Posts from ‘Live Performances’
We just had a fantastic event at the GSI showroom this past Saturday evening to raise money for the Guitar Foundation of America. GFA Competition winners Martha Masters (who is also currently the GFA President) and Vladimir Gorbach performed to a packed house who were treated to a great performance and several wonderful extra surprises. Firstly, we were loaned two exquisite instruments – an 1864 Torres, which Martha played, and a 1937 Hauser I, which Vladimir performed with. There were some very special guests in the audience as well – including concert guitarist Zoran Dukic who was in town, as well as Greg Tedesco, grandson of the great composer and friend of Segovia, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. In honor of his presence, Martha and Vladimir made sure to include some of Tedesco’s music in both halves. Martha started the first half of the evening with Astor Piazzolla’s “Milonga del Angel”, then played the exquisite “Sonata” by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Next up was Vladimir, who played 3 movements from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Lute Suite, BWV 997”, 2 movements from “Estaciones Porteñas” by Astor Piazzola, then ended with the little-known virtuoso showpiece by Miguel Llobet – his Variations on “La Folia”. For the second half, the two partnered up for some duos: 2 “Preludes and fugues” for 2 guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, 2 movements from “Tango Suite” by Astor Piazzolla, then closed the evening out with a lovely duo arrangement of the lilting “Scherzino Mexicana” by Manuel Ponce. During the intermission and after the concert, Tempranillo and Albariño wines were served (courtesy of our friends at Bodegas M), along with some tapas, rounding out a very special evening for all who attended.
Be sure to check out photos of the evening and of the 1864 Torres and 1937 Hauser, and keep an eye out for videos of the evening, which we should have soon.
We are very pleased to announce that on February 1, 2014, at 7:30PM we will be hosting a concert featuring Martha Masters and Vladimir Gorbach playing solos and duos (program to be announced soon) at the Guitar Salon showroom in Santa Monica, CA. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the 2014 GFA convention, which will be held June 20-25 at Cal State Fullerton next year (click here for more on GFA 2014). Both Masters and Gorbach are GFA winners, and they are the co-hosts of the 2014 GFA convention and competition. Both have also been subjects of Scott Wolf’s great All Strings Considered podcast. As an added treat, our good friends at Bodegas M wines will be pouring their Tempranillo and Albariño wines. Doors open at 7PM.
Here’s more of Andrew York playing La Italica, that amazing 1888 Antonio de Torres guitar. This time he’s playing Knowing (from the Glimmerings suite) and Mechanism, both from his new CD Yamour. I love how these two pieces show off Andrew’s range as a composer and also the range of this guitar. You can download the scores to these pieces and lots more over at Andrew’s website – just click here.
We have two new videos of Andrew York playing that amazing 1888 Antonio de Torres. This time he’s playing Quicksilver, from his album Denouement, and Squares Suspended, the first movement of his piece Woven Harmony from his most recent double-CD Yamour. You can now download scores to a bunch of Andrew’s music directly from his website, just click here to check it out.
Here’s our next video from our June 1st event featuring Scott Tennant playing guitars from the Pepe Romero collection that inspired Pepe Romero Jr. as a luthier – Scott playing Pepe Romero’s 1969 Hermann Hauser II, the guitar that Pepe Romero used to record most of the Opera Suites CD. Pepe Jr. has a great story about the guitar, and then Scott plays Segovia’s ‘Estudio Sin Luz’ for us.
Here’s the first video from our June 1st event featuring Scott Tennant playing guitars from the Pepe Romero collection that inspired Pepe Romero Jr. as a luthier. The first guitar we have, which was the first guitar of the evening, is a 1919 Santos Hernandez cypress guitar (though as Pepe Jr. points out, being a cypress guitar doesn’t necessarily make it a flamenco). Scott played three renaissance pieces – Galliard by Alonso de Mudarra, ‘Welscher Tantz Wascha Mesa’ by Hans Neusidler and ‘Fantasia que contrahaza la harpa en la manera de Ludovico’ by Alonso de Mudarra.
Special thanks to Pepe Romero Sr. for letting us hear these fantastic guitars, to Bodegas M for providing amazing Tempranillo and Albariño wines, to Carlos Flood of recorditlive.com, who recorded audio for us on an A.I.R. console, and to Jurgen Reich for his beautiful photography.
Here’s the final guitar that will be featured in our upcoming event with Scott Tennant and Pepe Romero Jr. featuring guitars from the Romero collection that have inspired Pepe Jr. – an 1886 cypress and spruce guitar by Antonio de Torres. Pepe says “My father bought this Torres on my grandfathers advice 2 days before he passed away in 1996. The guitar has haunting basses and trebles that sing like only a guitar of over 120 years can do. It is as beautiful a sound as I’ve heard and packs plenty of power. It is an honor to be able to have a guitar like this to play and to hear. Torres deserves every bit of credit that he has earned, what a master!”
One of the amazing details about this guitar is that it has repairs made with discarded music from Celedonio Romero. Apparently Celedonio would often practice in Santos Hernandez’ workshop, so that Santos’ trash can was filled with discarded music – arrangements Celedonio would have been working on – and when Santos needed some paper for a repair he would grab it from the trash can. In this case, some of that music made its way into the guitar, as you can see in the photos. I don’t imagine that either Celedonio or Santos was unaware of the beauty of doing a repair in this way.
The next guitar that will be featured in our upcoming Scott Tennant/Pepe Romero Jr. event on June 1st is this 1958 Miguel Rodriguez flamenco nicknamed ‘Henrietta’ (Henrietta was the name of the previous owner). This was the guitar that Pepe Romero used to record his Flamenco Fenomeno record when he was just 15 and his next record at age 18. Celedonio Romero also recoded on this guitar. When Pepe Jr. turned 15 his father gave it to him, and Pepe Jr. says that he “played it for years and was moved by the beauty and raw attack that this guitar has.”
This 1969 Hermann Hauser II is the next guitar that will be featured in our event with Scott Tennant and Pepe Romero Jr. on June 1st. Pepe Jr. says that he considers Hauser II one of the all-time great builders and that this guitar has power, warmth and a unique sound, and that it is the guitar which to him best represents this master. He also says that it’s the guitar he often heard his father preparing for concerts with. Check out this video of Pepe Sr. playing some Sabicas bulerias on this guitar.