Sunday, April 29, 2007
Marylhurst Guitar Show
What's black and white and black and white and black and white? See the first picture ...
Yesterday we went to the wooden instrument festival at Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, Oregon. This is a collection of makers displaying guitars, violins, violas, double-basses, flutes, harps, parts, etc. coupled with a series of mini-concerts at a small theater across the lawn, for a grand three buck admission.
We got there at noon, ate a picnic lunch with the dogs, walked through the show, and then got to the little theater just as Alan Perlman started his set. He did some stuff on steel string, then
classical, both guitars he built, very nice.
It doesn't seem fair that you can be an excellent player and build fine instruments, too.
William Jenks then played a JM Blanchard classical, a spruce-top about two months old. Guitar sounded pretty good, though it hadn't opened up yet, but Jenks was having an off day, hit a few clams, lost his place on stuff I've heard him play flawlessly before.
Kristen Waligora played a cedar-topped classical by Dan Biasca, and both she and the guitar were terrific. She finished with a modern composition, I missed the composer, lotta dissonance and not usually my cup of tea, but it was a show piece for her technique and the guitar's
range. Had a lot of harmonics, pinch-harmonics, and the instrument's resonance was great.
What is hollow, made of wood, costs fifteen thousand dollars and you have to wait fifteen years to get one?
The second picture is a guitar by Jeffery Elliott. He stopped taking orders and hopes to live long enough to finish his waiting list. Talk about job security ...