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So Scott Wolf of Duo Solaris has done a transcription of Schumann’s Scenes From Childhood, which will be published soon. Here the Duo is playing his transcription of #1 – ‘Of Strange Lands and Peoples.’ Scott is playing a Dominique Field guitar and Connie is playing a Christopher Dean.
Duo Solaris, which is guitarists Connie Sheu and Scott Wolf, stopped by the showroom, and we got to record some great duets, which doesn’t happen too often. Here they are playing two of our Studio Series guitars, both mahogany – one cedar top and one spruce – and you can check out those guitars at the GSI Store.
Looking back at all of the videos we shot in 2011 it’s impossible not to feel thankful for all the great guitarists, most of whom have become friends (if they weren’t already), who came through GSI this year and lent us their talent to help show off and archive some of the countless amazing guitars that come through the shop. They all have hectic schedules and tons to do, so I want to thank everyone for making the time. I like to think that everyone had a good time playing some new and interesting guitars, but it’s also important to remember that they all put themselves out there playing guitars they weren’t used to, and many of them were extremely accommodating of my schedule, for which I owe them a personal thank-you.
A lot of the players surprised me with music I hadn’t heard before or just particularly beautiful performances, and some of them just plain lived up to my already-high expectations of them.
In no particular order, here are the players who made this blog a really great place to hear guitar music this year and without whom many of us might never have heard some of these guitars (names will link to videos or articles about them on the blog):
Duo Solaris (Scott Wolf and Connie Sheu)
Alma Nova (Almer Imamovic and Jessica Pierce)
Line Forms Hear (Scott Morris, Steve Thachuk and Julian Coryell)
When I started doing these videos almost a year and a half ago I didn’t know nearly as much about classical guitars and makers as I did about flamencos, but after hearing hundreds of guitars played by amazing players I feel like I have a pretty good grasp now of what to look for in a classical guitar, too. One of the things I’ve noticed is that I consistently like the Teodoro Perez guitars. Even when comparing them to some of the most expensive and famous guitars around, they always hold their own, and often they’re the players’ top choice.
So, just for fun, I thought I’d do a compilation post of some of the great recordings we’ve done withPerez guitars in the last year or so, and include a little interview with Perez I did at his shop in Madrid.