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The Córdoba Guitar Festival 2018 Opens Tomorrow

The Córdoba Guitar Festival in Spain will celebrate its 38th edition from July 4 to July 14, 2018. This year, the highlights include guitar geniuses like Pat Metheny, Mike Stern and Vicente Amigo.

There will also be performances by rock stars such as the American band Kiss, which will perform the Plaza de Toros de Córdoba on July 12, with the Spanish group Mago de Oz as opening act.

 

Vicente Amigo

 

Other relevant events include performances by Randy Brecker, Jorge Drexler, Miguel Poveda, Los Secretos, Serrat, Marcin Dylla and Joao Bosco, among others.

The educational part of the festival includes twelve courses and a masterclass.

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Artist Profiles: Vassilis Ketentzoglou

Vassilis Ketentzoglou

Greek composer, guitarist and musicologist Vassilis Ketentzoglou was born in 1979 in Athens and grew up in Rhodes island. He is formally a classical-trained classical guitarist and composer and holds a BMus from Royal Holloway, University of London, a MMus in Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music (London) and several other degrees of music from the Hellenic Conservatory, Athens. In parallel to his classical studies, Vassilis has always been interested in other types of music; mainly, traditional music from the Middle East and the Balkans, jazz, flamenco and Latin American.

Vassilis’ main instrument is the classical guitar (which he plays in his own “ethnic” way, incorporating sounds and techniques from the flamenco guitar and the ud) and a currently not-so-well-known “new” instrument, the fretless guitar. He plays various other Greek and Middle-Eastern string instruments as well and enjoys improvising very much.

His compositions encompass many different styles – from orchestral music to Greek and Spanish songs, and from microtonal Middle-Eastern melodies on various “exotic” odd-time signatures to ethnic jazz fusion pieces. His music has been awarded in various composition competitions in Greece. Apart from composing his own music, Vassilis enjoys re-arranging and re-harmonizing various traditional and folk Greek songs.

Currently, he works as a guitarist accompanying various well-known Greek singers in concerts.

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Masterful String Intensity by Kittel & Co.

Kittel & Co. – Whorls (Compass Records, 2018)

Whorls is the debut album of a superb string band led by fiddler Jeremy Kittel, who was a member of the renowned Turtle Island Quartet. The ensemble features 5 talented musicians who deliver an exquisite mix of American and Celtic roots music, jazz and classical music.

The majority of the tracks on Whorls are instrumental, showcasing the instrumentalists’ virtuosity, improvisatory skills and melodic creativity. Mesmerizing vocals are featured on two tracks, provided by Kittel and Sarah Jarosz, who adds spellbinding ethereal harmonies.

The lineup on Whorls includes Jeremy Kittel on violin, viola and vocals; Josh Pinkham on mandolin; Quinn Bachand on guitar; Nathaniel Smith on cello and organ; and Simon Chrisman on hammered-dulcimer. Guest: Sarah Jarosz on vocals.

Whorls is a masterfully-crafted with stellar violin, cello, mandolin, guitar and hammered dulcimer performances.

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Cordoba Guitar Festival Announces 2018 Courses and Master Classes

Acclaimed international guitar event Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will offer twelve courses and two master classes in 2018.

The festival includes concerts by some of the world’s finest guitarists, such as Vicente Amigo and Pat Metheny. Additionally, the festival regularly features workshops and master classes I the areas of flamenco, classical music and jazz.

Classical guitar

Prestigious Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer returns to Córdoba to teach a classical guitar course on styles and articulation. It will be on July 6 and 7.

During July 6-8, the festival welcomes Polish renowned musician Marcin Dylla, who will work with his students on different and effective techniques to improve the interpretation.

Manuel Barrueco will offer an interpretation course on July 9 and 10; while David Russell will teach his technical workshop on July 10 and 11.

Paraguayan Berta Rojas will lead the final classical guitar educational program on July 12 and 13 with a course on the work of Barrios and Lauro, the classical guitar in Latin American music.

Flamenco guitar

The flamenco guitar is the other great pillar of the training program. On this occasion, four of the most prestigious masters of the national and international scene will assemble in Cordoba. The series begins with Juan Manuel Cañizares, who will teach a workshop of flamenco guitar technical exercises to develop improvisation from July 5 to 7.

Maestro José Antonio Rodríguez will lead a course July 8-10 dedicated to the flamenco concert guitar.

Meanwhile, Paco Jarana will conduct a workshop July 8-9 dedicated to flamenco guitar accompaniment.

Legendary guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar will present his traditional flamenco guitar course which he has called “Architecture and pillars of flamenco.”

Flamenco Dance

Each year, the Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba reserves a section of its formative program to flamenco dancing. On this occasion, the instructors will be María Pagés, Eva Yerbabuena and Javier Latorre, who will teach their classes at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

Master classes

Finally, the 38th Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will host two master classes. The first will feature jazz guitarist Mike Stern as the protagonist and will be held on July 9 at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

The second master class will take place on July 13 at the Góngora Theater, led by prestigious Brazilian guitarist João Bosco. Attendance at these master classes includes free admission to their respective concerts.

More information about the concerts, workshops, and discounts for students at www.guitarracordoba.es

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Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins, Two Exceptional Guitarists from Brazil

Daniel Santiago & Pedro Martins – Simbiose (Adventure Music, 2018)

Simbiose is an exquisite guitar album by two of Brazil’s finest guitarists: Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins. It’s a delightful set of interactions between acoustic and electric guitars with the addition of mesmerizing wordless vocals.

Most of the compositions are by Daniel Santiago except for one, where Pedro Martins takes the lead. The captivating music contains contemporary acoustic, jazz, classical and Brazilian traditional music elements.

Daniel and Pedro are friends, who grew up Brasilia. Daniel Santiago plays the acoustic guitar and Pedro Martins is on electric guitar. Both musicians provide vocals as well.

Simbiose is a masterfully constructed album filled with emotion and virtuosity.

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State of the Art Guitars and Happy Times for Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola – Opus (earMUSIC, 2018)

Although Al Di Meola became famous as an outstanding and pioneering jazz-rock fusion guitarist, he’s demonstrated throughout the years that his music goes much further, crossing numerous musical boundaries. Opus is a very special album. Here, Al Di Meola showcases his talent as a musician and composer in various ways.

Musically, Al Di Meola treats the listener to an exquisite set of original shape-shifting pieces where you’ll find jazz, fusion, classical, Italian music, flamenco and Argentine musical influences.
More impressive is the fact that Al Di Meola plays practically every instrument on the album. In addition to guitars, he also plays percussion, keyboards and bass and does a great job indeed. In a handful of tracks, Al Di Meola has guest musicians on piano, keyboards and drums.

The recording of the guitars is pure delight. On every track you’ll hear a mix of guitars all played by Al Di Meola. The mixing lets you enjoy guitars on different channels, delivering masterful interplay. In addition, he adds soft ambient electric guitar effects that coat lightly the acoustic guitar sounds.

Al Di Meola uses his favorite Conde Hermanos acoustic nylon guitar throughout the album along with his trademark spectacular electric guitar solos. Conde Hermanos make some of the best guitars in the world and they sound splendid in Al Di Meola’s hands.

With Opus, I wanted to further my compositional skills as I think that the evolution of this part of my persona has labelled me more composer-guitarist than guitarist-composer”, articulates Di Meola. “For the first time in my life, I have written music being happy, I’m in a wonderful relationship with my wife, I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspires me every day. I believe it shows in the music.”

 

 

Opus features Al Di Meola on guitars, cajon, snare, toms, drums, bass, electric effects; Kemuel Roig on acoustic piano; Dario Eskenazi on keyboards; Richie Morales on drums; and Rhani Krija on percussion.

Opus is a magnificently-crafted, genre defying album by one of the finest guitarists in the world, Al Di Meola.

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Artist Profiles: Sebastião Tapajós

Sebastião Tapajós

Sebastião Tapajós was baptized with Amazon water. He was born in 1944 on his Father’s boat, close to the town of Santarem, where the Rio Tapajós flows into the Amazon. Very early he started playing Choros and Boleros on the guitar. Later he was trained in classical guitar playing in the conservatories of Belem and Rio.

In 1964 Tapajós traveled to Lisbon (Portugal) to continue his studies, and from there he went to Madrid (Spain), studying with Emilio Pujol. During that period he started to perform throughout Europe.

Tapajós returned to Brazil, residing in Belem first and later in Rio de Janeiro. In Rio his classical studies mingled with the influences of the Música Popular, the Samba and the Bossa Nova. Since 1973 he’s toured Europe and Japan several times, appearing in TV shows and receiving the German Critics Award for his lifetime achievements as a musician. As a composer and arranger he participated in many Brazilian productions and he recorded more than 30 albums during the years. Sebastião Tapajós is known in Europe as one of the greatest living Brazilian Guitarists

Discography:

Apresentando Sebastião Tapajós e Seu Conjunto (1963)
O Violão e…Tapajós (1968)
Sebastiao Tapajos + Pedro dos Santos (1972)
Guitarra Fantástica (1976)
Violão & Amigos (1979)
Guitarra Criolla (1982)
Zimbo Convida Sebastião Tapajós (1982)
Maurício Einhorn & Sebastião Tapajós (1984)
Visões Do Nordeste (1986)
Painel (1986)
Villa-Lobos (1987)
Lado a Lado, with Gilson Peranzzetta (1988)
Terra Brasis (1989)
Brasilidade, with João Cortez (1989)
Reflections, with Gilson Peranzzetta (1990)
Instrumental No Ccbb, with Gilson Peranzzetta, Maurício Einhorn and Paulinho Nogueira (1993)
Amazônia Brasileira, with Nilson Chaves (1997)
Ontem e Sempre (1997)
Afinidades, with Gilson Peranzzetta (1997)
Da Minha Terra, with Jane Duboc (1998)
Acorde Violão (2001)
Do Meu Gosto (2001)
Solos do Brasil (2001)
Choros e Valsas do Pará (2002)
Cristina Caetano interpreta Sebastião Tapajós & Parceiros (2010)
Tempo de Espera (2010)
Conversa de Violões, with Sérgio Abalos (2011)
Cordas do Tapajós, with Sérgio Abalos (2011)
Suíte das Amazonas – (2012)
Painel (Remasterização) (2012)
Da Lapa ao Mascote (2013)
Aos da Guitarrada (2013)
Violões do Pará, with Salomão Habib (2014)

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Artist Profiles: Paulo Bellinati

Artist Profiles: Paulo Bellinati was born September 22, 1950 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has long been recognized as one of Brazil’s top contemporary guitarists and compozser as well. John Williams, Badi Assad, Cristina Azurna, The Assad Duo, The Strano Sisters, Shinichi Fukuda, Timothy Kain, Eduardo Isaac, Ricardo Cobo, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima are among the list of world class performers playing and recording his music.

In a contemporary approach to musical folklore, Bellinati presents the various musical styles of Brazil including Lundu, Modinha, Schottisch, Seresta. Maxixe, Baiao. Maracatu, Frevo, and Xaxado, and recreates them using all of the resources available to the modern guitar composer.

Discography:

The Guitar Works of Garoto (GSP, 1991),
Guitares du Bresil (GHA, 1991)
Serenata – Choros & Waltzes of Brazil (GSP, 1993)
Afro-Sambas (GSP, 1996)
Lira Brasileira (GSP, 1996)
Genuinamente Brasileiro (Movie Play, 1999)
New Choros of Brazil (Acoustic Music Records, 2007)
A Felicidade (GSP, 2009)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000003WFQ?ie=UTF8&tag=musidelmund-20&camp=1789&linkCode=xm2&creativeASIN=B000003WFQPingue Pongue, with Cristina Azuma (Delira Música, 2011)

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Artist profiles: Strunz & Farah

Strunz & Farah

Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah, originally from Costa Rica and Iran respectively, have pioneered a new expression for the acoustic guitar. Bringing the cultural riches of their native lands to their highly virtuosic rhythmic and improvisation-rich original compositions these “fieras de la guitarra” (“wild animals of the guitar”) have profoundly influenced guitarists everywhere creating a new genre.

Jorge given his first guitar at age 6 grew up in a Caribbean environment, playing flamenco and classical guitar, incorporating jazz, Afro-Latin and Latin American folk forms. Ardeshir Farah was raised in Iran and England and also played guitar since childhood focusing on popular music and improvisation. Both began performing professionally in their early teens.

The travels of his diplomat father brought Jorge to the United States while Ardeshir arrived as a student of architecture. Fortune and music brought the two together when Ardeshir came to see Jorge perform with his Latin jazz-fusion group Caldera (which put out 4 albums on Capitol). When the two guitarists subsequently met it was instantly obvious that they were brothers of the guitar from opposite ends of the earth. They quickly prepared a repertoire began performing and recorded their first project ‘Mosaico’ in 1980.

Although record companies at that time were not yet ready for this exotic new music, jazz radio embraced it enthusiastically and the duo caught the attention of Milestone with whom they put out two CDs in the early 1980s ‘Frontera’ and ‘Guitarras’.

The intimate audiophile recording ‘Misterio’ was commissioned and recorded by Waterlily Acoustics in 1989. Following this came the phenomenally successful recordings ‘Primal Magic’ (1990) and ‘Americas’ (1992) on Mesa/Atlantic which won Billboard’s World Music Album of the Year and a Grammy nomination respectively.

The artists then started their own record company Selva as an artist-friendly alternative to the majors and put out ‘Heat of the Sun’ (top 1 Billboard World Music chart) and ‘Live’ the artists’ first live performance recording. Strunz & Farah received back the rights to ‘Primal Magic’ and ‘Americas’ which were re-released on Selva, an indepent label owned by the artists and distributed independently.

On Stringweave, Strunz and Farah are accompanied by guests such as Indian violin master Dr. L. Subramanian. Puerto Rican cuatro virtuoso Edwin Colón Zayas. Persian violinist Bijan Mortazevi and many others.

Discography:

Mosaico (1982, Reissued on Selva 1997)

Frontera (Milestone 1984)

Guitarras (Milestone 1985)

Misterio (AudioQuest 1989)

Primal Magic (1990, Reissued on Selva 1999)

Americas (1992 Reissued on Selva 1999)

Heat Of The Sun (Selva 1995)

Live (Selva 1997)

Wild Muse (Selva 1998)

Best of Strunz &Farah (Selva 2000)

Stringweave (Selva 2001)

Rio de Colores (Selva 2003)

Zona Torrida (Selva 2004)

Desert Guitars (Selva 2005)

Jungle Guitars (Selva 2006)

Fantaseo (Selva 2006)

Journey Around The Sun (Selva 2011)

Moods and Visions (Selva 2014)

DVD

In Performance (2003)

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Artist Profiles: Federico Ramos

Federico Ramos was born in the small town of 33 (Treinta y Tres) in Uruguay. He mastered the flamenco guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, Spain and hanging out with his “brothers” the gypsies of the southern Spanish coast.

Besides the guitar, Federico has mastered the saz, charango, oud and guimbri among other string instruments. Federico has played and colaborated with Jackson Browne, Milton Nascimento, Mark Isham, Strunz & Farah, and Yusef Lateef among other greats.

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