Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’
Here’s Alfonso Montes – the other half of Duo Montes Kircher – playing his composition Preludio de Adios on a gorgeous 1971 Ignacio Fleta in cedar and Indian rosewood. This Fleta is a perfect example of the maker’s great cedar period guitars, and Preludio de Adios shows it off beautifully.
We were thrilled to have the Duo Montes Kircher stop by the showroom earlier this year to record some videos for us. Husband and wife Alfonso Montes and Irina Montes have been playing as a duo since 1984, and you can hear more about them here in their interview for Scott Wolf’s All Strings Considered podcast. Here they play Montes’ piece Bambuco on a pair of La Cañada 115 and 115A guitars – both based on Torres SE 115, with one in an antiqued look and the other in a clean French polish.
We recently met Iakovos Kolanian along with his duo partner Larry Hammett when they came in to play some guitars for us. Iakovos is Greek Armenian and he played some lovely transcriptions of his of popular Armenian songs. Here are Noubar Noubar, played on a great Sakurai-Kohno Professional-J in cedar and CSA rosewood, and Yaman Yar, played on a beautiful 1995 Hermann Hauser III.
Here’s our friend guitarist Florian Blöchinger playing Francisco Tarrega’s Gran Jota on a 2017 Florian Blöchinger – a beautiful spruce and CSA rosewood guitar that he made earlier this year. Florian’s career has been taking off both as a performer and a luthier, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch this young luthier/guitarist make a name for himself.
Here are the Park Brothers – Alex and Wesley – playing Emilio Pujol’s transcription of Enrique Granados’ Goyescas on a pair of new La Cañada guitars, both based on the Torres FE 17 ex Tarrega, but one in an antiqued look (the model 17A) played by Wesley, and the other in a clean French polish (the model 17) played by Alex.
Here’s a very rare treat – Scott Tennant and Marcelo Kayath playing ‘Divertimento’, the only guitar duo written by Andrés Segovia. The piece has not been widely performed, although the Abreu brothers recorded it in 1968 for their album “The Guitars of Sergio and Eduardo Abreu” from 1968 and one can find a few videos on YouTube these days.
GSI recently provided Segovia’s 1969 Jose Ramirez guitar, which the maestro played from1969 until 1980, to Scott Tennant for his Guitar CoOp recording of Segovia’s compositions. Kayath is the founder of Guitar CoOp in addition to having been one of the great guitarists of his generation (along with Tennant et al). So it just made sense to have the two of them take advantage of the circumstances and record Segovia’s only guitar duet together. Tennant plays the 1969 Ramirez and Kayath plays a gorgeous 1966 David Rubio.
Oklahoma-based guitarist Larry Hammet was in Los Angeles on tour recently and he stopped by with his duo partner, Iakovos Kolanian, to record some videos with us. Here he is playing two pieces from his Fantasias Felinas – La Gatita and El Gato – on a great new 2017 Andy Culpepper guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood.