Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’

May
17

Guitarist Tomasz Fechner and flutist Deanna Pyeon recently stopped by the showroom to treat us to an incredible performance of one of Ástor Piazzolla’s great masterpieces – the ‘Histoire du Tango’ (his only work for flute and guitar) which in four movements traces the historical development of the tango from its late ninenteenth-century origins in the bordellos of Argentina to its modern-day incarnation as a viable and fully accepted genre on the international concert scene.

For each movement, Tomasz plays a different guitar – for “Bordello 1900” he plays a 2016 Gioachino Giussani, for “Cafe 1930”, a 2018 Michael Cadiz, for “Nightclub 1960”, a 2003 Stefano Moccetti and concludes the histoire with the “Concert d’Aujourd’hui” on a 2011 Oscar Trezzini. Great piece, great guitars and a great performance from these two. Enjoy!

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May
10

When Cristobal came into the showroom, he decided to leave behind these four great recordings of very Romantic and cinematic pieces on four outstanding guitars.

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May
02

David Steinhardt is an accomplished classical guitarist who contributes to the community and has many accolades to his name. As a teenager in high school, he was a featured young artist on NPR’s “From the Top” radio show, he went on to win several guitar competition prizes, he was the 2018 winner of our GSI Summer Arts Scholarship, he studied with William Kanengiser and Pepe Romero at USC and more recently he became the host of The tonebase Classical Guitar Podcast, with David Steinhardt (which I really enjoy listening to for all of its highly involved and in-depth discussion of topics especially focused on repertoire interpretation).

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Apr
24

The opportunity to record two guitars built by Antonio de Torres came up – both are first epoch era works (dating between 1850-1868). Both Irina Kulikova and Johannes Möller, stellar players in their own right, performed on the 1864 Antonio de Torres, with Irina playing “Lagrima” by Francisco Tarrega and Johannes playing his own work “Eternal Dream”. Then, another good friend Evan Hirschelman plays his original composition “Shapeshifting (Mov. 1)” on an 1868 Antonio de Torres.

Enjoy all three videos below, and let us know which Torres sound you especially liked.

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Apr
18

Maciej has stopped by the showroom before, and this time, he decided to record two original compositions – “LAX” (he also has a version with violin) and “On the Trail” – both which you can watch below. He was drawn particularly to the robust, assertive sound, the stunning looks and the easy playability of the 2019 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Signature” in spruce and Indian rosewood, so he chose to perform solely on that guitar.

It’s fun and a bit odd to see a guitar “flipped” on our screens since Maciej is a left-handed player, but of course we’re lefty-inclusive and we always welcome great music! For this shoot, we simply restrung the guitar to accommodate him, and we can restring it back for a right-handed player. Now, see why Maciej devoted his showroom time to just this Jellinghaus!

For a full list of his work and compositions, visit http://www.maciejstaszewski.com/english/compositions.

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Apr
11

Just recently, Giulia Ballarè stopped by the showroom to leave with us a few performances, very dynamic and energetic no less, for your enjoyment on two fantastic guitars. First, you’ll hear her play Leo Brouwer’s ‘La Gran Sarabanda’ – very much in the style of a Bach Sarabande yet all Brouwer’s own of course – on a warm 2019 Yulong Guo “Philharmonic” guitar with a cedar top. Then, Giulia presents another rarely-heard piece, this one by Maurice Ohana titled ‘Tiento’ on a 2001 Dominique Field classical in spruce and CSAR, which we believe to be highly collectible instruments by one of the best makers today.

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Mar
26

Our friend – and builder of the “Camino Dos Bocas” guitar – Federico Sheppard has an organization called CaminoArtes with which he promotes all things related to the classical guitar on the Camino de Santiago, near his workshop in Carrion de los Condes, Spain. The organization puts on concerts, guitar-making workshops and many other functions for the community. We even published a video of theirs that details some of this activity, which you can view here.

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Mar
04

Irina Kulikova paid us all a nice visit recently, and she picked three fantastic guitars on which to play the three movements of “Sonatina” by Federico Moreno Torroba. She plays the first movement on a 2010 Pepe Romero Jr. made with a spruce top and cypress back and sides, the second movement on a powerful 1961 Arcangel Fernandez, and the third movement on a 2005 Manuel Contreras II “Double Top” that has a very classic Spanish character, which is fitting to the overall sentiment of the final movement.

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Feb
14

*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!

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Feb
11

We’ve seen Florian Blochinger grow more and more as a guitar player and luthier over the years. Here’s a little taste of the music he’s played in our showroom as well as some of the guitars he’s built for us so that you too can see Florian through the years.

Francisco Tárrega ‘Capricho arabe’                                     Francisco Tárrega ‘Lagrima’
Torroba ‘Romance de los pinos’                                         Francisco Tárrega ‘Adelita’
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