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Jan
15

Location:
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

The New York City Classical Guitar Society presents in concert The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, celebrating four decades of recording and performing, with their “greatest hits” concert on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

The concert will feature selections from the duo’s critically-acclaimed CDs for MusicMasters/BMG, Musical Heritage Society, Sheffield Lab Audiophile, MSR Classics/Albany Records:

BOGDANOVIC No Feathers on this Frog
NICOLAI (arr. BACH) Wachet auf!
BACH Sleepers, Awake!; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
MILANO Fantasia Sexta; Fantasia Quarta
RODRIGO Tonadilla
ROSSINI (arr. VARLET) Overture to The Barber of Seville
LIEBERMANN Nocturne-Fantasy, Op. 69
ALBÉNIZ Selections from Suite española: Granada, Cuba, Cataluña, Sevilla

Dec
29

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:

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Dec
05

Sign up or update your info to receive the new 2018 GSI catalog and be automatically entered to win a new GSI Studio Series CM-100 or FC-100 guitar. Just go to the signup page and enter your mailing address AND your email address and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Then sit back and wait for the new catalog!

*Entries must include both email address and mailing address to be eligible for Studio Series guitar giveaway. Winner will be notified on January 5, 2018

Oct
11

Here’s Vladimir Gapontsev playing Roland Dyens’ arrangement of the Django Reinhardt classic Nuages on a beautiful new 2017 Fructuoso Zalapa ‘Romanillos’ model in spruce and cocobolo. You can also check out Dyens himself playing Nuages at GSI on a historic 1947 Robert Bouchet guitar (the first one he ever built).

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Sep
28

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Our friend Tomasz Fechner stopped by GSI recently to play some guitars, and we shot some great videos of him playing excerpts from the Bach Chaconne, Barrios, and the Giuliani Rossiniana No. 5 Op. 123 on some lovely new and vintage guitars. He plays the Barrios on a new Teodoro Perez ‘Maestro’ spruce and lacewood guitar, the Chaconne on guitars by Alejandro, Tobias Berg, Roberto Gomes and Manuel Velazquez, and the Rossiniana on guitars by Felipe Conde Crespo and Dominik Wurth.

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Jul
05

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*Update – you can see the results of the Newspaper Guitar Challenge here. And click here to subscribe to the LGRP Newsletter.

Check out the Leonardo Guitar Research Project, which is testing our assumptions about the need for tropical tonewoods for the back and sides of guitars. In the audio sample, they have edited together recordings of nearly identical guitars made with various tonewoods, all built by students of luthiers Walter Verreydt and Karel Dedain. In the first video below you can listen to an edit of guitarist Gaëlle Solal playing the guitars with the various tonewoods, and in the second video you can hear Jan Depreter playing the Newspaper Guitar. Click here to take the challenge yourself and see what difference you hear.

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Feb
01

Location: UCLA
Jan Popper Theater, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music,
2539 Schoenberg Music Building,
Box 951616, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1616

Tel: (310) 825-4761; Free admission

The event includes performances of Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, op. 42, and Phantasy for Violin and Piano, op. 47. Performers include Jocelyn Ho, Movses Pogossian, Neal Stulberg, Robert Winter, and the VEM String Quartet.

The event includes the premiere screening of a new documentary film, String Trio, Los Angeles 1946, written and directed by David Starobin.

Feb
01

Location: UCLA
Jan Popper Theater, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music,
2539 Schoenberg Music Building,
Box 951616, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1616

Tel: (310) 825-4761; Free admission

David Starobin performs a guitar recital including the world premiere of new duos for violin and guitar by composers Fred Lerdahl and Poul Ruders. In addition, David Starobin’s song cycle from Tchaikovsky’s Letters (2014) will receive its west coast premiere.

Guest performers include: Movses Pogossian, violin; Michael Dean, baritone.

Nov
16

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Here’s more of Ben Pila – this time playing Jan Olaf Eriksson’s arrangement of Oscar Ahnfelt’s Blott en Dag on a new 2016 Dominik Wurth spruce and Indian rosewood guitar.

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Oct
19

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Today is Roland Dyens’ birthday, so it seemed like a perfect time to publish some video we have of him playing a concert at GSI with a very historic guitar. The guitar is a 1947 Robert Bouchet, the second guitar Bouchet ever built and the first he ever sold (he kept the first guitar, as he had made it for himself). This guitar can rightly be said to have launched the French school of luthiery, which would go on to include such figures as Daniel Friederich, Dominique Field and now the current generation of young French luthiers like Jean-Noel Rohe and Bertrand Ligier.

In the first video GSI president David Collett gives us a brief history of the guitar (including a great photo, taken the year Dyens was born, of the guitar being played by Friederich while sitting next to Joseph Reinhardt, Django’s brother), then Dyens plays Sor’s Le Calme. In the second video Dyen’s plays his arrangement of Django Reinhardt’s Nuages, and in the third he plays his new arrangement of Piazzolla’s Oblivion.

Huge thanks to the guys at AEA (RibbonMics.com) for lending us their N22 and N8 microphones for this concert!

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