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Check out the top 5 video picks from sales associate Andrew Lee:
1) Barrios ‘Una Limosna Por El Amor De Dios’ played by Jennifer Kim (2005 Edmund Blochinger)
When I first watched this video I thought, she’s not human…Her tremolo is literally out of this world – it really showcases the 2005 Blochinger’s capability and confirms once again that it is a world class instrument. Excited to see what comes next for this young and talented artist after her studies at Peabody with Barruecos.
We are very excited to announce the First Annual Granada Guitar Festival, being organized by our good friend (and great guitarist) Vicente Coves. The festival kicks off with a concert series entitled “The Spanish Guitar”, which will feature concerts by Rafael Habicuela, Florian Blochinger, Rafael Aguirre, Pepe Romero, Margarita Escarpa and more. The second stage of the festival is a series entitled “Legends of Music in Film”, featuring a concert by Pepe Romero conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and concerts in homage to Segovia and the great flamenco singer Enrique Morente. And the final stage of the festival is a luthiery competition in which GSI president David Collett will be judging. Check out the European Guitar Foundation for details and plan your trip to Granada now!
Check out the Leonardo Guitar Research Project, which is testing our assumptions about the need for tropical tonewoods for the back and sides of guitars. In the audio sample, they have edited together recordings of nearly identical guitars made with various tonewoods, all built by students of luthiers Walter Verreydt and Karel Dedain. In the first video below you can listen to an edit of guitarist Gaëlle Solal playing the guitars with the various tonewoods, and in the second video you can hear Jan Depreter playing the Newspaper Guitar. Click here to take the challenge yourself and see what difference you hear.
Our friends at Orfeo magazine have just published the English translation of a speech given in 1998 by the great luthier Daniel Friederich to the French Society of Acoustics Congress, held at the Cité de la Musique, Paris. One of Orfeo’s readers, Cristiano Borges, translated the speech. This article by one of the titans of 20thy century luthiery, entitled “The classical guitar soundboards and their bracing: The luthier´s dilemma – symmetry or asymmetry in the structural design of the soundboards”, will be of great interest to luthiers, but also to anyone who loves the guitar and its history. You can read the entire speech, which features many illustrations, photos and diagrams, by clicking here.
We are very pleased to announce that just in time for the 200th anniversary of Torres birth in 1817 we will be publishing a CD of George Sakellariou playing two very special Torres guitars – an 1862 First-epoch and an 1888 Second-epoch. We consider it our mission to share the sound of these historic guitars with the world, so we were thrilled when we were able to borrow back two of the best sounding Torres guitars we had ever sold to record a full-length CD with George, one of the most sensitive and accomplished players to have recorded videos with us.
A while back we were contacted by two direct descendants of Antonio de Torres. They were making a film about Torres and asked if they could use some of our videos and photos of the many great Torres guitars we’ve had come through GSI over the years. We were of course more than happy to help, and now they need your help to finish the film. Check out their modest Kickstarter campaign and help them finish what looks to be a fantastic film about the man who developed the guitar as we know it.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Torres, and it is the perfect time to celebrate all things Torres. His instruments constantly astonish us with the quality of their sound and even the volume they produce. You can see some of the great videos we’ve shot on Torres guitars here, and you can read a bit about the man himself here, but be sure to watch the video below then click here and consider contributing whatever you can to this film about the man who contributed so much to the instrument we all love.
We have some photos of what will be the next guitar coming to us from Granada luthier Henner Hagenlocher. It will be a spruce-top classical and you can see the gorgeous back and sides for yourself. Henner tells us that this is rosewood he bought in England 20 years ago when he was a student. It will be a 650 scale guitar with traditional strutting and will feature a new Torres-inspired head stock design and limited edition tuners from Fustero, who has retired and makes very few tuners these days. The guitar should be completed in about a month.
You’re in for a week of concerts, lectures, workshops, competitions and more at the 2017 GFA Convention in beautiful California State University, Fullerton. The Convention is set from June 19-24 and will be hosted by guitar masters Martha Master and Andrew York. Registration and housing close in a few hours – on June 1st – so don’t miss your chance to reserve your spot.
Orfeo Magazine’s 9th issue celebrates Antonio de Torres‘ 200th anniversary. This issue is all about Torres from cover to cover, including great details about his upbringing, his start as a luthier, his influences and other personal information. Orfeo puts a spotlight on five famous Torres guitars, describing their construction, materials and history, including the 1856 “La Leona”, 1858 “Cumbre”, 1859 guitar owned by Miguel Llobet, 1862 papier maché guitar and the 1864 guitar owned by Francisco Tárrega. To finish off, we get leading authority and expert José Luis Romanillos‘ take on Torres’ works and testimonies from concert guitarists Stefano Grondona, Wulfin Lieske and Carles Trepat who play Antonio de Torres guitars. This issue, full of information about Torres, is a must-read! Click here to read the full issue.
From time to time, a guitar comes to us with the designation “this guitar was donated to our non-profit charitable organization, the GSI Foundation,” signifying that a generous donor has gifted this instrument to us. In turn, we sell the guitar through GSI, and use proceeds from the sale to benefit music education in public schools that are finding themselves under-funded. These donations have had a deep impact on our community, and here are a few words from some of the beneficiaries of this program: