Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’
Our good friend Taso Comanescu came by with his friend, cellist Yoshika Masuda, and they recorded some beautiful pieces for us, starting with Taso’s arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Tanti Anni Prima, with Taso playing a lovely 2016 Francois Leonard guitar in cedar and Indian rosewood. That guitar is sold, but we have a new spruce and maple guitar from Leonard in stock right now.
Here’s a truly historic and stunning instrument – an 1868 Antonio de Torres in spruce and CSA rosewood. This particular Torres is from the end of his ‘First Eopch’ and features a tornavoz. You can hear for yourselves how the tornavoz affects the sound in the videos below. It’s a mystery how Torres was able to create a guitar with such tremendous bass response that somehow doesn’t drown out the trebles, but rather seems to complement them. This 150-year-old guitar single-handedly makes a strong argument for a re-examination of the tornavoz in the modern guitar!
In addition to Chris Garwood taking a first look and playing excerpts from Bach, Barrios, Brouwer and Tarrega to show off this guitar we were lucky enough to have Evan Hirschelman in the showroom to remind us (as Andrew York has in the past) that these are not just historic instruments fit for ‘old’ music, and that there’s a reason that Torres guitars still inspire luthiers around the world.
Greek guitarist Eleftheria Kotzia stopped by the shop for the first time recently and was kind enough to play some pieces for us on some fantastic guiatrs. She played Sousta (Greek Dance #1) as arranged by Dimitri Fampas on a new 2018 Dominik Wurth in cedar and Indian rosewood and Karaguna (Greek Dance #3), also arranged by Fampas, on a beautiful 1968 Daniel Friederich in spruce and Indian rosewood>
Our friend Jaxon Williams was back for more videos. Jaxon jut finished the second year of his DMA studies at USC and is currently performing a program of music by American composers in the US and in Europe, so he recorded six of Bryan Johanson’s Preludes on six different guitars, including a 2018 Jean-Noel Rohe, 2001 John Weissenrieder ‘Garcia’ model, a 2015 Hermann Hauser III, a 2018 Annette Stephany, a 2018 Francois Leonard and a 2013 Paolo Coriani ‘Manuel Ramirez’ model. Jaxon will be off to Spain this Summer to work on his flamenco chops and then he’s back to the US to finish his DMA and continue performing, so we hope to see more of him soon.
Cuban-born guitarist Iliana was playing in Los Angeles and was kind enough to stop by and record some videos for us. Here she is playing her transcription of Elegía a Benny Moré on a beautiful 2014 Sebastian Stenzel in spruce and maple (as far as we know this is the first video of this piece), Leo Brouwer’s An Idea (Passacaglia a Eli Kassner) on a stunning 1992 Ignacio Fleta, and Mirándote by Eduardo Martín on a Cordoba C12 in spruce and Indian rosweood.
Guitarist Fred Lawton was in town for a few concerts and stopped by the showroom to record some guitars for us. He played David Kellner’s Phantasia in D on a beautiful Teodoro Perez ‘1884 Torres – La Emperatriz’ in spruce and maple, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Capricho #12 on a new Sakurai-Kohno Pro-J in spruce and CSA rosewood, and Federico Mompou’s Cancion y Danza on an outstanding 1928 Francisco Simplicio in spruce and CSA rosewood.
Here’s Piotr Pakhomkin playing Tarrega’s Capricho Arabe on a beautiful 1932 Domingo Esteso classical in spruce and CSA rosewood. This guitar has all of the charm and beauty we associate with mid-century Spanish guitars, and it is one of the fancier Esteso guitars we’ve seen. Tarrega seems a perfect choice for this guitar and Piotr certainly does the piece and the guitar justice.
Max Brenner is a recent graduate of USC, where he studied with Bill Kanengiser. I met him last Summer at CSU Summer Arts in Granada, Spain, and had the chance to hear him play quite a bit. He came in to record some videos for us, including his arrangement of Schumann’s Traumerei on a 2018 Carlos Juan Busquiel in spruce and Indian rosweood, Ponce’s Prelude on a new 2018 Zoran Kuvac in spruce and CSA rosewood, and his own arrangement of the jazz standard All of Me on a fantastic 2001 Hermanos Conde negra. Max is currently recording a CD of his arrangements of jazz standards for classical guitar, so look out for that release.