Kazuhito Yamashita concert review, 1989

George A. Pepper's impressions of Kazuhito Yamashita's performance at the 1989 Texas GFA concert.

"Greetings Peter,

Love your site. Found it while looking up some info on Kazuhito Yamashita. Matanya Ophee and I were corresponding about him the past few days because I bought the De Fossa sheet music and Kazuhito's recording of it from him, and his articles do make for fascinating reading." (ed. note: read The Yamashita Chronicles by Matanya Ophee).

George A. Pepper - guitarist and composer, www.hucbald.blogspot.com
George A. Pepper - guitarist and composer, www.hucbald.blogspot.com

"I was at the 1989 GFA in Lubbock, Texas when Kazuhito Yamashita played the Dvorak New World Symphony.

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Review: In Friendship by Reza Ganjavi

In Friendship by Reza Ganjavi is a guitar album s characterised by a gorgeous guitar sound and an uplifting aesthetic.
In Friendship by Reza Ganjavi

Reza Ganzavi's first album "In Friendship" is characterised by a gorgeous guitar sound and an uplifting aesthetic.

The first track is possibly the most requested guitar piece in the world! I know it is at my acoustic gigs... the famous "Romanza", also known as "Spanish Romance", "Spanish Folk Tune", "Romance" and, who knows how many other names?

This lovely performance stands on it's own two feet - but what surprises and delights is the set of variations which follows. The guitar plays the standard Romanza arrangement again but acts as accompaniment to viola, violin, flute, mandolin, cello, oboe and voice as they play 'songs' of varying sentiment. The set would also make a nice piece played all on say violin and guitar or flute and guitar.

This effort gave me a fresh window into one of the guitar standards!

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Australian Premiere of 'The Peacemakers'

The Australian Premiere of "The Peacemakers" by Karl Jenkins will be performed at Macquarie Uni Auditorium next Sun Nov 2nd 2:30pm.

This is a wonderful piece full of engaging melodies and colourful orchestrations. As well as strings, wind and keyboard, the ensemble features some 'world music' colours with the Shakuhachi, Tin Whistle, Soprano Sax and Tablas. And guitar!

We had a great dress rehearsal on Sunday, with a fine 20 piece orchestra, under the baton of Sara Penicka-Smith and the 70-strong Macquarie Singers.

My Gerard Gilet concert classical guitar My Gerard Gilet concert classical guitar

I will be playing my Gerard Gilet concert classical. This is the first time I've had the opportunity to hear it in an orchestral setting. The guitar part by Jenkins was conceived as a fretless bass part which he transposes quite literally to the guitar. With the permission and oversight of the conductor Sara Penicka-Smith I took the liberty of adding more voices to some of the parts.

But what surprised me in rehearsal was how well the bottom three strings on this guitar sing melodically. The Gilet gives me awesome control of vibrato range and speed plus tone colour, and allows the guitar to blend in really well with the ensemble, speaking out when required.

So, be there or be square!

Bookings here

The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins

If you are in Sydney on the first Sunday in Novemember you might enjoy attending a concert at Macquarie University in North Ryde.

"The Peacemakers" by Karl Jenkins is a beautiful piece. I am playing guitar in it with the Macquarie singers (about 70 people) and a chamber orchestra.

Macquarie Singers

Here is a general video about the piece:

and another, a piece based on a Celtic folk tune:

Bookings here.

The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins