Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’

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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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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