Back to South Texas

4/26/2011 Tuesday 8:08 pm

This afternoon I returned from my last trip for April.  This one was back to South Texas – to Edinburg and UT PanAm – to perform as part of the UTPA Guitar Festival run by my friend and colleague Kurt Martinez.  The festival includes a competition and a week of concerts.  I was particularly excited, because my concert (last night) was split between me and my dear friend Grisha, an unbelievable flamenco wizard who I think must be one of the most remarkably talented people I’ve ever met.

Here I am warming up the hall! I played Albeniz, Mertz, Domeniconi, Brouwer and York.

Then Grisha took the stage in the second half and did what he always does: Blow everyone's mind!

And here's Kurt, Me and Grisha after the show. Kurt did a phenomenal job, and the UTPA staff put together some great marketing materials. We enjoyed a great audience and had a fabulous time.

Here we are later on at a great Mexican place. If you look closely you can see the steam rising from Grisha's Fajita plate!

Today began with breakfast at the hotel with Grisha and then a shot over to UT PanAM to teach a master class.  I had four great students and really enjoyed the teaching.  Then it was a drive to Harlingen to catch a flight back to Austin.  In the security line I ended up right in front of Dr. Juliet Garcia – President of the University of Texas at Brownsville!  This was fun, because I spent quite a bit of time with Juliet and the Chancellor at the Romeros’ concert in Brownsville just two weeks ago.  We caught up a bit and talked about, of course, guitar things.

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