Ignacio Rodes Week!

This week was all Spanish repertoire. I have learned so much this week! Maestro Ignacio is such a wonderful and charismatic teacher, incredibly well versed in the Spanish musical tradition. Not only did we have a fantastic seminar regarding the ‘Hommage a Debussy‘ composed by Manuel de Falla; we also explored the world of theContinue reading “Ignacio Rodes Week!”

Playing at the Inaugural Student Concert in Alicante!

Last night was the first student concert of the IV International Master in Classical Guitar Performance of the University of Alicante. It was the perfect evening for a concert and I had the honor of sharing the stage with my classmate and a wonderful guitarist, Kyuhee Park. Here are some photos of the concert andContinue reading “Playing at the Inaugural Student Concert in Alicante!”

Inauguration ceremony and first week of classes

My first week in Alicante has been full of vibrant adventures. We had a tour of the University of Alicante and the architecture surrounding this institution; the inaugural ceremony; a welcome reception at one of the organizer’s house where his famous paella was the highlight of the evening; and David Russell’s amazing concert paired withContinue reading “Inauguration ceremony and first week of classes”

Master Guitarra Alicante here I come!

I am very happy to announce that I will be one of the students in the IV International Master in Classical Guitar Performance of the University of Alicante. During my studies in Spain, I will be working with the living legends of the guitar world. The teacher’s roster includes: David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero,Continue reading “Master Guitarra Alicante here I come!”

Inaugurating the 47ththe 47th Triennial SAI National Convention!

What an honor! I had an incredible experience playing the inaugural concert for the 47th Triennial National Convention of Sigma Alpha Iota held in St. Louis, Missouri. It was so wonderful to play for over a thousand people in the room, my very first time! Here is a photo after the concert:  

First sample recording of my transcription!

If you have been following my transcription project, I promised on my last post to have a sample recording of what my work sounds like so far. Finally, here it is! My good friend and colleague, Michael Weiss, generously helped me record this short sample. He is playing the alto saxophone part and I amContinue reading “First sample recording of my transcription!”

NASA Region II Conference!!

I had an incredible time playing with my duo partner, Christine Yi, at the 2015 NASA Region II Conference. We drove up to Flagstaff yesterday and played today at 11 am. In our program, we included two pieces. The first one was a traditional Balkan sevdalinka folk song arranged by Michael Djupstrom and the secondContinue reading “NASA Region II Conference!!”