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The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote – Los Angeles Guitar…

Some days ago I found a concert by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on the CBC Concerts on Demand website.

David Kanengiser has created a great piece for one actor and guitar quartet based on the novel Don Quixote by Cervantes.

The actor Phil Proctor recites the story in a fascination way, I have never heard the story of Don Quixote in a more lively and impressing way.

The quartet plays music from the time of Cervantes, like pieces by Luiz de Narvaez, Gaspar Sanz or Luis Milan.

The complete was available on the CBC concert on demand site.

I have also found two videos from another performance of this great work:

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet & Philip Proctor: The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote at 92nd Street Y

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet presents The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote was a labour of love for guitarist William Kanengiser. He spent two years distilling 940 pages of Cervante’s classic novel into a one-hour stage show featuring the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and John Cleese of Monty Python fame. The words are adapted from a 2005 translation by Edith Grossman and the music is all carefully chosen from Cervante’s time to illustrate the mood and the narrative of the story.

Philip Proctor brings his talents as an actor & voiceover artist to this Calgary performance. Philip is a 42-year veteran of the Firesign Theatre, the voice behind countless commercials and interactive games and he was seahorse Bob in Finding Nemo and Charlie in Monster, Inc. He’s equally at home with the many characters he plays in Don Quixote!

Website of the LAGQ: http://www.lagq.com/

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Hotel California – With Mandolins and Guitars

Hotel California by the Eagles belongs to the best and most played rock songs of our time. So it is no wonder that there are many videos of this song, including videos with guitars, mandolins and other interesting instruments.

Last week I found this video with a great version of Hotel California played by four guitars and percussion:

Guitar Quartet * Ensemble de 4 guitares (JFKL)

Hotel California, version “instrumentale”, jouée par l’ensemble de guitare (JFKL) de l’Ecole de Musique de Saverne, lors du concert de fin d’année de cette même école le 30 juin 2009. 4 guitares, un percussionniste.

I have searched for more interesting videos of Hotel California with guitars and mandolins and have added the most interesting videos hera and in my playlist.

Mandolin and Guitar

A second version with mandolin and guitar, the mandolin is played by Aco Bocina:

Mandolin & Guitar * Aco Bocina Hotel California

In the next video the song is played on the Persian Kanun, an instrument similar to an Appalachian autoharp.

Persian Kanun * Hotel California dedicated to Eagles by Farhad Besharati

Farhad Besharati is a Persian Kanun player who fuses traditional Persian music with contemporary flair. A Kanun is Persian instrument that looks very much like an autoharp, often used in Appalachian folk music, but sounds more like a cross between a mandolin and the Greek balalaika, with 78 strings and 30 notes.
FarhaD has had an interesting musical journey. Originally from Tehran, where he was first exposed to the Kanun, he was forced to flee Iran after the Islamic revolution forbade him to pursue his music.
Reflections and Blue Love and Bird and Rain and latest one is Zenith. Farhad’s debut recording on Planet Beat International, and Clatex Records And MZM records are all-instrumental, showcasing his virtuosity on the rare and difficult Kanun. The albums features some original compositions, and each song has an ethereal, ephemeral air to them, which is at once relaxing and engaging. The songs are accompanied tastefully by very famous life musicions . The albums are very exotic sounding, and will appeal greatly to fans of both World Music and New Age.

One of many versions for classical guitar, played by Stephanie Jackson:

Classical Guitar Solo *  Stephanie Jackson

This was filmed @ a private party…my arrangement of “Hotel California”. TAB & NOTATION AVAILABLE @ www.stephaniejackson.com. Click on “products”.

Playlist with more versions:

Additional information:

Lyrics and original video: http://songcoleta.info/lyrics/hotel_california_%28eagles%29

Wikipedia about Hotel California (German): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_California

Wikipedia about Hotel California (English): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_California_%28song%29

Wikipedia about the Persian kanun: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanun_%28instrument%29

Homepage Aco Bocina: http://www.acobocina.it/

Homepage Stephanie Jackson: http://www.stephaniejackson.com


Antonio Vivaldi – The Famous Guitar Concerto / Lute…

Today i have selected some videos of the concerto for lute, violins and basso continuo in d major by Antonio Vivaldi. This concerto is played quite often by different ensembles. I have played this many years ago together with the mandolin orchestra of Baden (Badisches Zupforchester).

The first video has just been added to youtube. The concerto is played by a large guitar ensemble from Japan:

The second video shows a version arranged for a guitar quartet, played by the Salzburger Gitarrenquartett:

Salzburger Gitarrenquartett – Antonio Vivaldi: Konzert D-Dur

Antonio Vivaldi:Konzert D-Dur
aufgenommen 2004

Three videos show a version played by Prof. Borris Bagger (guitar) and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi, Guitar Concerto in D, 1st Mvt, played and arranged by Boris Björn Bagger – http://www.borisbagger.de,

live concert in Tallinn / Estonia, 30.9.2005, conductor: Leslie B. Dunner (USA), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (http://www.erso.ee ), sheet music and CD available here: http://www.edition49.de (arrangements for several instruments are available)

Prof. Boris Björn Bagger is teaching guitar at the University of Music Karlsruhe / Germany, http://www.hfm-karlsruhe.de

Finally a version that might be quite close to the original version that was played in Vivaldis time – with a lute, two violins and a small portable organ (portativ)

Vivaldi Lute Concerto in D major

Michael Fields plays Vivaldi’s lute concerto at Sastamala Gregoriana Festival in Finland, July 2008, accompnied by members of New Trinity Baroque. His instrument is an archlute by Stephen Gottlieb.

Enjoy the guitar concerto in d-major by Antonio Vivaldi.

Sheet music for this concerto is available in the ISLP archive:

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The Best Guitar Quartets – Part 2

The best guitar quartets – Review by the German guitar and luth magazine Gitarre und Laute

Here are some more interesting videos of great guitar quartets from the review.

Corona Guitar Quartet: East L.A. Phase

Corona Guitar Kvartet: www.coronaguitarkvartet.dk, composer: Wayne Siegel

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

You can find several examples played by the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet on their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/aquarellegq

Eos Guitar Quartet – Leo Brouwer – Los caminos del viento

Eos Guitar Quartet – Mike Stern – Check One

Guitalian Spain tour at BierzoTV.flv

A TV reportage and interview about Guitalian Quartet in Ponferrada

Guitalian Quartet – Primavera portena by Astor Piazzolla


Gitarre und Laute: Neue CDs August 2010: Gitarrenquartett: http://www.gitarre-und-laute.de/?p=1814

Corona Guitar Kvartet: http://www.coronaguitarkvartet.dk/ (website currently not available)

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet: http://www.aquarellegq.com/

Eos Guitar Quartet: http://www.guitarquartet.ch/

Guitalian Quartet:http://www.guitalianquartet.it/

More about this review in the first part of this post:

The Best Guitar Quartets – CDs and Videos

or in German:

Die Besten Gitarrenquartette – CD Übersicht von Gitarre und Laute