Reviews are in!

4/23/2011 Saturday 8:40 am

The reviews are in from my workshop in California (I can’t believe it was a week ago!).

My favorite quote is from the director himself, Daniel Roest:

The Sacramento Guitar Society hosted a gathering of western guitar societies April 16th 2011, led by the most capable person in the country to do so – Dr. Matthew Hinsley, Executive Director of the Austin Classical Guitar Society in Austin, Texas. The West Coast Guitar Societies Roundtable was conceived after I met Dr. Hinsley at the 2008 Guitar Foundation of America Festival and Competition in San Francisco. In Matt Hinsley I met such talent, inspiration and positive energy that I knew we in Sacramento had to get him to consult for us.

But you can see them all online here.

I also wanted to share two fun pictures from my Brownsville Texas trip (these pics are from TWO weeks ago today!).  I actually head back to south Texas tomorrow (Easter Sunday) to play a concert at UT PanAm on Monday night and teach a class Tuesday morning.  I’ll fly back Tuesday afternoon.  Other fun upcoming performing things are the debut of my trio with Steve Kostelnik and Tom Echols (Lyriko is our working “band name”!) at the Long Center on Sunday, May 1st at around 5:45PM!  We’ll play one piece as part of a marathon performance set run by Michelle Schumann at the Austin Chamber Music Center.  And then the following Friday, May 6th, I’ll perform a set at the convention center for Austin’s 20th year celebration luncheon of it’s “Live Music Capitol of the World” moniker.  I’ll be representing classical music at the luncheon!

Here is a great picture of Pepe Romero with the UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa. Dr. Cigarroa is a good friend, and guitar player, and we get together most weeks to talk guitar. On the Wednesday night before this picture was taken, I told the Chancellor I was heading down to Brownsville to see the Romeros on the weekend, and he decided to come too! They had met before several times, including last summer when I had asked Cigarroa to introduce Pepe Romero at our giant international festival and welcome everyone on behalf of the UT System. We were at the incredible home of Dr. & Mrs. Roberto Robles following the Los Romeros concert.

And here a great shot, from much later in the evening, where Pepe - center in the back - started talking flamenco with a flamenco dancer who was present. Before I knew it they were clapping and singing and counting as they discussed particulars of flamenco! In the foreground center (dark jacket) my dear friend and festival director Dr. Michael Quantz. The three gentlemen to his right are Isaac Bustos (facing away), Alejandro Montiel, and Jonathan Dotson. All tremendous guitar players and UT grads who have professorships around the state of Texas. They also are 3/4 of the Texas Guitar Quartet that will be appearing in Austin for us twice in May. May 12th at the Cactus Cafe and May 14th for our "Austin Guitar Salon" series.

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