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Lily Afshar Solo Concert February 28
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Solo and Ensemble Festival in San José
Barack Obama's Arts Platform
Lance McCollum passes
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Winter's chill is no match for warm hearted music making!
This issue of Legato covers our recent activities and highlights some coming events to keep in mind - Mark Hanson gives a workshop at our home and Lily Afshar returns to the area to perform in Roseville's Polish-American Club Hall. I'll teach and perform in Novato and San José and keep my students' hands full of good music. Details below.
Daniel Roest, Classical Guitar
Roest... like "rooster"
Taken on my cell phone camera after doing a solo classical wedding near Esparto, CA - long drive - way out in the country - a beautiful event on a beautiful day.
October through January is always a busy time, but this year was altogether the busiest in years. The dominant projects were teaching, of course, plus practicing and giving a solo concert in Folsom, getting hours of music ready for flute & guitar gigs in December, writing a monthly column for Mel Bay's Guitar Sessions webzine, taking the reins of the Sacramento Guitar Society and building its new website, and getting through the annual craziness of the holidays without snapping like a twig (okay that's just a little exageration!)

Guitar teachers will be interested in the ten part series I just finished on teaching "Expressive Guitar Playing."  The challenge in these columns was not just working with the webzine medium and format, but writing in a way that most guitar teachers could use, regardless of whether they taught jazz, classic rock, blues, classical, metal or slack key. 

The concert I gave October 19th at the Folsom Public Library was very gratifying. Timed to coincide with the annual Folsom Renaissance Faire, we had a huge turnout, standing room only, and on a Sunday afternoon, the light in the room and the music combined to make an excellent setting for classical guitar. It's not every performance that I get to do my own stuff, including February 4th and my version of the Moorish Dance. The audience was in great spirits and surprised me with a standing ovation. I was delighted as a line formed to buy my CD.

Looming in December were two Bay Area jobs with two flute virtuosi and a total of eight and a half hours of music to get ready. So nearly every late night was filled with practicing the music, some of which is so beautiful, you just wish you could play it much more often. For years Themis Computer has asked me to bring the duo to their annual holiday party, and I was joined by Francesca Anderson for that. Susan Winsberg joined me for Saratoga Country Club's Christmas Eve Brunch, and we got to do music we hadn't been able to play for years, since she lives in LA.

On Christmas Day I had an unusually early gig playing front and center on the alter at St. Joseph's Church in Elk Grove. Starting at 7:30am, and again at 10:30am, I played as 700 parishoners entered on this most important day. It was good to finally return home and unwind with opening presents and reuniting with Alison and Craig.

On January 2nd I took over for John Sandoval of the Nicholson Music Company in hosting the regular first Friday of the month open mic at Borders Books and Music in Folsom, which was fun. Then on the 10th I returned to host a Sacramento Guitar Society show, very well attended and a lot of fun. Mike Harbison came and played wonderfully, both on a tribute to Michael Hedges written by his friend Evan Hirschelman and Carlo Domeniconi's Koyunbaba. He brought his flute and guitar duet partner Toni Hansen for a couple of tunes, and  I played a couple with her also. Harold Sexton and Steve Roberts came and played solos and duos, and Russian guitarist Anitoliy Yevsyukov delighted the crowd with several solos. He and I played two duets. Mike will host the next event there on January 18th, and I will host again February 15th - join us!

Mark Hanson will give a two hour workshop at my home studio Saturday, February 7th in the afternoon, between two evening concerts Friday and Saturday nights. Everyone who attended the workshop he gave here last year was pleased, so if you are interested in learning from this renown teacher, publisher  and GRAMMY winning performer, let me know by email or just call (916) 294-0400. I'll also send you a flyer from Mark if you like.

On Saturday, February 21st, I will teach and give a concert at the GuitarWork Studio in Novato, CA, hosted by owner Gordon Rowland, and I look forward to teaching tips for expressive playing there.

On March 28-29th I will be adjudicating performers in the South Bay Guitar Society's 5th Annual Guitar Solo and Ensemble Festival for two days. I look forward to catching Muriel Anderson's SBGS concert with John Doan there in San Jose the same weekend. 

Running in the background along all this is the Sacramento Guitar Society, a relatively new project for me. It had been somewhat dormant and needed organizing and a makeover, so the first thing was to get a decent website. I recently figured out how to create links to YouTube videos, and this makes the homepage more appealing to newcomers. With a click they can immediately get what classical guitar is, watching John Williams, David Russell, the LAGQ and others. Mike Harbison helped with the SGS MySpace and YouTube sites. 

Another big change for SGS is a project of getting all guitar teachers in the entire Sacramento region listed on the Instruction Page, and recognizing leaders in classical guitar on the Links Page If you see anyone missing, please let me know.
Lily Afshar performs in Roseville Feb. 28
A terrific classical guitar concert is just ahead - mark your calendars for 7pm on Saturday February 28, when Lily Afshar performs at Polish American Club of Greater Sacramento, 327 Main Street, Roseville, CA. This is an exciting and rare opportunity to share an evening with “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” (Public Radio International.Admission is just $20 Adults and $15 Students. CDs will be available for sale and autographs as well.
Ticket information: Bogdan Komorniczak, (916) 782-7171, or Email:
Lily’s website: http://www.Lilyafshar.com 
Wikipedia link for Lily Afshar

I have known Lily for years, and she never fails to astound her audiences, and I hope to see you there.
Heres a shot of Duo Klavitarrefrom Poland, a husband and wife guitar-piano duo that played October 17th at the Polish American Club Hall. Jolanta & Maciej Ziemski put on an absolutely marvelous concert, and I have hope for many more fine music concerts there. Much credit is due to Bogdan Komorniczak for bringing artists like Klavitarre, Lucasz Kuropaczewski and Lily Afshar to the Club, which owns this beautiful building and auditorium. 
Larry Aynesmith has been running the Sierra Nevada Guitar Society. 
Last summer he produced a rewarding festival complete with concerts, a competition and masterclasses in a truly beautiful settings. Below is a snapshot from the evening of the Solo Competition Finals.
Top row: Stephen Aron, Kristian Anderson, Larry Aynesmith, Jan de Kloe, Stephen Mattingly, Kevin Manderville, Matthew Cochran.
Bottom row: Competition Winners, First through fourth: Hunter Mah, Rossman Palfrey, Benjamin Cantu, George England.
You may recognize one of the finalists, our friend George England, working on his Masters at Sacramento State. Classical guitarists may recognize the name Stephen Aron, featured artist. I had the incredible opportunity to have a private concert by him at his hotel as he was preparing for his concert, where he would be giving the world premier of Fantasy by James Wilding (b.1973), his  arrangements of Felix Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, and his original tune, Rockport Stomp. Other artists there included the terrific Tantalus Quartet. Larry sent me a heads up that he has the dates set for the next festival, so if you like the idea of great music in Reno and Tahoe, mark your calendars, August 7-9, two days in downtown Reno and the third day at the Thunderbird Lodge.
Hosting the Sacramento Guitar Society Open Mic Sunday January 18th was Michael Harbison. Mike plays an amazing new composition by his friend Evan Hirschelman called Homage to Michael Hedges, completes with bends and tapping. He also played flute and guitar duets with his friend Toni Hansen.
Greg Williams and student Mike T. in duet at the Folsom Borders January 18th.
Harold Sexton performs at Borders in Folsom.
What about the Arts in the new Obama Administration? 
Read BARACK OBAMA: A CHAMPION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE to see his plans to: Re-invest in Arts Education, Promote Cultural Diplomacy, Attract Foreign Talent, Provide Health Care to Artists, and Ensure Tax Fairness for Artists. The 44th President certainly does appreciate music, judging by his eclectic iPod list - everything from Jay-Z to Bob Dylan to Yo-Yo Ma. I personally remember seeing Segovia perform at the White House on a big screen in a television store near a music store I worked at in 1979. The helpful salesman whom I asked to put PBS on at the time said to his co-worker, "Hey, Joe! Come over here and get some culture!" Maybe we'll see a classical guitar star perform there again!
Photo: Bob Bayne
In Memorium - Lance McCollum - Renowned Guitar Maker
From Ben Furtado/Auburn Journal
Renowned guitar maker Lance McCollum suffered an aortic aneurysm early Sunday morning [Feb. 1] and died at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.


Lance McCollum, the Colfax resident known for his custom-made guitars, died Sunday morning. 

According to longtime friend and fellow luthiers Hank Mauel, McCollum, 50, suffered an [abdominal] aeoric aneurysm. 

“He was rushed into emergency surgery at (Sutter) Auburn Faith Hospital, but the damage was too massive to overcome,” Mauel reported on the Acoustic Guitar Community Web site. 


Per his wishes, there will be no memorial service. “He will be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea over the Southern California area he surfed as a youth,” Mauel continued. 


Alta resident and musician Rob Bonner is in the midst of planning a concert on March 1 at the Colfax Theater. “That’s Lance’s birthday,” Bonner said. “We’re going to throw a birthday party for him. “I could always count on him calling and harassing me during the day or at night,” Bonner said of his best friend. “And I could count on him whenever I needed him.” 


Teja Gerken, senior editor of Acoustic Guitar, remembers McCollum as a vital member of the northern California guitar community. 

“His career and recognition grew steadily through his participation in events like the Healdsburg Guitar Festival (Lance was an exhibitor from the very beginning) and his association with players such as Alex de Grassi, Todd Hallawell and Richard Leo Johnson,” Gerken wrote in her blog on Monday. “Lance wasn’t afraid to tackle unusual instruments, offering Baritones before they were commonplace and even offering a harp guitar design.” 


A builder of custom homes for more than 20 years, McCollum left the construction industry in 1994 to launch his own business creating handmade guitars. 

He “simply hadn’t found the sound he was looking for in something he could buy off the rack,” his Web site states. 


A musician since age 12, McCollum started experimenting with his own designs after studying for a year with master guitar maker Luke Wilson. 

Fourteen years and more than 290 guitars later, McCollum’s creations are now in the hands of some notable musicians. 


The list of pros who play McCollum guitars include Martin Barre, guitarist for Jethro Tull, Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson, 1997 National Fingerpicking Champion Todd Hallwell, Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean and Mark Mancina, a Grammy-award winning film composer and record producer.


His “building style produces a guitar that has the tonal complexities of a grand piano with all the notes speaking independently, but still blending evenly with great sustain all the way up the fingerboard,” according to his Web site. 


He used unusual woods – black walnut, Tasmanian blackwood, zebrano, figured ebony, Italian spruce and Vietnamese rosewood – to build the custom guitars in a workshop behind his Colfax home. Each one had inlays of Celtic knots as well as his trademark circle-octagon and interwoven rosettes. 


Readers of Acoustic Magazine named him the Players’ Choice in the Small Scale Custom Makers category in 2004.


Bonner, co-owner of Rainbow Music Co. in Colfax, explained how he became the owner of two of McCollum’s creations. “When I brought the first one home, my wife, Christine, who is a harpist, latched on it. All of a sudden it became her guitar,” Bonner said with a laugh. "I went back to him and told him I needed another guitar. He made me one.” 


Born and raised in Southern California, McCollum began honing his skills as an artist as a pre-teen. He redesigned his own and his friends’ BMX bicycles by welding them into a new form and then embellishing them along with the rider’s helmets with fancy paint jobs. McCollum moved on to designing and shaping his own surfboards and water skis, reconfiguring the fin placement and adding his own airbrush designs. 


Most recently, he had started working with Voyage-Air Guitars where he assisted in developing the company’s radical folding-neck guitars, Gerken noted, adding he represented the company at last month’s 2009 NAMM show. McCollum moved to Colfax in 1980 and met his future wife, Dawn, the following year. “He was a really big part of this community and an even bigger part of the guitar community,” Dawn McCollum recalled. “He was always doing something outside of the box.” Perhaps one of his greatest gifts, she said, was his ability to facilitate connections between people throughout the world. “If you told him about something you were interested in or had a passion for,” she said, “six months later he would be talking to someone and would remember what you mentioned and put those two in touch. It’s interesting the number of people he was able to connect with other people.” She also describes her husband as an excellent cook. 


“He used to harvest grapes from the Bear River and make grape jelly every summer,” she said. “And he had a wicked enchilada sauce.” An avid water-skier and fisherman, Dawn McCollum said her husband also loved playing softball. He delighted in coaching their daughter, Meghann, who is a pitcher for her softball team.“He was always out there playing catch with her,” she said. 


In addition to his wife, McCollum is survived by Meghann, 14, an eighth grader at Chicago Park School; Kevin, 18, a senior at Colfax High School; and Kayleigh, 21, a student at California State University, Sacramento. In an effort to help McCollum’s family, friends have established the McCollum Family Fund at Bank of the West, 13422 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 94603. 

-- Gus Thomson contributed to this story. 



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