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We had the duo of Alfredo Cáceres and Waldo Valenzuela back at GSI to shoot some more videos – they just released their new CD ‘Hispanica’ and they played a couple of tunes from the CD. Here they are playing Calle Niebla, one of Alfredo’s tunes, on a great pair of Lucas Martin flamencos – with Alfredo playing the negra and Waldo playing the blanca.
My good friend Alfredo Cáceres is a monster guitarist – he grew up playing flamenco and jazz, he spent a few years at the Fundación in Sevilla studying with some amazing players and teachers, and he’s one of the hardest working guitarists in the L.A. area because he’s so good at so many styles, while still being a seriously legit flamenco player. I asked him to come play some guitars for us and told him to play whatever he wanted, and he asked if he could bring in his friend Waldo Valenzuela, with whom he’s been playing a lot of duo stuff lately.
So here’s Alfredo playing two solo pieces – his own ‘Rumba Pa’ Tita’ on a new Ethan Deutsch blanca and his arrangement of ‘Alfonsina y el Mar’ on a fantastic 1976 Reyes – and a duo piece with Waldo – Luiz Bonfa’s ‘Black Orpheus’ (Waldo plays a new Felipe Conde FP17 negra and Alfredo plays a new FP16 blanca – these are new models from Felipe Conde that will be up on the site soon).
Once again we attended the 2019 “3rd Antonio Marin Guitar Making Competition EGF” (European Guitar Foundation, with Vicente Coves as director) in Granada, Spain. Both GSI’s David Collett and Kai Narezo attended the event as they were both selected to be part of juries for the competition. David was on the classical jury, headed by jury president José Marín Plazuelo (Spain) joined by master luthier Edmund Blöchinger (Germany), master luthier/repairman Yuris Zeltins (USA), guitarist and dealer Alberto Cuéllar (Spain/China), and classical guitarist in residence José Luis Morillas (who also did all the performing on the classicals). For the Flamenco Guitar category, in addition to Kai, the jury included jury president and Madrid luthier Manuel Cáceres (Spain), pedagogue Julio Castaños (Spain) and the flamenco guitarist in residence Alberto Lopez, who did all the performing on the flamencos.Continue Reading
By Jack Silver
In this series of vignettes, I will be presenting a panorama of artists whose names have for the most part been totally effaced by the passage of the years, but whose artistry has been fortunately preserved on shellac. I am borrowing the title of this survey from Robert Vidal’s pioneering collection of LPs, “Panorama de la Guitare”, released on Erato in beautiful gatefold editions between 1969 and 1978. Never unavailable on CD, it has happily been recently released in a box set, with wonderful performances by such artists as Turibio Santos, Oscar Caceres, Konrad Ragossnig, Barbara Polasek, Leo Brouwer, Betho Davezac, the duo Pomponio-Zarate, and, significantly, an artist who first recorded in the 78 era, Maria Luisa Anido.Continue Reading
This year’s Festival will include an exciting new guitar making course named after Manuel de la Chica, and it will be taught by Manuel Cáceres and René Baarslag. For those interested in luthiery, all of the requirements to participate, class details and fees can be found on the course page.
For more information about the 2019 Festival, visit: http://www.europeanguitarfoundation.com/Pagina-principal/