Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Zana Mesihovic and the Balkan Soul Orchestra

We had a great time last weekend performing with the wonderful singer/songwriter Zana Mesihovic and the talented James Brandon Lewis on sax. The concert was celebrating 50 years of music making at Capitol Records and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was a great honor to perform at this historic and iconic building. Zana's music was infectious and the crowd outside loved her! We performed her hit, "If You're Wondering" that was in the film "The Lightkeepers" with Richard Dreyfuss. We can't wait until the next concert with this great ensemble. Keep an eye out announcing Zana's new CD that will feature AlmaNova!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jose Oribe

As a classical guitarist, one of the greatest pleasures is to meet various luthiers and tour their workspace where they make their wonderful guitar masterpieces! I recently had the great fortune to meet with Mr. Jose Oribe. One of my students was in search of a guitar with a long scale and Oribe is one of the few luthiers who make this their practice. He lives and works just an hour north of San Diego with his wonderful wife, Juanita. His guitars and simply fantastic! His craftsmanship is of the highest level and it shines through upon hearing and playing his guitars. It was great to meet such a master in the Los Angeles area. My student is extremely pleased with his Oribe guitar and I hope to have one as well in the near future!