Category Modern Repertoire

Gary Ryan plays Benga Beat

Guitarist and composer Gary Ryan plays Benga Beat, composed by Ryan in 2011. This comes via Guy Traviss on YouTube. I think I’ve featured this work on the site before but this video is so up close and high quality I…

Review: iv: american electric guitars by Giacomo Fiore

Check out this new release from Giacomo Fiore titled, iv: american electric guitars. You can listen to samples on his website. This is the second album of electric guitar compositions I’ve been sent recently, the last one being Adrian Verdejo’s Modern…

Jeseok Bang plays Fandango by Rodrigo

Fourteen year old guitarist Jeseok Bang plays Fandango by Joaquín Rodrigo on a 2003 Bernd Holzgruber via the Siccas Guitar on their YouTube. For a youth player he has an amazing control over his tone and articulations. Very well worked…

Ben Johnston: Ruminations (with John Schneider)

Microfest Records, 2014 Produced by John Schneider Album Notes via Microfest Buy or listen to samples via Amazon: Ben Johnston: Ruminations I was very excited to receive this new release filled with excellent performances and the intriguing music of Ben Johnston. Guitarist…

Marko Topchii Plays Villa-Lobos Etude 7

Ukraine born guitarist Marko Topchii playing Etude No. 7 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959). Here Marko is playing the preliminary round at the 3rd Changsha International Guitar Competition 2014, Changsha, China. Here are the results of the finals: 1st prize:…

Matt Palmer Plays La Joia by Vicente Asencio

Matt Palmer playing Vicente Asencio’s La Joia, from Collectici Intim, on a 2002 Edmund Blochinger classical guitar at the Guitar Salon International showroom in Santa Monica, CA. I really like Palmer’s playing, he has all the virtuosity of modern players but also…

Omán Kaminsky plays Thème varié et Finale Ponce

Omán Kaminsky plays Thème varié et Finale by Manuel M. Ponce. Originally from Mexico City, Kaminsky later studied in Holland with Zoran Dukic. Kaminsky sounds great here as he plays this classic work. I like watching him play as his…

Thomas Viloteau plays Suite Brasileira No.3 by Sergio Assad

Thomas Viloteau plays the last movement of the Suite Brasileira n°3 commissioned and dedicated to him by Sergio Assad. Intense and filled with Brazilian fun! Here’s some early biography of Viloteau via his website: “Born into a family of fine…

Sanel Redžić plays Etude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos

Sanel Redžić plays Etude No. 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos via Siccas Guitars. Here he is playing on a 1986 Kevin Aram. I like the rubato and directional phrasing he takes with this well known piece. Too often people just power through…

New Guitar Concerto by Clarice Assad

New Guitar Concerto by composer Clarice Assad via guitarist Marc Teicholz. Read the full article on newmusicusa.com. Here’s an excerpt: I am commissioning a guitar concerto from the well-known Brazilian composer Clarice Assad. Clarice is a uniquely qualified composer for…

Menino by Assad for Two Guitars & Cello

Sharpe Zohn Guitar Duo featuring Wendy Warner play Menino by Sérgio Assad for Two Guitars & Cello. You can also see this other video of Menino played by the Assad brothers themselves along with Yo-Yo Ma.  There’s also a CD titled Viva Brazil…

Eva Beneke plays Prelude by Frank Martin

Eva Beneke plays the Prelude from Quatre Pièces Brèves by Frank Martin on a 1948 Hermann Hauser I via Siccas Guitars on YouTube. I’ve always loved the Martin pieces for their musical language but always with a focus on melody…