Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’
The Quattro Palos Guitar Quartet, from Tokyo, Japan, was in town on tour recently and came by to record some videos with us. They played Boccherini’s Introduction and Fandango on guitars by Teodoro Perez as well as Samba de Viento by Shigeru Matsuoka on guitars by La Cañada (all of which happened to be the “A” or antiqued models). From left to right the members of the quartet are Tsukasa Maeda, Hidenori Haginoya, Jun-ichi Tajikawa and Taishi Saito. For the Bocherini they played the Perez ‘La Emperatriz’, Especial, Maestro and Concierto models, and for the Matsuka they played the La Cañada 115A and the 17A in maple and in granadillo.
Piotr Pakhomkin just recently had his New York debut at Carnegie Hall on March 1, and performed the Vivaldi Lute Concerto in D major with the Chamber Orchestra of New York as the recipient of the 2016 Respighi Prize. The prize is open to all instruments, so we’re very glad that Piotr represented for the classical guitar world and won! He stopped by GSI and played the Paganini Sonata No. 6 on a beautiful 2014 Tobias Berg classical guitar in spruce and pau ferro.
Here’s more of Saro babikian, this time playing Scarlatti Sonata K239 as transcribed by David Russell on a great 2018 G. V. Rubio Custom Elite in spruce and Indian and Gakavig (Song of the Partridge) by the great Armenian artists Gomidas (or Komitas) on a lovely 2004 Darryl Perry classical also in spruce and Indian.
Garrett Podgorski is a 16-year-old high school Sophomore who has been playing the classical guitar for one year under the tutelage of Kevin Enstrom. He emailed us about coming in to do a video and we thought it would be a great idea, so here’s Garrett playing Etude 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos on a beautiful new 2018 Carlos Juan Busquiel guitar in spruce and Indian rosewood. This is one of the first two instruments we have received from Busquiel and we are very excited about representing him in the US.
Saro Babikian is a student of Scott Tennant at USC where he is an undergrad senior, and he came highly recommended by Scott. He came in to record some videos and here he is playing Leo Brouwer’s Tres Apuntes: The first on a 2004 Darryl Perry, the second on a new 2018 Carlos Juan Busquiel and the third on a new 2018 Wolfgang Jellinghaus – the latter two both new makers in the GSI roster.
Here’s another great piece from the duo of Aaron Larget-Caplan and Peter Janson – their arrangement of the Adagio from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for two guitars. Aaron plays a 2017 Felipe Conde Crespo classical in spruce and African rosewood and Peter plays a 2001 Manuel Diaz flamenco in spruce and CSA rosewood.
Here’s Matt Bacon playing one of his own compositions and a piece from his upcoming book Elements of Indian Music, Vol. 1, which will be published by Mel Bay this May. He plays his Masala Blues on a magnificent 1979 ‘Churchdoor’ Rodriguez in cedar and CSA rosewood, and his arrangement of Kanakangi by Radhika Iyer on a beautiful new 2017 Felipe Conde Crespo classical in spruce and African rosewood.
Kanakangi is the first etude in Matt’s new book, which features 12 etudes arranged by Matt for classical guitar. Each etude is based off Hindustani and/or Carnatic raags and written in standard Western notation. The pieces range in difficulty from beginner to advanced and offer musicians a chance to experience Eastern music while maintaining the familiarity of Western notation. I’m looking forward to diving in when the book comes out!
Matt Bacon is a young guitarist who is currently teaching at the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India. He stopped by on his most recent visit back to the US and recorded some great pieces for us, including Manuel de Falla’s Homage Pour Le Tombeau de Debussy on a 2007 Sebastian Stenzel in spruce and CSA rosewood, and Isaac Albeniz’s Mallorca on a great 2015 G. V. Rubio ‘Estudio 640’ model in cedar and palo escrito. Next week we’ll have some of Matt’s compositions inspired by his time in India.