As part of an ongoing collaboration with Alex Shapiro-Romano, this brief sample provides a bit of a taste of what is to come in three new original tracks. All the guitar work is from Lars Rosager—some vocals may find their way onto the recordings as well!—and Alex Shapiro-Romano has composed the percussion parts, as well as putting everything together on production software. I would love to hear your response to these stylings, and please stay tuned for the complete tracks in the near future. Thanks!
Don’t forget about my performance at the Petaluma Arts Center this evening! I am gearing up by listening to Earth, Wind & Fire as well as to Hopkinson Smith. Quite the contrast, but quite the combination! Take care.
Just a quick reminder that I will be performing tomorrow at the Petaluma Arts Center. I plan to share some original stylings based on traditional Spanish guitar forms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. See the Performance Schedule section of this site for more information. Thanks!!! #casamontalvoguitars
I will be playing solo seven-string guitar at the Petaluma Arts Center for a fundraising event this Sunday, September 22, 2019. Please come support an important local arts foundation!
Also, I will be releasing some new material influenced by hip-hop styles. Percussionist Alex Shapiro-Romano will be doing most of the production work with samples of my music. For now, please enjoy an audio sample of some music by me, Alex, and the inimitable Smars of San Francisco Bay Area renown. Let it be known that any similarity to the recent hit “Havana” is purely coincidental! We recorded this some five years ago . . .
Summer is all but behind us now, and I am glad to say I made the most of it. The Ali Akbar College of Music (AACM) in San Rafael, CA, USA awarded me a scholarship to attend a weekly class with sarod player Alam Khan. Many thanks to the wonderful people at AACM for this chance at professional development and enrichment.
Practicing Indian raga is beginning to inform my playing on Western-derived guitars. My upcoming performance at the Petaluma Arts Center’s September-22 fundraising event will undoubtedly showcase some of the ways in which raga is becoming part of the natural growth of my music. The link to tickets for this event can be found in the Performance Schedule section of my website.
On the research front, I am forming ideas on how to revise the history(ies) of the guitar that relies on the arrival of the oval-bodied lute in Spain and subsequent formation of the figure-eight–shaped body of the guitar. It is important to note two recent additions to my bookshelf: The Guitar: In History and Performance Practice by Anthony LeRoy Glise and Manual of Guitar Technology: The History and Technology of Plucked String Instruments by Franz Jahnel. The former, published in 2016, is intended to be used as a university textbook. The latter is an almost impossible-to-acquire treasure trove of information on instrument building both ancient and modern. The contentions that arise from these two tomes are at the heart of my latest research. I hope to share more on this soon!
Good evening. I would like to share a quick link to a paper I wrote on tuning in the context of J.S. Bach’s music for the lute. Many thanks to Nacho Bellido for including this work on his website, bibliotecadelaguitarra.com. The direct link to my paper is here. Thanks!!!
Hi, everyone. I’m letting you know I will be providing live Indian classical music at Renew Yoga in Petaluma, CA, USA for the 5:30–6:45 pm class on Wednesday March 13, 2019. The class is comprised of Heated Vinyasa with Pamela Maldonado and Healing Touch with Kathleen Callahan. Please get in touch with me if you have questions about the music I will be playing.
Somewhat relatedly, I will be starting a weekly thirty-minute live-video performance this Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The stream will be broadcast on the YouTube channel El Ciar. The material I am planning to share this Sunday will be re-invented at the yoga class. Thanks so much!
Hi, everyone. Thanks so much for your continued support. I would like to mention here that I am currently available to take on music students. It would be a pleasure to meet for a free trial lesson to see if my teaching style and content suits your needs. Thanks again!
Just a quick note that the twice-monthly performances at Riverfront Café will be on hold for the winter. Check in about my monthly appearances at Namaste Kitchen, and also with regard to live-stream concerts. Be in touch!