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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.
Taso Comanescu, who recently recorded some great videos for us (check them out here) came back to record some duos with Mak Grgic, this week, and while he was here we asked him to play a little on the new Lorenzo Frignani ‘1910 Manuel Ramirez’ that just arrived. So Taso recorded Tarrega’s ‘Lagrima’ on this guitar, which sounded perfect for the piece.
Taso Comanescu is just finishing his Master’s degree at USC where he studies with Scott Tennant and Adam Del Monte (he did his undergrad work with Christopher Parkening). He also plays with guitarist Mak Grgic and in an Italian folk band with the tenor Charles Castronovo. He stopped by to shoot some videos and we recorded him playing Bach’s Bouree BWV1006a on the new Gabriel Lodi guitar and and two Irish Hornpipes arranged by David Russell on the new Otto Rauch guitar. Check out Taso’s website at www.TasoGuitar.com.
We wanted to congratulate the winners of the 1st annual Los Angeles Guitar Festival, and also to congratulate our friend Tavi Jinariu for organizing a really wonderful event and pulling it off with style! We have no doubt that there will be a 2nd Annual Los Angeles Guitar Festival next year and that it will be even bigger and better!
This year’s festival featured workshops by Taso Comanescu, Ines Thome, Chris Garwood and myself, as well as concerts by Ines Thome, Taso Comanescu and Scott Tennant. There were competitions for young guitarists in two divisions – junior and senior – and the competition was judged by Taso, Ines, Tavi, myself and GSI president David Collett. Tavi also condicted a guitar orchestra featuring all participants in the festival.
The winner of the competition in the senior division was Alex Kim, with 2nd place going to Harrison Nguyen and 3rd place to Evelyn Nguyen. In the junior division Dylan Cheah took the top prize with 2nd place going to Luke Kim and 3rd place going to Ela Simcic. It was wonderful to hear these young musicians perform and we were quite impressed by the level of musicianship displayed. The winners walked away with new GSI Studio Series guitars and Cordoba guitars, provided by GSI and Cordoba. We definitely look forward to doing this again next year!
We’re very excited to be a part of the first Los Angeles Guitar Festival, presented by our friends at EliteGuitarist.com. The festival takes place May 19, 2018, at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA, and features concerts, workshops and competitions for students in the 7-12 age range and in the 13-17 age range.
Scott Tennant, Ines Thome and Taso Comanescu will perform and give workshops, and Chris Garwood and Kai Narezo will present workshops. Registration for the competition is open now through May 1, and you can register here.
We are excited to let you know about the 1st Los Angeles Guitar Festival taking place in Santa Clarita on May 19, 2018. This will be a 1-day musical event packed with classical guitar workshops, concerts, ensemble music, and a competitions for two age divisions (7-13 & 14-17). Stay tuned for more information coming up in the coming week as the online registration goes live. Registration cost for the day is $50 and it includes all concerts, workshops and food.
The lineup for concerts are as follows:
Scott Tennant, Taso Comanescu and Ines Thome.
Our workshops will be presented by:
Kai Narezo, Chris Garwood, Taso Comanescu, Ines Thome.
Today’s performance and tutorial from EliteGuitarist.com is for Recuerdos de la Alhambra, one of the most iconic pieces in the classical guitar repertoire. This piece is deeply evocative of the Spanish gardens of Alhambra and employs tremolo, a technique that is unique in its form to the guitar. Check out the note-for-note tutorial taught by Taso Comanescu and the full technique tutorial “Tremolo – A Comprehensive Approach.” Taso plays a beautiful 2017 German Vazquez Rubio Custom Elite, Rubio’s absolutely top-of-the-line model in spruce and African blackwood with stunning materials and workmanship.
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:
Here is the latest video tutorial and performance of Bach’s Prelude from the first cello suite provided by our friends at EliteGuitarist.com. Few pieces receive notoriety equal to this work. The Prelude, with its serene arpeggios and inventive harmonic development, displays in an understated way the genius of Bach. Originally composed for unaccompanied cello, the piece receives new dimensions when played on the guitar as the chords sustain longer and the notes combine to produce lovely harmonies. Taso plays a beautiful 2017 Tobias Berg in spruce and Indian rosewood. Check out the many repertoire video tutorials at EliteGuitarist. You can find the rest of this tutorial here.