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Here’s Grisha playing a 1997 Gerundino negra – one of the best Gerundinos I’ve played. The piece is Rafael Riqueñi’s Garrotin, from the album ‘Mi Tiempo’. If you don’t know Riqueñi he’s definitely worth checking out – it’s hard to describe what it is about him that’s different, but I consider him one of the best composers in flamenco. This is one of his most classically inspired pieces, and while I wouldn’t describe him as overly influenced by classical, there is an element of that in a lot of his work, which is in no way to say that he’s not a thoroughly flamenco guitarist/composer. There’s an elegance about his pieces. Just check him out if you haven’t already.
Flamenco phenomenon Grisha was in playing some guitars this week and we recorded some amazing videos and an interview. I’ll be posting those soon, and in the meantime here he is playing this week’s ‘Deal of the Week’ – a koa Hermanos Conde ‘Felipe V’ model, the top of the line from the Felipe V shop.
It’s been another amazing year for guitar music over here at GSI and as the year wraps up we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing musicians who have lent us their time and talent to create the great videos we publish every week. We obviously couldn’t do any of it without them and we are extremely grateful for the music and for the friends we’ve made over the years in our quest to record every guitar we can get our hands on! So here, in more or less reverse order of appearance, are the artists who have shared their talent with us this year:
As we celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Antonio de Torres, who both established the modern guitar as we know it and set a standard of sound quality that contemporary luthiers are still striving to match, it’s fun to look back at all of the videos we have shot on these historic guitars. From the first video we shot of Grisha Goryachev playing an 1890 Torres (the spruce and cypress SE 144 in a video shot completely with a Flip camera) to Andrew York playing Yamour on La Italica from 1888 (our most-watched video ever with over half a million views) to our most recent Torres video of Tavi Jinariu playing another 1888 Torres from the Russell Cleveland collection, we’ve had so much fun learning what these instruments are capable of as much as 150 years after their construction. So check out the Torres playlist on YouTube to hear these amazing instruments with everything from Tarrega to contemporary and Brazilian music. You can click here to go to the playlist or just watch the video below and you’ll be taken to more Torres videos at the end.
Also, check out our Torres Replica playlist to hear guitars built by great contemporary luthiers striving to achieve that ‘Torres sound’.