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Classical guitar fanatic? Casual hobbyist? Segovia disciple? Regardless of your diagnosis, the tonebase Classical Guitar Podcast with David Steinhardt has the cure for you!

Tune in every other Sunday for in-depth conversations with some of greatest minds in the classical guitar world. Guest artists include Scott Tennant, Judicael Perroy, Bill Kanengiser, Eliot Fisk, and Pepe Romero to list a few. Topics range from pedagogical philosophies, upcoming CD releases and performances, composing, arranging, all hosted by the by the entertaining personality and wit of David Steinhardt.

The tonebase Classical Guitar Podcast, with David Steinhardt David Steinhardt

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

Classical guitar fanatic? Casual hobbyist? Segovia disciple? Regardless of your diagnosis, the tonebase Classical Guitar Podcast with David Steinhardt has the cure for you!

Tune in every other Sunday for in-depth conversations with some of greatest minds in the classical guitar world. Guest artists include Scott Tennant, Judicael Perroy, Bill Kanengiser, Eliot Fisk, and Pepe Romero to list a few. Topics range from pedagogical philosophies, upcoming CD releases and performances, composing, arranging, all hosted by the by the entertaining personality and wit of David Steinhardt.

    S4 E11: Gabriel Bianco

    S4 E11: Gabriel Bianco

    In today's episode, David is joined by tonebase artist, pedagogue, chamber and solo performer Gabriel Bianco! Gabriel speaks of the importance of chamber music, and his recently released record with Quatuor Éclisses of Spanish arrangements for guitar quartet. Last month, Gabriel performed a livestream concert for tonebase on a romantic guitar: he described his period guitar collection which comprises of instruments from influential luthiers including Lacôte! He explains his concert choice of the Smallman in order to project suitably for live audiences, but how these period instruments may be effective within livestream and recording settings. A dedicated teacher, Bianco speaks about his newly appointed position at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He also explains the genesis of his single left-hand fingered chromatic scale, and how he continues to incorporate this technique throughout his performance repertoire! 



    Intro Music: Couperin Les Sylvains (Scott Tennant)

    Asturias (Albeniz)

    -Quatuor Éclisses

    Sonata in C Major Mov. 4, Allegro Assai (BWV 1005) 

    • 41 min
    S4 E10: An Tran

    S4 E10: An Tran

    In today’s episode David speaks with the Vietnamese guitarist An Tran! An speaks of his musical development in Vietnam prior to moving to the states as a teenager. In his first three years in America An did not have access to guitar lessons and took a hiatus from the instrument. But fear not, while visiting Chicago Tran met Anne Waller who went on to teach An that summer and provide support for his musical endeavors. This brought inspiration for An to return to the guitar. In the second half of the interview An speaks of his newly released CD, "Stay, My Beloved". The record is comprised of traditional Vietnamese and folk music. An explains the inspiration to record this repertoire, and the return to his Vietnamese roots.

    Intro Music: Couperin Les Sylvains (Scott Tennant)

    Stay, My Beloved (Người Ơi, Người Ở Đừng Về) — The An, Nguyen

    The Legend of the Bamboo Child (Thánh Gióng) — The An, Nguyen

    • 41 min
    S4 E9: John Taylor

    S4 E9: John Taylor

    In today’s episode David speaks with classical recording engineer John Taylor. His extensive discography includes productions with David Russell, Ana Vidovic, Eliot Fisk, Xuefei Yang, Paco Pena, and Paul Galbraith. John outlines his philosophy on recording the classical guitar in both solo and chamber settings, and discusses microphone choices, microphone placements and acoustics. He also speaks in depth on the production side of recording a CD, working with different personalities in order to find the best artistic approach. The second half of the interview focuses on specific recording sessions, and John explains recording techniques within different musical and environmental contexts. Whether you are completely new to recording or an audio engineer yourself, this episode will give great insights for all levels of experience!

    Intro Music: Couperin Les Sylvains (Scott Tennant)

    Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (Vida Guitar Quartet)

    Weiss Passacaglia in D major (Nigel North)

    Boccherini Quintet G 448, Fandango (Johan Löfving guitar, Consone String Quartet, Nanako Aramaki castanets)

    • 49 min
    S4 E8: Laura Snowden

    S4 E8: Laura Snowden

    In this week's episode David speaks with classical guitarist, tonebase artist and composer, Laura Snowden! A scholar of the Julian Bream Trust, Laura has premiered several works commissioned by Bream himself. She speaks of her experiences working with Bream and composers including Julian Anderson, to develop a series of concerts at The Wigmore Recital Hall. A versatile composer herself, Laura describes compositional techniques including unique chamber ensemble instrumentation and incorporating the voice in spoken and tonal effects. Laura also talked about her folk ensemble, Tir Eolas, and how important it is to connect with audiences in both classical and non-classical settings. 



    Today's release happens to be Laura's birthday: a very happy birthday from the tonebase community! 



    Intro Music: Couperin Les Sylvains (Scott Tennant)

    Light Perpetuum (Snowden)

    -Vida Guitar Quartet, Amy Green saxaphone

    Aida (Tir Eolas)

    • 36 min
    S4 E7: Evan Taucher

    S4 E7: Evan Taucher

    In today's episode, David is joined by classical guitarist Evan Taucher! Having thousands of followers, Evan spoke of the importance to utilize social media as 21st-century musician. In the second half of their conversation, David and Evan were joined by Phil Goldenberg and Hannah Murphy: co-founders of Ex-Aequo Artists. The trio discussed the inception of the organization along with their recent online guitar festival and competition which comprised of 144 competitors! They also spoke about current and future projects including a guitar pedagogy family tree.  Special thanks to Hannah and Phil for the guest appearances. 



    Intro Music: Couperin Les Sylvains (Scott Tennant)

    Pavana Capricho (Albéniz)

    Bloomed (Taucher)

    • 41 min
    S4 E6: Rene Izquierdo

    S4 E6: Rene Izquierdo

    Join David for a conversation with tonebase artist, pedagogue, and virtuoso, Rene Izquierdo! Rene spoke of his former teachers along with his move from Cuba to Miami, eventually leading to pursuing a Master's at the Yale School of Music with Ben Verdery. A dedicated teacher, Izquierdo explained his teaching philosophies, and how he encourages many of his students to work through etude cycles including Aguado, Brouwer, and Coste. A talented transcriber, Rene explained his approaches to arranging pieces including Debussy's Arabesque No. 1! 



    Intro Music: Couperin Les Sylvains (Scott Tennant)

    Guajira a  Mi Madre (Rojas)

    Whirler of the Dance Mov. 3- Dance (Rivera)

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Chonguito ,

Great podcast on classical guitar

If you like classical guitar this podcast is a must. The guests are top notch and David does a great job at keeping the interviews on point, entertaining and informative. Good job!

flagstaffcharlie ,

Great!

I was looking for a classical guitar podcast. I appreciate the thoughtful nature of the interviews and the music. I also appreciate a podcast that doesn’t rant and rave endlessly about unrelated topics. The first two episodes of this are wonderful, and I’m looking forward to more.

Agren88 ,

Loving it

I’m loving this so far. Especially the second episode where you guys address the current state of the classical guitar and the reasons it is important to play new and old music. But there is a lot of other great info and conversation. Thank you

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