We know it’s early into 2019, but this past weekend may have already been the highlight of the year! For one night, we hosted a lineup of some of Los Angeles’s finest classical guitarists to give the 1969 Segovia Ramirez its final and proper goodbye. The event was called “Scott Tennant & Friends” and it ended up being a PACKED house (as you can see from the photos below!)
Join us Saturday, January 19th at the GSI showroom for a final celebration of the Segovia Ramirez before it’s officially sent home with its new owner. Over the course of its long tenure here at GSI, this legendary guitar has been played by many generations of great players, and at this event, it will be played one final time by a lineup of some of our favorite artists including Scott Tennant, Andrew York, Tavi Jinariu, and Taso Comanescu.
Here’s a very rare treat – Scott Tennant and Marcelo Kayath playing ‘Divertimento’, the only guitar duo written by Andrés Segovia. The piece has not been widely performed, although the Abreu brothers recorded it in 1968 for their album “The Guitars of Sergio and Eduardo Abreu” from 1968 and one can find a few videos on YouTube these days.
GSI recently provided Segovia’s 1969 Jose Ramirez guitar, which the maestro played from1969 until 1980, to Scott Tennant for his Guitar CoOp recording of Segovia’s compositions. Kayath is the founder of Guitar CoOp in addition to having been one of the great guitarists of his generation (along with Tennant et al). So it just made sense to have the two of them take advantage of the circumstances and record Segovia’s only guitar duet together. Tennant plays the 1969 Ramirez and Kayath plays a gorgeous 1966 David Rubio.
Location: CSU Fullerton, CPAC 232
Admission: Free for audiences
The folks from Guitar Aficionado stopped by Camilleri Hall at USC the other day for the first two days of Scott Tennant’s Segovia sessions, in which he is recording Segovia’s compositions (most of which you haven’t heard and one of which has never been recorded) on the 1969 Ramirez that Segovia owned from 1969 until 1980 and which GSI recently acquired as part of the Russell Cleveland Collection. The story of Scott’s connection to the guitar and how the new owner made the guitar available are all documented in the article along with some great background information and some gorgeous photos. Click here to read the full Guitar Aficionado article.
When Scott Tennant came by to play some of the Cleveland Collection guitars late last year he more or less fell in love with the 1969 Ramirez that Segovia had owned and played from 1969 to 1980. When he told us he was about to record a CD of Segovia’s compositions we all had a Eureka moment and realized he had to record the CD using this guitar. The CD will be produced by the Guitar CoOp in Brazil (which is headed by our friend Marcelo Kayath) but we will record it here in Santa Monica.
Guitar Nights is a popular tradition at Pasadena Conservatory of Music. The concert features local guitarists as well as guest musicians and is hosted four times per year by teacher and Guitar Department Chair Felix Bullock. All performances are free and open to the public, although all are encouraged to drop a donation in the box at the front to support the upcoming tour of our traveling student group, the Los Angeles Guitar Orchestra (LAYGO).
A few of the guests who have graced the Guitar Nights stage include Brian Barany, Cambalache, Josinaldo Costo, Brian Head, Rick Ickard, Celia Liu, LeChic Duo, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Alex Pettit, Richard Smith, John Storie, Scott Tennant, and Steve Trovato.
For this upcoming event, Scott Tennant and friends perform in the final Guitar Nights of the season!
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
100 North Hill Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
Scott Tennant will play Concerto de Aranjuez with the Peninsula Symphony on Feb 14, 2016 at 7:00PM at Redondo Union High School (Redondo Beach, CA).
Admission is free. For more information, visit the Peninsula Symphony’s website.
Scott Tennant, classical guitar maestro and professor at the USC Thornton School of Music, is a great friend of GSI. With popular publications like Pumping Nylon and notable contributions to Eva Beneke’s In Dulci Jubilo, not to mention his own solo and group recordings with LAGQ, Tennant continues to leave a tremendous impression in the world of classical guitar. We have had the pleasure to have him contribute live concerts and demos on many guitars that have passed through our showroom, and we’ve also had very substantial interviews with him regarding our favorite instrument. Find out more about master guitarist Scott Tennant below.