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Here’s more of guitarist Vasiliy Antipov, playing the 2nd movement of his Sonata in A Major on a beautiful 2016 Pepe Romero Jr. in cedar and Indian rosewood and his piece Poeme on that great 1968 Ignacio Fleta cedar-top. Vasily plays without nails and achieves a unique and beautiful sound. And be sure to check out Vasiliy’s Sonata-Fantasie, also played on that amazing Fleta.
Here’s the legendary Angel Romero telling us about how he came to be in possession of a guitar – a 1926 Hermann Hauser I – that belonged originally to the violist Virginia Majewski who was a close friend of Segovia’s. Angel plays the guitar for us and tells how his father fell in love with the guitar and performed on it, eventually giving it back to Angel. One of those guitar stories that only the Romeros can tell…
Here are the Park Brothers, Alex and Wesley, playing Spanish Dance #1 from La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla on a gorgeous pair of Pepe Romero guitars – numbers 160 and 260, both part of the ‘zeros collection’ that had been part of the Romero family’s personal collection until now and have just recently become available for sale. #160 is a redwood and maple guitar from 2009 and #260 is a cedar and Indian guitar from 2016. Both guitars were made by Pepe Jr. for his father and bear inscriptions to that effect.
This Summer, July 19 through August 9, 2018, CSU Summer Arts will once again take place in Granada, Spain, in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Granada Guitar Festival and Antonio Marin Montero guitar building competition, and you can take part! Summer Arts is a three-week program of master classes and guitar instruction conducted by some amazing player/teachers, including Pepe Romero, LAGQ, Vicente Coves, Scott Morris, Kai Narezo (me!) and more. Also, Summer Arts is open to just about anyone – not only CSU students or California residents.
There is a substantial amount of financial aid available, too, and the best way to find out how much aid you might get is to apply. Granada is a stunning and inspiring environment in which to study guitar, and you can’t do much better than spending three weeks with the likes of Pepe Romero and LAGQ and surrounded by other talented students who are all there to learn live, eat and drink guitar. GSI is proud to be a sponsor of the CSU Summer Arts in Granada and the Granada Guitar Festival and we hope to hear about some of your adventures in Spain! Application is now open so click over here to apply.
Our good friend Marcelo Kayath of Guitar CoOp just published an interview he conducted with maestro Pepe Romero at the Koblenz Guitar Festival last year. Marcelo is a great interviewer due to his insider/outsider status (he is recognized as having been one of the great guitarists of his generation but has not really been a part of the scene for the last 30 years) and always brings out the best in his subjects. In Part one of the interview they discuss Pepe’s early years studying with his father and how his lifelong love of flamenco began.
We stopped by the Romero compound in Del Mar, CA and spent some time with Pepe Romero and the Blochinger Pine Guitar, and of course we had to record Pepe playing the guitar itself. Check out Pepe playing Evocación and Tonadilla by Angel Barrios on this magnificent instrument and then discussing the history of the woods with GSI president David Collett. And you can read much more about the guitar and the wood used for the pine top here.
Here’s Andrea Gonzalez Caballero playing Manuel de Falla’s Danza del Molinero on a great 2014 Pepe Romero Jr. redwood and Indian rosewood classical. Pepe has made very few redwood guitars, and this one has a beautiful clarity to it, reminiscent of the Miguel Rodriguez redwood guitars. Like all of Pepe’s recent guitars, this one features his reverse-fan bracing system and a brass nut.