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Jul
05

NewspaperGuitar

*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

benpila_blott

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

dyens

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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Jun
07

museum

David and JohnPaul recently traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida and gave a lecture about the development of the classical guitar and the instrument’s unsung hero: the luthier, at the Museum of Fine Art. The exhibit “The Art of the Classical Guitar” ran from January through the end of May and featured several historical instruments on display including Torres, Hauser I & II, Bouchet, Simplicio and several others. Several of these guitars were heard publicly in a series of concerts given by Andrew York, Adam Holzman, Michael Chapdelaine, Jason Vieaux and Jeremy Jouve. In addition to David and JohnPaul’s presentation, luthier Jeffrey Elliot also delivered a lecture on the ethics of guitar restoration. We were honored to be invited to such a historic event celebrating all things classical guitar.

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Jun
06

The next Master’s programme in the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou, will start in October 2016.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9 SEPTEMBER 2016
AUDITIONS: 24 and 25 SEPTEMBER 2016
Until the details will follow on the University’s website soon.

Candidates must prepare a program of 40 minutes (minimum duration), which will include at least one work (or movements of a work) from each one of the following four groups of composers:

1.   Luys de Narvaez, Luis Milan, Alonso de Mudarra, John Dowland, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Gaspar Sanz, Robert de Visée, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Silvius Leopold Weiss.

2.   Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Nicolo Paganini, Dionisio Aguado, Luigi Legnani, Napoléon Coste, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Giulio Regondi, Francisco Tárrega.

3.   Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Agustin Barrios, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Federico Moreno Torroba, Federico Mompou, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman, Joaquín Rodrigο, Antonio José, Astor Piazzolla.

4.   Frank Martin, William Walton, Lennox Berkeley, Goffredo Petrassi, Elliot Cook Carter, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ohana, Alberto Ginastera, Malcolm Arnold, Stephen Dodgson, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Toru Takemitsu, Richard Rodney Bennett, Leo Brouwer, Carlo Domeniconi, Francis Kleynjans, Sergio Assad, Dusan Bogdanovic, Nuccio d’ Angelo, Roland Dyens, Nikita Koshkin.

The program must include a substantial work, for example a complete Lute Suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, or a complete Sonata (Nicolo Paganini, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco, Joaquín Rodrigo, Antonio José, Alberto Ginastera, Hans Werner Henze, Leo Brouwer, Nikita Koshkin).

The program must be played from memory.

Jun
06

The next Master’s programme in the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou, will start in October 2016.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9 SEPTEMBER 2016
AUDITIONS: 24 and 25 SEPTEMBER 2016
Until the details will follow on the University’s website soon.

Candidates must prepare a program of 40 minutes (minimum duration), which will include at least one work (or movements of a work) from each one of the following four groups of composers:

1.   Luys de Narvaez, Luis Milan, Alonso de Mudarra, John Dowland, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Gaspar Sanz, Robert de Visée, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Silvius Leopold Weiss.

2.   Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Nicolo Paganini, Dionisio Aguado, Luigi Legnani, Napoléon Coste, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Giulio Regondi, Francisco Tárrega.

3.   Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Agustin Barrios, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Federico Moreno Torroba, Federico Mompou, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman, Joaquín Rodrigο, Antonio José, Astor Piazzolla.

4.   Frank Martin, William Walton, Lennox Berkeley, Goffredo Petrassi, Elliot Cook Carter, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ohana, Alberto Ginastera, Malcolm Arnold, Stephen Dodgson, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Toru Takemitsu, Richard Rodney Bennett, Leo Brouwer, Carlo Domeniconi, Francis Kleynjans, Sergio Assad, Dusan Bogdanovic, Nuccio d’ Angelo, Roland Dyens, Nikita Koshkin.

The program must include a substantial work, for example a complete Lute Suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, or a complete Sonata (Nicolo Paganini, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco, Joaquín Rodrigo, Antonio José, Alberto Ginastera, Hans Werner Henze, Leo Brouwer, Nikita Koshkin).

The program must be played from memory.

Jun
06

The next Master’s programme in the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou, will start in October 2016.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9 SEPTEMBER 2016
AUDITIONS: 24 and 25 SEPTEMBER 2016
Until the details will follow on the University’s website soon.

Candidates must prepare a program of 40 minutes (minimum duration), which will include at least one work (or movements of a work) from each one of the following four groups of composers:

1.   Luys de Narvaez, Luis Milan, Alonso de Mudarra, John Dowland, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Gaspar Sanz, Robert de Visée, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Silvius Leopold Weiss.

2.   Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Nicolo Paganini, Dionisio Aguado, Luigi Legnani, Napoléon Coste, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Giulio Regondi, Francisco Tárrega.

3.   Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Agustin Barrios, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Federico Moreno Torroba, Federico Mompou, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman, Joaquín Rodrigο, Antonio José, Astor Piazzolla.

4.   Frank Martin, William Walton, Lennox Berkeley, Goffredo Petrassi, Elliot Cook Carter, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ohana, Alberto Ginastera, Malcolm Arnold, Stephen Dodgson, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Toru Takemitsu, Richard Rodney Bennett, Leo Brouwer, Carlo Domeniconi, Francis Kleynjans, Sergio Assad, Dusan Bogdanovic, Nuccio d’ Angelo, Roland Dyens, Nikita Koshkin.

The program must include a substantial work, for example a complete Lute Suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, or a complete Sonata (Nicolo Paganini, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco, Joaquín Rodrigo, Antonio José, Alberto Ginastera, Hans Werner Henze, Leo Brouwer, Nikita Koshkin).

The program must be played from memory.

May
16

tomate

José Fernández Torres “Tomatito” was born in Almería in 1958, in the Pescadería neighbourhood. His family is associated with Almería since many generations back and has an inherent musical tradition. His Grandfather Miguel Fernández Cortés “El Tomate” was a well-known figure at private parties at the turn of the century and among the young aficionados of Almería’s traditional musical evenings, at which he played duets with his brother Antonio.

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