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Here’s a great and very in-depth interview with Amalia Ramirez from Roseta Magazine, the magazine of the Spanish Guitar Society. Javier Suárez-Pajares discusses the history of Ramirez, Amalia’s personal involvement in some rough transitions during the 1980’s, and her vision for the future of the Ramirez brand. You can click here to read the article in Spanish, or continue to read the full article in translation below.
Irina Kulikova was curious to play the 1969 Jose Ramirez that had belonged to Andres Segovia (from the Cleveland Collection) and we were more than happy to oblige! Here she is playing Chopin’s Vals No. 7 on this historic guitar – it’s a stunning performance that really brings out the elegance that can be coaxed from this guitar.
Here are the Park brothers, Wesley and Alex, playing Manuel de Falla’s The Miller’s Dance on two Herman Hauser III guitars – Wesley plays a 1988 cedar and CSA rosewood guitar and Alex plays a 1999 spruce and maple guitar – and Andrew York’s Evening Dance on two new Jose Ramirez guitars – Wesley plays a 2016 1a C650-A in spruce and Indian rosewood and Alex plays a 2016 1a C650-AP in spruce and CSA rosewood.
When Scott Tennant came by to play some of the Cleveland Collection guitars late last year he more or less fell in love with the 1969 Ramirez that Segovia had owned and played from 1969 to 1980. When he told us he was about to record a CD of Segovia’s compositions we all had a Eureka moment and realized he had to record the CD using this guitar. The CD will be produced by the Guitar CoOp in Brazil (which is headed by our friend Marcelo Kayath) but we will record it here in Santa Monica.
Actually, the new 2016 Jose Ramirez guitars have just arrived at GSI – a batch of 1a and Elite models. We just haven’t had time to photograph them and upload them to the site yet. But we were all impressed by the new tuners and the new custom BAM cases and of course the sound and feel of a Ramirez 1a. Our friend Tavi Jinariu was in the shop and as he played one he immediately commented that there was really nothing like the feel and sound of a great Ramirez, and that the playability of the new guitars was better even than the great Ramirez guitars of the 60’s and 70’s. We’ll have them up on the site and ready to go soon!