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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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.
Since its beginnings in 2011, the GSI Foundation has been working hard to keep music education alive in public schools across the United States. By providing programs with the necessary instruments, instruction, and inspiration, they have been able to provide thousands of kids with the opportunity to experience music firsthand.
In 2015, Felipe Conde Guitars was featured in Iberia Magazine to celebrate its 100th birthday and the re-issuing of Domingo Esteso’s 1915 model. Read the article above to learn about the Conde family’s rich history of guitar building, famous guitarists who have played their instruments, and the bright future that rests in the hands of María and Felipe Jr.
Orfeo Magazine just released their 11th issue, and it’s an English Special. Within the 74 pages, the issue starts by giving a brief history of the guitar in England and how it originated from a cittern-like instrument with courses of strings, then we get into classical guitar builders who make their instruments in England, including Paul Fischer, the successor of the famous master David Rubio, and Christopher Dean, who likes to build traditional Spanish-influence instruments in the Torres and Santos styles. Orfeo then gives a profile of Kevin Aram, who like Dean, builds traditionally in the Spanish and Hauser styles, yet interestingly builds electric and acoustic guitars in the cigar-box fashion for fun – What a hobby! Gary Southwell’s story is intriguing because he builds historical replicas in the style of Lacote, Stauffer and Pagés as well as modern and contemporary guitars with a scientific approach. We get to Michael Gee who is known for his double-top guitars, and close off with tuning machine maker David Rogers, whose extravagant works are known as some of the best tuning machines ever.
Click here to read the full Orfeo #11 issue and learn more about the guitar scene in England.
In Memoriam: John Weissenrieder (1964-2017)
by Andrea Tacchi
My friend John Weissenrieder and I had the pleasure of knowing each other, as well as time spent working together and later, harvesting the work of those years. And now – unexpectedly and with great sadness – the time has come for me to share some of my memories of John and the work we did together on guitars.