Maximo Diego Pujol, an Argentinian, is one of the most captivating guitar composers of our time. Pujol wrote the two movement Homenaje a Anibal Troilo in honor of one the greatest masters of the tango. El Ultimo Telón (The Final Curtain) is a sentimental tango written in the style of Troilo, while La Malandra (The Scoundrel) is an amusing milonga written for dancing and good times. (Editions Lemoine, SACEM) www.maximopujol.com
Štěpán Rak, the first guitar professor ever at the Prague Conservatory, is known both for his brilliant innovative virtuosity and his sentimental, intense dramatic compositions. Rak wrote this evocative Nocturno and the Rock-inspired Dance as a pair of opposites. (OSA) www.stepanrak.cz
Jim Scully is an award-winning Jazz guitarist, composer and teacher based at California State University at Bakersfield. His Sonata was inspired by hearing the music of Leo Brouwer, Steve Reich and Stephen Goss at the La Guitarra Festival in 2009. The piece depicts life with his 5-year old triplet sons. (Nested Triplets Music, ASCAP) www.jimscully.com
Kevin Siegfried is a well-established composer and teacher in the Boston area. Kevin arranged Circling the Dawn for me from one of his choral works after I fell in love with the piece Tracing a Wheel on Water. The following information pertains to Circling the Dawn: (Adapted and Arranged for guitar from "This Is the Day" (MSM-50-3090) by Kevin Siegfried, copyright © 2012 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP), a division of MorningStar Music Publications, Inc., St. Louis, MO. This arrangement copyright © 2012 Birnamwood/MorningStar.) www.kevinsiegfried.com;
Ruben Delgado, my first serious guitar teacher, is a guitarist, composer and educator currently residing in San Diego. Sara Page and Keith's Travels are from a graciously titled set of American preludes. (BMI) www.rubendelgadoguitar.com
Frank Campo, an eminent music professor and composer based in the Los Angeles area, wrote Remembering in memory of his friend (and my idol) Chet Baker. I discovered Mr. Campo's collaborations with Mr. Baker while browsing through the records at a library in Virginia Beach. Mr. Campo's affiliation with Charlie Parker was discovered by inadvertently sending a postcard of the saxophonist to the composer, resulting in Bird in Flight (Op. 132 b) to act as a bookend to Remembering (Op. 132 a). (Dario Music-distributed by Theodore Front, ASCAP) www.frankcampo.com
Roger Aldridge, a versatile graduate of Berklee College of Music now based in Maryland, is a fellow member of Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts. Donut Music was inspired by his grandchild describing eating a chocolate donut in the dark. The piece is written for jazz guitar and consists of 9 short episodes or movements. (BMI) www.reverbnation.com/rogeraldridge
My Three Konokol Etudes were written after studying South Indian rhythms via an interest in guitarist John McLaughlin. Read Between the Lines was written for my sweetheart Sara Page Hall. What It Is was inspired by the writings of Jazz pianist Kenny Werner. Bobblehead was inspired by musicians who bop their head back and forth when they perform.
Chiel Meijering is one of the composers who best represents our time. Romeo Died was first performed by the Amsterdam Guitar Trio, and now a fourth guitar part has been added. (Donemus, BUMA) Amores is one of the many works for guitar and synthesizer patches that Chiel and I have worked on recently. As a testament to Chiel's intense creativity, we have completed five full-length recordings so far this year (and it's only August!). (BUMA) www.hubiware.nl/chielmeijering
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Guitar by Kris Barnett (Guitar on Meijering's works by La Patrie), strings by Godin.
Recording and mastering by Steve Jankowski at Jankland Studios, New Jersey.
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