Chaos Theory by David Cohen

david cohen guitar chaos theoryChaos Theory is my 2nd studio recording of original pieces. The compositions are purely me living  in my world of rhythm and melody. The music was composed between July 2014 and December 2015; each peice written for and on an Ovation classical guitar. The guitar used in the Chaos Theory recording is an Ovation classical cutaway, model 1773AX.

Signals by David Cohen from Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory is six stories. Each story is rooted an individual’s fight for health and security. In the piece that closes the recording, A long Memory of Kindness, my inspiration behind the piece came from a brief period of time with a person that lost the ability of movement from the neck down. Slowly minor movement was visible in one arm.  When it was time to move on in the continuum of care the person told me that the goal was to write a letter to say thank you. The person went on to say, “I have a long memory of kindness. When I can, I want to write everyone who has helped me to thank them. People have been so kind.”

A long Memory of Kindness was written to close out Chaos Theory presenting the most fundamental premise; kindness.
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Live Classical Guitar Friday Night’s

I want to find places in the Philadelphia area that really support classical guitar. If you know of restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores or anyplace that have live classical guitar pass the info on.

I stumbled on this place a few weeks ago:
Bella Tori at the Mansion
Address: 321 South Bellevue Avenue
Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047
Phone: (215) 702-9600
http://www.bellatori.com/

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Friday night’s classical guitarist Robert Schulze plays from 5pm- 9pm. Visit Robert’s website:rtsguitar.com
It’s a great night out; Robert is an excellent guitarist and the food is really really good. Friday night you can BYOB. All the more enticing and well worth any travel time to get to Langhorne.

 

EMMA RUSH, solo guitar March 13, 2016

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Presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society 
 
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm 
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St (free parking)

Tickets available at the door 

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10

 

Over the past decade, Emma Rush has established herself as one of Canada’s preeminent classical guitarists. Known for her innovative programming and powerful stage presence, an event with Rush is one to remember. Her career has commanded world recognition with recent highlights including a tour of China starting with the Altamira Shanghai International Guitar Festival, appearances at the Festival de Guitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), the Lonestar Guitar Festival(Texas), and a prestigious concert at the famed Internationales Gitarren Symposion, Iserlohn (Germany). She performs throughout North America with upcoming appearances in Philadelphia (PA), Louisville (KY), Buffalo (NY), and many Canadian dates as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist with orchestra, Rush will be performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and Symphony on the Bay in Burlington. 
 
Emma Rush was chosen for a coveted Debut Atlantic tour in 2016 -17 with concerts throughout the Maritime provinces. She has been selected as a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University. 
 
Folklórica, Rush’s much-anticipated debut CD, was released in the fall of 2014. She is on faculty at Mohawk College and Redeemer University College. She completed her graduate studies at the Hochschule für Music in Detmold, Germany and holds a BMus from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.
 
PROGRAM:
Candombe en mi                                             Máximo Diego Pujol
 
Junto al generalife                                           Joaquín Rodrigo En los trigales
 
Variations on an Anatolian Folksong           Carlo Domeniconi 
 
Jongo                                                                Paulo Bellinati 
 
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10 Etudes Simples                                           Leo Brouwer 
Canción de Cuna 
 
Garuda:Ballade for Guitar                               Oliver Hunt 
 
Suite del Recuerdo                                          José Luis Merlin
 

International Guitar Night to come to Philadelphia’s Crossroads Music

On Sunday, March 6 at 7:30 pm, International Guitar Night returns to Crossroads Music in West Philadelphia. This year, the lineup features gypsy-jazz and flamenco from Lulo Reinhardt, the British experimental player Mike Dawes, the versatile German guitarist Andre Krengel, and California’s Brian Gore, IGN’s founder. The program will take place at at 801 South 48th Street, in Philadelphia and the artists will also offer a master class at 3:30. Tickets ($10-30), audio samples, and more information are available online at http://crossroadsconcerts.org/?p=4870.

International Guitar Night, North America’s premier mobile guitar festival, has featured the best performing guitar composers from around the world since 1995. Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Since the beginning, audiences have cherished the friendly informal ambiance of the performances. Participants have relished the chance IGN affords to express reverence for one another, and to collaborate rather than compete with one another.
Biographies

Lulo Reinhardt, the gifted nephew of gypsy-jazz legend Django Reinhardt, began studying guitar with his father Bawo, also a famous musician, at the age of five. At twelve, he played in the Mike Reinhardt Sextet and later co-founded a group called “Django Reinhardt and the Heartbreakers” in tribute to his uncle. In 1991, he founded “I Gitanos” with his father and his cousin Dege and has also played with Toto and Marta Glenn and played at the music festival “Rock gegen Hass”(Rock against Hate) and at a concert in aid of the north African Sahouri in the city of Tinduf, Algeria. While rooted in his family’s traditions, his work as a composer and guitarist has also taken him to southern Spain in search of flamenco roots and to South America, exploring various musical styles of Latin Jazz.

For Andre Krengel, who was born in a small village outside Bonn, Germany, playing guitar is a journey; and music is a language that connects us to people without words. A versatile and virtuosic guitar player with a unique style, he began as a classial musician, but soon became inspired by other artists as well, especially the jazzy blues-rock of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits. Later, he discovered a passion for acoustic guitar and jazz music, which he studied at the conservatory of Arnhem in the Netherlands. Subsequent journeys took him to France and Spain, where he worked with gypsy-jazz and flamenco musicians, and to Miami, where he was inspired and influenced by the local Latin and Cuban music scene. Since returning to Germany, he has been a frequent collaborator with Lulo Reinhardt and has worked on a variety of projects in many genres.

Mike Dawes is hailed as one of the world’s finest young fingerstyle guitarists and performers. His dazzling yet subtle playing, layered multi-part compositions, and technical virtuosity – as well as his youthful energy, charisma and humor – have brought him acclaim as both a soloist and band member. He has recorded with and accompanied multiple Grammy-wining artists, appeared on film soundtracks and adverts, and achieved viral YouTube hits with views in the millions. Mike currently tours as Justin Hayward’s lead guitar player and has made studio recordings with artists as diverse as Gotye and Newton Faulkner.

San Francisco “guitar poet” and IGN organizer Brian Gore is gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting and influential performers of “the next generation” in finger style guitar. A musical romantic, his lyrical, understated compositions draw inspiration from myth and modern literature, integrating classical and percussive techniques that display what the Los Angeles Times calls “a characterful bounce and spaciousness all his own.”

 

Keith Calmes February 14 Medford, NJ

It’s the day of love.
Spend the time with the instrument we all love.

February 14, 2016
3:00-4:00
Medford Arts Center
Medford, NJ
http://medfordartscenter.org/

Christopher Wilke, solo baroque lute October 11, 2015

Presented by the Phildadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3pm
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St (free parking)
Tickets available at the door:
General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10 

Christopher Wilke developed a love for music early in life. As a child he began to compose music before he’d even learned to play an instrument. He went on to study guitar and composition at the College of Mt. St. Joseph followed by a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. He recently completed his doctorate in Early Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music under renowned lutenist, Paul O’Dette. He now teaches at Nazareth College in Rochster, NY. Dr. Wilke has performed widely in both Europe and the U.S. He has done live on-air performances and interviews for WGUC, WNKU and WVXU radio stations where his recordings were also featured. Notable appearances include a performance with the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and solo concerts at the European Lute Festival in Fuessen, Germany and the Lute Society of America’s 2010 Festival.
PROGRAM: 
Fantasie und Fuga by Paulo Carlo Durant 
Suite in G Minor, BWV 995 by J.S. Bach 
Variations on “Nun danket alle Gott” by Adam Falckenhagen 
L’Amant Malheureux by J. Gallot/S.L. Weiss 
Koyunbaba, Op. 19 (1985) by Carlo Domeniconi
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                                CD available at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ChristopherWilke1

Jason Vieaux Sunday, October 18th, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Sunday October 18, 2015
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jason Vieaux “makes the single guitar seem like a body of instruments at work, an orchestra of sound” (Philadelphia Inquirer). In five previous PCMS engagements, he has demonstrated stirringly virtuosic playing, uncommon communicative gifts and strikingly imaginative programming. Ranging from Bach to bossa nova, his Sunday afternoon return to the Art Museum traverses five centuries of music from three continents.

Giuliani: Grande Overture
Bach: Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
Albéniz: Capricho Catalan and Torre Bermeja
SesslerRhapsody and Afterglow
Henze: Drei Tentos from Kammermusik
Jobim: A Felicidade (Arr.)
Ellington: In A Sentimental Mood
Bustamante: Misionera (w/ P. Metheny intro)

TICKETS: https://www.pcmsconcerts.org/cart

David Cohen’s 2011 interview w/Jason Vieaux

Online realtime guitar concert-May 8, 2015

Friday May 8, 2015
7:15pm-7:45pm
Watch on Stageit.com

Classical & flamenco guitarist David Cohen performs a set of music on May 8th in conjunction with World Ovarian Caner Day. Money raised from the online concert is donated to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. This years concert is the 3rd concert in this yearly event.

Know the symptom of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

Winners of the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competitions

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) proudly announces the winners of the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competitions
The 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition included High School and Adult Divisions and included competitors from around the world.  Awards included the $1000 Peter Segal prize for the first place Adult Division winner and additional prizes and performance opportunities for winners in separate Adult and High School divisions. For the 2015 competition students submitted their applications along with recordings of required repertoire. Finalists were selected after performing in the semifinal round on April 11, 2015.  The finalists then performed on April 12, 2015 and were judged by the prestigious judges William Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), Glen Caluda (Shenandoah University), Elizabeth Caluda (Shenandoah University), Marisol Rampolla (Community College of Philadelphia), Manena Contreras (Venezuela).
Adult Division Winners

PCGS Competition 2015 - Adult Division Winners
First:
Alec Holcomb
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Holcomb studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Holcomb is a native of Nashville, TN.
Second:
Xiaobo Pu
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Pu studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Pu is a native of Beijing, China.
Third:
Jess Freedman
A professor of guitar at Rider University Mr. Freedman received his bachelor’s degree at Guilford College under guitarist Kami Rowan and his master’s degree at the University of Southern California under guitarists William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. Mr. Freedman is a native of Brooklyn, NY.
Fourth:
Carlos Bedoya
Currently a student at Rowan University, Mr. Bedoya studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.  Mr. Bedoya is a native of Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
High School Division Winners
 PCGS Competition 2015 - High School Division Winners
First:
Benjamin Lauring
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Lauring studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.
Second:
Daniel Choe
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Choe studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.
Third:
Nathan Constans
Currently a student at Haddon Township High School, Mr. Constans studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.
Fourth:
Matthew Tantoy

In Memory of Duane Large Classical Guitar

Philadelphia Guitar News is saddened to learn of the passing of one of Philadelphia’s fine classical guitarists Duane Large. In addition to the guitar Duane played many styles of music on the mandolin, lute, piano and percussion instruments. Duane received his Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance (summa cum laude) under the tutelage of  Allen Krantz as well as two master’s degrees in both guitar performance and musicology from Temple University. Learn more about Duane Large by visiting his website: www.duanelarge.com. Our condolences to his wife and family. A memorial concert is planned for family, friends and fans information: https://www.facebook.com/events/640300262744501/