Posts from ‘Artist Spotlight’
GSI’s “Story Time” is one of our newer video series released on our YouTube channel in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and to tell of the more candid moments in their momentous lives.
A few months ago, international concert artist and superstar Xuefei Yang stopped by the showroom to record some videos and promote her concert in LA. We were able to convince her to stick around and share some stories with us, as well as share some rare tips and tricks she’s accumulated from a storied international performance career.Continue Reading
GSI’s “Story Time” is one of our newer video series, released on our YouTube channel, in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and capture some of the more candid stories of their eventful lives.Continue Reading
This edition of GSI’s “Story Time” takes a slightly different turn, as we had the chance to sit down with the new duo Chika & Scott. The duo features internationally acclaimed artists Scott Morris (head of guitar program at CSU Dominguez Hills) and Chika Inoue, saxophonist with LA Phil and newly appointed faculty at CSUDH.
In this series of stories, the duo discuss the ins and outs of filming a music video on location in Spain, arranging for an uncommon duo, amplification challenges and solutions for live performances, recording at the famed Capitol Records Studio, and more!Continue Reading
With so many major artists coming in and out of the showroom on a regular basis, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to start a new series where we get to know a different side of the artist than usual.
GSI’s “Story Time” is a new video series, released on our YouTube channel, in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and to tell of the more candid moments in their momentous lives.Continue Reading
The Spanish Classical Guitar Maestro, Pepe Romero, has come by our showroom on various occasions to showcase many interesting guitars – some by his son Pepe Jr. and others of noteworthy history or detail in their build. We’re glad to have such a great friend in Pepe Romero Sr. and to be as involved in his continued work with the guitar as he is with ours.
Check out this lovely piece on NPR about Leo Brouwer’s legacy, which includes some very interesting details about his life and how that influenced his musical upbringing. Here’s a great quote that I think we all responded to:
“To be useful is something incredible, because you’re at the service of the world,” Brouwer says in Spanish. “Humans, when they communicate, when they teach, when they show, when they give … they’re doing one of the most beautiful things in life … Perhaps my roots in solitude, of being an orphan — it forces me to these reflections.”
Irina Kulikova was born in Chelyabinsk, the capital of Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia. Under the guidance of Victor Kozlov and her mother – cellist Vinera Kulikova – she started developing her musicianship from the earliest age. At the age of twelve, she was already traveling around Russia and abroad for gala-concerts and festivals. When she reached fourteen, she was included in the book The Classical Guitar, its evolution, players and personalities since 1800 by Maurice Summerfield.
Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. In 1997, he captured the prestigious first prize of the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention awarding him tour of the United States and Canada with more than sixty concerts and master classes. In between his North American tour that year, he gave several concerts in France where his performances were broadcast live on France-Musique followed by extensive recital tours throughout the world.
We’ve got some great Christmas music for you this year, whether you want to play or just listen. For sheer listening pleasure we’re partial to Eva Beneke’s CD In Dulci Jubilo. It’s a beautiful collection of German Christmas music, much of which will be very familiar to all and some of whic will be new, performed by Eva playing a gorgeous 1952 Hauser I along with some amazing friends, including Scott Tennant, with arrangements by Mark Small.
If you’re looking for Christmas music to play, we all fell in love with Jonathan Roth’s arrangements of Christmas music last year, so check out the videos below and if you’re inspired to learn any of his arrangements you can get them all here, and you can hear more of Jonathan on his Pandora Holiday channel.
Kazuhito Yamashita is a Japanese classical guitarist who was born in Nagasaki in 1961. His technique and expression are highly regarded among peers and fans. By the age of 32, Yamashita had already released 52 albums, which altogether include repertoires for solo guitar, guitar concertos, chamber music and collaborations with other renowned musicians.