Southern Guitar Festival Gala

 Christopher Teves performing the first Movement of the Torroba Sonatina.

Christopher Teves performing the first Movement of the Torroba Sonatina.

I spent much of this past Valentines weekend rehearsing and participating in the Southern Guitar Festival Gala. What a privilege to perform with some of the best musicians around! There were solo guitar performances by me, the festival director Marina Alexandra, Steve Sloan, and Brett Floyd. Duos by Duo de Vista (flute and guitar) and Craig Butterfield and Jesse Jones (double bass and mandolin). The concert began with the trio of Alan Knight, Jeff Harris, and Margaret Knight performing some latin songs. We closed the performance with my arrangement of the solo guitar piece Tango en Skai arranged for 3 guitars, flute, mandolin, and double bass. See and hear the video below. Yes it's not a common combination of instruments which made the arrangement challenging but really colorful! The musicians were such extraordinary performers that they had it sounding tight and musical in amazingly little time. If you are anywhere near Columbia South Carolina next February, join us at next years Gala. Also, don't miss the Southern Guitar Festival this June 5-7 in Columbia!

 Pre concert rehearsal with some very cool sunset lighting!

Pre concert rehearsal with some very cool sunset lighting!

 Jesse Jones, mandolinist rehearsing before the concert. I loved the way the sun was shining on his hands!

Jesse Jones, mandolinist rehearsing before the concert. I loved the way the sun was shining on his hands!

 Craig Butterfield rehearsing with Jesse before the gala. It's hard to believe that a double bass can sing the way Craig plays it.

Craig Butterfield rehearsing with Jesse before the gala. It's hard to believe that a double bass can sing the way Craig plays it.

 Great Space for a guitar Gala!

Great Space for a guitar Gala!