Guitarist, Author, Recording Artist, Entertainer, Lutenist
"To discover a guitarist who can win such praise for his command of the classics is rare; to discover a performer winning the same acclaim for his fresh and unique interpretation of today's music, is truly exceptional."
The career of E. James Kalal is exceptional. His multifaceted talent flows into many dimensions of music. James Kalal has a global following of appreciative aficionados who enjoy and love his many diverse recordings.
Mel Bay Publishing of St. Louis, Missouri, world renowned for high-tech digital innovations in publishing (video, CD ROM, etc.) commissioned Kalal as an author to write companion scores to his recordings for international distribution. To date, Kalal has authorship of the following books: A Renaissance Christmas (Original Title: Christmas Music for the Guitar from the 16th & 17th Centuries), Melodies of Spain for Acoustic Guitar, and Yuletide Gathering.
He has serenaded listeners in romantic respites along the loose path of the fabled Orient Express. His melodies of the Occidental journey evokes images ranging from whirling dervishes of Istanbul to the Romantic Road of Germany.
He has enchanted listeners in the English Cotswolds (Lygon Arms, Broadway, UK) the charming Goldener Hirsch setting for the film Sound of Music/Salzburg, Austria; the legendary Harry's/Venice, Italy; the Ancient San Francisco Parador/Granada, Spain.
James Kalal's performing venue's in France included three contrasting regions: the Rhone-Alps: L' Abbaye de Talloires, a 9th century monastery (now hotel) in the French historic village of Talloires on Lac d'Annecy; the Cote d' Azur the quaint fishing village of Giens on the Mediterranean Sea; Provonce at Saint Remy, Hotel Domaine De Valmouriani.
On the 25th of February, James Kalal will perform at the Menendez Festival in St. Augustine, Florida, attended by Juan Carlos and his wife Sofia, the King and Queen of Spain.