John Jarvie | New Day

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New Day

by John Jarvie

Solo classical guitar. The title track 'El Nuevo Dia (The New Day), is a spirited, uplifting piece by Paco Peña that has Flamenco roots and a Latin flavor. The remaining music ranges from lively to contemplative, from romantic to dramatic.
Genre: Classical: Romantic Era
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1. El Nuevo Dia
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2. Julia Florida
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3. Sargento Cabral
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4. Una Limosna Por El Amor De Dios
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5. Prelude in E Major
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6. Nocturno Sentimentale
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7. Angostura
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8. Spanish Dance No. 5
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9. Cafe De Chinitas
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10. Fantasia Original
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11. Fandangillo
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12. Tango Espanol
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13. La Paloma
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14. Las Folias De Espanol
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15. Ave Maria
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Album Notes
John has performed classical guitar music publicly for 30 years, in both casual and concert settings. In the words of Register Guard music critic Fred Crafts, “Jarvie is a spectacularly gifted artist who commands the fingers of a virtuoso and the sensitivity of a poet.”
His special gift, however, is the impact he has on his audiences. After John’s concerts, audience members invariably tell him how moved they were by his music. A reviewer wrote that John’s listeners “sat breathlessly” during one concert, and seemed “spellbound” by another performance.
John grew up in a household filled with music. His mother was a violinist, and his father played accordion and classical piano. He began serious study of the guitar as a teenager, studying with Ralph Towner, and later with Michael Lorimer and Scott Kritzer, as well as taking master classes with David Russell, Alice Artst, and Sharon Isben.
He earned his Music degree at the University of Oregon. In 1971 he designed and initiated the Guitar Studies program at the U of O Music School, and taught there for 12 years. He taught concurrently at Lane Community College in Eugene, and continues to teach there.
Beginning in 1971, John has given concerts to enthusiastic audiences in many Northwest venues, most notably performances of the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Eugene Symphony, and a shared program with renowned flautist Paul Horn at the Portland Civic Auditorium.
In the 1990’s he set aside his concert career to pursue another line of work which provided a more secure income for his family. However, after a number of years, John’s love of music drew him back to performing again.
Since then, he has given solo concerts in Eugene, Portland, and Florence, (Oregon), and San Diego as well as numerous private performances. Recently John collaborated with the Ballet Fantastique of Eugene. He appeared with the ballet in Eugene's Hult Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show in Ashland.
John is also a guitar builder. He began experimenting with guitar design in the 1970’s, with the goal of achieving better resonance and projection. Since 2001 he has focused more seriously on guitar making. He refined his unique design and he now produces guitars with great volume and richness. John plays his own guitars in concert; he made the guitar he played for all his YouTube videos. He builds instruments for other guitarists, as well.


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"New Day" is the second full-length CD from classical guitarist John Jarvie, following his 2007 debut, the simply-titled Classical Guitar. I have had the privilege of hosting Jarvie in concert in my home the past several years, and his performances are always spell-binding. The liner notes for the CD include a short history of each of the fifteen pieces, which parallels some of the highlights of Jarvie’s live performances. An exceptionally well-trained musician who comes from a very musical family, Jarvie has included transcriptions of music written for other instruments as well as his interpretations of a vast repertoire of music for classical guitar. It is interesting to note that Jarvie is also a guitar builder, and that the guitar he played on this album is a hand-made original with an amazingly warm, rich sound.

"New Day" begins with the title track (“El Nuevo Dia”), a piece composed by Paco Pena, a contemporary master of flamenco guitar. Bright and lively, the piece suggests optimism and anticipation. “Julia Florida” is a beautiful ballad by Agustin Barrios that expresses deep emotion and tenderness. “Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios (An Offering for the Love of God),” also composed by Barrios, comes from a phrase used by beggars on the streets in San Salvador. Hauntingly beautiful with strong feelings of melancholy, this is a favorite. JS Bach’s “Prelude in E Major” was originally written for the Violin Suite BWV 1006, but lends itself beautifully to classical guitar. “Spanish Dance #5” by Enrique Granados is made up of a variety of themes woven into a lovely tapestry of sound. Originally written for piano, it is now heard more often on guitar. “Tango Espanol Op. 164 #2” by Isaac Albeniz was also originally written for piano and is an exploration of what was a new dance form at the time. Slow and sensual, it smolders with passion. “La Paloma (The Dove)” is one of the more familiar pieces in this collection. Composed by Sabastian Yradier, it was inspired by the gently swaying rhythms of the Cuban dance, habanera. Jarvie’s arrangement of Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria” is stunning. I’ve been lucky enough to see Jarvie perform this piece live, and the heartfelt beauty of the piece as well as the incredible skill it takes to play both the melody and the accompaniment so clearly and effortlessly give it a very big “Wow!” factor!

If you enjoy classical guitar, "New Day" is an essential addition to your collection! Very highly recommended!