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Here’s more of soprano Tara Rose Davison, this time singing Alan Duff Berman’s I Carry Your Heart With Me while accompanying herself on a great 1979 Ron Hachez cedar-top (a very Rodriguez-like guitar in sound and feel), and Pauline Viardot’s Les Filles de Cadix while playing a great 1962 Viuda y Sobrinos de Esteso flamenco blanca from the Russell Cleveland Collection.
As we were finishing up shooting videos with Tara Rose Davison a few weeks ago the subject of the new Cordoba Mini came up and we thought it would be fun to shoot a video of Tara and her fantastic voice with this little travel guitar or oversized ukulele or however you want to look at it. The result is surprisingly beautiful – the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria accompanied by the Cordoba Mini.
Tara Rose Davison, soprano and classical guitarist, began her career as an opera singer. She garnered much success in her operatic endeavors, performing throughout the United States and Internationally in roles such as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking and Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore. By the age of 21, she was the youngest finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Soprano Tara Rose Davison keeps introducing us to great art songs that she sings to her own accompaniment on classical guitar. She came in to shoot some more videos for us, and here she is performing Ernesto Cordero’s La Hija del Viejo Pancho on a 2016 Masaki Sakurai ‘Concert R’, Pauline Viardot’s Haiï Luli! on a 2015 Zoran Kuvac, and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 on a 2012 Dieter Mueller.
Our good friend Tara Rose Davison – soprano and self-accompanying guitarist who has done some fantastic videos for us of arias and art songs – needed a guitar that could really fill a room for her performance at the 2014 GFA convention, so she came in to play some guitars and chose a 2002 Jose Marin Plazuelo that we lent her for the concert. The concert was recorded and here we have the first few pieces, including Zenobia by Ernesto Cordero, Mozart’s Vedrai Carino, Schubert’s Nacht um Traume and Viardot’s Les Filles de Cadix.
We were very happy to have soprano/guitarist Tara Rose Davison back at GSI for some more videos this week, and also very happy to learn that she will be performing at this year’s GFA at CSU Fullerton. Here she is singing and playing Giuliani’s Quando Sará Quel Di on a 2005 Kenneth Brögger spruce and Ernesto Cordero’s ‘El Viaje Definitivo’ on a 1975 Jeff Elliott spruce.
Tara Rose Davison is a soprano who in the middle of an accomplished operatic career discovered a passion for art song accompanied by classical guitar. So she decided to learn the classical guitar. She dove into guitar studies, with Masakazu Ito of the Lamont School of Music and, more recently, with Scott Morris at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She recorded her first CD in 2010 – ‘Love Songs & Lullabies from Spain and South America for Soprano & Classical guitar’ – and has just released another this year called ‘L’Arte dell’Amore’. She stopped by the showroom this week and recorded a few pieces for us including ‘Cadencia’ by Ernesto Cordero on a Francisco Navarro Garcia ‘Smallman Premium’, ‘Fra Tutte Le Pene’ by Mauro Giuliani on a 1989 Miguel Rodriguez, Para Ninar by Paurillo Barroso, arranged by Laurindo Almeida on a 2009 Contreras double-top, and ‘Se Tu M’ami’ by Alessandro Parisotti on a Jean-Noel Rohe. You can learn more about Tara at www.taradavison.com.
2016 was a pretty epic year for videos at GSI. Of course we constantly try to improve the quality of our videos, but when the Russell Cleveland collection arrived in late 2015 we knew we had to step it up and document these historic instruments before they found new owners all around the world. To that end we brought on digital media producer Tara Stewart, who was just back from a sabbatical in Spain after producing all of Fender’s videos in Los Angeles for three years before that. We upgraded our gear so that we now shoot with three Canon 5D Mark iii cameras, and Apogee Digital lent us one of their amazing Ensemble thunderbolt interfaces. With Tara on video duties I was able to spend more time on audio and hopefully improve what I already thought was pretty good audio quality. And with two of us on the team now, we were able to double our output of videos.