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It turned out to be very cool to hear a trio of great guitarists playing great guitars in a great room (yes, it’s all great). Line Forms Hear is guitarists Scott Morris, Steven Thachuk and Julian Coryell, and though Julian plays a lot of steel string he played nylon on two out of the three tunes they recorded for us. Scott played a 2006 Simon Marty, Julian played a Kenneth Brogger ‘1890 Torres’ or a Michael Peters ‘Scott Morris’ model, and Steven, a lefty, took no time in flipping the nut, saddle and strings on a guitar by Sergio Abreu and somehow managed to stay in tune.
Our friend Scott Morris has a new website for his guitar trio Line Forms Hear. Check them out at www.lineformshear.com.
The registration deadline is just a few days away – May 15th – so click here for more info on the NYGS website.
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Welcome to the 13th annual New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes College. We are thrilled to bring together again an international faculty of renowned performers and teachers for five full days of workshops and master classes in New York City. The New York Guitar Seminar is open to high school, college, and graduate students; music teachers; professional performers; and all classical guitar players seeking to broaden their musical horizons. Performers at all levels of playing skill are welcome.
When I heard we were doing staff picks, I thought: Which videos come to mind right away, without any second guesses? Which ones have recently caught my attention the most? It was tough narrowing it down to five videos, but then again my picks change every few months, so these are just the five I can loop on YouTube for days (as of now). This is also a great way to introduce friends to these videos as a sampling of the classical guitar, so enjoy:
New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative,” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” His performances have taken him across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to the Barcelona Guitar Festival in Spain, Strings-139 Festival in China, Gharana Music Festival in Nepal, and every state and territory in mainland Australia.
Kai Narezo is a flamenco guitarist who has always had one foot planted in the Old World and the other in the New. His sound is a reflection of his reality—a deep reverence for the roots and the soul of traditional flamenco, a love for the modern flamenco landscape, and an American sensibility rooted in jazz-fusion and contemporary production techniques. His expertise will be shared in the soon-to-be released textbook, A Compás: The Flamenco Guitar Survival Guide, co-authored with Dr. Scott Wolf, and which is the first book to explain the underlying structure of the flamenco forms and other ‘unteachable’ aspects of this art form. A Compás will be the first text ever to be used to teach flamenco at Berklee College of Music. In addition to being a world-class teacher and performer, Kai is also an avid recording artist, having recently completed his latest feature length album, “Contra Tiempo”.
Roland Dyens shares the joy of his musical talent through his performances, compositions and classes given throughout the world. This three-dimensional profile provides the basis for his phenomenal success and his ongoing evolution. Find out more about this great friend of ours who recently gave a concert and masterclass at the GSI showroom, and check out our gallery of his time with us.
Mak Grgić is a gifted performer and recording artist with an illustrious career thus far. He has collaborated with GSI to record his first album Cinema Verismo, and he is also currently working on his doctorate in Classical Guitar at USC, under the guidance of Tennant, Kanengiser and Head (all friends of GSI). Continue on to find out more about Mak and his promising musical ventures.
Scott Morris is a guitarist, composer, teacher and a close friend to GSI who has contributed to the guitar community for many years. He has especially contributed to GSI’s blog with very comprehensive and substantial video lessons which have been huge hits. Read on to learn more about Morris’ deep-rooted career as a musician.
We’re very pleased to announce the release of Mak Grgić‘s CD Cinema Verismo, which we recorded right here in the GSI showroom. Mak worked closely with GSI president David Collett to find the perfect instruments for the pieces we recorded, and the result is a beautiful recording that showcases Mak’s musicianship as well as some beautiful and historic guitars.