Article from Dr Ricardo Paz

The Music Educators Journal recently published a very original and unique article of major significance in the guitar education field titled “/Guitar Study in the United States/”. I wrote it with the clear purpose of providing deep and scholastic information for guitar researchers and the guitar community in general. I would love you could post the article on the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra website.
Sincerely yours,
*/Dr. Ricardo Paz/*
/Director of Guitar / Capital & Ortiz Middle School/
/Santa Fe Public Schools///
/Member-At-Large, NAFME Council for Guitar Education/
/2021 Guitar Vice President New Mexico Music Educators Association/
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Guitartopia! Five virtuoso guitarists in concert and in conversation

Sounds like this should be a good concert.
——– Forwarded Message ——– Subject: Guitartopia! Five virtuoso guitarists in concert and in conversation Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:06:03 +0000 (GMT) From: Margaret Pinder <> To: Valérie Hartzell <>

Dear Val*é*rie
Polyphony Arts and Hennessey-Brown Music are pleased to announce their collaboration in a sensational on-line concert featuring five world-class guitarists in a thrilling programme of classical guitar music from across the centuries and around the globe.
Michael Poll, Amanda Cook, Cecilio Perera, and Duo Tandem (Mark Anderson and Necati Emirzade) have come together to offer aficionados and newcomers alike a feast of classical guitar repertoire in a concert hosted on the cutting StageHub platform to be streamed at 8.00 pm BST this Sunday, 26 July.
Tickets are £7.95 and you can rewatch the concert any time after it has been broadcast so don’t worry if you can’t see the live stream straight away on Sunday.
The programme: *_Michael Poll_* Bach suite BWV 996
*_Amanda Cook_* Prelude no. 2 – Heitor Villa Lobos Songe Capricorne – Roland Dyens Gallo Ciego – Agustin Bardi Incantation no.6 – William Lovelady
*_Cecilio Perera_* Variations on a Theme of Mozart – Fernando Sor Peregrina – Ricardo Palmerín La mestiza – Chan Cil
*_Duo Tandem_* Yeşil Şiir – Duo Tandem Turkish Suite: II. Song – Kemal Belevi Cyprian Rhapsody No. 1 – Kemal Belevi The performances will be followed by a lively discussion between the five artists about the music they have chosen, their personal musical journeys, and the challenges and pleasures of playing the classical guitar.
You can watch the trailer and book your tickets online via this link:
It would mean such a lot to our wonderful artists if you were able to support them by viewing, and/or by passing this on to others. As you will no doubt be aware, musicians’ livelihoods have been significantly affected by the lockdown. Online events are very new for everyone, and for many musicians are the only way they are able to share their music at the moment. Your support would mean a great deal.
Do come and join us for Guitartopia! and enjoy some of the finest classical guitar music from these internationally acclaimed guitarists not just this Sunday, but any time you choose.
Best wishes,
Katie and Margaret
Margaret Pinder Music Manager, Polyphony Arts 07940 536709 | | | |

Polyphony Arts represents: Alastair Borthwick – composer | Austin Gunn – tenor | Ella Jarman-Pinto – composer | Julia Kogan – soprano | New London Chamber Ensemble – wind quintet | Northern Chords Ensemble – piano trio | Michael Poll – guitar
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Guitar and qanun YouTube fundraiser concert: 27 June

I’ve never heard of a Qanun before, looks like an interesting instrument.
——– Forwarded Message ——– Subject: Guitar and qanun YouTube fundraiser concert: 27 June Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:23:05 +0100 From: SevenoaksWelcomesRefugees <> To:

Dear Cambridge Guitar Orchestra,
I am writing to ask whether it would be possible for you to promote to your members at the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra this fundraiser guitar and qanun concert on 27 June for our charity Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees ?
For the last two years we have produced a guitar concert as part of the Sevenoaks Summer Festival. Due to the COVID-19 crisis we are doing this year’s concert online, using YouTube.
We have a double bill featuring the sublime and moving music of Ayman Jarjour  (guitar) and Maya Youssef  (qanun), two world-class artists both originally from Damascus.
Below is the media release we are distributing. It has all the info about the two artists, our charity, how to buy tickets, what the money will be used for, and quotes from some of the Syrian refugees now living in our area. I also attach some photographs of the artists, and our social media ads for facebook/Twitter.
We’d be really grateful for any promotional support you can give us, to help get the word out.
Tickets for the YouTube fundraiser concert sold via Eventbrite are here <>.
Many thanks indeed.
Best wishes
Humphrey Pring
Chair, Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees
Registered charity number 1184120 <>
07947 426661
*Media release:*
*Syrian strings online for refugees in Sevenoaks*
*Two world-class musicians originally from Damascus are helping Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees to raise funds for Syrian refugees resettling in the Sevenoaks area in Kent.*
The online YouTube fundraiser concert for Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees is on Saturday 27 June at 7:00 pm, featuring the sublime, exquisite and moving music of Ayman Jarjour  (guitar) and Maya Youssef  (qanun). The money raised will help support vulnerable Syrian refugees rebuilding their lives in the Sevenoaks area, as part of the UK Government’s Resettlement Scheme.
Internationally renowned Syrian classical guitarist Ayman Jarjour has performed worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall in New York, and studied in Madrid and Juilliard. Now living in Scotland he is the 2020 Arts and Culture Ambassador for the Scottish Refugee Council <>.
Ayman returns to help Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees with a varied programme including Classical, Spanish, Latin, Modern and Syrian music, to support Syrian refugees resettling in the Sevenoaks area. Here’s a clip  of Ayman in performance, and his website <>_._
Maya Youssef <> is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun,’ (BBC) the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. For her, the act of playing music is the opposite of death and destruction; it is a life- and hope-affirming act and an antidote to what is happening, not only in Syria, but in the whole world.
Maya’s debut album Syrian Dreams, produced by the legendary Joe Boyd, was highly-acclaimed in music press around the world (including this review in the Guardian <>) and has led to her performing on prestigious stages such as the BBC Proms and receive prestigious awards such as the Arts Council of England Exceptional Talent Award, Songlines Music Award and The German Critics’ Record Award. In perhaps her highest honour, the Year 6 class of Dalmain Primary School in London is named ‘Youssef’ in recognition of her inspirational work. Currently, Maya is writing and recording her second album with support from the PRS Women Make Music. She appears regularly in the media, including these recent appearances on BBC Radio 3 <> and BBC Radio 4 <>.
Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees <> (SWR) will use the money raised to help support the resettlement of vulnerable refugees in the Sevenoaks area. Previous grants have included living costs incurred whilst in hospital, Eid and Christmas gifts, clothing, necessary equipment for the houses, bikes, books and travel for English lessons, laptops, professional tutoring, professional qualification exam fees, swimming and football courses and social outings. In addition, the charity has used its funds to help to secure two additional rental properties by supporting the landlords to carry out improvements to the properties.
The charity works in close partnership with Sevenoaks District Council, Kent County Council and the support agency Clarion Housing Association, who are commissioned by KCC. SWR provides local practical support to refugee families in their area and finds private landlords willing to take part in the government-funded rent payment scheme.
The refugees are making good progress with the hard work of resettlement, with English lessons continuing remotely during the COVID-19 lock down. Ahmad said “The life in Sevenoaks is good. It is a beautiful town. People are friendly and it is very safe for me and my family. My children can get a good education here.” Zaynab agrees and said “Now I just want to move forward and not look back.”
Tickets for the online fundraiser concert sold via Eventbrite are here <>.
Contact: Humphrey Pring 07947 426661
*Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees*

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Stay Home – Let’s stay connected

Another FYI item that arrived at the weekend…
——– Forwarded Message ——– Subject: Stay Home – Let’s stay connected Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2020 18:40:22 +0000 From: Adam <> Reply-To: To:

Stay Home – Let’s stay connected Every day a concert for 30 minute until the quarantine is over.
Stay Home – Let’s stay connected
Dear Friends, Hello from Buenos Aires (Argentina), where we’re in lock down as probably many of you!
This is an extraordinary time with so many of us isolated at home and waiting. We are spending so much energy being prepared, being careful, keeping distance…of course, it’s our responsibility. At the same time, _we need to connect_, to keep moving forward, to do things for each other and to encourage each other.
We musicians are used to connecting with people face to face every week: at concerts, in rehearsals, in lessons. We’ve had to think quickly and reinvent those connections so we can keep our own momentum going, *and hopefully give our fans a dose of energy and perhaps a moment to relax, dream, heal, learn, or laugh. *
So here are the ways I’m going to be reaching out to you starting now:
DAILY LIVE SESSIONSuntil quarantine is over. ** 4pm Eastern US 5pm Argentina 9pm Western Europe
Every day I’ll be doing a live session from a different social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube).  I’ll be playing some of my new solo guitar repertoire, playing video duets with fellow musicians (for real!), answering your questions and taking requests of tangos that you can sing at home.
*See you today at 4pm Eastern!*
_Virtual Tip Jar:_ tip jar…if you’d like to support the live sessions you can send at tip via Paypal: <>
*Online Lessons:*
I’ve been teaching online for years and I’ve developed a method that works really well. If you’re a guitarist curious about tango, or interested in improving your performances of Astor Piazzolla’s music, send me a message for details.
*Group initiatives: *
I’m not the only one who’s coming up with ways to keep the music going. My friend Luís Caruana, a bandoneonist and composer, created #lamelodiainfinita: he proposed six notes which musicians are using to create new music, which will ultimately be combined into a video to spread positive energy.  My friend Sebastián Henríquez, a guitarist and tech whiz, found a way that musicians can have long-distance jam sessions with virtually no latency (meaning for the first time you can actually play simultaneously with someone over the internet).  If you have an idea for a group initiative let me know!
I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and seeing you in a few hours.*Let’s keep the music going!* Adam
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West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2020

Dear CGO members, this just in if you are interested…
——– Forwarded Message ——– Subject: West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2020 Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:51:57 +0000 From: Bethany Smith <> To: Bethany Smith <>

Good afternoon,
I would be very grateful if you could please let your Guitar members know that booking has now opened for the:
*West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2020 at*
*West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ*
*22-27 August 2020*
The West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival offers outstanding learning and performing opportunities through repertoire and technique classes, ensemble performing, guitar orchestra, student concerts, individual lessons and solo masterclasses. Working with internationally acclaimed artists, students will study in an ensemble group according to their level (Grade 2 and above). The course includes a guitar open day and an evening concert series with Zoran Dukić, the NYGE Fellowship Ensemble directed by Helen Sanderson, Gary Ryan, and the Mēla Guitar Quartet.
The Festival Director is Andrew Gough, with tutors Mark Ashford, Alison Bendy, Jan Depreter, Zoran Dukić, Gerald Garcia, David Leisner, Gary Ryan and Helen Sanderson.
Further information and a poster is attached. Please click here <> for the link to our website.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is in a historic country house with Parkland and award-winning Gardens in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The College offers comfortable accommodation and delicious food, as well as a bar, tennis courts and croquet lawn. Generous bursaries are available – please find bursary application form attached. The application deadline for bursaries is29 May.
Many thanks for your help in spreading the word about the Course – we do hope it will be of interest to your members.
Kind regards
Bethany Smith | Marketing and Media Coordinator
Part of The Edward James Foundation Ltd, a registered charity
West Dean | Chichester | West Sussex | PO18 0QZ
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