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Tom Farrell is an L.A. based guitarist who in addition to being a classical guitarist is one half of Duo Del Sol with violinist Javier Orman and one eighth of the Los Angeles Electric 8 (as is our own JohnPaul Trotter). Tom has also been practicing Yoga for ten years now, and we’ve been talking about doing some Yoga videos for a while, since so many guitarists neglect stretching and basic maintenance of the body and experience pain as a result. The first video is of Tom playing and the second was of him explaining some basic breathing and stretching techniques that might work for guitarists (or anyone, really) without taking up too much time (but we’ll try to find it and have it back up soon). He’s been playing on the floor lately, instead of using a chair, which is probably great for your back if you can get your legs to do that…
San Francisco Performances in cooperation with The Omni Foundation of the Performing Arts, The Sacramento Guitar Society and the South Bay Guitar Society
Present “The King of the American Classical Guitar”
April 10, 11 and 12, 2015
All Concerts include the music of Albeniz, Granados, Bach, Scarlatti and the Ein Kleines Requiem composed for Eliot by Austrian Composer, Kurt Schwertsik.
April 10, 2015 at 7:30pm
South Bay Guitar Society
Le Petit Trianon
72 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
April 11, 2015 at 7:30pm
San Francisco Performances and Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
April 12, 2015 at 3pm
Sacramento Guitar Society
First United Methodist Church
2100 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Probably the best thing about 2012 was the fact that we were able to
share some truly amazing, historic, and rare guitars with a much wider
audience than ever before. Our first project was recording the CD
Valseana, which was released in 2010 and features Marc Teicholz playing
18 historic guitars built between 1867 and 2004. This was the first time
anyone had been able to hear a Torres, a Fleta, a Hauser, a Rodriguez and
lots more in one sitting played by the same great virtuoso, and recorded
in a way that made the tonal qualities of each instrument stand out as
distinct from each other as would be noticed in a live, acoustic setting.
It was as close as you could get to hearing the world’s greatest guitar
collection in person.
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):
Duo Solaris (Scott Wolf and Connie Sheu)
Alma Nova (Almer Imamovic and Jessica Pierce)
Line Forms Hear (Scott Morris, Steve Thachuk and Julian Coryell)
When I started doing these videos almost a year and a half ago I didn’t know nearly as much about classical guitars and makers as I did about flamencos, but after hearing hundreds of guitars played by amazing players I feel like I have a pretty good grasp now of what to look for in a classical guitar, too. One of the things I’ve noticed is that I consistently like the Teodoro Perez guitars. Even when comparing them to some of the most expensive and famous guitars around, they always hold their own, and often they’re the players’ top choice.
So, just for fun, I thought I’d do a compilation post of some of the great recordings we’ve done withPerez guitars in the last year or so, and include a little interview with Perez I did at his shop in Madrid.