Posts from ‘Podcast’

Dec
31

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with John Dearman of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

From Scott:

“Using a cappuccino to bribe John Dearman to stop by, he talked about his experiences as a member of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. We had a great conversation about how they rehearse, the keys to their success and sheer staying power—the group is now in its third decade—their particular group dynamic, as well as his great suggestions on arranging and transcribing for guitar quartet.

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Winter is the perfect time to listen to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and with heat waves all over the U.S., it seems all the more appropriate to hear it from a guitar ensemble based in Los Angeles. Additionally, you’ll hear the L.A.G.Q. (John Dearman, Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, and Matt Greif) play selections from their amazing version of El Amor Brujo, a Jobim medley from their recent release Brazil, and lot’s more.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.

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Dec
16

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Jason Vieaux, who seems to never stop performing recording and teaching

From Scott:

“Jason Vieaux is an incredibly hard working performing artist and teacher. He is in high demand for solo guitar and chamber music concerts in major festivals all over the world. Vieaux has also been featured soloist with over fifty orchestras, and is a dedicated recording artist having close to a dozen albums to his credit, as well as serving on the faculties of both the Curtis and Cleveland Institutes of Music. On the show today he talks about his new online lesson website, about his upcoming album, Play, which features virtually every classical guitar encore piece in the repertoire, about his recording process, his collaborations with A Far Cry and Julian Labro on his Piazzolla CD, and lot’s more.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.

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Nov
20

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Adam Holzman, whom most of you have seen quite a bit of in the last few weeks:

From Scott:

“Cornering Holzman for a chat at the GFA symposium a couple of weeks ago, I finally had the chance to ask him about some of those phenomenal recordings he did for Naxos. He is among the first classical guitarists to record on that label, and has recorded several series of complete works from a range of composers, including two discs of Sor, two discs of Ponce, many of Lauro’s Venezuelan Waltzes, and most recently Mertz’s Bardenklang.

A stellar performer and teacher, it’s no surprise seeing so many of his students take top prizes in major competitions, and I’m often struck by his especially engaging approach to composers of the classical style like Carulli, Giuliani, and Sor. He somehow transforms works I’m tired of, or unsure about, into music I adore.

In this episode you’ll hear him discuss his preparations for recording, some excellent practice techniques, and his current experience teaching three GFA finalists. Additionally, he helped me choose some pieces from his ample library of recordings for us to listen to, including some great music by Sor, Ponce, and Lauro.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.

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Nov
04

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Colin Davin:

“To help celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centennial this year, Colin Davin discusses his long-standing relationship with Britten’s only work for the solo guitar, Nocturnal (after John Dowland), Op.70. The piece was originally written for Julian Bream, who also has reason to celebrate this year, both his eightieth birthday and his receipt of the Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award.

Davin also brings us a new commission, with Dowland and Britten in mind, from Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Shaw. Having just recently debuted Shaw’s work Come Again (Again) written for Davin and singer Estelí Gomez, Davin was kind enough to send All Strings Considered an excerpt from the premiere.

If your interest hasn’t yet been piqued, Davin also gives us some great sight-reading advice, you’ll hear some great selections from his debut CD, The Infinite Fabric of Dreams, and he describes his impressions of being the youngest guitarist to reach the finals in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition. Finally, Colin shares his experiences serving as guest artist-faculty at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and discusses their current need for guitar faculty.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.

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Oct
21

Check out the latest All Strings Considered podcast in which Scott Wolf talks with the Cavatina Duo:

“A husband and wife duo comprised of Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic and Spanish flautist Eugenia Moliner. When Cavatina duo is not performing concerts all over the world or teaching as Artist Faculty at Roosevelt University in Chicago, they’ve somewhow found the time to record five CDs, and are regularly featured in international festivals, along with Denis’ ten or so solo CDs, his DVDs and more.

During their interview Cavatina duo explains their take on recording CDs in a world where consumers are less and less likely to actually go out and buy one. You’ll hear how their marriage actually benefits their professional collaborations, about the advantage of studying with a teacher who doesn’t necessarily play your instrument, and, of course, lots of great music.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.

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Sep
30

Check out the latest All Strings Considered podcast – Scott Wolf’s interview with Michael Chapdelaine.

“Chapdelaine is the only person to have won both the GFA competition (as a matter of fact the very first one) and the National Fingerstyle Championship. If you happen see Chapdelaine live you’ll see him switch effortlessly between the steel string and the nylon string guitars and hear a blend of his autobiographical compositions, his spot-on arrangements of Rock ‘n’ Roll classics like “Come Together” and “Hit the Road Jack,” and classical pieces by composers like Roland Dyens, Leo Brouwer, and Bach.

On today’s episode you’ll hear Mike’s take on arranging for the solo guitar, about his impactful and perspective-changing run-in with Segovia, and overall I think you’ll get the sense that it’s never a bad idea to embrace those big life changes by taking those risky leaps into new realms, as Chapdelaine has done over and over again.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.
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Sep
22

Check out the latest All Strings Considered podcast – Scott Wolf’s interview with lutenist/guitarist/7-string virtuoso and more John Schneiderman:

“After a series of highly guitar-intensive episodes, John Schneiderman brings us the refreshing and distinctive sounds of the Baroque lute, Russian guitar, five-string banjo, and the no-nails perspective on the Spanish guitar tradition.

This episode begins with some vintage radio—KPFK’s Howard Larman’s Hootenanny—featuring the DemiJohns, Schneiderman’s guitar and banjo duo with John Corzine, both of whom were thirteen at the time. Explore some beautifully played solo lute, and chamber music, from composers Weiss and Kohout (Haydn’s lute player), along with some excellent examples of the lute’s special capacity for harp-like campanellas, ease of play in a wide range of keys, and virtuosic octave passages.
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Sep
03

Check out the latest All Strings Considered podcast, which is the second part of Scott Wolf’s report on the 2013 GFA competition:

Louisville, Kentucky
In this second installment of highlights from the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Festival and International Concert Artist Competition, All Strings Considered brings you music from the solo and chamber music concerts, a mini-lesson from a pair of the technique workshops, and some exciting and newly discovered projects from David Chapman and the guys behind Seconda Prattica.

You’ll have a chance to listen to lots of new music, new arrangements, and strikingly original interpretations from Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Laura Young, Zoran Dukic, Scott Tennant, and Aniello Desiderio, along with several All Strings Considered exclusives featuring live performances and previously unreleased recordings of Marcin Dylla, Les Freres Meduses, and the Tantalus Quartet.

I felt amazingly rejuvenated and inspired by the end of this year’s GFA. If you couldn’t quite make it to the festival, this episode will most certainly help you vicariously fill that void. Although, you might not quite make it to the end, as you will most likely find yourself needing to hit pause in order to go play some guitar.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.
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Aug
16

Check out the latest All Strings Considered podcast, which is the first part of Scott Wolf’s report on the 2013 GFA competition:

Guitar Foundation of America 2013
Louisville, Kentucky
This year’s Guitar Foundation of America festival and International Concert Artist Competition was held in the lovely city of Louisville, Kentucky and hosted by the University of Louisville School of Music and Dr. Stephen Mattingly.

The GFA, now close to its fortieth year in existence, presented an awe-inspiring week of concerts, lectures, classes, and of course, one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. It was a joy to meet so many people dedicated to furthering our art form, so many excellent performers, scholars, and teachers, not to mention partaking in the excellent after-concert hangs and sampling bourbon at Dish on Market!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is simply too much information to share in the span of a single All Strings Considered episode, and so this will be the first of a two-part series. This episode focuses on the past, present, and future of the Guitar Foundation, as well as a few special moments paying tribute to another forty-year legacy: Bruce Holzman’s incredibly influential career in teaching. Finally, All Strings Considered has been given a special dispensation to play you some live excerpts from the competition finals – you’ll hear select pieces from Chad Ibison (bronze), Artyom Dervoed (silver), and Anton Baranov (gold).

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.
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Jun
23

In the latest episode of Scott Wolf’s podcast All Strings Considered Scott talks with Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla.

“Today’s guest Marcin Dylla is the perfect performer to hear from just a few short days before the Guitar Foundation of America competition, one of the biggest guitar competitions in the United States. Not only did he win the GFA in 2007, he has won virtually every other major guitar competition in the world; nineteen first prizes. So not only is he an authority on competitions, but he also has an incredibly positive and original outlook on why competitions are so important, and it’s certainly not prizes or fame.

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