The recent release of the new e-book biography Jorge Morel: The Remarkable Journey of a Legendary Guitarist/Composer, by J. Vincent Moran, inspired us to go digging for cool performances of some of Morel’s compositions. Here’s a fantastic version of perhaps his best-known piece, “Danza Brasilera,” played by Tavi Jinariu on a 2013 Richard Reynoso guitar in the showroom of Guitar Salon International in Santa Monica, California, in 2013.
Based in Southern California, Jinariu, was born and raised in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, the son of Gypsy musician parents. He took up the guitar at a young age, and his proficiency on the instrument eventually earned him a scholarship that enabled him to study in the L.A. area with Christopher Parkening (and also John Nelson) on his way to a degree. He won numerous competitions and has played extensively in the United States and Europe. He also teaches at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Calif. A studio version of “Danza Brasilera” appears on Jinariu’s 2014 CD Reflections Along the Way.