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David Russell, St Louis, MO, March 24, 1012

David Russell will be performing a recital concert in St Louis, Saturday, the 24th.  He is touring in support of his new CD effort: Grandeur of the Baroque.   The concert is hosted by the St Louis Classical Guitar Society.  There will be a master class with Mr Russell on Sunday @ 3 pm (CST).

Sat, 03/24/2012 – 8:00pm

The Ethical Society
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117

The picture is hilarious, eh?  It is from the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society’s page.  Great job!


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In review, The Romero Family, St Louis, MO, Feb 18, 2012

 What can I write that hasn’t been written before on the history, legacy, musicality or quality of a Romero family performance?  I struggle to conjure one unique perspective to share (more so that usual).  I will tell you about Set I where Pepe came out onstage to enthusiastic applause.  The title of the piece on the program is “Farrucas” by P. Romero.  Pepe announced a change in the program.  “Instead of performing the Farrucas’, he says, ‘there has been a request for the “Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra)” by Fransico Tárrega.  And, so I will play this piece now and the Farrucas in the second program.”  So, with the announcement, the audience gasped in anticipation and approval.  Obviously, to the masses, the Recuerdos is the ultimate guitar work (in my opinion).  It was a wonderful experience to see the smiles and fascination in the audience that night.  When Pepe finished there was a collective sigh from the audience (really, everyone sighed).  Amazing.  Unforgettable. 




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St Louis Classical Guitar Society offers Los Romeros Guitar Quartet February 18th.

When:  Sat, 02/18/2012 – 8:00pm

Where: Music Center of Washington University, 560 Trinity Avenue at Delmar in University City, MO 63130

FOR TICKETS CALL: 314 935-6543
Mon-Fri 10 am – 4 pm and Sat 10 am – 2 pm
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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet with Phil Proctor in Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote…, St Louis, October 19th, 2011

Thanks to St Louis Classical Guitar Society for the heads-up email!

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote: Words and Music from the Time of Cervantes

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 8 pm at the Sheldon Concert Hall

“—-Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear the ever-popular Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in a totally new way: on Wednesday, October 19, they will present an innovative theatrical/musical work inspired by the timeless DON QUIXOTE!

—-With the brilliant comedian Phil Proctor (of Firesign Theatre fame), they’ll perform a three-act, multi-media show that illuminates the humor, pathos and surrealism of Cervantes’ novel.

—-Accompanying the virtuoso narrative (Mr. Proctor will portray more than a dozen characters) LAGQ will play William Kanengiser’s ingenious arrangements of Spanish Renaissance music, featuring many “greatest hits” of the Golden Age. In addition to this ambitious stage production, LAGQ will  also play some of their concert favorites, including Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” and Bizet’s “Carmen.”

—-Be a part of history!  The performance will be videotaped by Mel Bay Records for release as a commercial DVD.

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Jorge Caballero, St Louis, MO, Sept. 24th 2011.

Jorge Caballero

Sat, 09/24/2011 – 8:00pm

The Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road St. Louis, MO 63117

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted and this Summer has been a whirlwind of everything-other-than-guitar happenings.  I wasn’t sure if the Autumn would match the Spring (as far as concerts and recitals).  I’d say it will and then some.  The St Louis Classical Guitar Society has an extraordinary lineup for this year’s season (kudos to SLCGS).

Jorge Cabellero is the first concert in a fantastic lineup of performers for the 2011/2012 season.  I am sure this will be an unforgettable concert by Mr Caballero.

“Jorge Caballero, known for performing the most difficult pieces in the guitar’s repertoire, won top prizes at the Tokyo International Competition,  the First Latin American Guitar Competition, and the prestigious Naumburg International Competition (1996).  Allan Kozinn of the New York Times called him a “superb young guitarist.” His performance will include Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

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In Review, Athens Guitar Trio, St Louis, MO, March 26, 2011

Unfortunately, I did not attend the concert.  Please let me know if you were there and can add a synopsis.

Athens Guitar Trio are scheduled to perform in St Louis for the St Louis Classical Guitar Society.

When: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 8:00 PM
Where: The Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117

“Emergence” CD release available @  CD Baby

Q & A with the Athens Guitar Trio (Dusty Woodruff)

How did the AGT form?  How long have you all been performing together?

The AGT officially formed in the early part of 2005 at the University of Georgia under the direction of John Sutherland.  This year is our seventh year together!   The trio is made up of Rylan Smith, Matt Anderson, and me (Dusty Woodruff).  Interestingly, we were not originally a trio.  Initially–in 2004 I think–Rylan, I, and two other guitarists formed a thrown-together guitar quartet with no name.  We played one recital that featured works by Faure, de Falla, and Domeniconi.  Not long after, one of the members dropped out of school and left town.  Matt, a new graduate student at UGA at the time, filled in and became the missing link.  I think we had one rehearsal as a new quartet before another member left.  At that point we decided to remain a trio.  After about the first year together we realized we had something special and enjoyed playing together, so we decided to try to do it professionally.  We went the standard route for an ensemble name (town + instrument + size!): The Athens Guitar Trio. 

I am listening to your CD ‘Emergence’.  Very nice work.  How did the recording sessions go?  I imagine with 3 guitarists and nerves, the sessions can be tedious.

Thank you for the compliment!  We worked very hard on that CD and we learned so much about ourselves and the recording process in doing so.  It was a tedious process, but we also had a great friend named Greg Brown produce the album and provide guidance.  I think the tediousness came from the fact that each one of us is a perfectionist, and even if a take was played well, it was sometimes scraped because it was lacking something – musically speaking.  It was interesting to work with Greg because he thinks on more of a vocal/choral level (he also composed a set of pieces that are on the first album), and he gave us another, non-guitarist point of view; he ended up catching things in our rehearsals that we never would have thought of on our own.
I cannot remember the exact name of the microphone or anything technical like that, but our recording technicians (and friends), Doug Moore and Will Marlow, practically insisted that we record only using one microphone.  As a result, our CD Emergence does not have an overly “produced” sound.  It does a better job of capturing our real sound:  what you hear is what you get.  For instance, balance issues between instruments can be adjusted post-recording if each player is using a separate microphone to a separate channel.  In our case, with one mic, there was very little we could do for a note that was overplayed or underplayed, etc.  This forced us to really concentrate on perfecting our ensemble during the preparation for the album.  We came out of the sessions a much better ensemble than went in.  Also, the resulting product was one that we were all very happy with and a recording that was a little raw (and, in my opinion, shares hints of having a live recording sound.)  

You are playing in St Louis this weekend.  Are you on ‘tour’?  Are there upcoming concerts scheduled?

We are very excited to play in St. Louis this weekend since we have all heard so much about it.  But none of us has actually been there.  I think the arch and the BBQ are high on my list (and maybe a brewery!).  This concert is the last on our 2010-11 season though.  We have concerts lining up for the 2011-12 season already though.  Just off hand, we have some in Idaho, Oregon, Texas, and Georgia.  Also, our international management has mentioned some feedback in Mexico City, but we’ll see if that leads anywhere!  We will be gearing up for the 2011-12 season over the summer with some new repertoire which . . . leads me to your next question! 

Any new CD releases planned?

As mentioned before, we are working on some new repertoire for a couple new CDs.  We want to perform our works as much as possible before we record so what we record sounds refined both from a technical stand-point and from a musical stand-point.  If we listen to a live recording of something that we played a year or two ago in comparison to the same piece played now, it usually sounds significantly different as we have had more time to get to know the work and tease out the musical nuances that are hidden within.  As a result of this “philosophy,” we have enough new repertoire for at least one and a half new CD’s, but it is a mixed bag of various genres and styles.  We plan to concentrate our efforts on an album that celebrates American composers specifically (some new arrangements are in order – maybe some William Bolcom and some more Joplin to highlight two different sides to ragtime).  Some pieces planned for this album will be on our program in St. Louis, such as Gottschalk’s Banjo and Joplin’s Ragtime Dance. We’ve discussed recording our next 2 CD’s at the same time, since we also have the repertoire to do a “European” album.  But we’ll see…

Finally the name.  Are you all from Athens Georgia?  Because, you gus don’t look Mediterranean.

Yes, we are from the “Classic City” of Athens, Georgia.  Actually, we have been finding that there are a lot of cities with that name here in the US, so specifics are in order!  Only Rylan and I live in Athens.  Matt lives in the Atlanta area.  It is likely that one day all three of us could end up in a surrounding community that is outside of Athens.  But the Athens Guitar Trio name will always remain since we are all very committed to what we are doing, and Athens will always be the name that brought us together.


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