Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Happenings

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Happenings

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Tech-cellence

At its October 6 awards ceremony, the UK's Music Industry Association named Taylor Guitars' 110 the top contemporary acoustic guitar. C.F. Martin and Co.'s D-16 was highly commended in the same category. And at the Technical Excellence and Creativity awards, held during the Audio Engineering Society convention in San Francisco, California, on October 30, Taylor's Expression System electronics won the prize in the Musical Instrument Technology category. The ES is the first acoustic guitar pickup nominated for a TEC award.

First Class

French guitarist Thibault Cauvin took first place at the 2004 San Francisco International Classical Guitar Competition on November 20. The 20-year-old Bordeaux native won a GSP Records recording contract, an artist-in-residence appointment for Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts' 2005-2006 concert season (www. omniconcerts.com), and a share of $16,500 in prize money. The judges, who included guitarists Manuel Barrueco and Dusan Bogdanovic, declared second place a tie between Marcin Dylla of Poland and Flavio Sala of Italy. Anabel Montesinos of Spain was awarded third place.

MONKEY DO

Guitarist and composer Dominic Frasca recently opened his own boutique performance space, the Monkey, in New York City. His intent was to create a sonically hospitable environment for guitarists who would like audiences to hear the results of their hard-earned practice. "The idea came to me after a particularly bad gig, where I had spent a lot of time preparing for the performance, only to hear a metal thrash band coming from another stage," Frasca explains. "And I discovered the speakers had been blown out by a band that had come on before me." His intimate new venue, which seats 35-40, has particularly auspicious guitar karma: it served as luthier Thomas Humphrey's workshop for 15 years and is the birthplace of his Millennium guitar. …

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