Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sixth Concert in "First Friday Concert Series" on September 5, 2014


Sixth Concert in "First Friday Concert Series" on September 5,  2014
With Gordon Rowland, Mark Taylor and Doug Wendt
At St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Benicia

Summary:  Gordon Rowland, founder of the "First Fridays Concert Series", brings this summer series to a close at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Benicia, California.  This sixth concert will feature guitarists Gordon Rowland, Mark Taylor and Doug Wendt on Friday, September 5th at 7 PM.
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Gordon Rowland, founder of the "First Fridays Concert Series", brings this summer series to a close at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Benicia, California.  This sixth concert will feature guitarists Gordon Rowland, Mark Taylor and Doug Wendt on Friday, September 5th 
at 7 PM.


Gordon Rowland is known for his flowing performances of classical and flamenco guitar music, and is in demand as a concert guitarist.  Author, composer/transcriptionist, and a professor of guitar performance, he offers private lessons for the classical guitar aficionado.

Gordon completed his undergraduate music studies at The University of Idaho in 1970 continuing at Boise State University and concluding in 1974.  He continued his studies with Michael Lorrimer at U.C. Berkley, and with Christopher Parkening.  Traveling to Madrid, Spain, he studied flamenco there with Luis Maravilla.  Gordon's teaching experience includes Band and Choir director for the Meadows Valley High School in New Meadows, Idaho.  He also was a member of the faculty staff of the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, and Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.  He has taught workshops throughout the Northwest including the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho and Oregon State University in Eugene, Oregon.  Gordon has written a method book for beginners and a philosophy of music theory as applied to the guitar.

Classical and flamenco guitarist Mark Taylor is an international recording artist, performer and teacher.  His combined experience in classical and flamenco music makes him a strong and dynamic interpreter of the classical repertoire with an approach to flamenco that is rhythmically vibrant, passionate and true to the essence of the many styles he performs.

Mark began his study of classical guitar in 1980 at the Santa Rosa Junior College earning a music degree and was awarded the first Julia Harp Scholarship for music performance at Sonoma State University. He received private instruction with Kirby Wilkerson, and Phillip Roshegar, and master classes with Vladimir Mikulka, and Deborah Marrioti.  He has performed in many renaissance and baroque chamber ensembles, yet it was his love of Spanish music that inspired him to travel to Spain.  Mark was already a professional classical guitarist when he first began traveling to Spain in 1987. He returned to Spain frequently over a period of 15 years, learning the art of solo guitar as well as accompaniment of song and dance styles. He studied flamenco guitar in Granada, Sevilla, Jerez de la Frontera and Madrid with such great artists and teachers as Mario Escudero, Carlos Heredia (Seville), “El Carbonero” (Jerez), Roman Martín, and at the famous Amor de Dios dance studio (Madrid). He returned to the United States to form the Aire Flamenco Dance Company and The Mark Taylor Flamenco Quartet. He has performed as a soloist in Spain and the United States and appears regularly as featured artist with the Sol Flamenco Dance Company and The San Francisco Bay area’s Potaje ensemble, directed by Chus Alonso. He has also collaborated with Francisco Gaona’s stage productions of Romanceros Gitanos, Cante Jondo and Cantares by Federico García Lorca.
Doug Wendt has been performing and teaching in the Bay Area for over 25 years.  He is an experienced classical guitarist and instructor, who performs regularly at exclusive restaurants, weddings and private parties.  As a classical guitarist, he has worked and performed extensively with Gordon Rowland.  Doug earned his  B.A. in Guitar Performance at California State University of the East Bay (CSUEB) and performs regularly in Martinez and elsewhere in the Bay Area.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church offers the perfect venue for the intimacy of classical music.  The redwood paneling offers a special warmth and acoustically helps the music resonate.  The vaulted ceiling resembles an overturned boat, adding to the quaint atmosphere.  Located off Main Street, there are plenty of excellent restaurants near to St. Paul's, so one may make a special night out first with fine food and then end the evening with fine music. 
Tickets are available at the door.  For questions about this or future concerts in the series, contact Gordon Rowland at 415-297-3542 or gordon@guitarwork.com.  The website for the concert series is at http://www.guitarwork.com/2014/03/first-friday-concert-series-april-to.html.

Tickets are also available at Good Stuff Music Store, 511 Main Street, Martinez, CA and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 120 East J Street, Benicia (Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM-3 PM).

Some comments regarding past and current artists:

"An over the top performance! The audience was mesmerized; everyone who came went away with a new appreciation of flamenco."
Leslie Hall, director The Healdsburg Guitar Festival

"Jon Mendle is a superb musician who plays with a blissful touch" ~Sergio Assad

"[Matthew] has the enviable ability to absorb music at an incredibly fast rate and his playing is clear, balanced and uplifting."  ~Marc Teicholz

“There's assurance and invention in [Chris Yeaton's] strumming; he's learned well and carries the tradition with dignity. Yeaton's got a Hawaiian soul and is one to watch. In time, he should be right up there with his mentors." ~Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser

"What a wonderful evening.  Both Daniel and Francesca were a hit with everyone.  Some of the comments received were: 'The evening went too fast. I was mesmerized by the music,' 'This is what we moved here for.' The music along with the education was brilliant."


"Motoshi [Kosako] must Not be missed!  And Teddy [Randazzo] is a magical genius!  Don't let these guys get by you."

Friday, August 1, 2014

Jon Mendle and Matter Fish tonight

Reminder:
Concert at Benicia Episcopal church
First  and J streets  $15
Doors open 7:00 music at 7:30

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fifth Concert in "First Friday Concert Series" on August 1, 2014

Featuring Jon Mendle and Matthew Fish
At St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Benicia

Summary:  Gordon Rowland, founder of the "First Fridays Concert Series", continues to line up many excellent soloists and ensembles to perform at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Benicia, California.  This fifth concert in the series will feature Jon Mendle and Matthew Fish on Friday, August 1st at 7 PM.
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Gordon Rowland, founder of the "First Fridays Concert Series", continues to be the organizing force behind this exciting series featuring classical guitar music.  He has lined up many excellent soloists and ensembles to perform at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 120 East J Street in Benicia, California.  This fifth concert in the series features Jon Mendle and Matthew Fish, which will happen on Friday, August 1st at 7 PM.

"Bringing high quality talent − many with ties to Benicia and the San Francisco Bay Area already − is important in showcasing local and semi-local talent," says Gordon, "as well as a venue that can draw on great masters passing through the area."

Since making his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19, classical guitarist Jon Mendle is rapidly building a career as a performer, teacher, arranger, and composer. He has since gone on tour with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and released his first album of solo guitar music, entitled " L’Infidele" on In A Circle Records

Jon began studying the guitar at the age of 12, received his Bachelor of Music in classical guitar performance in 2007, and recently finished his graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory under the tutelage of renowned guitarist Sergio Assad, earning a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance.
Jon’s solo repertoire includes works from periods ranging from the Renaissance to the contemporary era, with an emphasis on lesser-known baroque lute works. He has contributed to his instrument’s repertoire by arranging works by composers such as Kapsberger, Zamboni, and Falckenhagen, who are virtually unknown outside of the lute world, as well as more familiar works by Bach, Weiss, Ravel, Debussy, and Hovhaness.
Hailed by Sergio Assad as "...an expressive guitarist with a great sense of rhythm and tone colors," Matthew Fish is known as both a skilled performer and enthusiastic teacher. He has participated in numerous competitions throughout the United States and earned top prizes, including First Prize at the 2012 Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition. 

Well versed in both solo and chamber music, Matthew has experience playing with many different instrumentalists, singers, and ensembles. He has performed throughout California, playing at such venues as the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, the Davis Arts Center, CSU East Bay, CSU Chico, the San Francisco Scottish Rite Center, and the Firehouse Arts Center, where he played with the Pacific Masterworks Chorus. He was a featured artist in the Classical Guitar Project in Chico and earned himself a spot in the "Evening Showcase Concert" at the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America's Regional Symposium in San Francisco. 
Matthew received his Bachelor’s of Music Degree from CSU, Chico where he studied with guitarist Tobin Roye. He later went on to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to study with Latin Grammy award-winning guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. He received his Master’s of Music Degree from the Conservatory in 2012.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church offers the perfect venue for the intimacy of classical music.  The redwood paneling offers a special warmth and acoustically helps the music resonate.  The vaulted ceiling resembles an overturned boat, adding to the quaint atmosphere.  Located off Main Street, there are plenty of excellent restaurants near to St. Paul's, so one may make a special night out first with fine food and then end the evening with fine music. Tickets are available at the door.  For questions about this or future concerts in the series, contact Gordon Rowland at 415-297-3542 or gordon@guitarwork.com.  The website for the concert series is at http://www.guitarwork.com/2014/03/first-friday-concert-series-april-to.html.

Tickets are also available at Good Stuff Music Store, 511 Main Street, Martinez, CA and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 120 East J Street, Benicia (Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM-3 PM).

Some comments regarding past and current artists:
"Jon Mendle is a superb musician who plays with a blissful touch" ~Sergio Assad

"[Matthew] has the enviable ability to absorb music at an incredibly fast rate and his playing is clear, balanced and uplifting."  ~Marc Teicholz

“There's assurance and invention in [Chris Yeaton's] strumming; he's learned well and carries the tradition with dignity. Yeaton's got a Hawaiian soul and is one to watch. In time, he should be right up there with his mentors." ~Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser

"What a wonderful evening.  Both Daniel and Francesca were a hit with everyone.  Some of the comments received were: 'The evening went too fast. I was mesmerized by the music,' 'This is what we moved here for.' The music along with the education was brilliant."

"Motoshi [Kosako] must Not be missed!  And Teddy [Randazzo] is a magical genius!  Don't let these guys get by you."


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 18th Concert - Benicia 7pm


CONTACT:  Gordon Rowland FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE
Phone:  415-297-3542 
Email:  gordon@guitarwork.com 

Fourth Concert in "First Friday Concert Series" on July 18, 2014
Featuring Chris Yeaton and Adam Werner
At St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Benicia

Summary:  Gordon Rowland, founder of the "First Fridays Concert Series", is the creating force behind this exciting series featuring classical guitar music.  He has lined up many excellent soloists and ensembles to perform at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Benicia, California.  This fourth concert in the series will feature Chris Yeaton and Adam Werner on Friday, July 18th at 7 PM.
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Hawaii born, Chris Yeaton, draws from a lineage of great Hawaiian slack key tradition.  His musical inspiration and journey begins with one of Hawaii's most celebrated musicians, master Slack Key guitarist Keola Beamer, and would continue with Big Island Slack Key master John Keawe.  Yeaton credits his good friend and guitar guru, Gordon Rowland, for providing his first opportunity to perform on stage in front of a live audience.  Since then, he has become more and more interested in performing and sharing his music as well as sharing the venues with other musicians like him through Woodsong Acoustics.  Along with traditional slack key pieces, he now incorporates a blend of contemporary Finger-style into his playing, drawing from other renowned artists such as William Ackerman, Alex de Grassi, and Peppino D’Agostino.  Yeaton brings a unique style of beautiful and progressive Slack Key.  His second album − “Ho’o Pa’a, The Stand”− was released in January of 2006.  In February of 2005, he completed his first national tour with guitar masters Keola Beamer and John Keawe. 
Adam Werner is a solo acoustic guitarist with an interest in unconventional techniques, styles and applications to Finger-style guitar playing, with an impressive musical background of experience and education.  Adam continues to move forward and grow as an accomplished musician and artist.  Indigenous to California, Adam grew up with rock guitar legends, such as: Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, among many others.  Adam started his first rock band, IMAGINE, in the early 1990's and gained much respect as an innovative and progressive musician who incorporated odd meters, unorthodox key changes and intricate instrumentation with compositions that pushed the boundaries of rock music.  He soon found the desire to explore the acoustic guitar when introduced to Windham Hill and its artists, such as William Ackerman and Michael Hedges.  Soon after, Adam decided this was the direction he was destined to go.

Adam Werner’s debut label release, "Signatures," a 2008 Grammy Awards contender for Best New Age album, has become a new addition to solo acoustic guitar.  This album is a culmination of emotionally intense compositions with technically exceptional playing and profound musical energy.  Merging the traditions of finger-style techniques with provocative percussive elements adds extra flavor to this music.  A touch of electric bass, masterfully created by Kentaro Otsuka, is featured on this album. 


Gordon Rowland, founder of the "First Fridays Concert Series", is the creating force behind this exciting series featuring classical guitar music.  He has lined up many excellent soloists and ensembles to perform at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 120 East J Street in Benicia, California.  This fourth concert in the series will feature Chris Yeaton and Adam Werner and happens on Friday, July 18th at 7 PM.


"Benicia needs a consistent musical presence, one that draws on local and semi-local talent," says Gordon, "as well as a venue that can draw on great masters passing through the area.  In this case, Chris and Adam have included Benicia in their tour of the Mainland, having ventured over from the Hawaiian Islands to do so."

St. Paul's Episcopal Church offers the perfect venue for the intimacy of classical music.  The redwood paneling offers a special warmth and acoustically helps the music resonate.  The vaulted ceiling resembles an overturned boat, adding to the quaint atmosphere.  Located off Main Street, there are plenty of excellent restaurants near to St. Paul's, so one may make a special night out first with fine food and then end the evening with fine music. 
Tickets are available at the door.  For questions about this or future concerts in the series, contact Gordon Rowland at 415-297-3542 or gordon@guitarwork.com.  The website for the concert series is at http://www.guitarwork.com/2014/03/first-friday-concert-series-april-to.html.

Tickets are also available at Good Stuff Music Store, 511 Main Street, Martinez, CA and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 120 East J Street, Benicia (Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM-3 PM).

Some comments regarding past and current artists:

"Motoshi [Kosako] must Not be missed!  And Teddy [Randazzo] is a magical genius!  Don't let these guys get by you."

"What a wonderful evening.  Both Daniel and Francesca were a hit with everyone.  Some of the comments received were: 'The evening went too fast. I was mesmerized by the music,' 'This is what we moved here for.' The music along with the education was brilliant."

“There's assurance and invention in [Chris Yeaton's] strumming; he's learned well and carries the tradition with dignity. Yeaton's got a Hawaiian soul and is one to watch. In time, he should be right up there with his mentors." ~Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hawaiian slack key with Chris Yeaton Friday July 18th at the Benicia Episcopal church 120 East J street @ 1st and J

Chris is joined by Adam Warner from Southern CA. They provide a well polished show full of spontaneous and delightful surprises. Tickets $15 at the 
Door which opens at 7:00 for a 7:30 show time.