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Satchel Henneman — ...all there is... (PREMIERE)
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Satchel Henneman — ...all there is... (PREMIERE)

This piece was composed for me by my friend and guitar duo partner Satchel Henneman, scored for classical guitar with an accompanying fixed media audio track consisting of manipulated guitar samples. The abbreviated title of this piece refers to the longer title collectively formed by the titles of each movement, taken from a work by Colleen Trundy: “Everything we see and touch is all there is, but all there is is so out of reach; we can’t hold it all at the same time.” Elaborating on this evocative title and the background of the piece, Satchel comments: “I was thinking about the history of the guitar, and the history of pieces about the history of the guitar. The inescapably iconic nature of the ‘spanish guitar’ has inspired decades of tributes to this instrument’s rich past tradition, forming a rich tradition of its own. I couldn’t help thinking about this tautology as a parallax – like when you’re on the highway and it seems like the telephone poles near you are going by much faster than those furthest from you; how things look different depending on where you stand. These pieces offer unique vantages for viewing the guitar’s history, vantages that can’t collapse together, can’t transform into a singular image of the guitar or its history. ‘…all there is…’ is a meditation on this meta-history of the guitar, and this parallax effect, offering views of tremolo, a bread-and-butter technique of the guitar repertoire, from suddenly shifting vantage points, attempting to collapse together, but at all times failing." ----------------------------------------------- I am endorsed by Stone Age Guitar Products. Check them out here! https://stoneageguitar.com/ Follow my stuff! My Website: https://robertogranadosguitar.com Instagram: @rgranadosguitar Inquiries: granadosrobertoguitar@gmail.com
Randall Krieger — The Decaying Embers of a Didactic Star (PREMIERE)
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Randall Krieger — The Decaying Embers of a Didactic Star (PREMIERE)

Composed by my friend, multi-instrumentalist and composer Randall Krieger, this "micro-tuned" guitar piece is very exciting for me, given that this is both a performance premiere, and the first work I've commissioned! In "The Decaying Embers of a Didactic Star," Krieger uses a very unusual and unconventional tuning for the guitar that allows for sonorities and harmonies not typically accessible on the instrument. Guitar is tuned primarily on the basis of 12-tone equal temperament (or 12-TET for short), a tuning system where there are 12 different musical pitches or notes to each octave — this tuning system has become the most universal since the 18th century, in classical and Western music in general. In this piece, the guitar is tuned to pitches both from 12-TET as well as pitches outside of this system — pitches that might be considered as existing “in-between” the 12 tones of equal temperament, allowing for a larger variety of very close intervallic relationships between notes that can be played on the instrument. Krieger describes the sounds of the harmonies that can be produced in this tuning as evoking a new or different sense of musical consonance and dissonance. Randall and I first met while completing our undergraduate degrees at Cal State East Bay, where we were both guitar students of Marc Teicholz. I had always been drawn to the grippingly visceral nature of Randall’s work, his very organic, intuitive sense for interesting approaches to playing and producing sound on instruments, as well as his sense of humor that is expressed in his music, especially through his frequent choice of naming pieces with memorably disorienting, nonsensical or tongue-in-cheek titles. Randall describes his work as drawing from a wide-ranging variety of influences and disciplines, including “heavy metal, medieval folk rock, contemporary classical music, microtonal music, experimental jazz, noise, progressive, flamenco, fusion, folk music, celtic music, indian music, persian drumming, african drumming, folklore, mythology, charcoal drawings, philosophy, and experimental art forms.” ----------------------------------------------- I am endorsed by Stone Age Guitar Products. Check them out here! https://stoneageguitar.com/ https://www.facebook.com/StoneAgeGuitarPicks/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneAgeGuitarPicks Follow my stuff! My Website: https://robertogranadosguitar.com Instagram: @rgranadosguitar Inquiries: granadosrobertoguitar@gmail.com
Marguerite Brown — 3 Loop Pedal Pieces
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Marguerite Brown — 3 Loop Pedal Pieces

These three pieces for electric guitar were commissioned by my friend and guitar duo partner Satchel Henneman. The pieces make use of a loop pedal, which allows for the additive layering of different sounds in each piece in real time, along with various techniques and foreign objects used to play the guitar. These include use of a small violin bow, a guitar slide, a bag clip, and techniques such as harmonics, striking the instrument to make the strings resonate and plucking and bending strings on the headstock behind the nut of the guitar. Each movement is titled after a different natural phenomenon that exhibits some kind of accumulation in density. Inspired by these phenomena, Brown creates a piece in which loops accumulate, transform, and fade over the course of each movement. Strata in nature refers to the layering of rock and soil beneath the ground. Crown shyness refers to the tendency of certain trees to grow in fully stocked canopies where the crowns of each tree grow in close proximity to one another but do not touch, forming a network of channel-like gaps along the canopy. Altostratus undulatus is a kind of stratiform cloud formation featuring undulations that can sometimes appear as visibly wavy. Movements: STRATA 0:00 CROWN SHYNESS 5:20 ALTOSTRATUS UNDULATUS 10:37 Gear/software used: Boss RC-20XL Loop Station Neural DSP Archetype Plini ----------------------------------------------- I am endorsed by Stone Age Guitar Products. Check them out here! https://stoneageguitar.com/ https://www.facebook.com/StoneAgeGuitarPicks/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneAgeGuitarPicks Follow my stuff! My Website: https://robertogranadosguitar.com Instagram: @rgranadosguitar Inquiries: granadosrobertoguitar@gmail.com
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre — Piéces de Clavecin in G minor (arr. Roberto Granados)
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Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre — Piéces de Clavecin in G minor (arr. Roberto Granados)

This is a short set of harpsichord pieces I arranged for guitar, taken from a larger suite composed by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. De la Guerre was a French baroque composer and harpsichordist born into a wealthy family of masons, musicians and instrument makers — one of the very few well-known female composers of the time, given that female musicians in the 17th century were, for the most part, barred from public performances and other professional opportunities that were reserved for men. Despite the success de la Guerre achieved in her lifetime, her music largely remains unplayed today. In my initial experimentation with playing these pieces on classical guitar, I was immediately struck by how well the music translated from the original manuscript onto the instrument. It’s pretty common to include a work of baroque music on a classical guitar recital (which usually means any one of a number of works by JS Bach) — especially when the rest of the program features mostly newer, contemporary works. However, arranging and playing these pieces feels very refreshing and new despite the antiquity of the music itself, and I hope to arrange and perform more of de la Guerre’s harpsichord works in the future as I definitely think they deserve more attention! Buy these arrangements: https://bit.ly/3fAJ412 Movements: COURANTE 0:00 SARABANDE 2:21 GIGUE 5:29 ----------------------------------------------- I am endorsed by Stone Age Guitar Products. Check them out here! https://stoneageguitar.com/ https://www.facebook.com/StoneAgeGuitarPicks/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneAgeGuitarPicks Follow my stuff! My Website: https://robertogranadosguitar.com Instagram: @rgranadosguitar Inquiries: granadosrobertoguitar@gmail.com