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  • Guitar SoundingsVolume 58, Number #6 Established 1958 November/December 2017

    A publicAtion of the SeAttle clASSic GuitAr Society

    Table of Contents

    Brasil Guitar Duo 20172018 International Series......12Master Class Info, SCGS Holiday Concert......................2Frye Art Museum Guitar Concerts..................................3Events Calendar...........................................................45Member News, CD Review.............................................5Open Mic Info, SCGS Contact Info...............................6Ticket Order Form..........................................................7

    20172018 InternatIonal ConCert SerIeS

    November 18, 2017 Brasil Guitar DuoMarch 3, 2018 Xuefei YangMay 5, 2018 Jrmy Jouve

    Tickets for the International Guitar Concert Series may be purchased at Rosewood Guitar

    Store: 206-297-8788, Benaroya Box Office: 206-215-4747 or online at:

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    SCGS 20172018 InternatIonal ConCert SerIeSpreSentS BraSIl GuItar Duo

    All performances take place at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 7:30 PM

    BraSIl GuItar Duo (BrazIl) Sat. nov. 18th, 7:30 pmSCGS is thrilled to present Brasil Guitar Duo on our series for

    the first time! Brasil Guitar Duo, a 2006 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar maga-zine for its maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity, is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series. Its innovative program-ming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, result-ing in a full global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. The Duo has appeared internationally on major concert series and at festivals in Cuba, Germany, England, South Korea, Colombia, Brazil, Austria, Panama, Poland, and Bermuda.

    Committed to performing new chamber music employing the guitar, the Duo joined cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto in the Octo-ber 2014 world premiere of El arco y la lira, a work for two cellos and two guitars by the esteemed Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. On the same program, a highlight of the sixth annual Festival Leo Brouwer in Havana, the Duo gave the Cuban premiere of Brouwers Sonata de Los Viajeros.

    Brasil Guitar Duo actively strives to expand the repertoire for two guitars, with Lora contributing works of his own and Luiz arranging both classical and Brazilian music. Appearing frequently in diverse non-traditional spaces, the Duo brings a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos (Bach, Sor, Scarlatti, Debussy, etc.) combined with such traditional Brazilian dance forms as choro, samba, maxixe, and baio.

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    BraSIl GuItar Duo maSter ClaSS SunDay, novemBer 19th, 2017 10:00 am BreChemIn auDItorIum uW muSIC Department

    Brasil Guitar Duo Master Class will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the University of Washington Music Department, in Brechemin Auditorium at 10:00 AM. We will be scheduling 4 performers. The performance fee is $40 per player. If you are interested in performing in the master class and/or applying to the David Marshall Scholarship Fund to cover the fee, please submit online at or send a completed application form (PDF or Email Text) to: [email protected]. The deadline to apply for both the Master Class and the David Marshall Scholarship is Monday, November 6, 2017. Selected players and scholarship recipients will be notified by Monday, November 13. The Master Class is open to auditors, and the fee to attend is $10.00. University of Washington students may audit the class for free. Duos and ensembles encouraged to apply.

    If you are interested in applying to the David Marshall Scholarship Fund to cover the application fee, please submit an online scholarship application form at or send a completed application form (PDF or Email Text) to [email protected]. Please note that there is a limit of one David Marshall Scholarship award per student for each season.

    Duo members Joo Luiz and Douglas Lora met in So Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for more than fifteen years. The Duos primary studies were with Henrique Pinto, Fabio Zanon, Paulo Martelli, Sergio Abreu, and Alice Artz. Douglas Lora earned his Masters degree at the University of Miami as a student of Dr. Rene Gonzalez. Joo Luiz received his Masters degree from Mannes College the New School for Music under Michael Newman, and with sponsor-ship from the Augustine Guitar Scholarship Fund he received a Doctoral degree at Manhattan School of Music as a student of David Leisner. He is head of the guitar department at the State University of New York-Purchase, and also teaches guitar at New Jersey City University.

    The Brasil Guitar Duo works at a high level of musical achievement.Every aspect of their playing was magnificent Free Times

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    SCGS annual holIDay FunD-raISInG ConCertFrIDay, DeCemBer 1St at 7:00 pm

    neW loCatIon thIS year! >>> Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

    Mark your calendars for the Seattle Classic Guitar Society Annual Holiday Fund-Raising Concert on Friday, December 1st at 7:00 PM at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA. Parking is available behind the church and on the street. This concert is a fund-raiser for the non-profit Seattle Classic Guitar Society.

    Come and join the festivities of the season with beautiful music, refreshments, and wonderful guitar friends! Featuring amateur, semi-professional and professional players in various ensembles, the SCGS Annual Holiday Concert offers the opportunity for all to share their love of the classical guitar in performance or in supporting the many participants.

    The Guitar Society is also using this event to support those in need by partnering with one of Seattles food banks for a non-perishable food drive. The suggested donation for admission is $10, or $8 with the donation of a non-perishable food item.

    Guitar Orchestra Play-Along at the SCGS Holiday Concert Everyone is welcome to play along with the Guitar Orchestra of Seattle, directed by Mark Hilliard Wilson, at the SCGS Holiday Concert on December 1. The parts cover various levels so that all may join in. There will be an opportunity the practice with the Guitar Orchestra at the Open Mic on Monday, November 27 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room #5. The Open Mic music begins at 7:00 pm. The music for the play-along will be posted on the SCGS web site at:

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    South hIll GuItarS (JameS reID & J.p. ShIelDS) SaturDay, nov. 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

    20172018 Frye Art Museum Guitar Series

    Galle Solal Feb. 17, 2018, 2:00 pm

    Alan Liu March 31, 2018, 2:00 pm

    South Hill Guitars formed in 2014 and has performed at many Northwest venues including the Northwest Guitar Society in Bellingham, WA, the 2016 Northwest Guitar Festival in Moscow, ID, and at Gonzaga University. Guitarists James Reid and John Paul Shields share a love for South American music as well as contemporary compositions. The duo has recently programmed works by Maximo Pujol, Jaime Zenamon, Alfonso Montes, and Celso Machado. The duo has also had works written for it by William Whitley and Jacob Johnson. South Hill Guitars received a grant in 2016 to record their debut CD, Lonesome Coyote.

    James Reid has had an extensive solo career and has released eight solo CDs. The most recent of which was Guitarra Americana. Currently, James Reid, the founder of the Northwest Guitar Festival, directs the guitar program at the University of Idaho. John Pauls career recently took him to Peru, where he studied the rich intricacies of Andean folk guitar music. He worked with several renowned musicians in Peru, including Frank Collazos, Luis Salazar Meja and the legendary Ayacuchan guitarist Ral Garca Zrate, Mr. Shields teaches guitar at the Holy Names Center and Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, WA.

    Guitarist of extraordinary passion and virtuosity, Galle Solal was born in Marseilles (France) and began playing the guitar at age 6 with Ren Bartoli. At 14, she won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles and as the best student among all instruments, was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille. She is the winner of 1st Grand Prix at multiple competitions including Alessandria Competition, Locqumeau, Savona, Sernancehle, and Finalist at Concert Artists Guild New York, Honor Diplom at Accademia Chigiana, and 2nd Prize at the Guitar Foundation of America competition. Galle has performed in more than 35 countries. She has performed in prominent festivals including Festival dIle de France, Noches en los Reales Alczares in Sevilla, Festival dAvignon, Festival Montpellier-Radio France and at Salle Cortot (Paris), Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley), Tsuda Hall, Nikkei Hall, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Merkin Concert Hall (NY), and at the Guitar Foundation of Americas International Convention in 2011. She has been a soloist in concertos with the Berkeley Symphony, the Garde Rpublicaine Orchestra, and the Philharmonic of Turin Orchestra.

    Just wow said the CBC of Alan Xu Kun Liu in naming him to their 2016 list of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30. Born in XiAn, China in December of 2001, Alan began studying piano and guitar at the age of five. When he was seven he won his first national-class prize for guitar in Beijing and has since amassed a