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Here’s Taso Comanescu playing Bach’s Gavotte en Rondeau (BWV 1006a) on a great new 2015 Richard Reynoso cedar and Indian classical. Big thanks to the folks at Radial Engineering for sending us a pair of their Power Pre’s to use for this recording (the mics I used were the Neumann km84’s I use for most of the videos). I have a feeling I’m going to have to keep these preamps.
American guitarist Taso Comanescu has recently emerged on the classical music scene as a colorful performer full of subtle nuance and strong musicianship. His interesting programs present a variety of repertoire highlighted by a deep commitment to engage his audiences in a meaningful way. Comanescu’s debut recording Epitaphios (2011) features music from all over the world including a world premier recording by the young American composer Kyle Peter Rotolo (‘Le Crane A La Cigarette Qui Fume’).
We have a couple of great videos of guitarist Taso Comanescu from a few months back – these videos fell through the cracks when the guitars featured in them sold very quickly, but that’s no reason not to show off the guitars or Taso’s great playing. Here he is playing Robert Johnson’s ‘Alman’ on a 2014 Richard Reynoso and Sor’s study in b minor on a 2010 Pepe Romero “Rodriguez”.
Mak Grgic and Taso Comanescu have both shot great videos for us in the past, so when they said they were playing together in a yet-to-be-named duo we thought it would be fun to shoot some more videos. Here they are playing ‘La Rossignol’ (anonymous, trans. Patrick Russ) and ‘Drewries Accordes’ (traditional – trans. Christopher Parkening) with Taso playing a 2007 Eric Sahlin and Mak playing a 2013 Sebastian Stenzel, and William Byrd’s ‘La Volta’ (also trans. Patrick Russ) with Taso on a Luigi Locatto ‘1884 Torres SE60’ and Mak on a 2012 Tobias Braun satinwood guitar.