Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’

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!

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Sep
13

We recently received news from our long-time friend Frank Wallace that he is suffering from cancer when he posted his very touching story on his blog in June. Bill Kanengiser of the LAGQ received the news at the same time we did and contacted us immediately to see if we could arrange a video shoot to record 3 pieces Frank wrote in 1999 from his 6-movement work “Sweet Ladyslipper”, which was dedicated to the memory of his friend and colleague John Fleagle, founding member of Trio LiveOak. The entire piece can be heard as played by Frank here. A .pdf file of the piece can also be purchased through that link for those of you interested in adding it to your repertoire.

In addition to performing these 3 beautiful pieces, Bill had some personal anecdotes he wanted to share, to create awareness of Frank’s condition, and to get word out that contributions can be made to Frank’s medical fund to help pay for his expenses.

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Sep
03

Have you ever wished you could come into the Salon but don’t live in L.A. or can’t come in? We’re bringing back our “First Look” video series so you can get the experience of trying out a guitar in the Salon wherever you are! Join Jaxon, Andy and JohnPaul as they discuss and perform on our top-notch collection of guitars. New videos every week!

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Aug
28

See and hear Andrew York’s new composition on a phenomenal and original Antonio de Torres guitar from 1864. Andy went back to his 1994 album “Denouement” and revisited one of his pieces called “Numen” and decided to expand on it by writing a 4 movement work, which he’s aptly titled “Numen Suite”. The names of the four movements are: I. Numen, II. Lumen, III. Menhir and IV. Numina. Although Andy has been performing this piece recently in his concerts, this is the recorded premiere. Please enjoy this fantastic new composition played on a very rare and collectible vintage Torres!

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Jul
16

It’s nothing but a joy playing the classical guitars in our showroom – you know that (thank you!), and we know that. That’s why when we’re working around guitars from 9 to 5, 5 days a week, we also try to make time to play them (you know, work & play balance) even if at least for a few minutes a day!

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Jun
25

A friend of GSI Evan Hirschelman stopped by the showroom recently and left behind a rockin’ performance on a fantastic-sounding 1925 Santos Hernandez in spruce and mahogany. Evan plays an original composition titled “Minds that Go! (Hommage to Chuck Schuldiner)”, which is dedicated to Schuldiner: the American singer, songwriter and guitarist who passed away in 2001. The piece is an adventurous one, and we like how it suits the dark, rich sound of the Santos (qualities that Santos is know for).

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May
24

You can now watch the complete performance of Manuel de Falla’s ‘Suite Populaire Espagnole’ by Taso Comanescu and cellist Yoshika Masuda on our YouTube channel (SUBSCRIBE)! This arrangement of the composition is based on Maurice Maréchal’s arrangement for cello and piano – which is itself modeled on Paul Kochanski and Falla’s arrangement for piano and violin. Originally named ‘Siete canciones populares españolas’ (“Seven Spanish Folksongs”) for voice and piano, it was later retitled ‘Suite Populaire Espagnole’, which is what we’ll call it, in its instrumental form (perhaps fancier in French). You may be wondering why there are only 6 videos and 6 guitars in them rather than “siete” (7); that’s because the instrumental arrangement omits song two and reorders them as follows: “El Paño Moruno”, “Nana”, “Canción”, “Polo”, “Asturiana” and “Jota”. Yoshika sounds amazing with such a nice cello, and we think Taso chose great guitars to compliment it; first up is a 2005 Fritz Ober, then a 2016 François Leonard, a historic 1912 Enrique Garcia, a 1971 Manuel de la Chica, a 2009 Tobias Berg and last but not least a 2017 Paolo Coriani.

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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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