Concerts by the Atlanta Guitar Guild!

Everyone at the Atlanta Guitar Guild and AGG Orchestra is excited to announce the 1st Annual Atlanta Guitar Guild Holiday Concert!  We will be performing in the stunningly beautiful nave of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, on Saturday November 23 at 3 PM.  The AGG Orchestra has planned a wonderful and diverse program of traditional (and new) holiday music.  (A $10 suggested donation is requested for each attendee.)  Please see our Upcoming Events page for more details.

Additionally, the Guild has begun our Artist Residency Program at Georgia Perimeter College!  As a part of our partnership, we will be presenting a concert of chamber music with guitar on Sunday November 17th at 3 PM in the Fine Arts Building of the Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus, in the Fine Arts Building.  The concert will showcase members of the AGG Orchestra in chamber settings, and will feature the Athens Guitar Duo and 9 String Theory.  The concert is free.  Please see our Upcoming Events page for more details.

 

The Atlanta Guitar Guild’s Annual Gala Fundraiser! Tickets are going fast!

The Atlanta Guitar Guild Presents

The Atlanta Guitar Guild Annual Gala Fundraiser!

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Saturday August 17, 2013 at 8 PM at

In Tune Studio in Historic Grant Park

Featuring

The Sharpe-Zohn Duo

and

The Bonaventure Quartet

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 day of at the door.  Tickets are selling fast!  Click here to purchase advance tickets

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It is hard to believe it has been one year since our opening concert and fundraiser in 2012!  What a year it has been!  The Atlanta Guitar Guild has been granted full 501(c)3 status by the IRS, we created the first Atlanta community guitar orchestra (the Atlanta Guitar Guild Orchestra) and debuted the AGGO at Grady High School, we hosted five concerts featuring some of the cream of Atlanta’s guitar crop, and so much more!  Our plans for next year are even more ambitious!  Please join us for our Gala Fundraiser on August 17 to celebrate the year’s successes, give, and get involved with the Guild for the coming 2013-2014 season!  Hear great music by the Bonaventure Quartet and the Sharpe-Zohn duo from Columbus, meet local musicians and the Guild officers and Board of Directors, and hear more out the exciting developments for guitar in Atlanta.  We can’t make it happen without your help, so buy your advance tickets, save up for our Silent Auction, and tell your friends about this wonderful organization dedicated to guitar arts in Atlanta!  See you there!

Summer Concerts from the Atlanta Guitar Guild!

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Variety, innovation, roots and arts are just a few adjectives to describe the Atlanta Guitar Guild’s summer concerts this year.  There are stories here too:  Trio becomes a duo; classical artist returns to his mountain roots; Russian guitarist creates music hybrids from the world’s styles; and flute and guitar take a musical journey across America!  Join us at Steve’s Live Music Sunday June 16th for the Athens Guitar Duo (pictured below) and Candace Keach and Russel Ferrara at 5 PM.  Matthew Cochran (pictured above) and The Time Scratch (Erik Sootes and Yuri Bakhtin) play at Steve’s on Sunday July 21 at 3 PM.  Follow the links to learn more about the venue and the artists.  Come out and support guitar in Atlanta!  More details can be found on our Upcoming Events page.

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The Atlanta Guitar Guild Orchestra Debut Concert!

It is with much excitement that the the Atlanta Guitar Guild announces the debut concert of the Atlanta Guitar Guild Orchestra:

Sunday May 5, 6:00 PM at Grady High School Auditorium

Cost: $10 suggested orchestra donation/ Students and Children attend free

Conducting the orchestra this season will be Jordan Alfredson (student from Kennesaw State University), and the concert will feature concerto soloists Alma Mujagic (also a KSU student) and Matthew Anderson (Reinhardt College guitar professor).  Repertoire for the concert will include works by Antonio Vivaldi, Jeremy Sparks, Olga Amelkina-Vera, Darrin Au and more.

The Atlanta Guitar Guild Orchestra is comprised of over 20 guitarists from the Atlanta-metro area, with ages ranging from high school to well beyond, including recreational players side-by-side with internationally recognized performers. This promises to be a landmark event, establishing the guitar orchestra as an integral component of the Atlanta music community.  Come be part of this unique musical experience!

Bonaventure with Balagur!

The Atlanta Guitar Guild Presents

The Bonaventure Quartet and Benjamin Balagur

Saturday March 2 at 8 pm at Kavarna in the historic Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur

$15 at the door

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We are so excited to host the Argentine guitarist Benjamin Balagur and the Bonaventure Quartet.  Come out for a great show on March 2 at 8 PM.  Enjoy great music and coffee, wine, beer, and edibles from Kavarna.

A Pair of Duos on Sunday February 10!

The Atlanta Guitar Guild Presents

The Akerman-Teixeira Duo and the Dickson-Frackenpohl Duo

Sunday February 10  2013, at 3 PM at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs. $15

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“Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two.” – Frederic Chopin

On February 10, The Atlanta Guitar Guild, in collaboration with Steve’s Live Music, will present the guitar in two duo settings.  The Akerman-Teixeira Duo will perform works from Spain to Turkey, France to Brazil with the music of Scarlatti, Albéniz, Debussy, Bonfá and more.  The Dickson-Frackenpohl Duo will present jazz in a duo with guitar and double-bass.  Don’t miss out on a fantastic afternoon of guitar music!  Go to Steve’s Live Music to purchase advance tickets and get directions.

Mary Akerman teaches classical guitar at Kennesaw State University. She is a winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and has subsequently served on
the GFA Board of Trustees for over ten years. She has performed/taught/adjudicated at many colleges and regional festivals including the Columbus Guitar Symposium, the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Workshop, the San Antonio Guitar Festival, and the GFA Festival. In 2011 she performed in Turkey as part of a faculty exchange between Kennesaw State University and Cocaeli University in Hereke, Turkey.

Robert Teixeira lives in Charlotte, NC and is a guitar instructor at Davidson College, Queens University of Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College. He has performed and recorded with his wife, cellist Tanja Bechtler and with the world music chamber group ‘Without Borders’. His arrangements of the sambas from “Black Orpheus” by Bonfa are recorded on the Akerman-Teixeira Duo CD, and his publications of etudes and arrangements are available through Clear Note Publications.

Bob and Mary met while in graduate school at Florida State University and decided to form a duo about 5 years ago. Since forming, they recorded the cd “Music For Two Guitars” which is available through Clear Note Publications or on the Naxos catalogue. They have performed regularly on established chamber music programs, colleges and university programs, and through invitations to participate in guitar festivals.

“They have a refined and well matched sound with flawless technique”   SOUNDBOARD MAGAZINE

“This duo has continuity of string, a critical element, a relaxed and easy elasticity when needed, and precision”  CVNC

Dave Frackenpohl, guitar and Robert Dickson, bass, have been performing as a duo since 2008. They have played concerts at Georgia State University, the University of Tennessee, and  the Decatur Music Teachers Association.  Radio broadcasts include a live interview/performance on  89.3 WRFG FM, and a airing of their University of Tennessee concert on  WUOT 91.9FM. Playing a mix of original tunes and arrangements of music from the jazz and classical world, their style might be described as “chamber jazz”. Dickson and Frackenpohl are both instructors in the GSU jazz studies department.

Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Robert Dickson received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama and a Master of Music from the University of New Orleans where he was a graduate teaching assistant. He performed extensively in the New Orleans area and recently relocated to Atlanta after hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005. In addition to his background in jazz, Mr. Dickson also attended the Brevard Music Camp as an orchestral bassist. He has performed with many jazz greats including Terri Lynne Carrington, Jerry Coker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Marini, Jason Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Irvin Mayfield, Davy Mooney, Ed Petersen, Shannon Powell, Lew Soloff, and Johnny Vidacovich.

Dave Frackenpohl is an active jazz guitarist and composer/arranger in the Atlanta area. Collaborating with such jazz artists as Hank Crawford, Bobby Watson, Buddy DeFranco, Jeff Clayton and Wycliff Gordon, he has performed at Spivey Hall, the Woodruff Arts Center, Fox Theatre and the Rialto Center for the Arts. He recently performed at the 2012 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival with Ike Stubblefield in Moscow, Idaho. A versatile player, he has appeared with big bands such as Moments Notice and Les Elgars, played with touring Broadway shows High School Musical I & II, Chicago and 42nd Street, as well as with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Chamber Players, Florida Orchestra and Alabama Symphony.  Composer/arranger credits include his 2012 CD/Digital release of Refractions (Robert Dickson plays  on this project), several Mel Bay publications including A Practical Guide to Jazz Band Guitar and Jazz Standards for Guitar I & II, as well as recorded tracks for Atlanta artists Sam Skelton, Ike Stubblefield and E.J. Hughes. Find out more about Dave at his website: http://davefrackenpohl.com/

 

Flamenco Workshop in Decatur March 7-10

Attention Flamenco Aficionados!

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Víctor Márquez “Tomate” will be teaching a flamenco guitar workshop and class March 7-10 as a part of the flamenco company La Compañía de Manuel Liñán at Core Studios on the Decatur Square.  Born in Cordoba, Victor Marquez descends from the renowned family of guitarists known as “Tomates”.  His musical training is traditional, coming from his family of musicians.  He began he musical training at the young age of 9, under the tutelage of his cousin Juan Manuel Muñoz “Tomate hijo”.  His uncle, “El Tomate” later taught him to accompany singers.  He has performed with some of the most famous flamenco companies in Spain, including that of Manuel Linan, Alfonso Losa, Rafael Amarga, Maria del  Mar Martinez, Jose Porcel, Rafael Martos, and Antonio Canales. Additionally, he performs in Madrid’s best known tablaos when not working  in theater productions.    Victor Marquez has also performed internationally, including in the show “El Flamenco” in Tokyo in 2009.  He has gained acclaim as part of a generation of accomplished guitarists who play the traditional form of flamenco yet find a way to express their own artistic voices.
In Atlanta, guitar classes will cover chords for song verses and how to accompany singers and dancers during the verses.  Also, at least one falseta will be taught during the classes, as well as basic flamenco technique (i.e., razqueados, golpes)  and meter.  Only one or two songs will be covered in the class:  tangos and/or alegrias.  Tangos in flamenco is not the same as the Argentinian tango.  It has 4 beats per measure, with a funky drag and an emphasis on count 3 to close phrases. Alegrias has 12 counts per measure, with a mixture of 3/4 and 6/8 time.  It can be challenging for some and super simple for others to catch the first time around!  This is not a solo guitar class in which students learn to play an entire piece.  Rather, they learn that flamenco guitarists watch, listen, and communicate to accompany singers and dancers;  and they learn the basic concepts, technique, and theory to play as accompanists.  Basic chord knowledge is required for this class, and students must have some experience playing finger style guitar.  All levels of players are welcome, as there will be a challenge for everyone – from technique to communication to the musical timing.
The workshop covers dance, singing, and guitar.  Each discipline meets in a separate space inside of CORE Studios, except on the last day when guitarists will play for the dancers and singers, for a portion of the class time.  This means that the guitarists sit with Victor for their class all the time except during the last part of class on the last day.

Classes are 1.5 hours each, except on Saturday, when the class is 1 hour long.

La Compañía de Manuel Liñán will be performing at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Downtown Atlanta on March 9.

A Pair of Duos!

The Atlanta Guitar Guild Presents

The Akerman-Teixeira Duo and the Dickson-Frackenpohl Duo

Sunday February 10  2013, at 3 PM at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs. $15

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Frackenpohl  Robert Dickson

“Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two.” – Frederic Chopin

On February 10, The Atlanta Guitar Guild, in collaboration with Steve’s Live Music, will present the guitar in two duo settings.  The Akerman-Teixeira Duo will perform works from Spain to Turkey, France to Brazil with the music of Scarlatti, Albéniz, Debussy, Bonfá and more.  The Dickson-Frackenpohl Duo will present jazz in a duo with guitar and double-bass.  Don’t miss out on a fantastic afternoon of guitar music!  Go to Steve’s Live Music to purchase advance tickets and get directions.

Mary Akerman teaches classical guitar at Kennesaw State University. She is a winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and has subsequently served on
the GFA Board of Trustees for over ten years. She has performed/taught/adjudicated at many colleges and regional festivals including the Columbus Guitar Symposium, the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Workshop, the San Antonio Guitar Festival, and the GFA Festival. In 2011 she performed in Turkey as part of a faculty exchange between Kennesaw State University and Cocaeli University in Hereke, Turkey.

Robert Teixeira lives in Charlotte, NC and is a guitar instructor at Davidson College, Queens University of Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College. He has performed and recorded with his wife, cellist Tanja Bechtler and with the world music chamber group ‘Without Borders’. His arrangements of the sambas from “Black Orpheus” by Bonfa are recorded on the Akerman-Teixeira Duo CD, and his publications of etudes and arrangements are available through Clear Note Publications.

Bob and Mary met while in graduate school at Florida State University and decided to form a duo about 5 years ago. Since forming, they recorded the cd “Music For Two Guitars” which is available through Clear Note Publications or on the Naxos catalogue. They have performed regularly on established chamber music programs, colleges and university programs, and through invitations to participate in guitar festivals.

“They have a refined and well matched sound with flawless technique”   SOUNDBOARD MAGAZINE

“This duo has continuity of string, a critical element, a relaxed and easy elasticity when needed, and precision”  CVNC

Dave Frackenpohl, guitar and Robert Dickson, bass, have been performing as a duo since 2008. They have played concerts at Georgia State University, the University of Tennessee, and  the Decatur Music Teachers Association.  Radio broadcasts include a live interview/performance on  89.3 WRFG FM, and a airing of their University of Tennessee concert on  WUOT 91.9FM. Playing a mix of original tunes and arrangements of music from the jazz and classical world, their style might be described as “chamber jazz”. Dickson and Frackenpohl are both instructors in the GSU jazz studies department.

Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Robert Dickson received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama and a Master of Music from the University of New Orleans where he was a graduate teaching assistant. He performed extensively in the New Orleans area and recently relocated to Atlanta after hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005. In addition to his background in jazz, Mr. Dickson also attended the Brevard Music Camp as an orchestral bassist. He has performed with many jazz greats including Terri Lynne Carrington, Jerry Coker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Marini, Jason Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Irvin Mayfield, Davy Mooney, Ed Petersen, Shannon Powell, Lew Soloff, and Johnny Vidacovich.

Dave Frackenpohl is an active jazz guitarist and composer/arranger in the Atlanta area. Collaborating with such jazz artists as Hank Crawford, Bobby Watson, Buddy DeFranco, Jeff Clayton and Wycliff Gordon, he has performed at Spivey Hall, the Woodruff Arts Center, Fox Theatre and the Rialto Center for the Arts. He recently performed at the 2012 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival with Ike Stubblefield in Moscow, Idaho. A versatile player, he has appeared with big bands such as Moments Notice and Les Elgars, played with touring Broadway shows High School Musical I & II, Chicago and 42nd Street, as well as with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Chamber Players, Florida Orchestra and Alabama Symphony.  Composer/arranger credits include his 2012 CD/Digital release of Refractions (Robert Dickson plays  on this project), several Mel Bay publications including A Practical Guide to Jazz Band Guitar and Jazz Standards for Guitar I & II, as well as recorded tracks for Atlanta artists Sam Skelton, Ike Stubblefield and E.J. Hughes. Find out more about Dave at his website: http://davefrackenpohl.com/

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Greetings All!

Last night we held the first meeting of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Guitar Guild.  The Guild has assembled a diverse and highly experienced Board.  The six members are Amy Lashley, George Petsch, David Drexler, John Huston, Bryce Hammond and Matthew James.  The Board also elected officers for the Guild.  The officers are:

John Huston, president

Mary Akerman, vice president

Amy Lashley, secretary

Christine Vanchella, treasurer

The Board and officers had a productive meeting and exchange of ideas about the direction of the Guild and where our resources will best be directed for 2013.  There are a number of coming announcements regarding upcoming events, the Atlanta Guitar Guild Orchestra, and our advocacy efforts.  Please check back in with us often in the coming weeks for more exciting developments!

Happy Holidays!

John Huston