Posts from ‘Concert Spotlight’
U.S. Classic Guitar kicks off their first virtual event of the 2019-2020 U.S. International Guitar Series grand finale with Grammy-Winner Jason Vieaux in a concert and masterclass on August 29 and 30. Get tickets now and help support this artist and see these great events with premium sound and video right from your living room!Continue Reading
Two of the most sought-after classical guitarists will share the spotlight in a huge concert event here in Los Angeles on September 28, 2019!
Presented by EDM Services and the James Hunley Guitar Studio, “Virtuosas of The Guitar” will be held in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Not one, but two superstar classical guitarists – Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang – will join forces to present an unforgettable concert experience. Proceeds from this event will fund the James Hunley Guitar Studio, which provides financial aid to students who are pursuing classical guitar studies at the collegiate level.
You’ve waited patiently for our big announcement regarding the two virtuosas of the guitar, well here it is!: both Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang will pay us a special visit in the Salon around the time that their concert date approaches!
BIG, right?! We’ll have lots of content from their visit to share with you – stay tuned for their first video release by subscribing to our YouTube channel. Also, starting today until Sept. 28, as #friendsofGSI, you all get our exclusive discount of 40% off when you use code: GSI40 during ticket purchase for this event*. Hurry, tickets are selling fast!Continue Reading
Our second event of the 2019 GSI Concert Series took place early this year in March, and it was another full house event with flamenco great Antonio Rey taking the showroom stage. In hindsight, this event was not underestimated, and correctly so – even after following the great success of the “Scott Tennant and Friends” show – since this show packed quite a punch of its own.Continue Reading
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 know it’s early into 2019, but this past weekend may have already been the highlight of the year! For one night, we hosted a lineup of some of Los Angeles’s finest classical guitarists to give the 1969 Segovia Ramirez its final and proper goodbye. The event was called “Scott Tennant & Friends” and it ended up being a PACKED house (as you can see from the photos below!)
Join us Saturday, January 19th at the GSI showroom for a final celebration of the Segovia Ramirez before it’s officially sent home with its new owner. Over the course of its long tenure here at GSI, this legendary guitar has been played by many generations of great players, and at this event, it will be played one final time by a lineup of some of our favorite artists including Scott Tennant, Andrew York, Tavi Jinariu, and Taso Comanescu.
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.