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July 23, 2013

WHEN CLASSICAL VIRTUOSO Michael Nicolella appeared in Frets magazine in 2006, his album Shard was described as “an exciting textbook on how ...

March 1, 2010

THE INTIMACY OF THE DUO SETTING HAS LONG appealed to classical and 12-string guitar virtuoso Ralph Towner. During his expansive fourdecade...

August 1, 2009

SINCE PERFORMING VIVALDI’S “CONCERTO in D Major” with the Minneapolis Orchestra at the age of 14, Sharon Isbin has emerged as one of the ...

January 1, 2009

AT THE HERBST THEATRE IN SAN FRANCISCO, a guitarist takes the stage carrying a Greg Smallman guitar, sits down, and launches into a blist...

November 14, 2006

From playing in a courthouse to entertain “bored stiff” O.J. Simpson jurors at the request of Judge Lance Ito to giving a command performanc...

March 23, 2006

If you want to push the envelope, challenge convention, and strike down stereotypes, the world of classical guitar isn’t the most likely pla...

January 6, 2006

Manuel Barrueco’s latest recording is truly a novel idea. “In the novel Concierto Barroco by Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier,” he says, “there...

September 30, 2005

“And now for something completely different.” I once heard John Williams introduce a concert piece with these words. This classic Monty Pyth...

May 18, 2005

Xuefei Yang’s latest album on GSP Recordings, Si Ji (Mandarin for “Four Seasons”) reflects her life and her time. Yang was born in 1977 in B...

December 29, 2004

Philip Hii has some simple and yet profound advice for his guitar students: “Indulge in your music. Move with the rhythm, let your melodies ...

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