Posts from ‘Feature Articles’

Dec
02

Orfeo Magazine invites you to visit Markneukirchen, a small, almost forgotten German town, where for the last 350 years all the orchestra instruments have been manufactured. It is also the homeland of C.F. Martin and Richard Jacob “Weissgerber”. In this issue, you will also visit three excellent workshops who follow the tradition of Markneukirchen builders: the Gropp, Waltner and Schneider workshops.

To read the full Orfeo #14 issue, check out the Orfeo Issuu publication in English, and in the meantime, here’s a special preview below!

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Nov
08

We’ve known Fructuoso Zalapa for several decades, and his guitars continue to be as popular as ever with the GSI staff (who have personally owned his instruments) and with the countless players and fans of his work who have had the opportunity to play or own one of his instruments. Each guitar we receive is both exotically-pleasing to the eye and robust in sound. Despite already having won numerous awards over the years for his work, Fructuoso was recently honored again with another prestigious award by the Mexican (Michoacán) government.

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Sep
19

Our good friend Alberto Martinez, the man behind the camera of “Orfeo Magazine” will soon be receiving formal acknowledgement for his contribution to the classical guitar community. For several years Alberto has been tirelessly presenting the inside pictoral stories of so many of todays top luthiers and will receive the “Golden Guitar” Award at the 24° Convegno internazionale di chitarra di Milano on October 5, 2019 in Milan, Italy. Well done Alberto from all of us not just at GSI but throughout the world of classical guitar who have become familiar with, and grateful for, your work.

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Aug
14

Once again we attended the 2019 “3rd Antonio Marin Guitar Making Competition EGF” (European Guitar Foundation, with Vicente Coves as director) in Granada, Spain. Both GSI’s David Collett and Kai Narezo attended the event as they were both selected to be part of juries for the competition. David was on the classical jury, headed by jury president José Marín Plazuelo (Spain) joined by master luthier Edmund Blöchinger (Germany), master luthier/repairman Yuris Zeltins (USA), guitarist and dealer Alberto Cuéllar (Spain/China), and classical guitarist in residence José Luis Morillas (who also did all the performing on the classicals). For the Flamenco Guitar category, in addition to Kai, the jury included jury president and Madrid luthier Manuel Cáceres (Spain), pedagogue Julio Castaños (Spain) and the flamenco guitarist in residence Alberto Lopez, who did all the performing on the flamencos.

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May
14

<— Go back to Jack Silver, Pt. 3

By Jack Silver

In this series of vignettes, I will be presenting a panorama of artists whose names have for the most part been totally effaced by the passage of the years, but whose artistry has been fortunately preserved on shellac. I am borrowing the title of this survey from Robert Vidal’s pioneering collection of LPs, “Panorama de la Guitare”, released on Erato in beautiful gatefold editions between 1969 and 1978. Never unavailable on CD, it has happily been recently released in a box set, with wonderful performances by such artists as Turibio Santos, Oscar Caceres, Konrad Ragossnig, Barbara Polasek, Leo Brouwer, Betho Davezac, the duo Pomponio-Zarate, and, significantly, an artist who first recorded in the 78 era, Maria Luisa Anido.

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May
03

<— Go back to Jack Silver, Pt. 2

Through encounters with aficionados who held rare recordings in their possession to particular items he found himself, our friend Jack Silver tells of how the Segovia and His Contemporaries series of recordings came to fruition on the DOREMI label. After discovering one Segovia recording, Jack’s idea took flight. Enjoy the third installment of Jack’s story as he shares his life as a collector, and stay tuned for Part 4, which we’ll release in the coming weeks.

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Apr
01

<— Go back to Jack Silver, Pt. 1

In Pt. 2 of Jack’s unique story, through all of his encounters with classical guitar recordings, he is able to very closely trace back to when the first recordings may have been captured, basing it on extensive research and using items in his collection as reference points. Jack notes that the vast bulk of classical guitar recordings were made after the development of electrical recording in 1925; nevertheless, in a sea of mass-produced, dispensable products today, it is nice to learn about these rare treasures that still exist on a rare medium and serve as recordings to admire.

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Mar
27

With a wave of Minimalism being so ‘in’ at the moment, we thought twice about this title and image. And, on that second thought we thought, “In this case COLLECTOR is a good thing!” Just look at that great library of music.

It all belongs to Jack Silver, who has become a friend as of late as he’s shared with us his story on how he became a collector of rare recordings; the kinds that record labels dream of having and audiophiles want to discover first. In recent years, Jack released some of his obscure, unknown recordings through DOREMI Records (now distributed by NAXOS), in a series called “Andres Segovia and his Contemporaries”. There are currently 12 volumes in this series.

As part of this multi-part GSI Story Series, we give you Pt. 1 of Jack Silver’s story (in his own words) on how he got started collecting rare recordings.

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Mar
20

Luthier Youri Soroka just informed us that he will be participating in the “Local Wood Challenge” being sponsored by the European Guitar Builders organization. This will be happening later this month, from 22-24 March in Paris at the “Salon de la Belle Guitare” event, which is one of the largest guitar shows in France.

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Oct
23

The Arts Review publication is brought to us all by the Wilmette Arts Guild, and its aim is to “…inform, stimulate and inspire” as it does with all of its content. So, when GSI’s own President David Collett was asked to write a piece about the master-luthier and father of the modern classical guitar Antonio de Torres for Arts Review, he couldn’t resist to put his vast knowledge on the subject to work.

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