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We recently acquired a singular instrument – an experimental meantone guitar made by the great French luthier Daniel Friederich in 1976. As you can see, the fretboard looks a little crazy. Fortunately, we have the world’s authority on what is commonly referred to as microtonal guitar right here in Santa Monica – John Schneider. We called John to get some information on this guitar and others like it, and discovered that he’s been working with our friend Mak Grgic on music written for, let’s say ‘differently fretted’ guitars. In fact, Mak is currently working on a CD of microtonal music (we’ll keep you posted on that).
USC Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty member Adam del Monte and classical guitarist Mak Grgic have received rave reviews for their collaboration, Duo Deloro. Their performance will include works of Granados, Albéniz, Ginastera, as well as Argentinian tangos. The duo has been praised as technically “excellent” and “full of life, quirky, and fun.” These musicians are Southern California favorites, and the perfomance is sure to be electrifying!
RECITAL HALL (ROOM 106), MUSIC BUILDING*
LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE
5800 FULTON AVE.
VALLEY GLEN, CA 91401
$20 General Admission, $15 Students and Seniors, $10 AGS members and LAVC students.
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*The entrance to the Recital Hall is is from the hallway of the Music Building. Ticket sales begin 30 minutes prior to the performance.
The Music Building at Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, is located in the northwest corner of the campus, at the corner of Fulton Avenue and Oxnard Street. Ample parking is available in Lot B, to the north of the Music Building. Please do not park in Lot C or the Faculty/Staff lot. One may enter Lot B from either Fulton Avenue, just south of Oxnard Street, or from Oxnard Street by turning into Campus Drive. Parking is free during the concert.
Guitarists Adam Del Monte and Mak Grgic have teamed up to form Duo Deloro, which will be exploring music from Spain and Latin America. In their first two GSI videos they play Granados’ Quejas o la Maja y el Ruiseñor from Goyescas (Los Majos Enamorados) as arranged by Ante Cagalj on the 1957 Hauser II (ex. Bream) and the 1969 Segovia Ramirez, and Angel Villoldo’s classic El Choclo on a Lucio Carbone “1888 Torres” and a 2011 Luigi Locatto “1884 Torres SE60”.
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.
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.
Check out some of Felix Salazar’s photos of the recording sessions for Mak Grgić‘s new CD Cinema Verismo. We recorded over the course of three nights at GSI with Mak, producer Peter Robles, and a bunch of amazing guitars (read more about that here). The CD was mixed by Uros Baric and mastered by Scott E. Hull.
Mak Grgic and Taso Comanescu have both shot great videos for us in the past, so when they said they were playing together in a yet-to-be-named duo we thought it would be fun to shoot some more videos. Here they are playing ‘La Rossignol’ (anonymous, trans. Patrick Russ) and ‘Drewries Accordes’ (traditional – trans. Christopher Parkening) with Taso playing a 2007 Eric Sahlin and Mak playing a 2013 Sebastian Stenzel, and William Byrd’s ‘La Volta’ (also trans. Patrick Russ) with Taso on a Luigi Locatto ‘1884 Torres SE60’ and Mak on a 2012 Tobias Braun satinwood guitar.
Here’s guitarist Mak Grgic playing Myers’ Cavatina (known to many of us as the theme from The Deer Hunter) on a great 1994 Antonio Marin classical. This is Marin’s ‘Bouchet’ model (named after the collaboration between Marin and legendary French luthier Robert Bouchet) and if you wanted to hear just how sweet and lyrical a guitar like this can sound you couldn’t have chosen a better piece.
Mak Grgic is currently studying for his master’s degree at USC, but he’s already played to audiences all over the world and won a few competitions. He stopped by the shop last week and recorded Bach’s Chaconne on a beautiful 1950 Ignacio Fleta (these are pretty rare – Fleta’s guitar output was very low until 1955, as he was mostly making other stringed instruments before that).