Posts from ‘Concert Spotlight’
Let’s be honest – here at GSI and in Los Angeles in general, we meet and hear a lot of incredible guitar players, both from seasoned professionals and the best up-and-coming young talents, and though we haven’t seen absolutely everything, we definitely get exposed to a fair share of great musicians. However, even from our very lucky vantage point, we can still be taken by surprise once in a while… and candidly admit we’re still floating from last week’s concert featuring the legendary Yamandu Costa.
We were fortunate to be able to record a concert last year of the entire Romero family along with virtuoso ukulele player Daniel Ho. The concert featured duets by Pepe Romero and Daniel Ho, as well as solos by each, in the first half, and then the Romero quartet in the second half. Angel Romero even made an appearance and sat in with the quartet. All instruments – guitars and ukuleles – were made by luthier Pepe Romero Jr., and it’s a wonderful showcase of the instruments played by some seriously legendary players.
Today is Roland Dyens’ birthday, so it seemed like a perfect time to publish some video we have of him playing a concert at GSI with a very historic guitar. The guitar is a 1947 Robert Bouchet, the second guitar Bouchet ever built and the first he ever sold (he kept the first guitar, as he had made it for himself). This guitar can rightly be said to have launched the French school of luthiery, which would go on to include such figures as Daniel Friederich, Dominique Field and now the current generation of young French luthiers like Jean-Noel Rohe and Bertrand Ligier.
In the first video GSI president David Collett gives us a brief history of the guitar (including a great photo, taken the year Dyens was born, of the guitar being played by Friederich while sitting next to Joseph Reinhardt, Django’s brother), then Dyens plays Sor’s Le Calme. In the second video Dyen’s plays his arrangement of Django Reinhardt’s Nuages, and in the third he plays his new arrangement of Piazzolla’s Oblivion.
Huge thanks to the guys at AEA (RibbonMics.com) for lending us their N22 and N8 microphones for this concert!
We had a fantastic time hosting Roland Dyens last week for a concert and masterclass. On Saturday night we had a full house for a concert which featured Dyens playing two historic Bouchet guitars – one from 1956 and one from 1947 which is the second guitar ever made by Bouchet – and a 1969 Friederich, as well. We recorded the concert and should have video up in coming weeks.
To round out Dyens’ visit we held a masterclass on Sunday where the maestro shared his experience and knowledge with some great local players. Check out some of the photos by GSI photographer Felix Salazar and some of his concert footage below.
GUITAR SALON INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS VIRTUOSO ROLAND DYENS IN CONCERT AND MASTERCLASS ON JUNE 27TH AND JUNE 28TH
(Dyens will perform on Classical Guitars by French makers)
Santa Monica, CA – On Saturday June 27, 2015, Guitar Salon International (GSI) will present French master guitarist and composer Roland Dyens live in concert at the GSI Showroom in Santa Monica, CA. The concert will start at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 7pm and tickets priced at $22. Mr. Dyens will perform his evening concert on a selection of collectible classical guitars made by legendary French luthiers such as Daniel Friederich, Robert Bouchet and possibly others, provided courtesy of GSI and friends of GSI. To purchase concert tickets, please visit the GSI Store. The day after his concert, the virtuoso will teach a masterclass with five student participants on Sunday June 28th in the same location. The masterclass will begin at 12pm noon and is free for public viewing.
Guitar Salon International will present classical guitar maestro Roland Dyens live in concert and masterclass on June 27th and June 28th.
Mark your calendars to join us on Saturday June 27th, 2015 for an evening of live music with Roland Dyens where he will perform on a variety of collectible instruments (to be announced soon) provided by GSI. Tickets are now available!
The concert will be followed the next day (Sunday June 28th) with Roland teaching a masterclass, which is open to the public audience. We have 5 ‘student’ spots reserved for those who wish to play for Roland Dyens and present their pieces for his feedback. For those wishing to perform in the masterclass, please contact Kai Narezo for more details.
This past weekend, we hosted our latest event in the GSI Concert Series, an intimate evening at the GSI showroom with Andrew York on stage. Featuring no less than four world-class instruments and a stunning selection of original music and classical guitar favorites, the show made for quite a night to remember. Read on to hear the details and see all the photos.
Julian Bream’s 50th Anniversary Concert
Wigmore Hall – November 26, 1951 / 2001
A Special GSI Review David Collett, our head of Sales, recently flew to London where he met with several luthiers including Brian Cohen and Liam Romanillos. He also attended Julian Bream‘s 50-year anniversary concert commemorating his premiere at Wigmore Hall in London in 1951. Here is his review.
I was fortunate enough to get a ticket at the last minute for the Julian Bream recital in London, England this past November 26. Rumor had it it was to be Bream’s last public performance, so having never seen him before, I figured this may be my last chance. Backstage, after the recital, he was himself indicating that he is hanging up his hat to his “life on the road?” Nothing was mentioned about possible future recording projects either. However, given that he premiered a couple of pieces that evening (more on this later), I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Here is David Collett’s review of the John Williams concert he attended in Portland last week.
I have had the great opportunity to see John Williams play in concert several times over the past 20 years, both in various US cities as well as abroad. He rarely makes it to the west coast of the US so when he does, I make every effort I can to see him. This most recent tour he did was a 4-day stint of solo recitals, making his way first through California – San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Cerritos, with the fourth and final concert in Portland, Oregon. Click on the image to read more…