Check out the top 5 video picks from sales associate Andrew Lee:
1) Barrios ‘Una Limosna Por El Amor De Dios’ played by Jennifer Kim (2005 Edmund Blochinger)
When I first watched this video I thought, she’s not human…Her tremolo is literally out of this world – it really showcases the 2005 Blochinger’s capability and confirms once again that it is a world class instrument. Excited to see what comes next for this young and talented artist after her studies at Peabody with Barruecos.
We are very excited to announce the First Annual Granada Guitar Festival, being organized by our good friend (and great guitarist) Vicente Coves. The festival kicks off with a concert series entitled “The Spanish Guitar”, which will feature concerts by Rafael Habicuela, Florian Blochinger, Rafael Aguirre, Pepe Romero, Margarita Escarpa and more. The second stage of the festival is a series entitled “Legends of Music in Film”, featuring a concert by Pepe Romero conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and concerts in homage to Segovia and the great flamenco singer Enrique Morente. And the final stage of the festival is a luthiery competition in which GSI president David Collett will be judging. Check out the European Guitar Foundation for details and plan your trip to Granada now!
Belarusian guitarist Pavel Kukhta was in town for the GFA convention and competition and he stopped by to record some videos for us. Here he is playing Dionisio Aguado’s Etude No. 27 on a beautiful new 2017 Annette Stephany guitar in spruce and Indian rosewood. You can learn more about Pavel at his website.
Here’s more of Alexander Milovanov, this time with a virtuoso performance of Giulio Regondi’s Introduction et Caprice, Op. 23, played on a Manuel Contreras N-2 classical guitar in spruce and ziricote. The N-2 is the top of the Contreras line before reaching the 1a and Double Top models.
Check out the Leonardo Guitar Research Project, which is testing our assumptions about the need for tropical tonewoods for the back and sides of guitars. In the audio sample, they have edited together recordings of nearly identical guitars made with various tonewoods, all built by students of luthiers Walter Verreydt and Karel Dedain. In the first video below you can listen to an edit of guitarist Gaëlle Solal playing the guitars with the various tonewoods, and in the second video you can hear Jan Depreter playing the Newspaper Guitar. Click here to take the challenge yourself and see what difference you hear.