Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’
Here we have GSI’s Chris Garwood with two new First Look videos featuring two brand new guitars by Dominik Wurth and Fructuoso Zalapa. The Wurth is a spruce and Indian rosewood guitar in the Spanish tradition (although Wurth also credits Friederich as an influence), and the Zalapa is his Torres model, perhaps more of a Torres tribute than an exact replica of any particular Torres guitar.
Fareed Haque is one of those rare beasts – a legit jazz player who is also a totally legit classical guitarist. He was recently in town on tour and wanted to come check out some guitars so we asked if he’d be down to do some videos, and he not only said yes, but brought the whole band with him – Alex Austin on bass, Greg Fundis on drums and Kevin Kozol on keys – and we got an amazing concert right there in the showroom on a Sunday morning. Here’s Fareed and his group playing the great Thelonious Monk classic ‘Round Midnight, with Fareed playing a new G V Rubio ‘Concert 635’ in spruce and maple. We’ll be uploading more videos of Fareed both with his group and solo, including some killer jazz arrangements of pieces from the classical guitar rep, so stay tuned!
We have another great video of Taso Comanescu and his duo partner, cellist Yoshika Masuda. Here they play El Paño Moruno, the first movement from from Manuel de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole, with Taso playing a gorgeous 2005 Fritz Ober guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood. And be sure to also check out their video of Astor Piazzolla’s Tanti Anni Prima.
Josh Moore was back for more videos recently, and he always seems to introduce me to great new corners of the classical guitar repertoire. This time he performed two of the three Preludios Urbanos by Anton Garcia Abril. Josh plays Preludio de Atenas on a new 2018 Oscar Muñoz guitar in spruce and Makassar ebony – Muñoz took 2nd prize in the first annual Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition. He plays Preludio de Paris on a fantastic 1961 Arcangel Fernandez classical in spruce and Indian rosewood. Rosewood guitars from Arcangel are exceedingly rare, so it was fun to hear one in such good shape played so well!
We are so happy to announce that The Sound Of Torres, the new CD we produced with the great guitarist George Sakellariou, is now available! The CD features George playing two different guitars by Antonio de Torres, a First Epoch guitar from 1862 and a Second Epoch one from 1888. It’s a pretty amazing chance to hear these amazing instruments played by someone able to bring out all of their beauty and we are very pleased indeed with the result. The repertoire George chose spans from Bach to the Rolling Stones (George’s great arrangement of Paint It Black) and also includes works by Sor, Satie, Ponce, Fleury, Piazzolla, Carlevaro, Pujol and Mikis Theodorakis. You can buy the CD here, or you can download or stream the CD at Amazon, Spotify, or just about anywhere you listen to music.
For more information about the guitars themselves check out the liner notes by GSI president David Collett:
An unexpected treat for us when Guinga came in to record was getting to hear his wife, Anna Paes, sing. Here they are performing Neblina E Flâmulas, a piece written by Guinga with lyrics by Aldir Blanc, with Guinga playing a great 2006 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez flamenco negra in spruce and CSA rosewood.
Here’s more of guitarist Vasiliy Antipov, playing the 2nd movement of his Sonata in A Major on a beautiful 2016 Pepe Romero Jr. in cedar and Indian rosewood and his piece Poeme on that great 1968 Ignacio Fleta cedar-top. Vasily plays without nails and achieves a unique and beautiful sound. And be sure to check out Vasiliy’s Sonata-Fantasie, also played on that amazing Fleta.
Russian-born guitarist Vasily Antipov was in the US for this year’s GFA and in the Los Angeles area for some concerts, so we were very happy to be able to record some videos with him. Antipov currently lives and teaches in Frankfurt, Germany, and is a prolific composer in addition to being an accomplished player. And one thing you’ll notice is that he plays without nails and gets a beautiful sound that’s a little different than what you may be used to hearing. Here he is playing the three movements of his Sonata-Fantasie on a gorgeous 1968 Ignacio Fleta in cedar and Indian rosewood – a fantastic example of the work of Fleta’s great cedar period.
We’re very excited to present the world premiere of Evan Hirschelman’s new piece Unfeathered As We Are. Evan wanted to pair his new piece with the perfect guitar, and after trying out quite a few we wondered how it would sound on the 1969 Ramirez Segovia had owned and played for 11 years. There’s not much that guitar can’t handle beautifully, so we tried it and it turned out to be a perfect fit.
We asked Evan for a few words about the piece and guitar:
“Unfeathered As We Are is a new composition I wrote, exploring a wide range of textures and emotions. It was a joy to perform this work on the legendary historic guitar Segovia owned and performed on. It was interesting to hear what the maestro was looking for in an instrument, while adapting to the timbral sound quality to interpret my own composition and playing style. I actually had the chance to play this guitar when GSI received it over a year ago, and wrote about my experience on my blog. The sheet music for Unfeathered As We Are will be available on my website starting next week.”