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Dec
13

Here are the Duo Montes Kircher again, this time playing A Seven Story by Øyvind Lyslo on guitars by Teodoro Perez and his son Sergio Perez.

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Dec
04

Here’s Irina Kircher of the Duo Montes Kircher (among many other accomplishments) playing Antonio Lauro’s Nelly on a beautiful 1994 Manuel Velzquez guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood.

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Nov
29

We were thrilled to have the Duo Montes Kircher stop by the showroom earlier this year to record some videos for us. Husband and wife Alfonso Montes and Irina Montes have been playing as a duo since 1984, and you can hear more about them here in their interview for Scott Wolf’s All Strings Considered podcast. Here they play Montes’ piece Bambuco on a pair of La Cañada 115 and 115A guitars – both based on Torres SE 115, with one in an antiqued look and the other in a clean French polish.

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Jul
04

TISHMAN AUDITORIUM
At University Center
63 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street

Duo Montes – Kircher (Alfonso Montes & Irina Kircher) will perform music by Sojo, Hand, Montes, Stewart, Lauro, Warnecke and many others.

For concert tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guitar-concert-new-york-guitar-seminar-at-mannes-duo-montes-kircher-tickets-25237588306?aff=erelpanelorg

May
14

NOTE: iTunes was having some trouble updating the podcast or the last few weeks but that issue seems to be resolved now.

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Alfonso Montes and Irina Kircher of the Duo Montes Kircher.

“Duo Montes-Kircher consists of husband and wife pair, Alfonso Montes and Irina Kircher, who have been playing together as a professional guitar duo since 1984. Their long list of recordings often serve to commemorate their long history together, several of their CDs are actually subtitled with that year’s anniversary, three of which are their 10th, 20th, and 30th.

On today’s show you’ll hear about their somewhat unorthodox rehearsal style, several of Alfonso’s compositions, about their time studying with Venezuelan legend Antonio Lauro, and about their interesting choice to quit university-level teaching in favor of a more youth oriented approach. You’ll also hear about Montes’s time as a Venezuelan diplomat, and even how Kircher had to fail the L.A. philharmonic’s very own musical director and conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, and in chamber music no less!”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.

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
09

Here’s Alfonso Montes – the other half of Duo Montes Kircher – playing his composition Preludio de Adios on a gorgeous 1971 Ignacio Fleta in cedar and Indian rosewood. This Fleta is a perfect example of the maker’s great cedar period guitars, and Preludio de Adios shows it off beautifully.

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Jul
04

TISHMAN AUDITORIUM

At University Center
63 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street

Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad and the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo will perform music by Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad, João Luiz, Machado, Montes-Kircher, Nascimento, Jobim, Gil and Lyra all throughout the evening.

For concert tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guitar-concert-new-york-guitar-seminar-at-mannes-sergio-assad-clarice-assad-and-newman-oltman-tickets-25239233226

Jul
04

*This event only at: Americas Society*
680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Duo Montes – Kircher (Alfonso Montes & Irina Kircher) will perform live starting at 7pm. Their program is titled Three Generations of Venezuelan Music: Music by Sojo, Rago, Montes.

THEN, Solange Merdinian, mezzo-soprano & Nicholas Ciraldo, guitar will perform music by Ginastera (Sonata for Guitar; Popular Argentine Songs).

Tickets need to be purchased directly from Americas Society at: http://www.as-coa.org/events/new-york-guitar-seminar-mannes-2016-alberto-ginastera

*NYGS Full Participants and Full Auditors do not need to purchase their ticket. Full Participants and Full Auditors tickets at the will-call desk at Americas Society.*

Jun
14

16th New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes
Full Participant and Full Auditor Registration Deadline: June 27th

Invited World-Renowned Guest:

  • Sergio Assad
  • Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo
  • Clarice Assad, classical & jazz pianist, vocalist, composer
  • Duo Montes-Kircher: Alfonso Montes and Irina Kircher
  • Nicholas Ciraldo with flutist Rachel Ciraldo
  • Mariano Aguirre
  • Mario da Silva with dancer Rocio Infante
  • Jennifer Trowbridge
  • Richard Boukas
  • Arthur Kampela

Activities include expanded performance opportunities for solo participants, more hands-on interactive workshops, master classes, ensemble coaching, performance classes, and concerts. Plus hundreds of great restaurants and cafes in Greenwich Village! Open to players of all ages and levels.