Rosewood back and sides. This particular instrument was a perfect pairing with this piece as a 2012 model of this guitar was sold to Paco de Lucia and used on his album “Canción andaluza” recorded just before his passing in 2014. Four years later, Grisha effectively captures the soul of Lucia with his playing of this piece as well as the sound he produces on this stunning guitar.

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Oct
31

Here is the second movement, “Reyna,” from Celil Refik Kaya’s new suite Miriam & Leon’s Daughters. In this performance, Celil is playing a fantastic 1977 Miguel Rodriguez with a Cedar top and Palo Rosa back and sides. This guitar has a very interesting story in how it came to us. When it first showed up, we noticed there was no date or signature on the label. We sent it down to the Romeros to see if they knew anything about it, and Pepe Sr. immediately recognized the guitar as one Rodriguez originally made for him which he named “La Pastosa.” Read more about this guitar’s story and learn why the label was never edited on the product page here. Meanwhile, enjoy Celil’s beautiful and energetic composition on this wonderful instrument!

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Oct
25

We’ve all seen at least one Celil Refik Kaya guitar demo, and David Collett here chose one of Celil’s performances as his top 5 favorite. So, make sure to catch up on all of his performances in our Santa Monica showroom with this YouTube playlist. Enjoy.

Marco Pereira ‘Frevo’                                                 Agustin Barrios ‘Las abejas’
Enrique Granados ‘Valses Poeticos’                            Egberto Gismonti ‘Agua E Vinho’
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Oct
23

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.

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Oct
15

Here’s more of the great Guinga, this time playing his own Igreja Da Penha on a great 2015 Juan Miguel Carmona flamenco guitar that he really vibed with, which shows once again how flamenco guitars can be great instruments for jazz, Brazilian and other styles.

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Oct
15

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.

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