Newsletter July 2016

Dear Guitar Friends,

Please take note of three news items in this, our belated July missive:

Corvallis Guitar Society Day at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Do come and play if you have a mind to; we would especially welcome some finger-style players among the classical and flamenco types. And yes, it’s fine to strum chords and sing a tune or two, or play duets with another instrumentalist, guitarist or otherwise. We’re setting up 15-minute slots on the schedule; write to Tom Strini, at tstrini@gmail.com to arrange a time. As of this writing, only the 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and noon slots are filled. Please sign up; but if you just show up unannounced, we’ll still try to work you in. We’ll have microphones, chairs and music stands on site, and a canopy to keep you in the shade.

The Corvallis Farmers Market. Be there on July 23, when the Corvallis Guitar Society holds forth.
The Corvallis Farmers Market. Be there on July 23, when the Corvallis Guitar Society holds forth.

At the market, we’ll also have a table set up and staffed. Volunteers are welcome for that duty; email Strini. We will gather email addresses to expand our newsletter and talk up the society and its activities to passers-by. We’ll also be selling tickets to the Jaxon Williams program, which brings us to our next item.

CGS will present guitarist Jaxon Williams in an intimate concert at Troubadour Music Center, 521 S. 2nd Street, in Downtown Corvallis, at 8

guitarist jaxon williams
Corvallis Guitar Society presents Ashland native Jaxon Williams at Troubador Music on July 29.

p.m. Friday, July 29. Tickets are $15 at Grass Roots Books, at our table at the Farmers’ Market on July 23, and online via Brown Paper Tickets. ($16.52 including the Brown Paper handling fee.)

Williams, an Ashland native, won the Oregon high school classical guitar competition in 2005 and 2006, and several more prestigious competitions since then. He holds guitar performance degrees from Brigham Young University (BMus.) and Arizona State University (MMus.). This fall, he will begin his DMA program at the University of Southern California, where he will be graduate teaching assistant under William Kannengiser. On top of all that, Williams has studied both classical and flamenco guitar and concertized extensively in Spain. His Corvallis program will focus on music by Spanish composers.

On August 1, we will resume our normal monthly first-Monday meetings. As usual, we’ll meet at 7 p.m. on the third floor of Gracewinds Music, 137 SW 3rd Street. Enter via the alley way, next door south from the gyros shop. As usual, we invite attendees to add a little free-will cash, in lieu of dues, to the coffee can on the sign-up table.

Since we’re presenting Jaxon Williams on the Friday before the meeting, we won’t have a guest artist at our Monday meeting. On the upside, well expand both our ensemble reading time and our open-mike session. Be sure to download the ensemble selections — and brush up that piece you’ve been wanting to play in this semi-public, friendly, low-pressure setting.

 

Newsletter June 2016

Dear Guitar Friends,
What a great time we all had with the events surrounding the visit by the great guitarist Tavi Jinariu. The concert on Sunday June 5th featuring many of the works performed by Andre Segovia was truly wonderful. Tavi played a great program displaying his prodigious talent and truly emulating the philosophy of Segovia that it is ‘all about the music’! Thanks to everyone for the great turn-out despite the heat.

On Monday June 6th at Gracewinds Music, Tavi set a high bar for what we hope will be the first of many Master Classes presented by the Corvallis Guitar Society. Four students, Sofia, Paige, Paul, and Zoe performed wonderfully for Tavi who then worked with each student in turn to improve their playing and performance of the piece. Tavi’s generous spirit, knowledge, and musical genius combined to deliver valuable lessons to all of us who attended the class. If you have never been to a master class before, keep an eye open for the next one as they have a long tradition in music pedagogy (starting with Franz Liszt) and are a very valuable learning experience whether you perform in, or simply audit, the class.

Tavi Master Class

It was great to hear Tavi recount his life story at the Meet and Greet at The Troubadour on Tuesday June 7th as it pertains to the guitar from his childhood playing in Transylvania to his experience studying with Christopher Parkening in California. Hearing about his musical experiences and music philosophy as well as his teaching ethos endeared him greatly to those of us seeking to encourage and promote guitar playing. Tavi’s goal of “Putting the guitar back in the hands of the people” resonated strongly with Corvallis Guitar Society’s motto “Bringing local guitarists out of the woodwork” so I think we can expect to see Tavi involved in our future activities 🙂

Upcoming Events:
Looking forward please note there will NOT be a Corvallis Guitar Society meeting on Monday July 4th owing to the national holiday.

Monday August 1st 7pm – 9pm Guitar Society Meeting, Gracewinds Music – more details on that will follow.

Saturday July 23rd: The Guitar Society has booked a table at the Corvallis Farmers Market on July 23rd where we will be playing and handing out information. Please come on down and say hello!

In the meantime here is some news from a couple of very good friends of the Guitar Society who have been featured artists in the past – James Edwards and David Rogers. Here is another opportunity to catch up with them:

As of now: James Edwards has updated his website to make all the album downloads of his music free.  Sheet music for his arrangements is also available on the site. http://www.jamesbishopedwardsguitar.com/
Friday July 15th: Laura Wayte and Guitarist, David Rogers perform a concert of Spanish Songs and Joni Mitchell covers, Friday, July 15 at 7:00pm at Marks Ridge Winery, 29255 Berlin Rd., Sweet Home, OR 97386

 Saturday August 20th Musical Celebration of the life of Michael Fridley.

Thank you and Best Regards,
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society