Nov
29

We recently met Iakovos Kolanian along with his duo partner Larry Hammett when they came in to play some guitars for us. Iakovos is Greek Armenian and he played some lovely transcriptions of his of popular Armenian songs. Here are Noubar Noubar, played on a great Sakurai-Kohno Professional-J in cedar and CSA rosewood, and Yaman Yar, played on a beautiful 1995 Hermann Hauser III.

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Nov
26

Here’s our friend guitarist Florian Blöchinger playing Francisco Tarrega’s Gran Jota on a 2017 Florian Blöchinger – a beautiful spruce and CSA rosewood guitar that he made earlier this year. Florian’s career has been taking off both as a performer and a luthier, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch this young luthier/guitarist make a name for himself.

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Nov
25

Here are the Park Brothers – Alex and Wesley – playing Emilio Pujol’s transcription of Enrique Granados’ Goyescas on a pair of new La Cañada guitars, both based on the Torres FE 17 ex Tarrega, but one in an antiqued look (the model 17A) played by Wesley, and the other in a clean French polish (the model 17) played by Alex.

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Nov
19

Here’s a very rare treat – Scott Tennant and Marcelo Kayath playing ‘Divertimento’, the only guitar duo written by Andrés Segovia. The piece has not been widely performed, although the Abreu brothers recorded it in 1968 for their album “The Guitars of Sergio and Eduardo Abreu” from 1968 and one can find a few videos on YouTube these days.

GSI recently provided Segovia’s 1969 Jose Ramirez guitar, which the maestro played from1969 until 1980, to Scott Tennant for his Guitar CoOp recording of Segovia’s compositions. Kayath is the founder of Guitar CoOp in addition to having been one of the great guitarists of his generation (along with Tennant et al). So it just made sense to have the two of them take advantage of the circumstances and record Segovia’s only guitar duet together. Tennant plays the 1969 Ramirez and Kayath plays a gorgeous 1966 David Rubio.

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Nov
17

Oklahoma-based guitarist Larry Hammet was in Los Angeles on tour recently and he stopped by with his duo partner, Iakovos Kolanian, to record some videos with us. Here he is playing two pieces from his Fantasias Felinas – La Gatita and El Gato – on a great new 2017 Andy Culpepper guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood.

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Nov
17

We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from Jake Fuller of England. It’s a spruce-top classical with walnut back and sides. Fuller’s biography is definitely worth checking out as his relationship with woodworking goes back a few generations and his story makes for a great read. The guitar should be here very soon.

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Nov
14

Here is another repertoire tutorial brought to you by EliteGuitarist and Guitar Salon International. Today’s tutorial is Study #6 by Fernando Sor. Sor’s studies are brief musical capsules that offer a wealth of opportunities for technical, fingering, tonal, and phrasing experimentation. Sor’s study #6 is a lighthearted miniature, with a beautiful melodic line and accompanying arpeggios. Although the piece is relatively accessible from a technical point of view, what separates performers of this piece is the attention to the fine details. In this rendition of study #6 Tavi Jinariu departs from the original Segovia fingerings and effectively argues for an alternative fingering based on various musical sequences within the study and based on Segovia’s own fingering philosophy. Check out the full tutorial along with many other repertoire tutorials at www.EliteGuitarist.com and start playing this piece today.

Tavi plays a beautiful Teodoro Perez ‘Maestro’ in cedar and pau ferro.

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Nov
14

Here’s more of guitarist Carlo Santi, this time playing Musette from L’Infidele (Suite XXV) by Sylvius Leopold Weiss. Carlos plays a stunning 1971 Ignacio Fleta from the maker’s great cedar period.

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Nov
13

Guitar Passion: The Guitar in Australia in 2017
Vladimir Gorbach and Tim Kain in Interview with Josinaldo Costa

Sydney is preparing for the inaugural Classical Guitar Festival – Sydney (Directed by Eric Cathan), the first iteration of an exclusively classical guitar festival in town. Being myself a recent arrival in Australia, it has been a wonderful experience to be welcomed into a such an enthusiastic environment for the guitar. It has also been an experience of discovery of a mature guitar community still displaying youthful energy and potential for growth. As the festival dates near, I sat with two great names in guitar in the country to talk about their experiences. Vladimir Gorbach, recently appointed to lead the guitar program at the Sydney Conservatorium; and Tim Kain, whose successes teaching for 30 years at the Australian National University are only overshadowed by his remarkable performing career.

The Classical Guitar Festival – Sydney will take place on Nov 16-19 2017 at the Sydney Opera House and the Mosman Art Gallery. Tickets and more information at: www.classicalguitarfestival.sydney

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Nov
09

Polish guitarist Maciej Staszewski was in town recently playing some concerts and he stopped by to shoot some videos with us. Here he is playing a lovely composition of his entitled ‘Alcazar’ on a beautiful 2017 David Rouse in cedar and CSA rosewood.

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