I provide classical guitar music, ranging from Renaissance pavanes to Bach preludes, romantic barcarolles to Spanish & Latin American danzas, plus a selection of Great American Songbook and Beatles tunes that everyone at your event will appreciate. I've played at weddings & other events (corporate openings, parties of all sorts) for more than 25 years and have built a reputation for virtuosity & musicality. I can arrange music especially for your event and I also play with other instruments (should you want guitar & flute or guitar & violin, etc.).
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
For background music situations (weddings, etc.) I arrive 15 min. ahead of the event start. My set-up is easy & quick (position chair, amplifier & music stand where intended). If an event planner has coordinated details of the event with me, I have it all in writing and follow as determined. Takedown & exit is unobtrusive.
Dress is determined by client: tuxedo, suite & tie, or more casual.
Specific musical selections are chosen in consultation with me.
The son of professional classical musicians, I had years of piano lessons as a child and then switched my interest to the guitar, at first folk & rock. In high school I began to study the classical guitar with noted cellist/conductor/guitarist Luis Garcia-Renart. I received my Performance degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and early in my career did masterclasses with such celebrated classical guitarists as Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Frederic Hand, Sharon Isbin and Christopher Parkening.
I have taught guitar & music subjects for many years at the college level (SUNY Ulster, SUNY New Paltz and Bard) as well as privately at Allegro Music, Barcone's and at my home studio. I've had the opportunity to play several of the guitar's great concertos (by Villa-Lobos, Vivaldi, and Rodrigo) with orchestra and I've worked with many ensembles and individual musicians & singers over the years, including the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Pone Ensemble, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Ars Choralis, Hudson Valley Recital Project, etc. and I've been a member of: Trio Con Brio/Arabesque Trio, Interlude/Cantilena, Catskill Mt. Renaissance Consort, SAGAD Trio, and SUNY Ulster Guitar Ensemble (most of these groups I've arranged the music for too). I'm a founding member of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society and president of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. I've also played in music theatre shows and rock/pop bands over the years, as my musical interests are quite broad. I also teach Fu Jow Pai kung fu in Woodstock, NY!
My most frequently played pieces on classical guitar include (in historical order): Pavanas by Luis Milan
2 Fantasias & Conde Claros Diferencias by Alonso Mudarra
Cancion del Emperador & Guardame las Vacas Diferencias by Luis Narvaez Greensleeves by Francis Cutting
Caprichio Harpeado & Canarios by Gaspar Sanz
Capriccio & Fantasia by S. L. Weiss
Prelude BWV999, Gavotte en Rondeau from Lute Suite #4, Gavottes from Cello Suite #6, Prelude from Cello Suite #1, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring & Andante from Violin Sonata #2
by J. S. Bach
Sonatas Nos. 208, 322, 380 & 531 by Domenico Scarlatti
various Etudes, Mozart Variations, Scottish Variations & Andante Largo
by Fernando Sor
several violin Etudes by Jean-Delphin Alard
Caprichio Arabe, Recuerdos de la Alhambra, Lagrima & Adelita
by Francisco Tarrega
Oracion por Todos, Julia Florida Barcarola, Maxixe, Las Abejas, Vals No. 4,
La Catedral, Pericon, Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios & Estudio de Concierto
by Agustin Barrios
Leyenda by Isaac Albeniz
Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Aires de la Mancha, Notturno, Madronos & Suite Castellana by F. M Torroba
Preludes & Sonatina Meridional by Manuel Ponce
several Vals Venezolanos by Antonio Lauro
Danza Brasiliera, Choros, Bossa en Re & Danza in E Minor by Jorge Morel
Cancion de Cuna & Guajira by Leo Brouwer
Zapateado & Campanas del Alba by Sainz de la Maza
Besame Mucho by Consuelo Velazquez
and my own unique arrangements of music from The Wizard of Oz and several Beatles tunes.
Influences & Inspiration
Famous rock musicians/groups I consider strong influences include: the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Bros. Band, Stevie Wonder, Van Halen. Classical musicians include: Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz, Andres Segovia, John Williams, Julian Bream, Manuel Barrueco & Eliot Fisk. Jazz musicians include: Dave Brubeck, Mike Mainieri, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, John Pizzarelli.
I need sufficient lighting to see my instrument and music on a music stand. I often discreetly amplify my instrument so need acess to an electrical outlet (or I use a battery-powered amplifier). I need an armless chair (not a stool).