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Here’s Scott Tennant playing Pepe Romero’s fantastic 1958 Miguel Rodriguez – the guitar that Pepe used to record his ‘Flamenco Fenomeno’ record when he was just 15, his record ‘Flamenco’ when he was 18 and more. Pepe Jr. tells us the story of how this became the first guitar in what would become the Romero collection, and then Scott plays Albeniz’ ‘Rumores de la Caleta’ (at 4:35).
Here’s our next video from our June 1st event featuring Scott Tennant playing guitars from the Pepe Romero collection that inspired Pepe Romero Jr. as a luthier – Scott playing Pepe Romero’s 1969 Hermann Hauser II, the guitar that Pepe Romero used to record most of the Opera Suites CD. Pepe Jr. has a great story about the guitar, and then Scott plays Segovia’s ‘Estudio Sin Luz’ for us.
Here’s the first video from our June 1st event featuring Scott Tennant playing guitars from the Pepe Romero collection that inspired Pepe Romero Jr. as a luthier. The first guitar we have, which was the first guitar of the evening, is a 1919 Santos Hernandez cypress guitar (though as Pepe Jr. points out, being a cypress guitar doesn’t necessarily make it a flamenco). Scott played three renaissance pieces – Galliard by Alonso de Mudarra, ‘Welscher Tantz Wascha Mesa’ by Hans Neusidler and ‘Fantasia que contrahaza la harpa en la manera de Ludovico’ by Alonso de Mudarra.
Special thanks to Pepe Romero Sr. for letting us hear these fantastic guitars, to Bodegas M for providing amazing Tempranillo and Albariño wines, to Carlos Flood of recorditlive.com, who recorded audio for us on an A.I.R. console, and to Jurgen Reich for his beautiful photography.
We are really excited about our next event at GSI – The seven guitars from the Pepe Romero collection that have most influenced his son, luthier Pepe Romero Jr., presented by Pepe Jr. and played for us by none other than maestro Scott Tennant. This will be about as personal a connection with these absolutely historic guitars as one can get, with background provided by Pepe Jr. who has studied these guitars intimately (and literally lived with them). And to have them played as they should be by Scott Tennant in a great-sounding intimate space will make this a once-in-a-lifetime concert.
The event takes place on June 1, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Guitar Salon International showroom.
Scott Tennant is a big fan of French luthier Daniel Friederich. Friederich’s guitars are increasingly rare – his waiting list has been closed for some time, but GSI, as his exclusive dealer, gets one guitar a year from him. So we sort of have this thing where when a Friederich comes in we let Scott know, and if he’s in town he’ll usually stop by to check it out. So when David Collett came back from Paris with a new 2012 Friederich we told Scott and he stopped by to check it out and let us shoot a video of him. Here he is playing Couperin’s ‘Les Barricades Mystérieuses’. You can also check out the last time Scott stopped in to play a Friederich here.
This past Monday Scott Tennant joined Eva Beneke to record some duets for her upcoming CD In Dulci Jubilo at the GSI showroom. This was the first of two such sessions, and they recorded arrangements by Eva and by Mark Small (an amazing arranger who, among many other things, arranged one of the songs on LAGQ’s Grammy winning Guitar Heroes album). Our photographer Felix Salazar took some great shots as always (including some with a funny filter that I just love) and I’ve included a little audio clip from the title track of the CD, In Dulci Jubilo, which is a traditional German Christmas song that dates back to the Middle Ages and which Eva sang in choir as a child – you can read more about it here, on the Wikipedia page. The piece is not properly mixed yet, so the finished product will sound even better than this, but we wanted to share a little bit of the fun of recording Eva and Scott.
My first lesson on the ‘On The Music Path’ iPad app just went up today, and it’s an incredibly cool app for learning the guitar. I’m kind of honored to be one the teachers on the app, since the classical teacher is Scott Tennant, the songwriting guy is Jackson Browne, the sitar guy is Ravi Shankar, Eric Johnson is one of the blues guys, etc… (click here for a full list of teachers and lessons).
We had a feeling that Scott Tennant might want to check out the new cedar-top Daniel Friederich that David brought back from Paris, and fortunately for us we were right. Scott recorded his beautiful arrangement of ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ and ‘Italian Dance’ by Hans Neusidler. Big thank you to Scott for making the time to get such a lovely recording of this guitar before it left the shop.