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A fun, eclectic musical journey through Latin, European and original music by the effervescent AlmaNova Duo, made up of flutist Jessica Pierce and guitarist Almer Imamovic.

The concert will feature original pieces and arrangements for flute and guitar.

For tickets, please visit the ticket information site.


Location: Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024.

Sierra Madre Playhouse embarks upon a new season of classical chamber music concerts with a new partner, Sierra Madre Music. Just in time for the holidays, A Classical Christmas is a program of traditional music favorites combined with original new compositions for the festive season. Click here for tickets.

A Classical Christmas is a special holiday experience to be savored at Sierra Madre Playhouse, an intimate environment with excellent acoustics for your musical enjoyment.

AlmaNova will perform on the date above with special guest Abram Poliakoff.

Tickets are $20 for Adults; $12 for Youth.

To make Reservations, call (626) 355-4318 or visit
Ample free parking available behind the theatre.


Cost: $20.00
Sponsor: The Coffee Gallery Backstage
For more information call: 626-798-6236
Or click here:

Almanova World Music Collective is an exciting and innovative international quartet playing World Music infused with jazz, rock and classical meanderings. The group consists of voice, two guitars and percussion. Almer Imamovic is a classical guitarist originally from Bosnia who grew up playing folk music from the Balkans while playing electric guitar and bass in Rock Bands across Europe. Vocalist, Abram Poliakoff is a California native who comes from the classical vocal traditions but moves seamlessly from Verdi, Jobim and Bosnian Sevdalinka. German drummer extraordinaire, Till Richter, brings his magical touch and good taste to the group adding layers of sound, bringing the music to new heights. Guitarist Tyler McCarthy is a jazz master who beautifully compliments the style of Almer and brings his deep understanding of harmony and improvisation. The end result is a musical quartet that pushed the boundaries of music and dares to bring something new and original to the scene!


Sunday, March 22 at 4pm
South Pasadena Library
Community Room
$20 at the door
1115 El Centro
South Pasadena, CA 91030


Sunday, May 17
Village Concert Series
Riverside, CA


The duo AlmaNova is Almer Imamovic, whom many of you know from the videos he’s done for us, and his wife, Jessica Pierce. A lot of their repertoire is classical, but they also play a lot of great Balkan music (Almer is Bosnian). The three of us finally got our schedules arranged and got together to record some videos last week, including some material that will be on their new CD, which should be out in a month or so. Almer thought a couple of the pieces would sound good on flamencos, so we did two on flamencos and two on classical guitars.



Paco de Lucía (December 21, 1947 – February 25, 2014), whose full name was Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomes, was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer, born in Algeciras, a city near the far southern point of Spain in the province of Cádiz. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists to have successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz. Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe de Lucía as a “titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar”, and Dennis Koster, author of Guitar Atlas, Flamenco, has referred to de Lucía as “one of history’s greatest guitarists.”

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Ben Woods has become a regular performer and contributor to GSI’s wealth of guitar demos, and we are proud to host this very-tasteful, versatile musician of very high-caliber. Continue reading about Ben Woods’ expansive career below.

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Looking back at all of the videos we shot in 2011 it’s impossible not to feel thankful for all the great guitarists, most of whom have become friends (if they weren’t already), who came through GSI this year and lent us their talent to help show off and archive some of the countless amazing guitars that come through the shop. They all have hectic schedules and tons to do, so I want to thank everyone for making the time. I like to think that everyone had a good time playing some new and interesting guitars, but it’s also important to remember that they all put themselves out there playing guitars they weren’t used to, and many of them were extremely accommodating of my schedule, for which I owe them a personal thank-you.

A lot of the players surprised me with music I hadn’t heard before or just particularly beautiful performances, and some of them just plain lived up to my already-high expectations of them.

In no particular order, here are the players who made this blog a really great place to hear guitar music this year and without whom many of us might never have heard some of these guitars (names will link to videos or articles about them on the blog):

Scott Morris

Adam Del Monte

Scott Tennant

Ben Woods

Duo LeChic (Iren Arutyunyan and Sofia Gleeson)

Eva Beneke

Julius Reder Carlson

Robert Wetzel

Joseaugusto Mejia

Ed Trybek

David Maldonado

Scott Wolf

Duo Solaris (Scott Wolf and Connie Sheu)

Tonino Baliardo

Thiago Abdalla

Yury Nugmanov

Alfredo Cáceres

Alma Nova (Almer Imamovic and Jessica Pierce)

Fabricio Mattos

Line Forms Hear (Scott Morris, Steve Thachuk and Julian Coryell)

Tom Farrell




Our friend (and amazing guitarist) Almer Imamovic came by with his wife, flutist Jessica Pierce (together they’re AlmaNova), to record some duets for us from they’re upcoming CD. I’ll have videos of those soon, but in the meantime I also asked Almer to play a couple of solo pieces, so here they are:


excerpted from Antonio de Torres: Guitar Maker and His Life & Work by Jose L. Romanillos

Julian Arcas, undoubtedly the most influential Spanish guitarist of the second half of the nineteenth century, was one of the first leading players in Spain to take cognizance of Antonio de Torres as a guitar maker, and his influence was a determining factor in Torres’ development. Arcas also played a great role in establishing Barcelona as the center for guitar playing in Spain. He was grounded in the classical tradition established by Aguado and taught by his father. In 1853, when he was twenty years old, he gave a recital in Madrid in the salon of the Postas Peninsulares which helped to establish his reputation as a fine guitarist of that time.

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