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Tina Karen Lo is a classical guitarist and native of Hong Kong, but she has some serious California roots – she studied with George Sakellariou while she was attending San Domenico School in Marin County and later graduated from USC where she studied with Pepe Romero, Jim Smith and Tom Gaab. Tina has played all over the world, and when she was last in Los Angeles she stopped by to record a few videos for us. Here she is playing Rodrigo’s Zapateado on a great 2007 Pepe Romero Jr. maple and cedar guitar.
When luthier Pepe Romero Jr. told us about his new line of strings we had a lot of questions, starting with “why do we need another line of strings?”. Turns out Pepe was able to develop his line of strings to fill missing niches that we didn’t even realize existed. His father, Pepe Romero Sr. shares his experience of the development and evolution of guitar strings from the time he was a boy playing on gut, to the first nylon set he’d ever seen (a set that the family shared for several years!) and beyond. One of the sets is even named the “Pepe Senior” set, since it accurately re-creates an old-style of nylon (smooth, with a slightly milky color in the otherwise clear nylon) that Pepe Senior was very fond of in the early years of nylon, but was discontinued suddenly over 40 years ago.
The full line of Pepe Romero Strings includes rectified sets in normal and hard tensions, a lighter set for vintage or flamenco guitars, a clear nylon set, a fluorocarbon set, and the “Pepe Sr.” set made specifically to the demands of the maestro. Check out the discussions below and learn all you ever wanted to know about this line of guitar strings as well as Pepe Sr.’s personal story of his experiences with strings over the course of his life and career.
Los Angeles Sound Foundation presents – Pepe Romero in Concert
Guitarra del mar Concert Series
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
585 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101
For tickets, call: (626) 318-9758 or visit lasoundfoundation.org
Tickets priced at $30, $40 & $50
We recently had a visit from Pepe Romero, who came to play and tell us about one of the rarest guitars we’ve ever seen – an 1894 Hijos de Melchor Moya. Moya was a contemporary of Antonio de Torres, and over the years he and his brother and sons worked with and learned much from Torres. Moya’s brother Miguel even had ‘disciple of Antonio de Torres’ on his own labels. This guitar is the first we’ve ever played by any of the Moya’s, and it is a fantastic example of a Torres-era instrument, as you’ll hear in Pepe’s demonstration below.
The Aratani Theatre debut of world-renowned classical guitarist Pepe Romero, performing a double-bill: a set of classical repertoire with The Romeros, and the debut of his new collaboration with six-time GRAMMY® winner Daniel Ho – Aloha España.
Fans of both traditional and contemporary expressions in classical guitar will be delighted by the range of music and mastery presented in this evening.
$45 Orchestra / $41 JACCC Members
$32 Balcony / $28 JACCC Members
DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS OF 10+
Here’s the official Instagram event poster, posted by @jaccc_la:
Pepe Romero, father and son, stopped by the showroom to discuss a guitar that made a huge impact on Pepe Jr. as a guitar maker – a 1970 Miguel Rodriguez that has reverse fan bracing (watch the video for a simple explanation). They got together with GSI president David Collett to discuss the guitar and then Pepe Sr. played some of Turina’s Sevillana to show the guitar off for us. This guitar has had a huge impact on Pepe Jr. as a luthier – he’s been using a reverse fan bracing system for almost 100 guitars now – and hearing Pepe Sr. play it we get a sense of why everyone responds to this guitar so enthusiastically.
Hailed for his superior artistry as the Spanish maestro of the guitar, Angel Romero’s eminence in the music world as soloist and conductor is heralded by audiences and critics alike. One of the most sought-after musicians of his generation, Angel Romero has appeared in the major cultural centers throughout the world including those of London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Munich, Zurich, Chicago, Los Angles and New York among others. He has appeared as soloist with such leading orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As conductor, he has led numerous orchestras worldwide including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic, Germany’s NDR Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Symphoniker, the Beijing Philharmonic, the Euro-Asia Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, the Bogotá Philharmonic, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Orquesta de Baja California, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra among others. Regardless of his role on stage, his driving intensity and flawless control mark him as a true master of the arts.