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Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” JIJI is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing a wide range of music from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned the Korean guitarist First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.
Our friend Jiji was back in town – you may remember her amazing performance of Leyenda on a 1925 Santos Hernandez – more or less on her way to her new gig at Arizona State University where se’ll be an Assistant Professor of guitar. This time she played some Scarlatti for us on a Jose Ramirez Centenario in spruce and CSA rosewood and she also played a piece by Ben Verdery called Tread Lightly For you Tread on my Dreams. Jiji studied with Verdery at Yale and the 2003 Greg Smallman that jiji played for the piece also belonged to Verdery originally.
Here’s more of Jiji, this time playing the Gigue from Paul Lansky’s Partita for Guitar and Percussion on a great 2015 Zoran Kuvac cedar and African rosewood classical. Jiji will have her Carnegie Hall debut in 2018, so to keep her track of her doings over the coming years check her out at her website – Jijiguitar.com.
Here’s Jiji playing a fantastic rendition of the Albeniz classic Leyenda on a killer 1925 Santos Hernandez that features a spruce top and a three-piece mahogany back and mahogany sides. Jiji has recently been racking up accolades and competition wins and will make her Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. You can learn more about Jiji here.
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: