Author: davidcohen

The mission of this site is to bring attention to guitarist of all genres both visitors and residents in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Site founder David Cohen is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist, composer of music for the classical & flamenco guitar, recording artist and educator. Along with the guitar, David has studied the Turkish Oud, Chinese Pipa and the highland bagpipes. David is a bagpiper with the Pipes & Drums of the Jersey Shore Shillelagh's located out of Belmar, New Jersey. David's teaching studios are located in both Philadelphia and Ocean Grove New Jersey. DAVID COHEN: GUITAR Available at itunes, cdbaby & Amazom Portions of the profits from the sale of david's CD, DAVID COHEN: GUITAR are donated to the Friends of Fox Chase Cancer Center a charitable organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Fox Chase Cancer Center patients.

Keith Calmes in Concert

Keith Calmes performance credits include a Carnegie Hall recital debut as Winner of the Artists International Competition, concerti with the Monmouth Symphony, a performance with Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima and many concerts and recordings with flautist Marjorie Koharski.  Keith’s passion for new music has led the following composers to write for him: Roger Aldridge, Will Ayton, Timothy Broege, Frank Campo, Ruben Delgado, Jurg Kindle, Chiel Meijering, Jean-Maurice Mourat, Maximo Diego Pujol, Stepan Rak, Kevin Siegfried and Jim Scully. Keith has several solo recordings and duo recordings with Chiel Meijering available at CD Baby and iTunes.

Keith earned degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, The Juilliard School, and the University of Southern California. He also studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Musica en Compostela in Spain. Additional studies with Leo Brouwer, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Eliot Fisk and Oscar Ghiglia were significantly formative experiences.

Artist Website: http://www.keithcalmes.com

October 18. 2018
7:30 PM
Settlement Music School
3745 Clarendon Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
class and performance
​Solo and with Luke Honer, guitar

October 20, 2018
7:30
Wilmington Classical Guitar Society
Delaware
Presbyterian Church of the Covenenant
503 Duncon Road
Wilmington, DE 19809
​Solo (Opening for Thomas Viloteau)
wilmingtonguitar.org

 

 

David Cohen and his magnificent Chinese Pipa

Jill: Well I know for instance, I interviewed Wu Man when she was here. She had a piece written for her by Lou Harrison who is an American composer and we do play on the station a piece called Yellow River Concerto which is a kind of westernized Chinese version of a rather impressive piano concerto with an impressive pipa part in it and I must say I don’t think any of us knew about the pipa until we started playing that concerto so it’s rather odd to find you, a Philadelphia born musician and accomplished pipa musician.
excerpt from Crossover with Jill Pasternak w/ David Cohen WRTI January 2007 

Pipa Master Sun Li had been in America for a few months when I started my study with her. It took a long time to find someone who would teach me. I was walking into a new culture and did not know the pipa was considered a female instrument. At the time the pipa was nonexistent in Philadelphia even in the Chinese community. The request from and American maSun Li Photole from Philadelphia traveling to Manhattan on a regular basis wasn’t taken seriously. Master Sun Li (pictured left) needing to create an income base took the chance; I was her first student in America.

At one point the school where she taught was going to be closed for a three week period. We both didn’t want to lose weeks. She invited me to Chinese Queens to continue the instructions in her home.

The period of time my study took place started in the aftermath of 9/11. My instructions started in the first week of Manhattan being reopened. The backdrop and smells from ground zero were ever present.  Being in a vehicle with one passenger I wasn’t able to drive into Manhattan. Out of the many options I chose to drive to the Highland’s in New Jersey to take the Wall Street Ferry into Manhattan. From there I walked to my lesson in Chinatown or took the Chinese bus when the lessons were in Queens. Travel time was five hours from my front door to the school, going into Queens was an extra thirty minutes (non rush hour).

I had a New York minute to make the next LIRR to get back into Manhattan after one of my lessons in Queens.  In my rush I turned a corner to smack right into a women head on. Two strangers bumped into each other and we both apologized. The woman knowing what was in the case I carried asked, “Oh, you play the pipa? In China it’s a female instrument.”  She identified herself as a pipa musician and explained that she was coming back from the printer with programs for her upcoming tour of the United States and Canada. She handed me a program; I knew who this woman was, I had one of her CD’s and was using one of the pieces from it to practice against.

She asked to see my pipa, my rush to make the train ended. I pulled my pipa out of the case on the busy Queens avenue and in the process she saw the transcriptions I was using.  Seeing that I was learning Chinese notation and real Chinese classical music she affirmed, “Oh, you really are a pipa player! She told me of her recent return from China with a pipa that was made for the tour. Her luthier had extra material and made a duplicate pipa for her to “take back to America for the pipa player she will meet.” My eyes widened with interest as I stroked my chin with thumb and index finger. She continued, “You need a new pipa, this one is for children.” Interesting timing! Both Sun Li and myself were looking for a “real” pipa for me. I had outgrown the beginner pipa I was using in addition to it starting to warp.

The words she spoke of the pipa being a duplicate were true. The only difference was the design of artwork in the headstock. Her’s was custom designed dragon, my soon to be pipa had a lotus flower. The sale took place a week later on a brutally frigid February morning the day before the Chinese New Year. I took it all as a good sign. After the purchase that took place in Queens, I met a friend in Manhattan for lunch before my journey home. Our waitress with a thick Jamaican accent upon seeing my pipa case asked, “Do you play the pipa?” She told us of her study of the Chinese pipa when she was a little girl in Jamaica.  My friend shaking his head in disbelief stated that stuff like this only happens to me.

More and more I see male pipa players performing. It was explained to me that traditionally men taught the pipa and for aesthetic reasons women performed in pubic. I am a guest in a culture, I listen, observe and learn.

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Reopening a closed case to find great discovery

While composing the composition People of the Rain I realized I needed a different feel than I had from the guitars I’ve been playing on lately. For no particular reason I haven’t played my Menkevich guitar for a few years. The said guitar is very special to me; Carlos Rubio introduced me to Luthier Michael Menkevick. From that introduction came my first custom guitar. My guitar hero also strummed an A chord on it, signed the head stock and heard me play an Allegra while her tour manager danced (turned out the tour manager was a flamenco dancer). On a hunch a few months ago I reopened a guitar case that has been closed. I reintroduced myself, apologized, polished the wood and restrung; the rhythms and melody poured out.

 

John Bogan Guitar

Manhattan School of Music graduate and Point Pleasant N.J. native John Bogan is back at the Jersey Shore teaching at Red House Guitar Studio. Along with talent and passion John has an exemplary list of teachers and winning award competition experiences to draw upon for a comprehensive course of study in any style of music.

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Kevin Cope Destination Unknown Vol. 1; Debut CD Available

Kevin Cope Classical guitarist and composer has released his first CD of original compositions for the guitar.
This is music that should be in the collection of anybody who loves the guitar. 
Artist website and purchase:  WWW.KEVINJCOPE.COM

Winners of the 2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society proudly announces the winners of the 2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition featuring the Peter Segal Prize for the first place Adult Division winner.  Winners received merchandise prizes generously supplied by D’Addario, Savarez, and Strings by Mail with monetary awards for first through third place winners as well.
 
Comprised of three judging rounds competitors were first judged via recordings submitted with applications.  The semifinal and final rounds were then performed as part of the two day festival on April 7 and 8 as the final event of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s 2017/2018 Season. Judges for these rounds were Glenn Caluda, Elizabeth Caluda, Jeff Cogan, John Penn, John Demko, Kerry Alt, and Joseph Palmer.
 
 Adult Division Winners: 
 
First Place and Peter Segal Prize*
Philip Goldenberg
Graduate of Rowan University (B.M.) studying under Joseph Mayes and Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M.) studying under GRAMMY award winner Jason Vieaux
 

Second Place:
Zhi Li
Currently studying at the University of North Texas (Denton, TX) under Thomas Johnson
 
Third Place:
Mengyi Li
Currently studying at the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD) studying under Manuel Barrueco
 
Fourth Place:
Carlos Bedoya
Graduate of Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) studying under Kathleen Mayes
 
 
*The Peter Segal Prize
The Peter Segal Prize, first prize adult division, was created in 2008 to honor Peter Segal, one of the most important figures in the history of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society and the classical guitar in Philadelphia. Originally funded through donation, the $1000 prize is now funded by PCGS and its sponsors. Peter was a prominent musician in Philadelphia and a founding member of the society in 1967. He performed with a variety of ensembles including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Concerto Soloists, The Opera Company of Philadelphia and Relâche. His career included both domestic and international touring as a solo guitarist and in a flute/guitar duo with flutist Janet Ketchum. Peter Segal was also a well regarded teacher and scholar and founded classical guitar programs at several institutions including the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He continued to be an active performer and teacher until he passed away in January 2006. His legacy is enhanced by the large number of his students who have gone on to professional careers as teachers and performers.
 
High School Division Winners:
 
First Place:
Everett Shen
Lawrence High School (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Westminster Conservatory of Music (Princeton, NJ)
Student of Mark Johnstone
 
Second Place:
Evan Conrad
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
Student of John Arnold
 
Third Place:
Darla Rublesky
Home schooled
Student of Lora Rublesky
 
Fourth Place:
Harshil Bhular
Lawrence High School (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Westminster Conservatory of Music (Princeton, NJ)
Student of Mark Johnstone
 
Founded in 1967, The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) is a community of members, both supporters and musicians of all ages and accomplishments, dedicated to the advancement of the art of the classical guitar. Through encouraging classical guitar activities throughout the Delaware Valley, PCGS presents concerts throughout the year along with informal Guitar Salons and a Classical Guitar Orchestra providing performance opportunities to members of all levels.

Bring Frank Vignola to Philadelphia

Frank Vignola plays in areas surrounding Philadelphia that are with 1-2 hours drive. Worth it! The closest gig to Philadelphia was the Sellersville Theater in 2016. It’s time this great guitarist comes to Philly. Stream, download, buy, link, follow, friend, subscribe; do what it takes to increase visibility on his analytics for Philly.

Artist website: www.frankvignola.com/
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/FrankVignolaMusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheFrankVignola
Instagram: www.instagram.com/frankvignolaguitar/
You Tube: www.youtube.com/user/TheFrankVignola/featured

 

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar”.

Lonely Traveler for Soprano and Classical Guitar music by Liselotte Westerterp

 

music: Liselotte Westerterp
words: Ryokwan
Lonely Traveler Duo: Anna Sigríður Skarphéðinsdóttir – dramatic soprano, Panagiotis Gourdoupis – guitar
Live performance on December 4, 2017 at the Utrecht Conservatory, The Netherlands

Liselotte Westerterp lived in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University before her acceptance into the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands.

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Manuel Barrueco Philadelphia April 7, 2018

 

Sat, April 7, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
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Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
23 South 38th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His unique artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts.

His career has been dedicated to bringing the guitar to the main musical centers of the world such as the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. He has completed a dozen tours of Japan and made repeated appearances in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, and Hong Kong, and in Latin America he has performed in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Puerto Rico.

Barrueco’s commitment to contemporary music and to the expansion of the guitar repertoire has led him to collaborations with many distinguished composers such as Steven Stucky, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, Arvo Pärt, Jonathan Leshnoff, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, and Toru Takemitsu.

Manuel Barrueco has appeared on a wide array of television programs including “CBS Sunday Morning”, A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts”, and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on PBS. He was featured in a Lexus car commercial, and his work in music inspired Michael Lawrence’s biographical documentary: “Manuel Barrueco: A Gift and a Life”.

Barrueco’s recording catalogue includes over a dozen recordings for the EMI label. His recording of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with conductor and tenor Plácido Domingo and the Philharmonia Orchestra was cited as the best recording of that piece in Classic CD Magazine.

In 2007 Manuel Barrueco received a Grammy nomination for the “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance” for his Solo Piazzolla, which was the first recording to be released on his exclusive Manuel Barrueco Collection on Tonar Music. Tango Sensations and Sounds of the Americas followed in collaboration with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the latter received a Latin Grammy Award for “Inca Dances” by Gabriela Lena Frank for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition.” In 2010 he released, Tárrega!, which received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Album,” Medea, which includes Barrueco’s arrangement of the ballet by flamenco guitarist/composer Manolo Sanlúcar recorded with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Víctor Pablo Pérez conducting and received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Album” as well. His latest release is China West, a recording of guitar trios in collaboration with his protégés, the Beijing Guitar Duo.

Manuel Barrueco began playing the guitar at the age of eight in his native Cuba and he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1967 as political refugees. Later, he completed his advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he now shares his love for music with a small number of exceptionally gifted young guitarists from all over the word.

Visit: www.phillyguitar.org

YOUNG IK JANG CLASSICAL GUITAR 3/24

Young Ik Jang, classical guitar and Bo-Kyung Hwang, piano with special guest Benjamin Pasternak

Date: Saturday March 24 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Admission: General Admission: $15
Senior/Student Admission: $10
WCGS Member Admission: $10
Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
Parking: Free parking in lot or street

Young Ik Jang and Bo Kyung Hwang