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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.
“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.”
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Our good friend Capital came in again to record some videos, this time with his lovely and very talented wife and duo partner Rumi. Here he plays his own composition ‘Under Leaves Under Sky’ on a 2006 Antonio Raya Pardo flamenco, and Pixinguinha’s ‘Ve Se Gostas’ on a 2013 Tobias Braun maple and spruce guitar.
Here’s part 3 of our videos of guitarist Capital – he plays Guinga’s Pra Quem Quiser Me Visitar on a new Thomas Norwood ‘1910 Manuel Ramirez’ model, and Garoto’s Meditação on a new Teodoro Perez ‘Madrid’ cedar-top. You can find out more about Capital’s comings and goings, where he’s playing and how to buy his CDs at his website.
Here’s part 2 of Capital’s visit to GSI last week (check out part 1 if you haven’t already – there’s some great playing there, too). Here he plays more music by his teacher, the legendary Brazilian guitarist/composer Guinga: ‘Dichavado’ on a 2012 Henner Hagenlocher and ‘Jogo De Compadre’ on a 1989 Miguel Rodriguez.
Capital is a protegé of the legendary Brazilian composer/guitarist Guinga – Guinga even wrote a song for him called ‘Capital’. He came in last week and played a bunch of guitars, so I’ll be posting videos for the next few weeks. Here he is playing Guinga’s ‘Picotado’ on a Teodoro Perez ‘Especial Maple’ and ‘Capital’, the song written for him by Guinga, on a Thomas Norwood ‘1910 Manuel Ramirez’ model. You can find out more about Capital’s schedule and ‘Like’ him over on his facebook page. He’s also teaching at this Summer’s ‘California Brazil Camp‘, which is an amazing place to immerse yourself in Brazilian music and which has an amazing faculty.
Irina Kulikova was born in Chelyabinsk, the capital of Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia. Under the guidance of Victor Kozlov and her mother – cellist Vinera Kulikova – she started developing her musicianship from the earliest age. At the age of twelve, she was already traveling around Russia and abroad for gala-concerts and festivals. When she reached fourteen, she was included in the book The Classical Guitar, its evolution, players and personalities since 1800 by Maurice Summerfield.
It’s easy to make things sound complex. What’s much harder is to make complexity sound easy. In Imagined Frequencies, his latest recording released on September 8, 2015 Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer Vahagni weaves in both, his playing and his compositions, strands from several styles and traditions — flamenco and classical music, Armenian music and jazz. Yet the overall result has a rare, easy-on-the ear quality that belies its many influences.
“At the end of the day we are all searching for a melody, for a story in the music,” says the Armenian-born guitarist. “And when I write, even when it gets very abstract or might have dissonances, I think naturally about the melody as a way to tie everything together.”
GSI President David Collett made a trip to Taiwan last week and was warmly received by the Hsinchu Guitar Friends, a guitar club based near Taiwan’s capital, Taipei. He gave a presentation to the club on the history of the classical guitar, and afterwards many great players performed for the audience, including an especially gifted performer by the name of Way Lee, who we’ve invited to come to GSI in 2015 to record some videos. Many members brought instruments, which included a variety of collectibles and even some fine locally-made guitars. During Dave’s stay, he was able to enjoy some of the scenic city views and spend some fun time with his new Taiwanese friends. Check out some of the photos from David’s trip to Taiwan below.
I was going to say something about this being a great year, but it occurs to me that there’s really no such thing as a bad year when you spend almost all of your time surrounded by great players and great guitars. We’re really fortunate to be part of this vibrant community of players and aficionados, and it’s an honor (and a lot of fun) to be able to share great music and great guitars with our friends.
Clearly, we couldn’t do any of this without our friends who have come in to share their music with us and show off some of the fantastic guitars that come through here, so I’d like to take the time to thank each of them for coming in (in no particular order):