Guitarist Keith Calmes has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the St. Louis Art Museum, Musician's Institute, American Institute of Guitar, and California Institute of Technology. He has performed at the Fresno Classical Guitar Festival, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival, Lincoln Center Mozart Bicentennial, and the Philly Fringe Festival; and has performed with groups such as LA Camerata, Monmouth Symphony, Juilliard Symphony, Downey Symphony, and LA Musica Viva. Keith is a graduate of The Juilliard School, California State University at Northridge, and the University of Southern California; and also graduated from summer courses at Berklee College of Music, and Musica en Compostela (Spain). Recent performances include concerts in Florida, California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. His latest CD, Still Life and Simple Dreams, was produced in collaboration with Steve Jankowski of Blood, Sweat, and Tears and is receiving rave reviews. Mel Bay Publications has released numerous books and recordings of his, including Gospel Classical Guitar and Guitar Music of the 16th Century. As a member of Sun Guitar Quartet in the late 1980's, Keith played in Japan and gave premieres of works by Frank Campo, Stepan Rak, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. As a composer, his recent activity includes a suite written for the California State University Bakersfield Guitar Ensemble, funded by a grant from Meet the Composer. Keith is currently on the Board of Directors of the NJ American String Teachers Association, where he directs the state string competition and regularly contributes to their journal NJ Strings. Keith proudly endorses Godin electric classical guitars, Reverend electric guitars, Bugera tube amps, and the Vibramate vibrato installation system.
“What a terrific CD...the variety that you've presented is pretty amazing. I especially like your original compositions and Steve Jankowski sounds terrific. Keep up the good work!”- Jazz guitar maestro Jim Hall
“wow, great playing...great CD!”- Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets (America's Rock 'n' Roll Combo)
“You wouldn't think that acoustic guitar would rock, but here ya go!” Surf guitar guru Phil Dirt
“...a master musician.” Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine
“diverse performing skills...the playing and programme were very listenable.” Classical Guitar Magazine (England)