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Our friend Jaxon Williams was back for more videos. Jaxon jut finished the second year of his DMA studies at USC and is currently performing a program of music by American composers in the US and in Europe, so he recorded six of Bryan Johanson’s Preludes on six different guitars, including a 2018 Jean-Noel Rohe, 2001 John Weissenrieder ‘Garcia’ model, a 2015 Hermann Hauser III, a 2018 Annette Stephany, a 2018 Francois Leonard and a 2013 Paolo Coriani ‘Manuel Ramirez’ model. Jaxon will be off to Spain this Summer to work on his flamenco chops and then he’s back to the US to finish his DMA and continue performing, so we hope to see more of him soon.
Here’s more of Jaxon Williams – this time he plays Penasmiento Español by Jose Brocá on a beautiful 1910 Hauser I ‘Vienna’, an instrument he built before embracing the Spanish (Torres) method of construction. These ‘Vienna’ style instruments were very popular around the turn of the last century, so it’s no wonder Hauser would have built these, and this one is in fantastic condition for its age.
Jaxon Williams is the new graduate teaching assistant at USC, where he is pursuing his DMA under Bill Kanengiser, not to mention his being a Fullbright scholar (he wisely chose to study guitar in Sevilla). He stopped in to record some videos, and here he is playing Carlos Rivera’s Whirler of the Dance on a fantastic German Vazquez Rubio ‘Custom Elite’ – Rubio’s top-of-the-line model – built with the finest spruce and padauk and his most elegant inlay and crafstmanship.
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: