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Arlen, Takemitsu, Dylla: A Winning Combination for “Rainbow”

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To celebrate what would have been the 85th birthday of the great composer and arranger Toru Takemitsu on October 8, we're sharing this splendid version of Marcin Dylla performing Takemitsu's beautiful arrangement of Harold Arlen's immortal "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on a 1999 Fleta guitar.


Banff Centre Closes Second Year of Guitar Residency


The Banff Centre, the esteemed Alberta, Canada-based arts-culture-education hub, has wrapped the second year of its guitar-residency program. The center, which welcomed back the guitar residency in 2014 after a several decades-long hiatus and a change in program philosophy, was gifted a donation to resurrect the program for a three-year period. “We had a lot [...]


Roland Dyens Continually Defies Convention with his Bold Playing and Diverse Compositions


by Kathleen Bergeron Roland Dyens is one of the most exciting classical guitarists alive, although “classical guitarist” is a term that limits him. He plays more than classical music, delving into such diverse areas as tango, jazz, and pop. And he’s more than a guitarist, in that he has written several of what have become [...]

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West Dean Classical Guitar Fest Is Another Winner

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  The 24th West Dean College International Classical Guitar Festival and Summer School, held in rural West Sussex, England, from August 15-21, was once again a grand success from all accounts. This was the third year it was helmed by festival director Andrew Gough (following many years with John Mills in that position), and as [...]


Gear Review: The Mérida Extrema Trajan T25-CES Plays Like a Dream


Versatile Classical by Adam Perlmutter With its excellent playability, warm and balanced voice, and handsome organic design, Mérida Extrema’s Trajan T25-CES is an instantly likeable guitar. While the instrument would be a smart choice for a burgeoning classical guitarist, its cutaway and built-in Fishman electronics package encourages exploration in other arenas, as well. Over the [...]

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Berta Rojas Nominated for Latin Grammy


The latest album by Paraguayan classical guitarist Berta Rojas, Historia Del Tango, recorded with the Argentine chamber group Camerata Bariloche, has been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the “Best Tango Album” category. The ceremony will take place on November 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can find CG’s [...]

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