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Dec
23

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Adam Levin, whose first GSI video you can see here (and it’s a great example of some of the new works he’s been commissioning and performing).

From Scott:

“Adam Levin came to speak with All Strings Considered about his Fulbright Scholarship to Spain, where he was able to commission an amazing thirty new works from an equal number of 21st century Spanish composers. Adam speaks about this amazing contribution to the classical guitar repertoire, as well as shares his excellent chamber music projects, his teaching style, sense of humor, and lots more!”

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Nov
19

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks Dr. Alex Dunn about some very interesting Turina pieces written for laud quartet.

From Scott:

“Coming fresh out of his GFA lecture on the same subject, Dr. Alexander Dunn speaks with All Strings Considered about his new guitar quartets, adapted from quartet arrangements Turina made himself for the then famous Aguilar Laud Quartet.

You’ll hear about Turina’s life during these fruitful collaborations with the Aguilars, coincidentally taking place around the time he began writing his famous solo guitar works. You’ll hear Alex, along with Randy Pile, Robert Ward, and myself, play these new works for the classical guitar, as well as Alex’s solo arrangement of Ligeti’s Sonata for Cello, and his insights into Turina’s compositional process and life in the 1920s and ’30s. ”

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Sep
08

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Russian guitarist Irina Kulikova, who was in town to perform
at the GFA convention as well as judge the competition.

From Scott:

“While Irina was here to judge and give a concert at this year’s GFA here in Southern California, she found some time to chat with All Strings Considered. You’re going to love her playing, she has a beautiful sound, exhibiting a maturity in her playing that is well beyond her years. She never sounds forced or self-conscious. On today’s show you’ll hear her recordings of Bach and Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey, as well as a piece from her brand new CD of music by Russian composers. Hear about her journey to becoming the internationally known and respected concert artist, a journey that hasn’t always been an easy one. You’ll also hear how she prepares for recordings as opposed to concerts, some specific advice for women, her experiences as a new mother and touring artist, and her very personal way of creating her programs.”

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Aug
11

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with guitarist Evan Hirschelman, who is known for pushing technical boundaries on the classical guitar (he’s literally written the book on extended techniques).

From Scott:

Evan Hirschelman stopped by for an espresso and to talk about his music, his upcoming technique book Classical Guitar Chops, and his inspired take on extended techniques in his text, Acoustic Artistry: Tapping, Slapping, and Percussion Techniques for Classical & Fingerstyle Guitar. To exemplify these techniques, we will listen to Evan’s homage to steel-string, fingerstyle guitarist, Michael Hedges, and hear how that composition later paved the way for Evan to write another Hedges-influenced work for the Grammy Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet’s album, Guitar Heroes. You’ll hear Evan discuss his compositional style and process, speak on finding an original voice in interpretation, and of course, get to know Evan’s recordings, including an exclusive All Strings Considered live performance of his new work, Meditation.
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Aug
03

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Rovshan Mamedkuliev, who recorded some of his arrangements for us a few weeks back.

From Scott:

Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Russian/Azerbaijani guitarist, and winner of the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition, stopped by to chat with All Strings Considered right towards the end of his 2013 international tour. Rovshan gave us notes on preparing for the GFA competition, talks about his choice to play the ever-popular Capricho Árabe in the competition final, and you’ll hear that performance. He also introduces us to his arrangements of piano miniatures by Azerbaijan composer Fikret Amirov, Ivushka by Russian guitarist and composer Sergei Rudnev, and the GFA set piece for that year’s competition, Andrew York’s Just How Funky Are You.

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Jun
03

NOTE: iTunes was having some trouble updating the podcast or the last few weeks but that issue seems to be resolved now.

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Richard Smith. Scott has been telling me about this interview and some of the apparently radical things Smith has to say about the role(s) music these days, so I’m really looking forward to hearing this one.

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May
14

NOTE: iTunes was having some trouble updating the podcast or the last few weeks but that issue seems to be resolved now.

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Alfonso Montes and Irina Kircher of the Duo Montes Kircher.

“Duo Montes-Kircher consists of husband and wife pair, Alfonso Montes and Irina Kircher, who have been playing together as a professional guitar duo since 1984. Their long list of recordings often serve to commemorate their long history together, several of their CDs are actually subtitled with that year’s anniversary, three of which are their 10th, 20th, and 30th.

On today’s show you’ll hear about their somewhat unorthodox rehearsal style, several of Alfonso’s compositions, about their time studying with Venezuelan legend Antonio Lauro, and about their interesting choice to quit university-level teaching in favor of a more youth oriented approach. You’ll also hear about Montes’s time as a Venezuelan diplomat, and even how Kircher had to fail the L.A. philharmonic’s very own musical director and conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, and in chamber music no less!”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.

Apr
14

NOTE: iTunes was having some trouble updating the podcast or the last few weeks but that issue seems to be resolved now.

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Italian virtuoso guitarist Aniello Desiderio.

From Scott:

“Hear Italian virtuoso Aniello Desiderio play stunningly original interpretations of Albeñiz, Scarlatti, Carulli, Vivaldi, and even Paco de Lucía. Desiderio discusses the importance of finding one’s own voice as a performer, especially with regard to imagination, emotion, and sincerity. He passes on some valuable wisdom gained from his conversations with Leo Brouwer and cellist Mischa Maisky, he creates a distinction between playing concerts and playing in competitions, and he also expresses his admiration for the recently departed luminary of the guitar world, Paco de Lucía. Finally, Aniello gives us a lesson in authentic Italian cooking with his recipe for Spaghetti alle Vongole (Spaghetti with clams).”

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Mar
14

NOTE: iTunes was having some trouble updating the podcast or the last few weeks but that issue seems to be resolved now.

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with our good friend Capital, whom you’ll know from quite a few GSI videos he’s shot for us. There’s more to Capital than meets the eye, so you’ll want to check this one out.

From Scott:

“Guitarist Capital brings us his great blend of Brazilian music incorporating pop, funk, and jazz influences, with pre-release tracks from his new project Bossa Zuzu, and his solo album “Floats on Flat Tires.” And hear Capital extoll the benefits of classical guitar technique applied to all these styles. Capital also discusses his connection to the amazing composer and guitarist Guinga, speaks on Brazilian music, his time in Japan playing hip hop, the Bay area music scene, and more!

Capital co-leads the original Bossa Nova group Bossa Zuzu and has been featured on over 25 recordings from Rock to Hip-Hop to Brazilian, alongside artists such as Peter Erskine, Airto Moreira, American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox, Paulo Calasans, Otmaro Ruiz, Hussain Jiffry, Marco Bosco, Swing Out Sister, Ken Okulolo, Kenneth Nash, Del The Funky Homosapien, Ken Ishii, DJ Nozawa, Shing02 and more. He has toured extensively performing festivals and concert halls, live on TV and radio in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Brazil.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.

Feb
03

NOTE: iTunes was having some trouble updating the podcast or the last few weeks but that issue seems to be resolved now.

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual. I’m looking forward to this one as Juanito is an old friend of mine – he I worked together regularly during the six years I lived in Boston. He has a brand-new CD out and a bunch of great shows lined up in and around Boston (check here for details), so catch him and his New Flamenco Trio if you’re in that area – you can get info about all that here. And check out his new video at the bottom of this post.

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