I was going to say something about this being a great year, but it occurs to me that there’s really no such thing as a bad year when you spend almost all of your time surrounded by great players and great guitars. We’re really fortunate to be part of this vibrant community of players and aficionados, and it’s an honor (and a lot of fun) to be able to share great music and great guitars with our friends.
Clearly, we couldn’t do any of this without our friends who have come in to share their music with us and show off some of the fantastic guitars that come through here, so I’d like to take the time to thank each of them for coming in (in no particular order):
Capital and Rumi
Julius Reder Carlson
Gabriel Osuna & Gerardo Morales
Scott Morris’ Students From CSU Dominguez Hills
Tara Rose Davison
Big thanks to Scott Tennant and Pepe Romero, father and son, for making possible our concert event
this past June in which Scott played guitars from Pepe Sr.’s collection that have inspired Pepe Jr. as a luthier. To hear these guitars together in one room (including Pepe’s first Rodriguez ‘Henrietta’ and ‘La Wonderful’), played by none other than Scott Tennant was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we are truly grateful to have been a part of it.
We were very excited to be able to make great guitars available for recording this year:
We provided some fantastic French guitars by such makers as Robert Bouchet, Daniel Friederich, Dominique Field, Jean-Noel Rohe and Bertrand Ligier for Scott Morris to record on his new CD Phonology, a collection of Scott’s arrangements of the music of Satie that features some guest artists, including Andrew York on guitar, soprano Nanette Gobel and oboist Richard Kravchak. The book of his arrangements, which includes the CD, is available here.
We also provided guitars for and recorded a CD with the young Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic. The CD, Cinema Verismo, features arrangements for guitar of great film music and will be out on the Marquis Classics label this year. The guitars include a 1989 Rodriguez ‘Churchdoor’, a 1971 Daniel Friederich, a 1964 Arcangel Fernandez, an 1860 Antonio de Torres, a 1928 Francisco Simplicio and a 1956 Robert Bouchet. We recorded the CD right here in GSI’s great sounding showroom. The CD is scheduled for release in March 2014 on the Marquis Classics label.
We also welcomed a couple of new makers into the GSI family – One, Annette Stephany, a very promising young maker, and the other, Andrea Tacchi, a renowned master. We look forward to some amazing instruments from these two.
We’re also very happy to have launched the GSI Foundation, especially as we succeeded in saving financially distressed music program that was on the verge of insolvency, which wold have left a lot of kids without instruments or a music program. We hope to do more of this kind of work in the coming years.
Scott Wolf and his All Strings Considered podcast provided us with some great in-depth interviews some of the world’s leading players as well as up and coming young artists. We’re proud of Scott and very happy to be the founding sponsor of this podcast. If you haven’t had a chance to listen you really owe it to yourself to download a few episodes for the car or stream it from the GSI website.
We couldn’t have asked for much more this year, and we look forward to another great year of music in 2014. We’ll have our first event of the year on February 1st, when we host a fundraising concert for the 2014 GFA Competition and Convention featuring Martha Masters and Vladimir Gorbach. We hope to see you there!
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