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.
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 🙂
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,
President, Corvallis Guitar Society