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 honored to host the Brazilian master for his premier Los Angeles performance. He delivered a jubilant set of his unique blend of mainly Brazilian and South American influenced music, in a powerful and equally mesmerizing fashion. To say he is virtuosic could be an understatement as we watched him whirl between written composition and wildly energetic improvisation – sometimes hard to tell where one started and the other ended if one wasn’t familiar with the repertoire. Between his almost inaudible pianissimo to his hammering fortes, his dynamics catapulted the audience as though on a roller coaster through the evening, keeping us on the edge of our seats at every turn. He often supplemented the guitar playing with humming, singing and in one piece – whistling! Possibly the best whistler any of us have ever heard – no joke!

The icing on the cake was when he invited Richard Scofano, a very talented bandoneon player, up for the final pieces in his set, where they played in perfect sync, music that they had never rehearsed or performed with each other before. Watching this interaction of musicians at the top of their game was a sublime experience and felt as though we were observing a private conversation between the two.

For now, enjoy some of these photos from the evening, but don’t worry, videos will be coming soon!

— JohnPaul Trotter, GSI Sales Manager

Sambra Pro Rafa                                                             Mexidao      
   Sarara                                                                       La Pulseado
Paraguayta                                                                         Porro      
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     La Trampera                                                               El Negro Del Blanco

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7 Responses to “VIDEOS: Yamandu Costa LIVE at GSI – plus Review & Photos”

  1. dave roberts says:

    I just saw him in San Francisco with Guto Wirtii accompanying on a classical bass guitar. Fantastic players, perfectly in sync, incredible energy. The crowd was going crazy, more like a rock concert than the normally sedate classical milieu.

    I’m surprised you don’t mention Costa’s guitar, a seven-string Will Hamm made to his specifications. I don’t know if Guitar Salon carries 7-, 8- or 10-string guitars. If you don’t, you might want to consider it. After hearing Costa, I wanted to run out and buy one.

  2. David Lippincott says:

    Will Hamm is a tremendous luthier. I own a Hamm Yamandu 7 string model. It is beautiful. It plays well and sounds great!
    Would love to see GSI feature and sell them.

  3. David Sylvia says:

    I thought he was wearing short pants but it was the bald guy in the prince head

  4. Rex Malone says:

    Top technicall player ,yet i would like to listen to music instead of aerobic exercises on guitar.

  5. Dr. Arturo F. Jasso says:

    Did Mr. Hamm ran out of good ebony wood for his guitars? I seen at least five of them, all have that white strip going all along the fret-board. The guitars are beautiful, except for the fret-boards.

  6. Tuan says:

    Yamandu is beyond any technical constrains and limitations. He plays the guitar as easily as his musical imagination would fly. This is true music – music that flourishes naturally from the musician’s inspiration right at the moment. I don’t agree with Rex Malone when he says that this is “aerobic exercises on guitar”. No, it’s not “aerobic exercises on guitar”. It’s music in its truest sense. It’s music with pure joy and emotion. A guitarist who sits still and tense and tries to play accurately what he has painfully practised can never do what Yamandu does. Yamandu plays the guitar as naturally as he is breathing. The man and his music have become one.

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