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Here’s guitarist Carlos Santi playing Sergio Assad’s Farewell on a 1972 Jose Ramirez 1a in cedar and gorgeous CSA rosewood. Santi teaches guitar and chamber music at the Universidad de Córdoba in Argentina and has toured the world as a performer. We have some more great videos of him coming very soon.
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:
The current issue of Orfeo magazine features the Granada School luthiers and their patriarch, Antonio Marin. In addition to Marin there are interviews with Manuel Bellido, Paco Santiago Marin and Rafael Moreno, as well as a piece on the Alhambra and how its design serves as inspiration to local luthiers. As always, the photography is stunning. Click here to read the full issue.
At 77 years old (at the time of this interview), Marcelino Lopez continues to build his own classical guitars while, in between his own models, also restores and repairs historical instruments such as violas, vihuelas and violins, of which he has an extensive personal collection, for his clients around the world in Japan, the US, Belgium, France and Spain. Lopez spends most of his time in his workshop, dedicating his nights to studying the guitar, which he plays everyday and upon nightly investigation, he recently learned that it’s possible that the classical guitar could have roots dating back to the 2nd century B.C in Roman times, which dismount the popular theory that the classical guitar has Arab origins. Marcelino’s hobbies include opera, the singing artform that he practices regularly for many years now and an artform which is the subject of many of Marcelino’s paintings.
The Illinois Times wrote that guitarist Martha Masters “…is on a swift and certain trajectory to star territory.” Masters’ playing has been described as “seductive” (Ft. Worth Star Telegram), “intelligent and natural” (Guitar Review), and “refined and elegant” (American Record Guide). She is active as a solo recitalist, as a chamber musician, and as a soloist with orchestras. Recent concert seasons have included performances on concert series and at festivals in China, England, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Germany, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States.
Andrés Segovia (February 21, 1893 – June 2, 1987) was a virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist from Linares, Spain. He has been regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Many professional classical guitarists today are students of Segovia, or students of his students.
Segovia’s contribution to the modern-romantic repertoire not only included commissions but also his own transcriptions of classical and baroque works. He is remembered for his expressive performances, his wide palette of tone and his distinctive musical personality, phrasing and style.