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Summer Workshops with Judicael Perroy

Posted By Connie Sheu, 12 hours ago
This summer Judicaël Perroy, Classical Guitarist will teach two workshops.
One in Tignes in the middle of the  French alps with many prestigious teachers and high level students. The students will have class with Mr. Perroy each day in a beautiful environment.

There are also concerts given by the teachers and the students w/ the possibility to do chamber music with others. This festival is from July 21st to July 30th. Please see for more information.

The second workshop will happen in the south of France. There will be 2 guitar teachers (Perroy and Natalia Lipnitskaya There will be guitar class each day, along with concerts of the teachers and the students too with possibility to do chamber music with other high level students. This festival runs from July 29 to August 9. Please see

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Sudbury Guitar Trio Headlines Guitars Alive Concert April 12

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The Sudbury Guitar Trio headlines the 12th Annual Guitars Alive concert 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Cambrian College Amphitheatre playing traditional classical repertoire with pop, rock and world music arrangements. Opening acts feature the Sudbury Guitar Orchestra and guitar ensembles from Lockerby Composite, Lasalle Sec, Sudbury Sec, St. Charles College, St. Benedict, Chelmsford PS, and Levack PS schools. Featured soloists are 9-year-old Sudbury classical guitar sensations Gillian Zerwer and and 13-year-old Remi Fortin. The Sudbury Guitar Orchestra is a mix of classical, acoustic, finger-style, pick-style, and electric guitars featuring guitar students and enthusiasts from Sudbury district schools, private studios and community at large ages 6 to 60. Guitars Alive Sudbury promotes quality guitar education in our elementary, secondary and post secondary institutions. This event raises funds in support of guitar students and school programs in Sudbury.

Formed in 2011, the Sudbury Guitar Trio (SGT) is an internationally touring, classical guitar trio based in Sudbury, Ontario making its full-concert, Sudbury debut performance for Guitars Alive. The SGT made its international concert debut in 2013 in the United States followed by performances in Amsterdam, the SoundSCAPE Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy and the Festival di Bellagio in the Northern town of Bellagio, Italy. Returning summer 2014 for performances in England, Germany, and Finland. Performances in unconventional local venues and for charitable concert events and fundraisers in Sudbury, the SGT has been featured in newspapers and radio including The Sudbury Star, The Northern Life, The Columbus Dispatch, CBC radio and AMI accessible media. The SGT will feature a commissioned work by Brian Hulse, professor of music composition at William and Mary University in Virginia; who will be attendance at this world premiere in Sudbury.

“The trio did an excellent job covering and doing their own take on a wide variety of music ranging from classic rock, western and music of the Americas. There was something for everyone and everyone had a great time!” – SNAP Sudbury

The SGT are Allan Yzereef (BA Laurentian University, MM Ottawa University) is from Sudbury and a member of Dokis Bay First Nation. He is the guitar instructor at Laurentian University and Cambrian College, and the guitar representative for Kiwanis Music Festival in Sudbury. Keenan Comartin (BA Laurentian University, MM Ottawa University) is from Windsor. He is especially interested in arranging and performing new music and chamber works for guitar. Dr. Matthew Gould (DMA Arizona State University, MM University of Arizona, BM Peabody Conservatory) is the Director of Guitar Studies at Cambrian College. He is currently active performing internationally with Duo46 (Violin and Guitar) and the Strung Out Trio (Duo46 with piano) embracing music by living composers.

Since 2002, the mission of Guitars Alive has been to promote quality guitar education in our district elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions. For more than 12 years, GA has provided Sudbury area guitar students with high profile performance opportunities, scholarship monies for post-secondary and/or post-graduate studies and additional funds to purchase quality musical equipment and supplies. To date, Guitars Alive has awarded over $14,000.00 in scholarships, grants and donations to Rainbow D.S.B., Cambrian College and Laurentian University guitar students; to Rainbow D.S.B. elementary schools who are developing guitar programs, and to the Kiwanis Music Festival. In 2013, Guitars Alive Sudbury along with the Joan Mantle Music Trust helped Lockerby Composite purchase guitars for its new guitar program and Cambrian College purchase special orchestral guitars for the Sudbury Guitar Orchestra.

The concert takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:00pm at Cambrian College Amphitheatre (Rm.2226) – 1400 Barrydowne Rd, Sudbury. Tickets are $20 and available at the door and Cosmic Dave’s, Dupont’s Guitar Emporium, Guitar Clinic, Jett Landry Music, and Prom Music Centre. Seating is limited. For more information or reserve tickets contact Dr. Gould directly at (705) 923- 3546 or email at

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Sharon Isbin: "Troubadour' Film Debut; Grammy Hall of Fame Feature

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, April 09, 2014
New York, NY -- See the NEW YORK CITY premiere screening of SHARON ISBIN: TROUBADOUR THURSDAY APRIL 10 at 6pm, Bruno Walter Auditorium Film Series at LINCOLN CENTER (111 Amsterdam Ave., bet. West 64th-65th St). Free admission. Q&A with Sharon Isbin and producer Susan Dangel immediately follows the film. For information, see:

This 1-hour documentary portrait produced by Susan Dangel for PBS of the world’s premier classical guitarist shows us a trailblazing performer and teacher who over the course of her career has broken through numerous barriers to rise to the top of a traditionally male-dominated field. The film explores what it takes to nurture a dream against all odds to become a world class musician.

Performances are showcased from international concert stages to the GRAMMYs and the White House; guests include Joan Baez, Martina Navratilova, Garrison Keillor, David Hyde Pierce; rock legends Steve Vai, Janis Ian, Leslie Gore; composers Tan Dun, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Joan Tower; jazz greats Stanley Jordan, Paul Winter, fiddler Mark O’Connor; and many others.

The documentary premiered as the Official Selection of the Mpls-St. Paul International Film Festival:
"A loving, thoughtful and richly photographed documentary portrait of the world's most eminent classical guitarist. Isbin's story is an inspiration – from her ascent to the peak of the male-dominated field of classical guitar to her tireless championing of new works for guitar and quest for new musical worlds to conquer. Don’t miss it." Michael Anthony, critic, STAR TRIBUNE (Minneapolis)

"Sharon Isbin: Troubadour goes far beyond the expectations of an artist-portrait documentary. The result is a look inside a life as rich, dazzling, & engaging as the subject's acclaimed artistry, a highly entertaining portrayal of a seemingly unlikely life's journey."
Steve Hochman (music journalist, LOS ANGELES TIMES, KPCC,

"There aren’t many artists whose musical dots connect ELVIS PRESLEY, ANDRES SEGOVIA and ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD. But those are key points highlighted as SHARON ISBIN draws the rather complex, colorful picture of her wide-ranging musical accomplishments and the evolution of her tastes and sensibilities, not to mention astonishing skills behind them." Read the complete HALL OF FAME feature:

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Remembering Manuel Velazquez

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, April 07, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014

To all friends, colleagues and admirers of Velazquez guitars,

It is with great sadness to inform the world that Maestro Luthier Manuel Velazquez, born on Tuesday, February, 20 of 1917, has passed away on Thursday, April 4th of 2014 at 11:20am at the age of 97 years old.

We, the Velazquez family are deeply saddened for our loss of our patriarch who lovingly cared for us. However, we are very grateful that he passed away in the comfort and peace of his home and around his family. As a man of humble origins, he requested for a simple cremation and small memorial service within the family. We hope in the near future to make adequate preparations for a guitar concert in memory of his life’s work. 

We wish to thank all of his friends, colleagues and admirers for the wonderful recognitions and acknowledgements of his charming personality and dedicated artistry through his guitars. His wishes were always to be remembered as a simple man with a great love of the classical guitar. His passion will always be an inspiration not only for us, but for the whole music world who has heard or yet to hear of his instruments and great feats as a person.

Thank you for everyone's outpour of condolences during this time while we mourn and reflect from his wonderful and historical influence through his instruments.

On behalf of the Velazquez family,
Alfredo Velazquez

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Women of the Guitar Festival, April 11-13, 2014 - Buffalo, NY

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, March 13, 2014
Women of the Guitar
*4th Annual GLGS Guitar Festival & Competition
*April 11-13, 2014
*Buffalo State College
*Buffalo, NY
*Performances by an all-star all-female artist line-up
*Youth and Collegiate Level Competition (no set piece)
*Festival artists include: Martha Masters, Gaëlle Solal, Castellani Andriaccio Duo, Emma Rush, Gohar Vardanyan, Chaconne Klaverenga, Nicholas Goluses, Sungmin Shin, Alonso-Drummond Duo (ADDUO), and Eric Carlin

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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.

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2014 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Results

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, March 05, 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. 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 05, 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 01, 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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