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Narnia Arts Academy Summer Guitar Program with Tali Roth, Narni, Italy

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Introducing the third year of Tali Roth's guitar program at the Narnia Arts Academy Summer Training Program, as a part of Narnia Festival in Narni, Italy - a beautiful medieval city located an hour north of Rome. The guitar course will take place July 13-28, with an option for a half session running July 20-28 at half the tuition cost. It is open to any intermediate-advanced and advanced students, or young professionals.

The program combines master classes, chamber music coaching, educational trips, outings, and many performance opportunities. The Festival has a large world class faculty, a full Opera Program and a Mass production with daily performances for students and faculty in beautiful churches as well as the main Narni theater.

For more information, visit www.narniafestival.it.

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2014 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Results

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The 2014 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition finals were held Friday, February 21st, with winners hailing from five different countries. An expert panel of judges comprised of David Zicarelli (founder and CEO of Cycling ’74), Chris Moore (composer, performer and Georgia Tech professor), and Young Guru (Grammy-nominated engineer to Jay-Z) evaluated the 20 inventors on musicality, design and engineering. Additionally, three People’s Choice awards, chosen by the standing-room-only crowd in attendance, were given for Best Performance, Best Instrument and Most Unusual Instrument.

First place went to Tolgahan Cogulu and his adjustable microtonal guitar. Swedish company Teenage Engineering came in second with their synthesizer the OP-1, and New York University music technology student Gao Jiafeng with TRI-O brought home third. The People’s Choice awards went to Tolgahan Cogulu (best performance), the Alphasphere (best instrument) and the Tree Guitar (most unusual instrument).

Overall winner Tolgahan Cogulu hails from Turkey where he received both Master of Music and Ph.D. degrees in classical guitar from Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music. His instrument allows for microtonal tunings used in non-western musical traditions to be accessed on a classical guitar by sliding or adding extra frets in specific locations on his patented fret board track. Cogulu currently teaches at the Istanbul Technical University, Turkish Music State Conservatory and Center for Advanced Studies in Music where he is working as an associate professor of guitar.

Swedish company Teenage Engineering took second place with their synthesizer the OP-1. The OP-1 is a portable music workstation incorporating a synthesizer, sampler, sequencer, multitrack recorder, drum machine, mixer and controller. Developed in Stockholm, the OP-1 was first released in late 2011. The device is the focal point of the 2010 music video for One by Swedish House Mafia.

Gao Jiafeng, a Chinese national who currently studies at New York University, received the third place prize for his algorithmic MIDI controller the TRI-O. The TRI-O is a controller that uses the lengths and area of an ever-changing triangle to allow for a more dynamic musical experience.

In total, $10,000 in cash prizes were awarded and presented by Tech alumnus Richard Guthman in honor of his musician wife, Margaret. The event is considered a hotbed for musicians and artists who are pushing the boundaries of music performance. Wired.com has called it the “X-Prize for music,” and contestants have likened it to a TED Conference for new musical instrument designers.

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Oregon Guitar Quartet CD Release

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cube Squared Records presents ‘World Tour’, the fifth full-length recording by the Oregon Guitar Quartet. In this project the venerable ensemble takes an imaginary musical tour of the planet, playing from the vast and rich world music traditions. Music from Japan, Java, China, Russia, Greece, Catalonia, Zimbabwe, Argentina and Mexico is masterly performed in newly created arrangements.

Critics and audiences alike have praised the Oregon Guitar Quartet’s performances and recordings - each has garnered international attention and airplay on hundreds of radio stations across the nation.

The Oregon Guitar Quartet is an ensemble of four of the finest classical guitarists working in the Pacific Northwest. The four members, David Franzen, John Mery, Jesse McCann and Bryan Johanson have come together to create a new chapter in the history of the classical guitar quartet. Their collective musical interests span centuries of repertoire and dozens of music styles. Each is an experienced performer with diverse background.

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Jérémy Jouve Receives Grammy Nomination

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, February 5, 2014

French guitarist  Jérémy Jouve received a Grammy Nomination for his album, Traveling Sonata - European Music For Flute & Guitar, which he co-produced with Viviana Guzman, for the category of Producer of the Year (Classical). Jouve won the GFA International Concert Artist Competition in 2003.

 


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Jennifer Trowbridge Joins Interlochen Faculty

Posted By Connie Sheu, Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jennifer Trowbridge has joined the faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts as the new instructor of guitar. The accomplished teacher and performer brings twenty years of experience in classical music, jazz, world music, and a range of popular styles. She has performed extensively in Chicago as well as New York, Jerusalem, Istanbul, and elsewhere.

"We are very pleased to welcome such a gifted and versatile performer to our guitar studio," said Kedrik Merwin, director of the music program at Interlochen. "Dr. Trowbridge will be able to help young guitarists develop their skills in multiple genres and styles, preparing them for success in higher education and beyond."

Trowbridge's recent collaborations include performing jazz guitar with Chicago Opera Vanguard's The Suitcase Opera, drum set with Chicago Tap Theater, and classical guitar with soprano Chelsea Morris. Her performance with tenor Bernard Holcomb (Lyric Opera of Chicago) was aired on Chicago's WFMT. She composed music for the award-winning documentary film, The Pantanal: Brazil's Forgotten Wilderness, televised on PBS, and has been the recipient of several grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

"It has been a wonderful experience as I begin this new phase of my career at Interlochen," said Trowbridge. "I get to teach in many different styles and work with students from all over the world - that international component is so valuable. The students bring so many different styles and interests but they are all so dedicated to their work. As a musician, it is just so rewarding to work in a place like this."

"It has been a wonderful experience to begin this new phase of my career at Interlochen," said Trowbridge. "I get to teach many different styles of guitar playing, and work with students from all over the world. That international component is extremely valuable, because it creates a multicultural classroom where students can learn so much from each other. As a teacher and as a musician, it is very rewarding to work in a place like this."

Students in the Interlochen guitar studio develop a wide range of skills that will prepare them for musical study in a college or conservatory setting, from reading notation to fretboard harmony to improvisation and developing solo repertoire. Young guitarists at Interlochen also benefit from regular performance opportunities around campus, often in collaboration with artists from other disciplines including large ensembles, dancer, and many of the other students at the fine arts school.

Founded in 1962, Interlochen Arts Academy is a fine arts boarding high school that challenges students artistically. Challenging college-preparatory academics complement their artistic studies and prepare the students for any future endeavor. Together, the students and faculty at the Arts Academy produce more than 250 arts presentations each year.

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New Partnership between Guitar Fair and LuthierBuilt

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Guitar Fair in Spain and LuthierBuilt have agreed to an important partnership. Guitar Fair will hold its first-ever annual musical instruments and makers exhibition this September in Málaga, Spain. Málaga is a beautiful city located on Spain's famous Costa del Sol.

Guitar Fair is going to be a major event. It will be of importance in 2014 and beyond to many artisans worldwide. Guitar Fair will lack the "noise" of industry-wide trade shows such as Musikmesse and NAMM. Its mission is fully-aligned with LuthierBuilt's.

A key aspect of this partnership is that artisans who are referred to Guitar Fair by LuthierBuilt will qualify for substantially discounted exhibitor pricing.

By partnering with us, Guitar Fair is demonstrating its confidence in LuthierBuilt's future role on behalf of artisans worldwide. Likewise, LuthierBuilt is confident that Guitar Fair will also play a major role expanding the market for artisans in Europe, North and South America, and elsewhere.

General information about Guitar Fair is available at http://guitarfair.net/.

To learn about LuthierBuilt, see http://luthierbuilt.net/.

For further information about exhibiting at Guitar Fair via a referral by LuthierBuilt, please contact Bob Newby, LuthierBuilt's founder, at bob@bobnewby.com.

LuthierBuilt - Where musicians and artisans meet, envision and create

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Sharon Isbin tours 'Guitar Passions' to 18 Cities

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 27, 2014 – by Jim Bessman

Grammy-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is teaming up with jazz guitar greats Stanley Jordan and Brazil’s Romero Lubambo for an 18-city GUITAR PASSIONS tour, which kicks off Jan. 30 at the Center for the Arts in Buffalo, N.Y., and runs through Feb. 27, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Key tour stops include the Lehman Center in New York City (Feb. 9), The Music Center at Strathmore in Washington DC (Feb. 13), the Music Hall in Detroit (Feb. 18), Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis (Feb. 19 and 20), Valley Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, Calif. (Feb. 23), and San Francisco (Feb 25). For details and cities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Georgia, Virginia and New Hampshire, see: http://www.sharonisbin.com/tour.html

The tour takes its name from Isbin’s 2011 album SHARON ISBIN & FRIENDS: GUITAR PASSIONS, which showcased her duets with friends including Jordan and Lubambo. The concerts will mix acoustic and electric guitars and feature music from Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Venezuela, as well as works by Jordan and Lubambo.

"It’s really thrilling to see people from different genres come together and create an entirely new voice, and a new concept, and a new style of playing,” says Isbin. "I’m looking forward to sharing the exciting alchemy of sounds and styles with Stanley and Romero in this tour and to ignite guitar passions across the country!”

Meanwhile, Isbin, who has recorded over 25 albums ranging from Baroque and Spanish/Latin music to crossover and jazz fusion, is the subject of a one-hour documentary, SHARON ISBIN: TROUBADOUR, which will debut later this year. Screenings include a New York City premiere April 10 at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium.

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Soloduo premieres Alexandre Tansman's "Sonatine" (1952) on Feb. 22, 2014

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, January 23, 2014

TANSMAN REDISCOVERED: Soloduo premieres Alexandre Tansman's "Sonatine" (1952) on Feb. 22, 2014

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Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela will give the world premiere of Alexandre Tansman's newly discovered "Sonatine" at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in San Francisco CA, USA, on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

This four-movement work was written by Tansman upon request of Andres Segovia one year after the composer's most famous guitar piece, "Cavatina". The Sonatine was originally composed for one imaginary guitar with extended polyphonic and harmonic resources: the use of a second guitar seems therefore more suitable to render its thick musical texture.

The Sonatine – edited by Angelo Gilardino, Luigi Biscaldi, and Frédéric Zigante – will be published by Bèrben Editions in 2014.

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Benjamin Verdery's 2014 Hawaii Guitar Class

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, January 23, 2014

Benjamin Verdery is excited to announce his 15th guitar class on the island of Maui in Hawaii from Tuesday, July 22 through Thursday, July 31, 2014. Joining him as guest teacher this year will be John Dearman, member of the Grammy Award–winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and director of the Guitar Chamber Music program at California State University, Northridge. Joining again this year as guest ukulele teacher and ensemble assistant will be Hawaiian guitarist and ukulele player Ian O’Sullivan, currently on the faculty of the University of Hawaii. Application deadline is January 29. For more information, please visit http://benjaminverdery.com.

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Results of the Pittaluga Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, January 23, 2014

RESULTS OF THE 46th INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF GUITAR M.PITTALUGA

Emanuele Buono (Italy) 1st Prize

Ekachai Jearakul (Thailand) 2nd Prize

Anton Baranov (Russia) 3rd Prize 

On Saturday, September 28, the long-awaited final round of the 46th International Competition for Classical Guitar Michele Pittaluga was held at the Theatre of Alessandria in Via Verdi. The finalists, all three well known in the world of the six strings, performed on the 18th International Conference on guitar with excellent guests, interesting topics for debate, musical moments, the delivery of the "Golden Guitars 2013", and a crowded exhibition-market of new publications, luthier makers, mechanical and items for guitar

The works for guitar and string quartet chosen for the final with skill and technique demonstrating competence and mastery of the instrument. The jury evaluated the performance and finally decided to give the first prize to Italian Emanuele Buono, according to the Thai Ekachai Jearakul the second prize and the third prize at the Russian Anton Baranov.

The jury was offered during the week the opportunity of a visit to the low hills of Monferrato wine tasting at the wineries of Strevi Marenco and an evening concert of Cherouana Lazhar (Pittaluga Winner in 2012) hosts of the City of Solero.

The Pittaluga from the last edition is the only competition in the world to have a section of the final interpretation with orchestra or string quartet and the only International Guitar Competition as a part of the World Federation of International Competitions in Geneva (WFIMC) due to proper management and the high artistic level expressed. The initiative has been awarded since 1997 the Gold Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, is held with the support of the President SE Giorgio Napolitano and with the patronage of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO.

Sponsors and donors of the initiative:
Department of Performing Arts Council of Ministry, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Alessandria and the Fondazione CRT, the Piedmont Region, the service club Rotary and Soroptimist of Alessandria, the Companies Metlac, Restiani, Guala Closures, Solvay, Paglieri, SAI Insurance company, some of the Companies sector such as the American D'Addario, the French Savarez, the Spanish Bolamar, the Soroptimist of Acqui and the Inner wheel of Alessandria, under the patronage of the Municipality and the Province of Alessandria.

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