2016 was a pretty epic year for videos at GSI. Of course we constantly try to improve the quality of our videos, but when the Russell Cleveland collection arrived in late 2015 we knew we had to step it up and document these historic instruments before they found new owners all around the world. To that end we brought on digital media producer Tara Stewart, who was just back from a sabbatical in Spain after producing all of Fender’s videos in Los Angeles for three years before that. We upgraded our gear so that we now shoot with three Canon 5D Mark iii cameras, and Apogee Digital lent us one of their amazing Ensemble thunderbolt interfaces. With Tara on video duties I was able to spend more time on audio and hopefully improve what I already thought was pretty good audio quality. And with two of us on the team now, we were able to double our output of videos.

In addition to the amazing fun of hearing these historic guitars played by some truly amazing players, we felt a responsibility to literally record these guitars for posterity, and we are truly grateful to the players who recorded with us. For one of the more important guitars, the folks at Apogee Digital lent us their space, some great mics, and their new Symphony Mark ii interface to record Andrew York’s new suite Equations of Beauty on Julian Bream’s 1957 Hauser II. We were honored that Andy chose to premiere his Equations of Beauty suite for us, and the result is pretty stunning.

And of course we had no shortage of players wanting to experience Segovia’s 1969 Ramirez, which he owned and played for ten years. In the end we recorded Scott Tennant, George Sakellariou, Peter Flecther, Tavi Jinariu, Celil Refik Kaya, and Sedona Farber playing the guitar. Scott Tennant so fell in love with the guitar that he is currently recording a CD of Segovia’s compositions on the guitar for the Guitar Co-Op label, and I have the good fortune of being the recording engineer on that CD (we finished tracking on Dec. 30).

On a geeky note, the Apogee Ensemble interface allowed me to play with more mics, so that rather than just the spaced pair of Neumann km84 mics I used to use I now add a center mic, and I’ve had fun trying different mics in that position, from an amazing (but sadly borrowed) AEA 44ce ribbon mic to many of the mics in my own locker. At the moment I use a Neumann TLM170R for most classical recordings and the AKG 451 with the CK28 capsules for flamenco recordings or for a bit of isolation (the extension tubes let the mics get pretty close in a more unobtrusive way to get better separation for duos, chamber music, etc…).

The stars of the videos, of course, are the players who come in from all over the world to share their artistry with us. We are so lucky to have established relationships with some fantastic players who have been coming in regularly over the years, and we also meet new players all the time who pass through town on tour or come in to check out guitars. They bring the guitars to life, share new music with us and basically remind us why we love the guitar. It goes without saying that we couldn’t do any of this without them, and we like to thank them all at the end of every year as we look back at all the great music we’ve shared.

So here, in more or less the order they appeared at GSI this year, is the list of those we’ve recorded in 2016 – we couldn’t have done any of it without them:

Silviu Ciulei
Jack Sanders
Peter Fletcher
Marc Teicholz
Samuel Hines
Taso Comanescu
Olivia Chiang
Andrew York
Kendrick Shen
George Sakellariou
Jennifer Kim
Alexander Milovanov
Ricardo Giuffrida
Billy Arcila
Jonathan Pryde
Scott Morris
Rupert Boyd
Yuri Liberzon
Florian Blochinger
Brig Urias
Celil Refik Kaya
Scott Tennant
Dominic Flynn
Sheu Pettit Duo
Tara Rose Davison
Duo Deloro – Mak Grgic and Adam del Monte
Jacob Cordover
Kupinski Duo
Marcin Dylla
Pepe Romero
Jonathan Roth
Juanito Pascual
Taro Wayama
Alex and Wesley Park
Meyer Thachuk Duo
Sedona Farber
Walter Molina
Matthias Lang
Ian Mitchell
Tomasz Fechner
La Duo – Bryan Fasola and Donovan Butez
Kang Min Ji
Tina Lo
Ben Pila
Josh Moore
Tavi Jinariu
Irina Kulikova
Nejc Kuhar

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6 Responses to “2016 – The Year in Videos”

  1. Allen Root says:


    I have loved listening to the various guitars you have served up and the exceptional guitarists that get everything out of the instruments possible. Thanks.

    In 2014 Julio Reyes played his composition “My Ballerina”. I was so struck by the simplicity and beauty of the music that I emailed him to see if he had made the sheet music available. At that time he wrote back saying that it and other pieces were being handled by a publisher. I have heard nothing from him since even after repeated tries to email him. I also noticed that his web site has not been updated with concert dates since 2015. Is he alright? If he is, is there a way of getting in touch with him about his music? Any info you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks again.
    Allen Root

  2. Thomas Knatt says:

    I file the performers that I like for future listening. The music forms a nice history of guitars from the beginnings to the modern age.

  3. Peter Lukacs says:

    Do you guys have any future concert scedule?

  4. Kevin says:

    Thank you all for your great work, and I look forward to seeing what you will have for 2017!

  5. Nick says:

    Brilliant performances. Just need the time to listen to them all!

  6. russel says:

    thanks for your great work. to meet with new guitar player all over the world to know about their artistrya is great.
    i wish more great video form you.


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