Altamira Shanghai Guitar Festival

Altamira posterA personal take on this amazing event which had 450 contestants and 120 jury, and concerts and clsasses by Aniello Desiderio, Eliot Fisk, the Amadeus Duo, Emma Rush, Eva Beneke, Kuang Junhong, Beijing Quartet, etc and yours truly with a movement from
China Sings!” for guitar solo and Guitar orchestra

 

Interview with Rene Izquierdo

Rene

Iserlohn 2014 was a wonderful place to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
Here is an interview with Rene Izquierdo, whom I finally got to meet and listen to.

Iserlohn 2014 – photo impressions

Iserlohn 2014

Some photos of the festival – thanks to all who took part to make it a special place for making wonderful music and friends.

 

Marcelo Kayath: studio concert playing Buxtehude, Jolivet, Sor, & Nobre

selftaughtgirl’s recording of a radio broadcast from the 1980s of a studio concert by Marcelo Kayath:
Buxtehude: Suite in Em (arr Bream)
Jolivet: Comme un prelude
Sor: Sonata Op 15
Nobre: Prologo e Toccata

Rare performances of the Jolivet and Nobre and a nicely ornamented version of the Buxtehude Sarabande.
Also, here is a very interesting article in Guitar Salon International by Kayath which poses the question of whether the guitar is a miniature orchestra, and reflections on Bream and Segovia.

Here is a 17 year old Kayath playing Ponce

An interesting postscript is that In 1992 he went to Stanford to get his MBA and after graduating became an investment banker, eventually becoming co-CEO of Credit Suisse Investment Banking in Brazil, a $1 billion business!
Glad that a guitarist made it.
Luckily he can now afford to come back to the guitar

Miguel Llobet: original recordings introduced by Robert Spencer

Llobet

Something special -

selftaughtgirl’s recording of a radio broadcast from the 1980s in which Robert Spencer (a leading figure in the early music field, equally accomplished as a singer, lutenist, guitarist, musicologist and teacher) introduces recordings made by Miguel Llobet (3 in duo with Maria Luisa Anido).
Coste: Etude Op 38 No 23
Sor: Etude Op 35 No 22 (ie. Segovia #5)
Llobet: El Testament d’Amelia, El Mestre
Mendelssohn: Song without words Op 62 No 1
Albeniz: Evocacion
Aguirre: Huella
Llobet: Study in E (played by Leif Christensen)
Quijano: Estilo Popular Argentino

Gabriel Estarellas: studio concert playing Anon, Sor, Ponce, & Dodgson

Continuing our exploration of “historic” and rare guitar performances courtesy of selftaughtgirl, a radio broadcast from the 1980s of a studio concert by Gabriel Estarellas:
Anon.: Six Renaissance Dances
Sor: Variations on “Marlborough S’en Va T’en Guerre”, Op. 28
Ponce: Estrellita
Dodgson: Partita No 3 (first broadcast performance)

 

Shed of the Year 2014

The Shed of the year will be announced on the Channel 4 show with George Clarke

From http://www.readersheds.co.uk

Shed of the Year: Finalists revealed

A pub which holds 60 people, a stunning summerhouse and a giant teapot are among the front runners to win Shed of the Year.

More than 20,000 members of the public then voted for their favourites in eight separate categories, with each winner going through to the grand final on August 7.
The categories were eco shed, pub shed, garden office, Cabin/Summerhouse, unique, workshop/studio, Tardis and normal sheds.

Shame I was too late to enter.

 

Christopher Lee records heavy metal

Christopher Lee

Saruman rides again! This time, it’s a heavy metal version of “My Way” and selections from “Man of La Mancha” to celebrate his 92nd birthday last May. The new recording is called “Metal Knight”. Go, Sir Christopher!

Sir Christopher, who turned 92 on May 27, said: “The song My Way is a very remarkable song, it is also difficult to sing because you’ve got to convince people that what you’re singing about is the truth. It’s a man who is very proud of having achieved everything that he’s achieved his way.”
The actor, who said his version of the song was sung “more operatically” than Sinatra, also recorded two songs from the Man of La Mancha musical which is based on the character of Don Quixote.

Read more in Yahoo News

Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña

From NPR, a historic meeting

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Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by J.S. Bach and partnering with the world’s best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. I find his exuberance and their performance undeniably brilliant, inspiring and so completely universal.

Set List

  • Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in D Major K.33
  • Bach: Prelude in F major, BWV 927
  • Sabicas: “Farruca”
  • Peña: “El nuevo día (Colombiana)”

Credits
Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Olivia Merrion; Production Assistant: Meredith Rizzo; photo by Meredith Rizzo/NPR