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January 2003-December 2003

 

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Agenda for the January 7 Guitar Society Meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

Our next monthly meeting is this coming Tuesday, January 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It will take place at the Paschal Winery in Talent.

This promises to be a very full meeting musically and organizationally. We're going to vote on our bylaws (please take a minute to review them at http://id.mind.net/~thompson/bylaws.html), and we're going to elect a board! This will get us much closer to legitimate non-profit corporate status.

If you invite a friend, they might want to show up after 7pm to avoid the society business discussion.

As a reminder, Paschal is willing for us to bring non-alcoholic drinks and food, as long as we clean up after ourselves. They will provide wine and coffee. There's no problem with visitors under 18 attending.

First, I'll review what's been done since the last meeting so that we don't have to take as much time:

- We have received an employer ID number from the federal government, which combined with our non-profit status, will enable us to open up a free checking account. Thanks to Gerry Shute for his help.

- Bruce Smith has volunteered to be our new registered agent, i.e., the contact to the state for non-profit status issues.

- The steering committee has reviewed a set of bylaws drafted for the society by Bruce Smith. You can review them on our website: http://id.mind.net/~thompson/bylaws.html. Just two pages, and very straightforward. We will vote to approve and ratify these bylaws at the meeting, so please take a couple of minutes to review them.

- At Bruce's recommendation, the steering committee decided it's time to elect a board. According to the bylaws, the board is made up of 3-7 members who will select a president, a secretary, and a treasurer. All of these positions carry a year-long term. It's likely that the members of the steering committee (Maurya Murphey, Jeff Rinkoff, Grant Ruiz, Gerry Shute, Joe Thompson) will put themselves up to be elected as board members. Other general members are welcome to nominate themselves or others.

- The steering committee has the following recommendations for officers: Grant as president, Maurya as treasurer, and Joe as secretary.

Here's the actual agenda for the meeting:

- Vote on the bylaws.

- If the bylaws are passed, nominate and elect board members.

- Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

- Guitar tasting update

- Website update and call for contributions large and small.

As usual, we will limit these discussions to 30 minutes.

Performance:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity to play for an attentive, appreciative and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you next Tuesday, and Happy New Year!
Grant

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Minutes of the January 7th JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar afficionados!

We had another great meeting on Tuesday with a good sized audience and a lot of music. We also took a large step in our organizational maturation by approving the bylaws and electing a board.

Attendees: Steve Berman, Francie Buckley and Jim Dietz, Jeff Danzik, Matt Dorris, Daniel Ferris, Margaret Gelatt, Randy Mason, Maurya Murphey and her daughter, Jeff Rinkoff and his wife, Grant Ruiz, Steve Shaw and his daughter Sara, Gerry Shute, Bruce and Barbara Smith, Joe Thompson and Murel Wilson, Jaxon and Ronda Williams. There were a number of onlookers whose names I didn't get.

Discussions:

We reviewed the proposed bylaws (http://id.mind.net/~thompson/bylaws.html) drafted by Bruce Smith. There were some proposed amendments:

- In article II, change "instruction" to "education" to make it more general. Also change "classical guitar" to "classical guitar in all of its forms" to include related instruments and music.

- In article III, clarify that the directors are elected by a simple (51%) majority vote.

There were also some questions:

Q: How do we determine if there is a membership quorum present for voting purposes?
A: The bylaws don't state the need for a quorum, only a majority vote of
members present at a meeting called (at least in part) for the purpose of the vote. We don't have a firm definition of membership right now, so there's no way to determine a quorum anyway. This may change later, e.g., with the introduction of membership dues.

Q: What about making the terms of the board members and officers two years to allow them to gain more experience?
A: The bylaws don't preclude the possibility of directors being re-elected or officers being re-selected by the board. That is, the stated one year tenure is not a term limit.

Q: What do board members do?
A: According to the bylaws, they choose officers (article IV) and, decide on expenditures (article V, section 3), decide how assets will be transfered if the society is dissolved (article VI, section 2), and authorize contracts and other (non-musical) instruments to be executed on behalf of the society (article VIII, section 1).

We moved to approve the bylaws as amended, and they were approved by a unanimous vote of 16 to 0 (with one vote in absentia).

The four present members of the steering committee volunteered to be board members, and then three other general members volunteered. We moved to elect the whole group as the board, and this was decided unanimously by a simple "yea or nay" vote. This brings the board to the limit of seven directors as stated in the bylaws. They are:

Steve Berman
Matt Dorris
Margaret Gelatt
Maurya Murphy
Grant Ruiz
Gerry Shute
Joe Thompson

The steering committee is officially dissolved, and the board will decide on officers in the near future. The next election of board members should take place at the January 2004 meeting.

People then announced upcoming gigs:

Dan Ferris plays every Friday at Le Grands in Grants Pass, from around 6pm to around 8:30 or 9pm.

Joe Thompson will play at an art opening at Paschal this Saturday, January 11, from 6:30pm to 9pm.

Steve Berman is part of a group of musicians that plays folk dance music, specializing in eastern European, I believe, at the Key of C in Ashland every Sunday morning from 9am to around 11am or noon.

If anyone else is interested in announcing their upcoming gigs to the group, please let me know.

After the meeting, Joe, Steve, and Grant talked to Renee Dobbes of Paschal about the guitar tasting. They will meet with her on Monday, 1/13, to discuss details. Paschal is planning a media blitz that will include a mention of the guitar tasting, which is tentatively scheduled for later in March.

Performances:

Bruce played two of Leo Brouwer's "Estudios Sencillos."

Dan played arrangements by Laurindo Almeida of "Blue Moon" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".

Steve Shaw played a piece by Carcassi and then a duet with Joe of a serenade by Haydn.

Jaxon and Joe played three Renaissance duets from Frederick Noad's book: "La Rossingol", "Drewries Accordes", and the "Flatt Pavan". Jaxon then played Etude #1 by Villa-Lobos.

Matt played Fantasia #8 by Luys Milan.

Grant played a modern flamenco soleares that he was taught by Pedro Cortes (http://www.canastero.com) and is currently transcribing.

Jeff played a prelude from a Bach partita. He and Joe then played a lovely romance by the contemporary French composer Klenjans from his "Adult Lullabies."

Steve gave a presentation on the archlute and then played a piece by Kapsberger (sp?) on his copy of a version built in the early 17th century. He mentioned the fact that Dave Rogers plays the archlute and has recorded a CD entitled "The Italian Archlute."

The trio consisting of Joe, Steve and Grant then played the third movement (minuetto) of Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", "Sinfonia IV" (a three- part invention) by Bach, and then rocked da house with the well-known first movement (allegro) from "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik".

The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 4th at Paschal from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Grant

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Agenda for the February 4th Guitar Society Meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

Our next monthly meeting is this coming Tuesday, February 4, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. It will take place at the Paschal Winery in Talent.

Please note the new start time at 6pm. This will allow people to socialize before the meeting starts at 6:30. Renee Dobbes at Paschal has said this will work fine.

If you invite a friend, they might want to show up after 7pm to avoid any society business discussions.

As a reminder, Paschal is willing for us to bring non-alcoholic drinks and food, as long as we clean up after ourselves. They will provide wine and coffee. There's no problem with visitors under 18 attending.

First, I'll review what's been done since the last meeting so that we don't have to take as much time:

- The newly formed board unanimously elected Joe Thompson as secretary, Maurya Murphy as treasurer, and Grant as el presidente.

- Joe, Steve, and I met with Renee to discuss our proposal for the guitar tasting on March 29. Paschal will provide wine and food, we will provide tickets to sell in advance at Home At Last Music and chairs (thanks to
Bruce Smith). Both Paschal and the JCGS will help with advertising. Les Stansell will provide guitars, and Joe will do most of the playing and lecturing, with help from some guest artists among the JCGS ranks. We're currently working out a revenue split with Paschal and have come up with a mutually satisfactory number. We need to find a raised (approximately 8'x4'x1') platform or enlist help from anyone who has carpentry/woodworking expertise and time.

- Bruce Smith has applied to be our new registered agent, i.e., the contact to the state for non-profit status issues.

- Some people brought up the subject of what to do during meetings if many people sign up to play. The favored idea was to limit people to playing 2 pieces (solo and ensemble combined) if needs be. It was also
suggested that we remember to take a break in the middle of the playing section of the meeting.

- Joe has done a considerable amount of work sprucing up the JCGS website. He has also called for people to contribute material, e.g., an article on a favorite classical guitar recording.

- Margaret Gelatt sent out an invitation for open ensemble rehearsals. There will be sign-ups at the meeting.

Here's the actual agenda for the meeting:

- Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

- Guitar tasting plan and first call for volunteers

- Membership dues discussion, part I.

As usual, we will limit these discussions to 30 minutes.

Performance:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity to play for an attentive, appreciative and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical
offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
Grant


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Minutes for the February 4th JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar afficionados!

We had a very good meeting Tuesday. The attendees were:

Bob Barclay and Annette Libner, Francie Buckley and Jim Dietz, Matt Dorris, Flex*, Margaret Gelatt, Bil Leonhart, Randy Mason, Mikel and Kyle Miller*, Maurya Murphey, Terry Petty, Dave Rogers, Grant Ruiz, and Ken Ward and his friend*. (* = first time attendees.) Sorry if I missed anybody.

Discussions:

We need a platform for the guitar tasting. Mikel is a carpenter and said he could probably help us out by building one. We will call for volunteers to help out with the actual event (3/29) at the next JCGS general meeting.

There was another call for articles, e.g., CD reviews, for the JCGS website. Margaret has submitted a book review to our webmaster, Joe Thompson.

Margaret followed up on her previous message about starting new rehearsals for a "beginning advanced" ensemble. There were no takers that night, but the invitation is still open. Please contact Margaret for details.

Grant suggested that it might be useful to have a page on the website with the contact information of members who want to be reached. People seemed to like the idea. The page could be password protected. Perhaps Joe will have input on this after he returns from vacation.

Matt announced that he has set up an all-digital recording studio and invited anyone to contact him if they wish to make an inexpensive CD. Who knows, maybe some day we'll have a "Best of JCGS" CD to sell at
events!

Dave brought up a very interesting idea. Every Spring there is a Northwest Guitar Festival. Last year it was in Moscow, Idaho. It is coordinated through academic institutions, and Dave believes Ashland could host this
event in the future. They alternate between inland and coastal locations, so perhaps as early as 2004? The event comprises master classes, performances, and competitions. Dave felt the emphasis on competition
was too great (he was a judge in one of the contests), but our members and the general public could still benefit a great deal from such an event. He also believes that the facilities at Southern Oregon University are more than adequate, e.g., the recital hall. Grant suggested that the board confer with Dave at some point to figure out if this is something we want to do, and if so, how to approach it. It could be great!

People announced upcoming gigs:

Jaxon Williams will play this Friday (as part of the first Friday art walk) at the Art and Soul gallery in Ashland.

Grant will accompany flamenco dancers as part of a larger dance program the evening of February 15 at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center. Go to http://www.jazzdancing.com/events.html for more info.

Bil announced that Mimi Fox, a fiery virtuoso jazz guitarist, will be here April 12. She will perform at the Siskiyou Barn and will also put on a master class. She is well worth seeing. Not only is she a wonderful
guitarist, she's also very funny and engaging with audiences. Bil also announced that John Stowell, an elegant jazz musician who plays both electric and nylon strings, will be conducting a workshop on February 15. Bil may get him to perform as well. We'll try to post something on the web as soon as these events jell.

Dave will perform a concert on February 23rd at 3pm at the First Congregational Church in Ashland. Tickets will be sold at the door. Please see the press release appended below.

See the JCGS calendar of events at http://www.jazzdancing.com/events.html for other performances in the area.

Performances:

- The trio of Francie, Terry, and Randy played the chorale to St. Matthew's Passion and then a bouree by Hadyn.

- Ken played two litling, original compositions in open C major and C minor tunings on his steel string guitar.

- Matt played a short right hand study called "Didactic Doodle" by Andrew York.

- The trio of Matt, Maurya, and Dave played a Hadyn sonata, which originally included a baryton, a cello-like instrument with sympathetic strings.

- Grant played an original composition called "Soaring" by Paul Holland, his manager at Adobe Systems. (Paul has graciously agreed to let us post the work on our website. By the way, he said our site is "very classy looking.") Grant then played the flamenco guajiras with which he will accompany the dancers on February 15.

- Dave played two spirituals from his upcoming CD. The first was "When I Get to the Middle of the Air", and the second was a composite of themes, including a Turkish melody, a song called "Better Be Ready", and "On the Banks of the Stormy Jordan I Stand."

- Bil played a slave song with a title like "I Wish I Knew What It Was Like To Be Free" and then the Hoagy Carmichael song "In the Middle of May."

The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 4th at Paschal from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Grant

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Agenda for the March 4th Guitar Society meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

As the newly elected secretary of the JCGS, I, Joe Thompson, will be assuming the role of sending the agendas and minutes for our monthly meetings. I only hope that I can do it with half the grace and wit of "el
presidente", Grant Ruiz.

OUR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING is this coming Tuesday, March 4, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. It will take place at the Paschal Winery in Talent.

Please note the new start time at 6pm. This will allow people to socialize before the meeting starts at 6:30. Renee Dobbes at Paschal has said this will work fine.

You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up after 7pm to avoid any society business discussions.

I will post a sign-up sheet on a music stand for guitarists who would like to be included in the performance portion of the meeting. Please sign up as you enter.

If you go to the JCGS website, you will find a link to a printable map to Paschal Winery: http://id.mind.net/~thompson/meetings.html

As a reminder, Paschal is willing for us to bring non-alcoholic drinks and food, as long as we clean up after ourselves. They will provide wine and coffee. There's no problem with visitors under 18 attending.

JCGS WEBSITE UPDATE:
We recently received an e-mail from a long lost classical guitarist who used to live in Ashland. His name is Dave Rogers...not our Dave Rogers...the other Dave Rogers...Bigfoot Dave Rogers. He sent us a highly colorful e-mail and gave us permission to post it on our website. You'll find it in the Guest Articles section along with an intro by yours truely. For a bit of Ashland's recent classical guitar history, visit:
http://id.mind.net/~thompson/guests.html

For a trip into Ashland's more distant musical past, visit this link: http://id.mind.net/~thompson/sample.html This is a photo of Ashland musicians circa 1913. There are 13 violinists, 3 mandolinists and, 4
guitarists. It is wonderful to have this tenuous link to local guitarists from our not too distant past. Check out the woman, front left. She is a serious guitar player. Notice the excellent right hand position, with extended thumb. Keep in mind, Segovia was only 20 years old when this photo was taken, and the great Tarrega had passed on a mere two years earlier. Modern guitar technique was in its infancy.

REVIEW OF JCGS BUSINESS ACTIVITY since the last meeting:

- The JCGS Board of Directors has recieved a contact via e-mail (by way of our website) from a Eugene classical guitarist named Craig Einhorn. Craig has expressed a desire to play a concert for us. After extensive e-mail discussions, the Board has decided to make him an offer of a house concert. Our president, Grant Ruiz, has kindly offered his house as a venue.

- The on-again-off-again Guitar Tasting which has been planned for March 29 AT Paschal Winery, looks as if it is off again. Paschal Winery is having difficulties with the Jackson County beauracracy in regards to events which are not directly related to wine sales and promotion.

-The Board recieved the following information on the Annual Report to the State of Oregon from JCGS member and legal eagle, Bruce Smith. This is a necessary part of maintaining our non-profit status:

>I have completed the Annual Report (sounds like a lot of work, but it's only
>a single page with about 5 questions - real hard things like "Type of
>Business," mailing address, President's name, etc.). Anyway, I will have Joe
>sign it (as Secretary), and
>will send it in. There is a $20 fee that we have to include, which should be
>made out to "Secretary of State."

>With JCGS expenses spiralling out of control maybe it's time to institute
>annual dues.

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

- Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

- Membership dues discussion, part II.

- Craig Einhorn Concert Status

- Guitar Tasting status

As usual, we will limit these discussions to 30 minutes.

PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity to play for an attentive, appreciative and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical
offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
Joe

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Minutes for the March 4th JCGS meeting

Greetings, guitar aficionados!

We had a good meeting Tuesday. The attendees were:

Steve Berman, Tyler Duval, Maurya Murphey, Grant Ruiz, Conrad Roegens (sp?), Dave Rogers, Gerry Shute, Conrad Simas with his brother James and his parents Mike and Beverly, Joe Thompson, Liz Visecky and Hirsch King.

The March meeting got under way with a performance of the popular Elizabethan lute duet, "Dreweries Accordes" by Anonymous, played on guitars by Dave Rogers and his 14 year old student, Conrad Simas, from Yreka, California. This was followed by Conrad's solo performance of Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega.

Dave Rogers blew in like the wind, played for us and then was off to a rehearsal. Conrad and his family also had to leave after playing. When the dust settled, we were nine avid attendees. This was quite a contrast to the meetings we have had over the last few months. At one recent meeting we had over 40 in attendance.

This meeting had two new attendees: Tyler Duval and Coenraad Roegen (sp?). Coenraad became our first ever official dues paying member.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-Mimi Fox, a fiery virtuoso jazz guitarist, will be here April 12. She will perform at the Siskiyou Barn and will also put on a master class. She is well worth seeing. Not only is she a wonderful guitarist, she's also very funny and engaging with audiences.

-Craig Einhorn, Eugene classical guitarist, will play a house concert for the JCGS at the home of Grant Ruiz at an as yet to be determined date in September. Stay tuned for further details.

For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: http://id.mind.net/~thompson/clndr-mr.html

DISCUSSIONS:

-Maurya Murphey and Bob Barclay were the only JCGS members to take advantage of the John Stowell workshop last month. Maurya gave us a brief synopsis of the workshop proceedings which included a discussion of some basic music theory for guitar, information on chord substitutions, and the use of melodic minor scales in improvisation. She said that John played a few tunes and demonstrated how the familiar tune, "Over the Rainbow" can be transformed through the use of chord substitutions. She was especially impressed by his enthusiasm for his music and his eagerness to share his extensive knowledge. A special thanks is due to Bil Leonhart for sponsoring John at his home in Ashland.

-The JCGS Board of Directors, after extensive e-mail discussions, has decided to sponsor Eugene classical guitarist, Craig Einhorn in a house concert at the home of Grant Ruiz. It will take place at a time yet to be determined in September. We project enough room for about 20 people and the admission charge will be $15. Craig has offered to have two of our members join him in a performance of a guitar trio written by Eugene composer, Mason Williams (of "Classical Gas" fame). Do we have any volunteers? Check out his web site at: http://www.efn.org/~einhorn

-The Guitar Tasting, which was scheduled for March 29th, has been postponed due to difficulties which are out of our control. Our gracious hosts, Paschal Winery, has been informed by Jackson County officials that Paschal's cannot host events for which there is a charge unless the event is specifically for the promotion of their wines. We are in a holding pattern until we see what shakes out. Let's keep our fingers crossed; this is such a perfect small concert venue.

-A no fees, business, checking account has been established for the JCGS by our treasurer, Maurya Murphey. This account will generate interest over time. An opening deposit of $100 was required to open the account. Grant was holding $51 dollars in JCGS funds which were generated through the Kline/Rogers concert and the Bogdanovic workshop. To this he add $49 of his own funds as a loan to the JCGS in order to establish the new account. He will be paid back through funds from dues paying members.

-Grant (not surprisingly) made another pitch for membership dues. To become a full fledged member of the JCGS will cost a whopping $10 annually, $5 if you are a student of any educational institution (excluding driver's school and the like). I'm not sure of the final head count, but a number of folks stepped up to the plate, money in hand, and became proud, new, dues paying members of our society. The moneys were collected by our treasurer, Maurya Murphey and will be placed into a recently opened checking account in the name of JCGS, a registered non-profit organization. Any money from dues or other contributions paid to the JCGS is fully tax deductible. Dues paid this year are retro-active to the beginning of the year and are due for renewal at the beginning of next year. Reasons to be a dues paying member include: 1.) tax deductable, 2.) ability to vote on JCGS matters requiring the full attention of the membership, 3.) it feels good to support an organization dedicated to the instrument we love, 4.) first shot at tickets to JCGS sponsored events such as the Craig Einhorn house concert in September, and the JCGS Guitar Tasting sometime in who knows when.

PERFORMANCES:

-Grant played a flamenco piece (which I missed, being otherwise absorbed) and then played his arrangement of dizzy Gelespie's "A Night in Tunisia".

-Steve Berman played Prelude Number 3, by Heitor villa Lobos. (In his introduction to the complete guitar works of Villa Lobos, Frederick Node says, "The names given to these preludes have not appeared in printed editions, so were perhaps not intended for general publication. However, players in search of extra insight into the preludes will undoubtedly appreciate knowing the descriptive titles." No. 3 is "Homage to Bach".)

-Joe Thompson, inspired by Steves performance of Prelude No. 3, played Choros Typico by Hietor Villa Lobos.

-Steve Berman joined Joe Thompson for 5 duets by Bela Bartok. These were from Bartok's two volume collection of "44 Violin Duets".

-Grant Ruiz joined Joe Thompson for Grant's beautiful arrangement of "Cavatina", perhaps better known as "Theme from the movie Deer Hunter" by Stanley Meyers.

-The "Nameless Guitar Trio", consisting of Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz, and Joe Thompson played Joe's arrangement of "Milonga" by Astor Piazzolla (ha!).

-And finally, in honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the same trio played Joe's newly hatched arrangement of "Londondary Aire" aka "Oh Danny Boy" aka "London Derriere".

The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 1st at Paschal from 6:00 p.m. to
8:30 p.m. (And that's no joke!)

Joe

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Agenda for the April 1st Guitar Society meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

DO NOT BE FOOLED! Our Tuesday, April 1st meeting will be one to remember. We have a stellar line up and people will be talking about it for months to come, so don't miss this opportunity to participate. One of the easiest things for you to do to help make the JCGS a success is to show up at the monthly meetings. Oh and, be sure to bring a friend.

April 2, 2002 was the date of our first meeting at Paschal Winery. This meeting will be our 1st anniversary there. The old days of scrambling for a place to meet and dealing with cold dank basements are just a dim memory. Let's be sure to remind Renee and the management at Paschal how much we appreciate their kindness and support.

The intimate Old Siskiyou Barn will present a concert as part of their "The Art of Jazz Series" on Saturday, April 12th at 8pm. The featured performer is the great jazz guitarist, Mimi Fox. There are only a few tickets left, so if you want to attend, you have to move quickly. See the end of this e-mail for more information.

OUR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING is this coming Tuesday, April 1st, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. It will take place at the Paschal Winery in Talent. Please note the start time at 6pm. This will allow people a half-hour to socialize before the meeting starts at 6:30. We have a fairly big line up of people to play, so try to get there and settle in before 6:30 so we can start on time. We will deal with business starting at 6:30 and get right to the music at 7:00pm.

You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up after 7pm to avoid any society business discussions.

JCGS WEBSITE UPDATE:

-There is a new article on the JCGS web site which discusses splitting fingernails. This article was contributed by JCGS member, Francie Buckley and is from the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. It has lots of good up to date information about maintaining the health of your fingernails. Check it out at: http://id.mind.net/~thompson/guests.html

-The historical photo of Ashland musicians (circa 1913) had to be pulled from the JCGS web site because the Southern Oregon Historical Society charges a fee for the use of "their" historical photos and the JCGS, as it turns out, can't afford their fee. Sorry 'bout that!

- The JCGS website is beginning to generate e-mail responses due to our presence on the internet. We recieved a note from someone close to the "Duo46", a professional violin and guitar duo. See the JCGS links page for a link to their very interesting website. Additionally, a guitar duo team from Minnesota is working on an arrangement of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach by, yours truly, which they purchased from Mel Bay Publications. They contacted the JCGS website (Member's Recordings Page), seeking a recording of same. Once we get ourselves established on the www, I think we can expect much more of this type of response from the world at large.

REVIEW OF JCGS BUSINESS ACTIVITY since the last meeting:

- The on-again-off-again Guitar Tasting which had been planned for March 29 (which is today) at Paschal Winery, and which looked as if it was off again, is now on again. A soon to be scheduled meeting with Paschal management will nail down the final details such as promotion and date. Stay tuned for further details. This might be the one!

- Grant Ruiz and Joe Thompson met with Ashland jazz guitarist and music promoter, Ed Dunsavage, to discuss the possibility of producing a guitar festival in Ashland which would bring in prominent players from both the jazz and classical genres.

- Cybernet (the internet provider which was going to host our non-profit web site for free) was bought out by another company which will no longer honor Cybernet's non- profit provision. Through the research of our fearless leader, el Presidente, Grant Ruiz, we have discovered that the Medford host, InternetCDS, will host our site for free. The JCGS Board has decided to move forward with placing our website with InternetCDS. We will also get our domain name (JCGS.org) through this company. The domain name for the website will be our first major expense at $29 per year. We will be required to pay for the first 2 years, so our outlay will be $58. The Board has approved this expense.

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

- Membership performances: who's playing when and where?
- Membership dues discussion, part III
-Craig Einhorn House Concert status
- Guitar Tasting status
- JCGS website/host
- Guitar festival, NW and otherwise

As usual, we will limit these discussions to 30 minutes.

PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity for folks to play for an attentive, appreciative and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements People seem to like this segment a lot.
Folks are encouraged to have one or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece is coming along in future meetings.
As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!

Joe

 

PRESS RELEASE:

THE OLD SISKIYOU BARN PRESENTS
THE ART OF JAZZ SERIES
The Art of Jazz Series at the Old Siskiyou Barn continues on Saturday, April 12 with guitarist Mimi Fox.
~ Mimi Fox, guitarist ~~
Saturday, April 12th @ 8 pm, $18
"She plays with tremendous fire. She can do pretty much anything she wants on the guitar." " Joe Pass
Ferociously talented, Mimi Fox is world renowned for her shimmering chords, dazzling facility and gorgeous sensitivity. Fingers flying across the frets, Mimi makes the guitar's strings snap in funky riffs and finger-popping rhythms. She brings a fresh and fluent guitar voice to the world of jazz with her blazing bebop, lush and lyrical ballads, passionate Brazilian rhythms, and greasy blues. Her talent and charismatic personality have captivated both audiences and critics alike. She has performed with fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd and Charlie Hunter, as well as with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Grammy award winning saxophonist, David Sanchez, Don Lanphere, Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel, and the German Hammond B3 organ phenomenon Barbara Dennerlien. Mimi has shared the bill with a wide array of artists including Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian. She has also been featured on a number of television shows including BET on Jazz. This solo Barn performance promises to be an energetic evening covering many musical bases. For more info on Mimi, please visit her web page at: http://www.mimifoxjazzguitar.com
For reservations please call (488-3869) or email Ed Dunsavage at:
jazzbookings@aol.com soon to secure you seating.

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Minutes for the April 1st JCGS General Meeting

Greetings, guitar aficionados!

WOW! Our April Fool's Day Guitar Society Meeting was an extraordinary example of the kind of positive energy that can be generated when people in the surrounding communities come together in honor of our beloved classical guitar. With 46 enthusiasts in attendance, this was the largest gathering we have had to date.

This was also the one year anniversary of our first meeting at Paschal Winery Tasting Room. Paschal's was buzzing with excitement when our proceedings concluded. I want to personally thank everyone in attendance for supporting the JCGS in this way and offer a special thanks to Renee (Paschal's manager) and to everyone who performed. Remember, the best thing you can do as an individual to help make the JCGS a success is to show up at our monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

New attendees included: Nathan Crow, Damien Mann, Mike (the guitar builder), Ian Banks and his friend Liz, Ed Dunsavage, Tyler Duval and friend.

Veteran attendees included: Terry Petty, Francie Buckley and and her husband Jim Dietz, Margaret Gelatt, Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz, Randy Mason, Bob Barclay, Nathan Hoyt and his parents Mike and Kim, Liz Visecky and her husband Hersch King, Maurya Murphey, Matt Dorris, Coenraad Roegens and his friend Cantrell, Skye Parfitt and his mother Marcy and her friend Anthony, Bil Leonhart, Ed Dunsavage, Dan Ferris and his wife Laura, Joe Thompson and his wife Marcy Greene and mother Murel Wilson, Alice and Jack Hardesty, Tyler Duval and friend, Dave Rogers, Gerry Shute, Jaxon Williams with mother Ronda and sister Rebecca, and a couple whose names I didn't get.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:
-Matt Dorris, guitar student of Dave Rogers at SOU will play his junior recital on Thursday, May 1st, at 11:00am at the SOU music bldg., Recital Hall on Mountain Ave, in Ashland. He will be playing two pieces by renaissance composer Luis Milan, two movements from a Bach Cello Suite, a Chopin Nocturne and "The Slope" by contemporary composer James Marron. The number for the music department is 552-6101. There is no charge.

-Grant Ruiz will be performing with Nuria Llovet and Amor Flamenco in Redding, CA on Friday, April 25, at 8pm. They'll perform guajiras, sevillanas, alegrias, and tangos as part of a world dance presentation. The performance will be at the Riverfront Playhouse, 1620 East Cypress Ave. in Redding. Tickets ($10) available at Tobacco 'N Brew in Redding. Call 221-3242.

-Steve Berman will join Chiu Mei Shih and Robert Ross in a concert of Chinese folk songs with pipa (lute), xiao (flute), guitar, voice and percussion. The performance will take place Sunday afternoon, April 27th, at 3:00pm at the First Congregational Church, corner of Siskiyou and Morton Streets in Ashland and again at the Headwaters. Building in Ashland on May 3. Admission is $10 adults, $5 students.

-Steve Berman and Olaf Soderbach (Olaf and Esteban) play Saturday mornings 10:00 to 1:00 at the A Street Emporium's premiere breakfast spot Off The Grid. There's a stage and sound equipment, but it's informal and low key. The espresso drinks are excellent. They play a variety of folk genres and instruments from Eastern Europe, North Africa, India, North and South America. Violin, guitar, accordion, oud, tambura, gadulka, hurdy-gurdy and tablas are some of the instruments they use.

-Mimi Fox, one of the jazz guitar greats, will play a solo concert at the Old Siskiyou Barn on Saturday, April 12, at 8pm. Tickets are $18 and there are still a few left.

She will also put on a guitar workshop on Sunday, April 13 from noon-2:00 pm. Early in her career, she was a student of the classical guitar, so she will have relevant information.

For more info on Mimi, please visit her web page at: http://www.mimifoxjazzguitar.com

For reservations or information, please call (488-3869) or email Ed Dunsavage at: jazzbookings@aol.com soon to secure you seating.

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-Craig Einhorn, Eugene classical guitarist, will play a house concert for the JCGS at the home of Grant Ruiz. The date has been established as the evening of September 12th. Stay tuned for further details.
For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: http://id.mind.net/~thompson/clndr-apr.html

DISCUSSIONS:

-Membership Dues: If you haven't yet joined the JCGS by paying your membership dues, you might want to give some thought to doing so. We do have a checking account now, so if you wish to pay your dues, you may send a check to our treasurer, Maurya Murphey, at the following address:

Maurya Murphey
721 N. Main St. #4
Ashland, OR 97520

Please make your checks out to "JCGS." Of course, you may also wait until the May meeting to pay, if you can stand the strain of waiting.

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HOW MUCH ARE MEMBERSHIP DUES?
$10 per year, $5 for students, and this means university, high school, middle school, and grammar school students. Driving school students, students from the School of Hard Knocks, and guitar students (who aren't students from the prior group) still have to pay $10.
Bear in mind that since we are now a 501(c)(3) organization, dues are tax deductible, so the more you give, the more you can deduct at tax time.

WHAT DOES THE MONEY GO TOWARD?

Known costs currently include:
- An annual $20 non-profit filing fee for the State of Oregon,
- An annual $15 fee for maintaining a domain name on the web,
- A one-time fee of $35 for chairs for the guitar tasting

Future costs may include:
- A general concert budget, e.g., for promotion, guaranteed artist fees, lodging for artists, chairs, catering, larger venues, etc.
- Fundraising concerts by society members of all abilities
- Providing access to local teachers and performers
- Outreach programs/presentations to local schools
- Yellow pages ad
- A voicemail box
- A P.O. box

WHAT DO MY DUES GET ME?

Now:
- A full tax deduction, since no goods or services are given in exchange.
- A show of commitment to the guitar and the society.
- The right to vote in elections.
- A first shot at tickets for smaller, limited events, e.g., the Craig
Einhorn concert in September.

Possibly in the future:
- Your name on concert programs
- Discounts on events
- A newsletter with advanced information on guitar activities in the area
- T-Shirts with our logo
- Bumper stickers
- Membership cards
- Private concerts

WHEN ARE DUES RENEWED?

Each year at the beginning of the year. Dues collected during the next drive are retroactive to the beginning of 2003.

MEETING DISCUSSIONS:

-CRAIG EINHORN HOUSE CONCERT: a date has been set for Friday, September 12th. It is too far out to start selling tickets but get it on your calendar. Craig would like to perform a trio, Flamenco Lingo, by his guitar buddy, Mason Williams. He has asked if two of our members would like to join him. Do we have any volunteers?

-GUITAR TASTING: If you are still not sure what the "Guitar Tasting" is, check out the Events Page of the JCGS website. We have yet to establish a new date, so stay tuned.

-WEBSITE UPDATE: The JCGS web site is temporarily hosted by Infostructure as webmaster, Joe Thompson's personal website. Our plans to move the site to Cybernet fell through when the business was bought out and changed their policy on hosting non-profits for free. We have subsequently learned that Internet CDS will provide free hosting to us. We will soon move in that direction. This will involve the purchase of our own domain name which will result in a new web site address (URL).

Check out the new "Guitar Poetry and Art" page in the Members' section of the website. http://id.mind.net/~thompson/poetry.html This is the brain child of Steve Berman and Joe Thompson. Steve will assume the responsibility for compiling poetry related to the guitar. There are two beautiful works by Garcia Lorca up there right now. Also there is a new article in the Guests' page of the Members' section on the care and feeding of the fingernails.

-GUITAR FESTIVAL: Earlier, the JCGS Board of Directors had toyed with the possibility of hosting the annual Northwest Guitar Festival, an established organization which moves from city to city around the Pacific Northwest each year. Alternatively, there have been some recent discussions exploring the possibility of building our own home grown guitar festival. This festival would celebrate both the classical and jazz traditions. We will be having further discussions with jazz guitarist and concert promoter, Ed Dunsavage.

-JCGS MUSIC LIBRARY: Francie Buckley brought up the idea of assembling a lending library for members of the JCGS. Joe Thompson pointedly asked whose music we would lend and suggested that it would require someone to spearhead the effort. Anyone interested? "Bigfoot" Dave from Eugene has already offered to send up copies of his arrangements and transcriptions, so this might be the first contributions to our library. Also, Dave Rogers, the guitar instructor at SOU has offered to loan ensemble music from the music departments guitar music collection. Maybe it's a begining.

PERFORMANCES:

At our extroardinary April fool's meeting, there were 14 separate acts playing a total of 19 separate works. The performers ages ranged from 6 year old Nathan Hoyt to 60 year old professional guitarist Bil Leonhart. We had solos, duos, and trios. We had performers who have prepared for months and we had jazz veterans, Bil Leonhart and Ed Dunsavage improvise a stunning duet on the spot. And we had a World Priemiere of a composition for three guitars by Liz Vesecky.

Here is how it went:
-Skye Parfitt (10 years old) played "Au Claire de la Lune" with his teacher, Joe Thompson and then played "Yankee Doodle" as a solo.
-Nathan Hoyt (6 years old) played "Streets of Laredo" with his teacher Joe Thompson and then played "Hymn" as a solo.
-Matt Dorris played a modern programatic piece entitled "Skiing", and it was an exhilarating ride!
-The guitar trio of Maurya Murphey, Matt dorris and Dave Rogers played a Berceuse by Isaac Albeniz
-The guitar trio of Terry Petty, Francie Buckley, and Randy Mason played Lennon and McCartney's "In My Life" arr. by Joe Thompson
-Jaxon Williams played Heitor Villa Lobos' "Prelude No. 1"
-Maurya Murphey played the "Allemande" from the 1st Lute Suite of J. S. Bach
-Daniel Ferris played "Blue Moon" as arranged by Laurendo Almeda and an exciting rendition of "Danza Alte Plano" by Leo Brouwer
-Grant Ruiz played "Allegrias" (meaning happiness). Based on the traditional flamenco dance rhythm, it was composed by Grant's teacher.
-Dave Rogers played his own composition entitled "Passacaglia"
-Steve Berman accompanied himself on the beautiful song, "La Nochera" an Argentine samba
-Joe Thompson played two pieces from his self published collection of Turlough O'Carolan pieces arranged for solo guitar, including, "Blind Mary" and "Si Beg, Si Mor"
-Bil Leonhart and Ed Dunsavage, delighted the packed house with their improvisation on the jazz standard, "Alone Together"
-The guitar trio of Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz and Joe Thompson played Joe's arrangement of "Spanish Dance No. 2" by Enrique Granados.

The final piece of the evening, played by Steve, Grant and Joe, was a world premiere of "Music Box Canon" composed by JCGS member and guitarist, Liz Vesecky.

We may not be able to generate this kind of intensity every month, or, who knows, maybe we can. I do know that it was YOU who made this wonderful meeting possible. Remember, the most effective way to make the JCGS a success is to show up at the monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

See you next time,

Joe Thompson

ps Events of Interest:

Manuel Barrueco Masterclass in Maryland, June 18-22, 2003
http://www.barrueco.com

Christopher Parkening Masterclass in Montana, July 22-26, 2003 http://www.montana.edu/music/parkening

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Agenda for May 6th JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

Our next meeting is this coming Tuesday, May 6th. If current weather trends hold, it will be a perfect evening for sitting in a warm cozy Paschal Tasting Room and listening to more great classical guitar music. We have another special evening lined up. Most significantly, we will be visited by a student of the classical guitar (aren't we all!) who is also a reporter for the Medford Mail Tribune. Damien Mann will be on hand, taking notes and interviewing a few folks, to write up a story on the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society to be published in the following Sunday paper. He will be bringing a Tribune photographer along so be sure to wash behind your ears! Oh yea, and remember to bring a friend.

Then there is the JCGS Guitar Tasting featuring the hand crafted concert guitars of Pistol River, Oregon luthier, Les Stansell. As most of you know, the date has been set for Saturday evening, May 17th, from 7-9pm. The admission fee is $25 for advance tickets and $30 at the door. There will be seating for only 65 people and we don't project having any tickets left to sell at the door. You can get advanced tickets at "Home at Last Music" in downtown Ashland or at Paschal Winery. Alternatively, JCGS Guitar Tasting tickets will be available at the meeting on Tuesday evening, so bring your cash or your checkbooks. Admission will include: 1.) the JCGS Guitar Tasting featuring Les Stansell and his guitars, 2.) A guitar concert featuring Joseph Thompson, el Presidente Grant Ruiz, Steve Berman, and Jaxon Williams, 3.) a glass of Paschal's fine wine, 4.) an inticing selection of appetizers, 5.) a newly installed art exhibit at Paschal, and 6.) a 15% discount on any bottled Paschal wines which are purchased and taken home that evening. Such a deal!
For further info: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/events.html

There will be two guitar builders at our May 6th meeting. Les Stansell, who will be the featured luthier at the JCGS Guitar Tasting, is going to be in town for our meeting. He will have a number of his beautiful handcrafted concert instruments on hand for your listening and viewing pleasure. Additionally, we had a first time visitor last month, Mike Brown, who showed up with his nearly completed, first classical guitar construction project. He will be back with the finished product. He recently put a finish coat on the instrument and says it should be dry to the touch by Tuesday. He reports that he is itching to get started on his next project. I think we have a budding luthier in our midst.

OUR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING is this coming Tuesday, May 6th, from 6:00
to 8:30 p.m. It will take place at the Paschal Winery in Talent.

Please note the start time at 6pm. This will allow people a half-hour to socialize before the meeting starts at 6:30. We have a fairly big line up of people to play, so try to get there and settle in before 6:30 so we can start on time. We will deal with business starting at 6:30 and get right to the music at 7:00pm.

An easy way to contribute to the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up at 7pm to avoid the society business discussions.

JCGS WEBSITE UPDATE:

We finally got our web site moved over to our new host, InternetCDS, in Medford. They are kindly hosting our site for no charge by virtue of our non-profit status. There was a $58 start-up fee which included a two year payment on our domain name. Now when people ask what the address to the JCGS web site is, you no longer have to say, "I can't remember." You can lift your head up and proudly say, "It is www.JeffersonGuitar.org". Just remember it is .org and not .com.

REVIEW OF JCGS BUSINESS ACTIVITY since the last meeting:

- A little scrambling to get the website switched over.

- Much scrambling to get the JCGS Guitar Tasting out of the starting blocks.

 

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

- Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

- Guitar Tasting status

- Guitar Tasting Volunteers

- Membership dues discussion, part XXVII.

_ Craig Einhorn House Concert status

- JCGS website/host and new domain name

 

As usual, we will limit these discussions to 30 minutes.

 

PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity for folks to play for an
attentive, appreciative, supportive and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical
offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be
performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one
or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one
or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece
is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
Joe

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Minutes for the May 6th JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar aficionados!

With these longer spring days and the lingering rays of the late afternoon sun bathing the surrounding hills and mountains, we are again being treated to the extroardinary views around Paschal. Many many thanks to everyone who came out for our merry merry month of May meeting Tuesday evening in support of JCGS and thanks to everyone who performed. We had another extroardinary meeting.

JCGS would like to extend a special thanks to Damien Mann. Damien is a student of the classical guitar and a reporter for the Medford Mail Tribune. You may have noticed Damien roving the floors of Paschal, note pad in hand, seeking out potential interviewees. Damien and Tribune photographer Bob Pennell are putting together a feature article on the JCGS. It will appear in this Sunday's edition of the Tribune, so check it out. Another special thanks to Shoshana Rose who treated us to a powerful interpretation of a flamenco Allegrias to the stellar accompaniment of el Presidente, Grant Ruiz. A final thanks to Les Stansell, JCGS member and builder of fine classical guitars. Les and his wife Mary made the three and a half hour drive over the mountains from Pistol River on the south coast of Oregon to be at our meeting. He will be returning to the Rogue Valley on May 17th for our first JCGS Guitar Tasting where his instruments will be featured. Once the Tribune article hits the stands, we expect the Guitar Tasting tickets to sell out quickly. If you plan to attend, we recommend you get your tickets now as seating is limited. For more info, visit: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/events.html

Attendees included: Nathan Crow, Haila Williams, Damien Mann, Bob Pennell, MikeBrown, Ian Banks and his parents Steven and Cheryl, Tyler Duval, Margaret Gelatt, Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz, Nathan Hoyt and his parents Mike and Kim, Liz Visecky and her husband Hirsch King, Maurya Murphey and her son Habib, Matt Dorris, Coenraad Roegens and his friends Cantril Nielson and Amanda Darlak, Skye Parfitt and Anthony, Bil Leonhart, Joe Thompson and his mother Murel Wilson, Jaxon Williams with his mother Ronda, Jerrod Simons, Les and Mary Stansell, and Cu-Hullan McGivern. My apologies if I missed anyone.

 

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:
JCGS Guitar Tasting: This event will take place at Paschal Winery on Saturday evening, May 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Guitar Tasting will feature the hand crafted concert guitars of Pistol River luthier, Les Stansell and the performance artistry of Ashland classical guitarist, Joseph Thompson. The admission price will include a guitar concert by Joseph and guest artists Grant Ruiz, Steve Berman and Jaxon Williams, a glass of Paschal's fine wine, an array of inticing finger foods, an art exhibit, the warm ambience of Paschal Winery's Tasting Room, and a 15% discount on any bottled Paschal wines which are purchased and taken home that evening. Advanced tickets to this event are $25. On the evening of the performance they will be $30. Advanced tickets can be purchased at "Home at Last Music" in Ashland and at Paschal Winery. For more info, visit,www.JeffersonGuitar.org or call 535-9757.

-The SOU Music Department Guitar Ensemble will perform on Monday, May 19th at 8:00pm, at the SOU Music Building Recital Hall. The program is free. The concert will include solos, duos, trios and a guitar quartet.

-Joe Thompson will play solo guitar music for wine tasting at Paschal Winery on the Saturday afternoons of May 24th and 27th from 1-4pm. No charge.

-Steve Berman and Olaf Soderbach (Olaf and Esteban) play Saturday mornings 10:00 to 1:00 at the A Street Emporium's premiere breakfast spot Off The Grid. There's a stage and sound equipment, but it's informal and low key. The espresso drinks are excellent. They play a variety of folk genres and instruments from Eastern Europe, North Africa, India, North and South America. Violin, guitar, accordion, oud, tambura, gadulka, hurdy-gurdy and tablas are some of the instruments they use.

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-Paschal is hosting a "locals night" on Friday, May 16th, from 6 to 9pm, with 15% off of bottles of wine, 50% off of glasses of wine, and appetizers. Also, the new art exhibit opening has been delayed until Saturday, June 7. Stay tuned for further info.

For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/clndr-may.html

DISCUSSIONS:

-Membership Dues: If you haven't yet joined the JCGS by paying your membership dues, you might want to give some thought to doing so. We do have a checking account now, so if you wish to pay your dues, you may send a check to our treasurer, Maurya Murphey, at the following address:

Maurya Murphey
721 N. Main St. #4
Ashland, OR 97520

Please make your checks out to "JCGS." Of course, you may also wait
until the June meeting to pay, if you can stand the strain of waiting.

 

-WEBSITE UPDATE: the JCGS web site has finally moved to our permanent home at InternetCDS who is hosting us free of charge due to our non-profit status. Our new domain name is www.JeffersonGuitar.org. Be sure to bookmark the new address.

-GUITAR TASTING VOLUNTEERS: Thanks for the great response to the call for help with the up coming Guitar Tasting. We have all of our bases covered with the exception of the fabric skirting for the stage. We are in need of something in dark red or black, 18 inches wide by 18 1/2 feet long. The 18 1/2 feet wouldn't have to be one continuous length.

-Grant, Steve, and Joe have FINALLY named their trio. They are now "Dark Rose Guitar Trio".

-JCGS was recently contacted by concert artist, Michael Partington of Seattle. He would like to play a concert for us but we are not yet in a position to guarantee an artist a performance fee. He suggested that perhaps next season, he could make a stop in Ashland on his way to San Francisco. Jerrod Simons mentioned that he had heard Mr. Partington perform at the Portland Guitar Festival and said he was superb. He also said that his masterclass was excellent. Mr. Simons recommends him highly.

PERFORMANCES:

We had another stellar line-up of performers. They included:

-Skye Parfitt (10 years old) played "Bingo" as a solo and then played "Shenandoah" with his teacher, Joe.
-Nathan Hoyt (7 years old) played "Light My Fire" with his teacher Joe and followed it with his own composition for solo guitar entitled, "Beware of the King".
-Matt Dorris played a modern programatic piece by James Marin, entitled "The Slope".
-Jaxon Williams and Joe Thompson played duets by J. S. Bach entitled "Wachet Auf" and "Arioso".
-Joe Thompson played "Lagrima" by Francisco Tarrega and "Spanish Dance No. 5" by Enrique Granados.
-Shoshana Rose danced and Grant Ruiz played the traditional flamenco Allegrias.
-Jeff Rinkoff played the Prelude and Allegro from Bach's Prelude Fugue and Allegro.
-Bil Leonhart played and sang his way through a delightful collection of requests and improvisations on songs from Tin Pan Alley, much to the amazement of JCGS member, Mike Brown, builder of the ukelele upon which Bill performed. Mike calls the instrument, "Purple Haze" because of the exotic wood from which it was built.
-Steve Berman played for us on his exquisite 3 week old vihuela, which had a gorgeous organ like resonance. He performed beautiful renditions of a Fantasia and a Pavanas by Spanish Rennaisance composer, Luis Milan.
-The Dark Rose Guitar Trio, consisting of Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz and Joe Thomspon performed Joe's arrangements of "Romance" from Amadeus Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nacht Musik" and "Spanish Dance No. 3" from "Twelve Spanish Dances" by Enrique Granados.

That's all for now. See you next time. Remember, it was YOU who made this wonderful meeting possible. The most effective way to the continued success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

Stay tuned,

Joe Thompson

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Agenda for the June 3rd JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

Our next meeting is this coming Tuesday, June 3rd. May was an eventful month for the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society. We had a feature article written about us in the May 11th (Sunday) edition of the Medford Mail Tribune. "Pulling Strings" was written by Tribune reporter and JCGS member, Damian Mann. If you didn't see it you can check it out at:

http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2003/0511/life/stories/01life.htm

Then there was the long awaited "Guitar Tasting". By all accounts the event was a great success. So many thanks are due to so many folks who stepped forward to help make this first "JCGS Guitar Tasting" a success. I would like to personally thank: Ian Banks who built our portable stage. This is a very sturdy unit and should serve us well over the coming years. Thanks also to Tyler Duval who helped Ian transport and set up the stage at Paschal and to Ian's father who supplied the materials for the stage. A big thanks to Bruce Smith and Randy Mason who transported chairs to and from Paschal's and who set up and broke down the seating for the Guitar Tasting. Thanks to Bryan Haynes for writing up our press release, to Ronda Williams for greeting folks at the door, to Cathy Tronquet for sewing up a marvelous skirting for our stage, to Bil Leonhart for hanging flyers around the valley, to Renee and Paschal for obvious reasons, to Aga and Daphne for being wonderful hosts at Paschal, to Brian and Louis for helping with the Paschal set up, to Les and Mary Stansell for coming all the way over from Pistol River, and to Grant, Steve and Jaxon for playing so beautifully. And last but not least, to el presidente Grant Ruiz for being there for just about everything that needed someone to be there.

It will be interesting to see if the Tribune article and the JCGS Guitar Tasting draw in any new folks to our meetings. I hope you can come, and remember, bring a friend.

OUR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING is this coming Tuesday, June 3rd, from 6:00
to 8:30 p.m. It will take place at the Paschal Winery in Talent.

Please note the start time at 6pm. This will allow people a half-hour to socialize before the meeting proper starts at 6:30. Try to get there and settle in before 6:30 so we can start on time. We will deal with business starting at 6:30 and get right to the music at 7:00pm.

An easy way to contribute to the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up at 7pm to avoid the society business discussions.

JCGS WEB SITE UPDATE:

Now that the JCGS guitar Tasting is behind us, the new Upcoming Event is the Craig Einhorn concert in September. If you haven't been to Einhorn's web site, you can get the info at: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/events.html

REVIEW OF JCGS BUSINESS ACTIVITY since the last meeting:

- A debriefing on the JCGS Guitar Tasting.
- JCGS has been contacted by concert guitarist and composer, Brad Richter from Tucson, Arizona. He is playing in Yreka, CA on January 16th, 2004 and is interested in playing for us around the same time. check out his web site at: www.bradrichter-guitar.com

 

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

- Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

- Guitar Tasting debriefing

- Thanks to Guitar Tasting Volunteers

- Membership dues discussion, part XXVII.

_ Craig Einhorn House Concert status

- Brad Richter concert proposal

As usual, we will limit these discussions to 30 minutes.

PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity for folks to play for an
attentive, appreciative, supportive and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical
offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be
performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one
or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one
or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece
is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
And remember, stay tuned!

Joe

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Minutes for the June 3rd JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar aficionados!

The doors to the deck at Paschal were wide open on Tuesday, June 3rd and so we decided to have the business part of our meeting in the open air. Once the business portion was concluded, we moved indoors for the performance portion to take advantage the acoustics.

I've been making an effort to get the names of all of the attendees, but at this meeting, about 15 people wandered in around 7pm or shortly after and I wasn't able to get all of their names. I do know there were a lot of new faces. I think many of the new folks were people who were curious about us due to all of the recent publicity we have gotten. I put our total attendance at a record setting 48.

Attendees included: Aaron Benjamin, Ted Walther, Jeff and Annie, David Brown and his mother, Susan, Gerry Shute, Margaret Gelatt, Ed Dunsavage, Steve Berman, Liz Vesecky and Hersh King, Maurya Murphey, Randy Mason, Matt Dorris, Damian Mann, Tyler Duval, Grant Ruiz, Joe Thompson, Francie Buckley and Jim Dietz, Bruce and Barbara Smith, Brabara Webb, Jim Barry, Bil Leonhart, Ian Banks and his finace, Jeff Rinkoff, Terry Petty and his wife, Tom Reddick, Phleques and numerous others.

I thought it would be interesting to go over the records for all of our meetings back to October, 2001 and compare attendance numbers. Here are the numbers for all of our meetings with the exception of two early gatherings where attendance wasn't recorded. The asterisks indicate new attendance records:

Oct(01) 11*
Jan(02) 5
Feb 18*
Mar 16
Apr 15
May 11
Jun 7
Jul 11
Aug 13
Sep 12
Oct 7
Nov 23*
Dec 35*
Jan(03) 25
Feb 16
Mar 14
Apr 46*
May 34
Jun 48*

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

-Ed Dunsavage (jazz guitar) and John Dempsey (sax) will play jazz at Jazbo's in Ashland, Thursdays from 7-9:30 pm.

-Steve Berman will lead an evening sing-along around a campfire on June 28th.This event is geared to families. Location is at North Mountain Park in Ashland.

-Joe Thompson will play solo guitar music for wine tasting at Paschal Winery on Saturday afternoon, June 7th, from 1-4pm. No charge.

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-The Rogue Valley Jazz Exchange meets at Paschal on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

-Paschal is hosting a "locals night" on Friday, May 16th, from 6 to 9pm, with 15% off of bottles of wine, 50% off of glasses of wine, and appetizers. Also, the new art exhibit will open on Saturday, June 7.

For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/clndr-jun.html

DISCUSSIONS:

-El Presidente, Grant Ruiz debriefed everyone on the recent JCGS Guitar Tasting. It was generally agreed that the the Guitar Tasting was an unmitigated success. It was pointed out that, in our current culture of mass media and mass production, it was refreshing to experience local handcrafted guitars, built from local woods and performed upon by local guitarists. As an added touch, we performed at a local winery and enjoyed their local wines using locally grown grapes. Maybe, someday, we could pull off a guitar tasting performing all locally composed guitar music.

A final thank you went out to all who stepped forward to help make this event a success.

We sold 48 tickets at $25, generating $1200. Proceeds, after expences, were divided between Paschal winery, the performers, luthier, Les Stansell, and JCGS. JCGS made $115 from the event.

-Getting one final smack in on the proverbial "dead horse", Grant mentioned that the opportunity is still available to those who would like to join the JCGS to the tune of $10 per year.

-Website: The counter at the bottom of the home page continues to accelerate and we have yet to register with any search engines.

-Upcoming concerts: We have been contacted by 3 guitarists by way of our website. Craig Einhorn (http://www.efn.org/~einhorn/ )will be performing for us in September. Michael Partington might be able to fit us into his schedule next season. And we are currently considering the possibility of bring in Brad Richter (www.bradrichter.com), a guitarist from Tucson, AZ.

 

PERFORMANCES:

Performances were as follows:

-The guitar trio of Francie Buckley, Randy Mason, and Terry Petty played Aria and Chorales No. 1, 2, and 3 by Francis Kleynjans. (How 'bout "Terry Petty and the Heart Breakers?")

-New member David Brown played "Lesson for Two Lutes" by anonymous with his teacher, Steve Berman.

-Margaret Gellat played Minuet in G, by J. S. Bach with her teacher, Tom Reddick.

-Margaret Gellat performed a sweet rendition of Fernando Carulli's, "Country Dance".

-Local professional guitarist, Tom Reddick played an improvisation, an original arrangement of "Greensleeves", and "Yellow Dog Blues".

-Ian Banks and Tyler Duval joined forces on a Fantasia by G. P. Telemann, arranged by their teacher, Joe Thompson.

-Matt Dorris played two movements by Alan Mearns, from "Six Characters", inspired by The Lord of the Rings; "Merkwood Forest", and "Gandalf Escapes on the Great Eagle".

-Maurya Murphey played "Guardame las Vacas" by Narvaez.

-Jeff Rinkoff played the "Double" of the Sarabande from Partita No. 1 and the first page of the Fugue from Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, by J. S. Bach.

-Grant Ruiz played "Solea por Bulerias" which he put together from his lessons with Roberto Casteleon.

-Bil Leonhart and Ed Dunsavage, both professional jazz guitarists, joined forces to take us on a wonderful extemporaneous musical journey based on the jazz standard, "Stella by Starlight".

-The Dark Rose Guitar Trio closed out the evening with Antonio Vivaldi's "Andante molto" from Trio in A minor and Enrique Granados', "Spanish Dance No. 6", arranged by Joe Thompson.

That's all for now. See you next time. Remember, it's YOU who makes these wonderful meetings possible. The most effective way to build on the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

Please, stay tuned,

Joe Thompson

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Agenda for the July 1st JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitarenthusiasts!

Our next meeting is this coming Tuesday, July 1st (Yes, that's tomorrow!). El presidente, Grant Ruiz will be absent from his duties as master of ceremonies and Steve Berman has offered to fill Grant's pridigious shoes. (No, I am not saying that Grant has big feet.)

Please note the start time at 6pm. This will allow people a half-hour to socialize before the meeting proper starts at 6:30. Try to get there and settle in before 6:30 so we can start on time. We will deal with business starting at 6:30 and get right to the music at 7:00pm.

An easy way to contribute to the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up at 7pm to avoid the society business discussions.

 

Directions to Paschal Winery:

>From I-5, take the Talent Exit (exit 21).

- If coming from the north (Medford), turn left at the stop sign onto West
Valley View Road and go over the freeway.
- If coming from the south (Ashland), turn right at the stop sign onto West
Valley View Road.
- Proceed on West Valley View Road to the "T" intersection. At the "T" turn
left onto Suncrest Road. Note the sign for Paschal Winery pointing to the
left. Continue on Suncrest for about a mile and a half or so. Then you'll
see a sign for the winery on the left. The winery is at 1122 Suncrest Road.
It sits in the midst of a vineyard, at the end of a long driveway.

If you go to the JCGS web site, you will find a link at the bottom of the page to a printable map to Paschal Winery: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/meetings.html

As a reminder, Paschal is willing for us to bring non-alcoholic drinks
and food, as long as we clean up after ourselves. They will provide wine
and coffee. There's no problem with visitors under 18 attending.

 

JCGS WEB SITE UPDATE:

Two new articles have been contributed to the JCGS web site by members of JCGS. El Presidente, Grant Ruiz has offered up an account of his experiences accompanying the great flamenco dancer La Conja on his flamenco guitar. The two can be seen in the Oregon Shakespeare world premiere production of "Lorca in a Green Dress" which opens July 12th in the New Theatre.

Bruce Smith has written a piece inspired by his recent trip to Naples, Italy with his wife, Barbara. They have made numerous trips to Naples and always stay at the home of their friends Carlo and Marta. Carlo, as it turns out, is a classical guitarist. Bruce writes of a concert they attended in Napoli.

Thank you Grant and Bruce. If any one gets inspired to write a music or guitar related piece for the web site, I would be delighted to post it. Check out the new articles at: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/mbrartcl.html

REVIEW OF JCGS BUSINESS ACTIVITY since the last meeting:

Pretty much nothing has happened!

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

- Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

- Whatever?

As usual, we will limit these discussions to 30 minutes.

 

PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity for folks to play for an
attentive, appreciative, supportive and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical
offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be
performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one
or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one
or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece
is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
And remember, stay tuned!

Joe

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Minutes for the July 1st JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar aficionados!

Our July 1st meeting was quite wonderful...unique. I think its uniqueness hinged on the fact that there was exactly enough music. I didn't see anyone get up and leave before the music was over. The temperature was perfect, the doors were flung wide open, and a gentle evening breeze blew through the room. Golden light from the long rays of the late afternoon sun lit the surrounding hills and seemed to infuse the very air we breathed. Perfection! In the absence of our illustrious leader, el presidente, Grant Ruiz, Steve Berman stepped forward to be the master of our ceremonies. He did an outstanding job! He's a natural...but we knew that. By 6:30, there were only about 15 people in attendance and it looked like we wouldn't need any more chairs than were already in the room. We got the meeting underway by 6:45 only to realize that we needed to bring in a few more chairs from the deck. Eventually we needed all the chairs from the deck. Then we had to supplement those with the plastic chairs. We ended up with another full house.

Attendees included: Margaret Gelatt, Liz Vesecky and Hersch King, Murel Wilson, Joe Thompson, Steve Berman, Bil Leonhart, Mike Brown, Richard Blankenship, Jerrod Simons, Tom Rose, Bruce and Barbara Smith and their friends Matt and Cindy Walker, Tyler Duval, Randy Mason, Ian Banks and his fiance Liz, Dan Irwin, Nathan Crow, Haila, Dr. William Epstein and his wife, Francie Buckley and Jim Dietz, Matt Dorris, Cheryl and Steven Banks, Jaxon williams and his mom, Ronda, David Brown and his Mom, Susan, Roy Paschal and his wife and grand daughter, Phleques.

There were a number of other new faces who wandered in late and I didn't get their names. I put the total attendance for July at 43.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

-Steve Berman will play folk guitar and flute on Thursday night from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Schneider Music on the SOU campus.

-Jaxon Williams plays "First Fridays" at Art and Soul Gallery in downtown Ashland. This month only, First Friday is on a Thursdy due to the July 4th celebrations.

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-The Rogue Valley Jazz Exchange meets at Paschal on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

-Paschal is hosting a "locals night" on Friday, May 16th, from 6 to 9pm, with 15% off of bottles of wine, 50% off of glasses of wine, and appetizers. Also, the new art exhibit will open on Saturday, June 7.

For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/clndr-jul.html

DISCUSSIONS:

-As I indicated in the minutes, there was nothing to talk about. But, Steve found stuff to talk about, none the less. He noted that luthier, Les Stansell had graciously contributed his honorarium of $62 from the JCGS Guitar Tasting back to the guitar society.

-Bruce Smith pointed out that the phenomenal Assad Brothers, guitarists from Brazil, along with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will join the Britt Festival Orchestra in a performance of Sergio Assad's "Concerto Originis". The concert is on Friday, August 1st at 8pm.

Jerrod Simons briefed us on a recent Ashland performance by a family trio. The father, Daniel Thomason on viola d'amore, the mother, Anita Thomason, and the son, Peter Thomason on guitar, played a variety of 18th and 19th century works arranged by the Brazilian jazz/classical guitarist, Laurindo Almeida. Jerrod spoke with Peter and learned learned that the young guitarist's grandmother lives in Grants Pass. Jerrod left an open invitation for him to join us at a meeting when he is back in town visiting.

PERFORMANCES:

-Margaret Gelatt played a delightful Waltz by Ferdinand Carulli
-Bruce Smith, with his teacher, Joe Thompson, played three eastern European Folk Melodies by Bela Bartok.
-Mike Brown played his original composition, Rainy Day Song on his newly crafted Mike Brown classcial guitar.
-Jaxon Williams, Tyler Duval, and Ian Banks, the "Because Joe Asked Us to Play Guitar Trio", joined forces in an exhilerating rendition of two movements from Leonard von Call's Trio in C major.
-Tyler Duval played Sor Etude in E major
-Jaxon Williams played Carcassi Etude No. 7
-Steve Berman played Luis Narvaez's Basso Contrapunto
-Bil Leonhart and Joe Thompson, with apologies to any purists in the audience, played their jazz/tango version of Tarrega's Capriccio Arabe

That's all for now. See you next time. Remember, it's YOU who makes these wonderful meetings possible. The most effective way to build on the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

Please, stay tuned,

Joe Thompson


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Agenda for the August 5th JCGS meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

The agenda is going out a bit early this month so that I can get the following announcement out. This is from the Britt Festival website:
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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and The Assads
Friday, August 1 · 8 p.m.

ENESCU
Rumanian Rhapsody No.1
S.ASSAD
Concerto Originis
BIZET
L'Arlesienne Suite No.2
BIZET
Symphony in C

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Brazilian guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad will be featured performers with the Britt Orchestra on opening night. The world's leading guitar duo has joined forces with one of the world's preeminent violinists to form an original and dynamic trio. Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Assads collaborated last year to record a CD of original music based on gypsy folk tunes from Eastern Europe. This unique trio will perform a brand new composition, Concerto Originis, composed by Sérgio Assad. The Britt collaboration will showcase the artists' exceptional virtuosity and dynamic personalities.

Maestro Bay and The Britt Orchestra will present three works never performed at the festival before. Nineteenth century French composer Georges Bizet's Symphony in C was composed when he was just 17 and offers us a glimpse of a young genius at work (the Symphony lay forgotten until it was discovered in the 1930s. Since then it has become a concert favorite). Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suites were composed near the end of his all too brief life (he died at 36) and show the composer's dramatic talent in full bloom.

Tickets: $35.00, $32.00 Reserved;    $23.00 Lawn;    $9.00 Children (0-12);

Also join us for the Opening Night Champagne Picnic catered by Jacksonville Inn: $22 (concert ticket not included)
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I hope to see you there!

 

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 5th at Paschal Winery in Talent. Please note the start time at 6pm. This will allow people a half-hour to socialize before the meeting proper starts at 6:30. Try to get there and settle in before 6:30 so we can start on time. We will deal with business starting at 6:30 and get right to the music at 7:00pm. For directions to Paschal, go to: http://www.JeffersonGuitar.org/meetings.html For more information, call 552-9515. And remember, an easy way to contribute to the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up at 7pm to avoid the society business discussions.

JCGS WEB SITE UPDATE:

Grant has inlisted his friend, Drew Lamb to help us in finalizing a few important details on our web site. Websites which want to announce their existence to the internet world need "meta-tags". Meta-tags are simply words that search engines look for in a website to help in the search process. But they have to follow a specific protocol. Also, we need to get registered with the various search engines and Drew will help with that. Finally, we need to contact other websites and request reciprocal links.

 

REVIEW OF JCGS BUSINESS ACTIVITY since the last meeting:

-JCGS member, Bruce Smith, Attorney at Law, has been doing some very important, behind the scenes work for us involving the establishment and maintenance of our status as a tax-exempt organization. Most recently, he completed and submitted "Registration for Corporation" forms to the Oregon Department of Justice and an "Application for Recognition of Exemption" to the Internal Revenue Service. Thank you, Bruce! We are eternally grateful.

-We are still doing some shuffling to finalize the venue for the Craig Einhorn concert in September and a potential January concert by Tucson guitarist, Brad Richter. Currently, the Einhorn venue is the home of Grant Ruiz.

 

 

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

- Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

- Einhorn and Richter concert updates.

- Announcements?

 

UPCOMMING EVENTS:

-Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Assads at the Britt Festival, Friday, August 1st.

-Italian flute virtuoso Vieri Bottazzini and classical guitarist David Rogers will be performing a flute and guitar concert at the First Congregational Church-UCC, 717 Siskyou Blvd, Ashland on Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 3:00pm. There will be chinese food refreshments offered at the intermission. Admission is $10.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and children. Tickets are available at the door.

For more info, go to: http://www.JeffersonGuitar.org/events.html For reservations and additional information call David Rogers at 482-7948.

-Healdsburg Guitar Festival: Healdsburg is in the heart of California's world famous wine country. Luthier's Mercantile, International produces this guitar festival every other year. This years activities are August 14-17. There will be players and builders offering seminars. For more detailed info check out this site: www.lmi.lmii.com JCGS member and luthier, Mike Brown will have more info at our August meeting.

- Finally the website recieved the following from cyber-space:
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For those of you who havn't heard of the 1st Annual Classical Guitar Cruise you owe it to yourself to click on this site, send this email to everyone, then book your cabin.

www.classicalguitarcruise.com

We're in the final phase of announcing this event to all classical guitarists, society's, university and conservatory's as we invite everyone to join us in this never before attempted classical guitar festival on a ship.

Spread the news to your constituency and feel free to request the press release in word and the .jpeg flyer to email and share with your family, friends, and everyone in your email address book.

We look forward to sharing in this experience with you.

Warmest Regards,
David Rona
Organizer
www.classicalguitarcruise.com

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PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity for folks to play for an
attentive, appreciative, supportive and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical
offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be
performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one
or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one
or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece
is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
And remember, stay tuned!

Joe

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Minutes for the August 5th JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar aficionados!

And yet another extroardinary meeting. I think what is most special about how these JCGS meetings have evolved is the way in which each gathering is different...unique. I thought the August 5th meeting demonstrated the range of musical expression which is possible within our membership. I especially enjoyed the original compositions and arrangements which were offered, including the world premiere of "Slow Spring Blues" for solo guitar by our very own Liz Vesecky. Speaking of membership, we recently got a note in the mail from the senior Vice President and General Council for a large corporation in Oakland, California. His message was: "I was delighted to learn of the Society and would like to become a member. Enclosed is my check for $10.00." In the words of el presidente, Grant Ruiz, "How extraordinary that he was just happy to hear about us and wanted to be a member. Very cool." Grant went on to say, " We have had a couple of generous gifts that will include company matching funds, and we're very thankful to those folks, who wish to remain anonymous. I'd like to continue encouraging people to become members if they already haven't. At least it will help at tax time!"

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and who continue to contribute to the success of our organization by their presence.

 

Attendees included: Margaret Gelatt, Liz Vesecky and Hersch King, Murel Wilson, Joe Thompson, Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz, Bil Leonhart, Mike Brown, Richard Blankenship, Jerrod Simons, Bruce and Barbara Smith, Tyler Duval, Randy Mason, Ian Banks, Dan Erwin, Haila Wiliams, Francie Buckley, Jim Dietz, Rudy Dietz, Cheryl and Steven Banks, Jaxon Williams and his mom, Ronda, Maurya Murphey, Bob Barclay and his wife, Jeff Danzig and his wife, Mike Brown, Coenraad Roegens, Ed Dunsavage, Damian Mann, Alice Hardesty, and a host of new faces, including, Karen McKlintock, Joelle Mathis, Virginia Lemon, Janet Wilson, Stacy Shaffer, Joan Carroll, and Austin Braeyfield, for a total of 43 attendees, exactly the same count as last month. I hope I didn't leave anyone out.

WEBSITE UPDATE:

-There is a new article on the Members' Articles Page. It is a review of the Britt Festival performance by the Assad Brothers and Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg with the Britt Festival Orchestra, written by our own, Grant Ruiz. Check it out at: http://JeffersonGuitar.org/mbrartcl.html

-There is a new entry on the Guests Page as well. David Rogers, classical guitarist from Eugene, has made an offering of a number of his arrangements. They can be accessed by way of a link to the "Finale Showcase" website. Go to: http://JeffersonGuitar.org/guests.html

-On a related note, I'm excited about the possibility of using Adobe PDF as a means of offering free downloads of guitar music on the JCGS website. I will be looking into that in greater detail in the not too distant future. I recently downloaded a guitar piece from a website using Adobe PDF and was surprised by the high quality which I was able to print out. I would like to be able to offer midi files with the downloads as well. So much to do, so little time!

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

-Italian flute virtuoso Vieri Bottazzini and classical guitarist David Rogers will be performing a flute and guitar concert at the First Congregational Church-UCC, 717 Siskyou Blvd, Ashland on Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 3:00pm. There will be chinese food refreshments offered at the intermission. Admission is $10.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and children. Tickets are available at the door. For reservations and additional information call David Rogers at 482-7948. For more info, go to: http://JeffersonGuitar.org/events.html

-Grant Ruiz appears regularly in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production "Lorca in a Green Dress". Call OSF box office for more info.

-Jaxon Williams plays "First Fridays" at Art and Soul Gallery in downtown Ashland from 6:30-8pm.

-Joe Thompson will play from 1-4pm at Paschal Winery on Saturday, August 16th for wine tasting. No charge.

-Steve Berman will play from 1-4pm at Paschal Winery on Saturday, August 16th for wine tasting. No charge.

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-The Rogue Valley Jazz Exchange meets at Paschal on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

-Paschal is hosting a "locals night" on Friday, August 15th, from 6 to 9pm, with 15% off of bottles of wine, 50% off of glasses of wine, and appetizers. Also, the new art exhibit will open on Saturday, June 7.

-Dave Rogers will join with sopranist virtuoso, Angelo Manzotti on Friday, October 3, at 8pm. Stay tuned for further details.

For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/clndr-jul.html

UPCOMING JCGS CONCERTS:

-Craig Einhorn, Eugene classical guitarist, will play a concert for the JCGS on the evening of September 12th so mark your calendars. Stay tuned for further details on time, place, and tickets. The JCGS Board of Directors is still working to nail down a concert venue, preferably one which will serve our needs into the forseeable future.

-Brad Richter, guitarist from Tuscon, Arizona, will be playing in Yreka on January 16th. The JCGS Board is in negotiations with Mr. Richter in an effort to present him here. Things look very promising.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Mike Brown made the following announcement concerning the Healdsburg Guitar Festival: Luthier's Mercantile, International produces this guitar festival every other year. It's focus is primarily on luthiers but there are performances on the handmade instruments of the luthiers in attendance. This years activities are August 14-17. In addition, there will be players and builders offering seminars. Healdsburg is in the heart of California's world famous wine country. For more detailed info check out this site: http://www.lmi.lmii.com

PRESENTATION:

For our August gathering, Francie Buckley offered an interesting and informative presentation about her experiences in having a shorter scale length guitar built which would better accomodate her small hands. She contacted Woodley White, a luthier in Portland who built her a 630mm scale length instrument from the plans for a 1943 Hauser guitar. The full size Hauser plans had been shrunk down to the appropriate dimensions by use of a copy machine at Kinko's. Even though she is still adjusting to it, the smaller instrument is allowing her to play more legato without putting excess stress on her hands and without sacrificing tone and volume. She wrote an article on her experience and it will be posted on the JCGS web site very soon. Stay tuned. It will be on the Members' Articles Page.

PERFORMANCES:

-Francie Buckley played Estudio by Dionisio Aguado and The Hundred Pipers, a traditional Irish tune arranged by Glenn Weiser
-The guitar trio consisting of Francie Buckley, Terry Petty and Randy Mason played Awake Sweet Love by John Dowland
-Randy and Terry played Gavotte and Rondo by Robert Di Vissee
-The guitar trio consisting of Tyler Duval, Ian Banks and Jaxon Williams played the final two movements, Adagio and Rondo, from the Trio in C by Leonard von Call
-Ian Banks played the Gavotte from the 3rd Lute Suite by J. S. Bach
-Jaxon Williams played Matteo Carcassi's Etude No. 3 and No. 10
-Margaret Gelatt played Andantino by Ferdinand Carulli
-Joe Thompson played the world premiere of Slow Spring Blues by JCGS member, Liz Vesecky.
-Richard Blankenship played his own transcription of the piano piece, Prelude No. 2 by George Gershwin.
-Rudy Deitz played Traveling Song by his uncle John Dietz.
-Jeff Danzig played his original composition Silence
-Mike Brown played his original composition Study in C Major
-Steve Berman played Etude No. 8 by Villa Lobos
-Ed Dunsavage and Joe Thompson played an improvization on the ballad Naima by John Coltrane
-The Dark Rose Guitar Trio consisting of Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz and Joe Thompson played Joe's arrangement of Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla.

That's all for now. See you next time. Remember, it's YOU who makes these wonderful meetings possible. The most effective way to build on the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

Please, stay tuned,

Joe Thompson

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Agenda for the September 2nd JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

With the first day of Fall little more than three weeks away, we are nearing the end of the "Dog Days". September is one of my favorite times of the year in the Rogue Valley- a time of transition. The heat begins to relent and the air seems sweeter somehow.

El presidente, Grant Ruiz will be absent from our September meeting due to his gig with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Because Steve Berman did such a terriffic job as master of ceremonies the last time Grant was absent, I have drafted him in that capacity for September's meeting. Note: If you have yet to see the OSF production of "Lorca in a Green Dress", do yourself the favor of taking it in. If you are enamoured of things Spanish (music, poetry, dance, art, history, etc.), you will be touched by this show.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 2nd at Paschal Winery in Talent. Please note the start time at 6pm. This will allow people a half-hour to socialize before the meeting proper, which starts at 6:30. Try to get there and settle in before 6:30 so we can start on time. We will deal with business starting at 6:30 and get right to the music at 7:00pm. For directions to Paschal, go to: http://www.JeffersonGuitar.org/meetings.html For more information, call 552-9515. And remember, an easy way to contribute to the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up at 7pm to avoid the society business discussions.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

-Please mark your calendars and tell all of your friends. The Craig Einhorn concert will take place on September 14th at 3pm, at the First Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd, in Ashland. There will be concert flyers at the September meeting for you to take with you. You can do your part by thinking about effective ways you might distribute them, either by posting or mailing them to friends. If we all get behind this concert promotion effort, who knows where it might take us. For more information, go to: http://JeffersonGuitar.org/events.html or visit Mr. Einhorn's website at: http://www.efn.org/~einhorn/ Also, please cast your vote for the success of JCGS sponsored guitar concerts by attending the show and by encouraging your friends to attend as well.

-The steady growth of attendance at our monthly meetings has inevitably led to a certain loss of the more intimate nature of our earlier meetings. Some of our less experienced performers have felt a bit intimidated about playing in front of such a large, albeit very supportive group. Long time member, Francie Buckley has tackled the problem head on. She is sponsoring an evening at her home, once a month, specifically for folks who would like to develop their performance nerve. She wants to keep it intimate and so is limiting it to 10 players. There is only one rule: if you come, you have to play. If you have any questions, you can reach Francie at: franciebuckley@msn.com

JCGS WEB SITE UPDATE:

- Francie Buckley has contrubuted an article to the Member's Articles Page. She has written a very interesting piece on her search for a builder of a smaller scale guitar. Read the article on her new guitar on the JCGS website at: http://JeffersonGuitar.org/mbrartcl.html#anchor90605

-It was noted by one of our members that the "Membership News" section of the website hasn't had any new news added in a good long while. The truth is that this section of the website has been pretty low on my list of priorities. Trying to keep it current has the potential of being the proverbial straw that would break the back of your Secretary/Webmaster/Camel. Two potential solutions: 1.) Someone could step forward and take over the task. It involves minimal effort, and it could be both enjoyable and interesting for the right person. If someone would write it up, I would be happy to post it to the website. Or 2.) I could call it "dead in the water" and pull it off of the website.

REVIEW OF JCGS BUSINESS ACTIVITY since the last meeting:

JCGS in the Revels: The editor of the Revels entertainment section of the Ashland Daily Tidings, Susan DeRosia said she would like to publish a write up for the JCGS in the Revels issue just before our October meeting. We will happily submit that to Susan in a timely manner. Keep your eyes open for it.

On August 13, 2003, the JCGS Board of Directors held a meeting at the home of el presidente, Grant Ruiz. We discussed:

Status of concerts:
-Craig Einhorn: scheduled for Sept. 14th, 3pm, at First Congregational Church
-Brad Richter: Final stages of scheduling, probably January 13th or 14th, 2004
-Michael Partington: A concert here has some potential
-Portland Guitar Duo: A concert here has some potential
Possible concert venues:
-Unfortunately, we found we couldn't afford to sponsor concerts at Paschal Winery. We discussed the pros and cons of a number of different concert venues and decided that, at least for the time being, the First Congregational Church best suits our needs. We would like to acklowledge the generosity of both David Rogers and the church in making this available to us for no charge.
A potential alliance with the Siskiyou Institute:
-There have been some discussions with Ed Dunsavage exploring the advantages of our two non-profits pooling resources for concerts and perhaps a guitar festival. One advantage would be the use of the Old Siskiyou Barn for JCGS concerts. The down side of the Barn is they are closed in the winter months, they are a bit out of the way, and seating is limited. One interesting advantage would be joint grant proposals.
Tax exempt status of the JCGS:
-All of the paper work is in and we are ready for the true test-applying for matching funds.

 

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

- Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

- Einhorn and Richter concert updates.

- A discussion of ideas for the distribution of flyers for the Craig Einhorn Concert. Encouraging JCGS members and supporters to attend the concert.

- Announcements?

 

PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity for folks to play for an
attentive, appreciative, supportive and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical
offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be
performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one
or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one
or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece
is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
And remember, stay tuned!

Joe

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Minutes for the September 2nd JCGS general meeting

Greetings, guitar aficionados!

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and who continue to contribute to the success of our organization by their presence. Thanks to Steve Berman for filling in again for Grant in the role of MC.

Attendees included: Margaret Gelatt, Liz Vesecky and Hersch King, Joe Thompson and his wife Marcy Greene, Dr. William Epstein and three family members, Steve Berman and his wife Sharon, David Brown and his parents Susan and Peter, Dave Rogers, Gerry Shute, Matt Dorris, Tom Rose, Bil Leonhart, Jarid Simons, Randy Mason, Haila Wiliams, Francie Buckley, Jim Dietz, Maurya Murphey, Coenraad Roegens, Terry Petty and a new member who just moved to Ashland from San Francisco, Dede Dubbs. I hope I didn't leave anyone out. Total in attendance: 28.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

-The Jefferson Classical Guitar Society will sponsor classical guitarist, Craig Einhorn in a solo recital on Sunday, September 14th at 3:00 pm. The performance will take place in the First Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. in Ashland. General admission is $15.00, at the door. Students will be admitted for $10.00.

Craig Einhorn is a versatile classical guitarist and composer. He performs throughout the United States, and has been the soloist with numerous orchestras including the Port Angeles Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Oregon State University Symphony. Mr. Einhorn's musical repertoire has been described as diverse, with a mark of quality and musicality. His concerts exhibit a balance between quality musicianship and a lighthearted atmosphere. He achieves this by sharing stories about the music he plays and his experiences as a guitarist. As a recording artist, Mr. Einhorn has recorded numerous CD's. In 1995 he completed "In with the Old, In with the New." Barbara Walters used several tracks from this CD on national television. In 2000, he collaborated with Mason Williams, composer of "Classical Gas", on a recording of the CD "Obras". Currently he resides in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches at Lane Community College.

For more info, call 552-9515 or go to: www.JeffersonGuitar.org

 

-On Friday, October 3, at 8pm, St. Marks Episcopal Church in Medford will present "The Vocal Virtuosity of the Classical Countertenor", featuring Angelo Manzotti. Mr. Manzotti is an international artist who has developed his voice so that he can perform the works sung by castrati in earlier ages. David Rogers, a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Terra Nova Consort, will accompany him. Their program will will feature Italian and French love songs of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and will include pieces by Millico, Crescentini, and Portogallo. These were famous castrati of the generation after the famous vocal superstars such as Farinelli and Senesino; wonderful music never heard today, which is why this program will be a future CD from Callisto Records. Also on the program are works by Sor, Barrios, and Paccini as well as a traditional 19th century American song. For more information about Mr. Manzotti, go to http://callisto-records.com

Friday, October 3, 8:00pm
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
5th and Oakdale
Medford, OR
info and reservations: 773-3111
admission: free

-Grant Ruiz appears regularly in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production "Lorca in a Green Dress". Call OSF box office for more info.

-Jaxon Williams plays "First Fridays" at Art and Soul Gallery in downtown Ashland from 6:30-8pm.

-Joe Thompson will play from 1-4pm at Paschal Winery on Saturday, September 13th for wine tasting. No charge.

Rod Petrone will play from 1-4pm at Paschal Winery on Saturday, September 20th for wine tasting. No charge.

-Bil Leonhart will play from 1-4pm at Paschal Winery on Saturday, September 27th for wine tasting. No charge.

-Steve Berman will play from 1-4pm at Paschal Winery on Saturday, October 4th for wine tasting. No charge.

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-The Rogue Valley Jazz Exchange meets at Paschal on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

-Paschal is hosting a "locals night" on Friday, September 19th, from 6 to 9pm, with 15% off of bottles of wine, 50% off of glasses of wine, and appetizers. Also, the new art exhibit will open on Saturday, June 7.

For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: www.JeffersonGuitar.org/clndr-sep.html

DISCUSSIONS:

Steve touched briefly on a few points, including:
-Craig Einhorn's Sept. 14th concert. Joe Thompson distributed concert flyers to those in attendance and folks were encouraged to post them where they might do some good and to encourage their friends to attend the performance.
-Brad Richter concert, likely in mid January, 2004.
-A thanks to David Rogers for his assist in making the First Congregational Church available for JCGS concerts.
-Website article in Members Section by Francie Buckley on her new guitar.
-Mention of Francie's offering of her home as a space for a monthly opportunity to gain performance experience in a more intimate setting.
-Matt Dorris then updated the attendees on informal JCGS Board e-mail discussions concerning ideas for another Guitar Tasting. Issues included questions as to whether to have it at Paschal or at First Congregational Church. Matt suggested that we could charge a lower price at the church with no food or wine offerings. This topic seemed to pique the interest of a number of folks in attendance and a lively discussion ensued. Joe Thompson was curious who would present the next guitar tasting. Margaret Gelatt wondered if we were pressing our luck by attempting another one and that perhaps we had used up our audience with the first one. She suggested that we could pursue other approaches; perhaps exploring other topics. Jarid Simons felt that 2 fund raising events per year would not be too much exposure, adding that offering two different venues was a positive and that parents with young people might feel more welcome in a venue with no alcohol. He also felt a shift in content focus would be a good idea. Then Margaret added that a discussion of historical figures might be in order; perhaps a discussion of the life of Andres Segovia or Jango Reinhart with a performance of their music. She pleaded ignorance on the subject and suggested that others in the group would have better ideas along these lines. Bil Leonhart added that the Rogue Jazz Exchange, which meets at Paschal on the first Wednesday of each month uses this kind of format for their meetings with an expert on a particular subject or musician giving a talk punctuated by recordings and performances. Liz Vesecky felt that a blend of jazz and classical guitar music would make for an interesting format. As an example, she mentioned that Bil Leonhart and Joe Thompson sometimes blend the two styles in a way that would work in a concert situation. Then Bil said that a presentation on the guitar as accompaniment would make for an interesting presentation with both jazz and classical players. Joe Thompson then suggested that a concert by a number of the stronger players within the society would make for an excellent fundraiser program. Since it would minimize the burden on any one person by sharing it with other members, we could probably get folks to play for free. This would be good promo for the society, for our goals as well as raising funds. Margaret asked what we were going to do with all of this money. Bil, tongue firmly planted in cheek, said we should have a big party! Maurya, the JCGS treasurer, then said that the funds would help us in our efforts to bring in notable concert artists which we can only get by offering a guarantee. Gerry Shute suggested a theme evening which would focus on a composer or on a specific genre of music. Haila Williams agreed, suggesting for instance that we could do an evening on the music of early 20th century France and Spain focusing on the way in which they influenced each other and suggesting that the music of Manuel de Falla and Claude Debussy would make for an enjoyable evening.

There was clearly a good deal of interest in the topic. Perhaps we need to alot future time to develop these ideas further.

PERFORMANCES:
-Margaret Gelatt played Allegro by Mauro Guilliani
-Maurya Murphey played Differencias un Guardame las Vacas
-Matt Dorris played three selections from Seven Little Secrets by Dusan Bogdanovic, No. 1,3, and 7.
-David Brown played a Rennaisance lute duet, La Rosignol with his teacher, Steve Berman.
-Bil Leonhart gave a presentation on his recently purchased guitar, a 7 string instrument built by Mike Doolan in Portland. He distinguished his acoustic guitar which is amplified from an electric guitar noting that his guitar is much louder when unamplified. Bil noted how this guitar's bridge and nut are not paralell. The 1st string is considerably longer than the 7th string. As a result the frets must be compensated, giving them a splayed out appearance. He went on to explain how this set-up is ergonomically superior. His amplifier is a very compact and light weight unit with remarkably clear sound. It was made by AER in Europe.
-Bil Leonhart then played "Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine", by George Gershwin and "Nuages" by Jango Reinhart.
-Joe Thompson joined Bil for their jazz tango duo rendition of Francisco Tarrega's, Capricio Arabe.
-Joe Thompson played his arrangement of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun".
-Dave Rogers closed out the evening with Fernando Sor's La Candeur.

That's all for now. See you next time. Remember, it's YOU who makes these wonderful meetings possible. The most effective way to build on the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

Please, stay tuned,

Joe Thompson

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Agenda to the October 7th JCGS Meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY JCGS!!!!!!

On September 28th, 2001, the now mythical figure, Victor Salkowitz, a latter day Johnny Appleseed, organized the first meeting of what was then called "The Acoustic Guitar Society of Ashland" and what was to eventually evolve into the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society. Ironically, Victor wasn't even from Ashland. In fact he wasn't even from Oregon. As a resident of the town of Dunsmuir, CA, a neighbor to the south of Ashland, but located well within the boundaries of the State of Jefferson, he realized that organizing in Dunsmuir could prove futile as there weren't enough guitarists to establish any momentum. He decided, instead, to plant some seeds in Ashland, the acknowledged regional hotbed of artistic endeavors. El presidente, Grant Ruiz says, "Hard to believe we're 2 years old. Seems like just yesterday I was announcing our first birthday."

It is fun to go back and peruse the early agendas and minutes to see how our founding members lovingly shaped the JCGS into what it is now and what it is continually becoming. Visit the "Meetings Archives" if you are curious. The link can be found at the bottom of the Meetings Page on the JCGS website at: http://JeffersonGuitar.org

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 7th at Paschal Winery in Talent. Please note the start time at 6pm. This will allow people a half-hour to socialize before the meeting proper, which starts at 6:30. Try to get there and settle in before 6:30 so we can start on time. We will deal with business starting at 6:30 and get right to the music at 7:00pm. And remember, an easy way to contribute to the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up at 7pm to avoid the society business discussions.

For directions to Paschal, go to: http://www.JeffersonGuitar.org/meetings.html For more information, call 552-9515.

PAST EVENTS:

-There were 23 people in attendance at the Craig Einhorn solo guitar concert on Sunday, September 14th. Though the attendance was small, the enthusiasm was large. Craig played as if to a full house. The ratio of JCGS members to general public was 15 to 8. One reason for the low attendance was that the Revels, entertainment section of the Ashland Daily Tidings, inadvertantly omitted our promotion and photo. We will be more attentive to that particular detail next time.

-On Friday, October 3rd, JCGS member and guitarist, David Rogers joined with Italian vocalist, Angelo Manzotti in a program entitled, "The Vocal Virtuosity of the Classical Countertenor". David played his Larry Brown copy of a Rene Lacote guitar (c. 1840, Paris). The Lacote was the guitar of choice of Fernando Sor and David's mastery of the no-nail approach to right hand technique transported this listener back to the early days of the classical guitar. Angelo Manzotti's vocal style is unique in that he has developed a technique of singing in the soprano register without relying on the falsetto voice. This technique enables him to perform the works of the singer/composer castrati who lived in the era of Fernando Sor (1778-1839). Because of the highly specialized nature of each musicians approach to technique, folks in attendance were treated to a performance the likes of which haven't been heard for perhaps over 150 years. Even more extraordinary, the first opportunity that David and Angelo had to practice together was the day before the concert. Add to that, neither of them speaks the others language. It was a tribute to their professionalism that the ensemble was superb. They traveled to Victoria, B. C. for a concert on the following evening. Future plans of this exceptional duo include a CD for Callisto Records.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

-Between performances with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of "Lorca in a Green Dress" and his work for software giant, Adobe, flamenco guitarist, el presidente Grant Ruiz is finding time to drive down to Mt. Shasta for rehearsals with dance troupe, "Amor Flamenco". He will perform with the group at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre in Medford on November 1st as part of the "It's About Dance" show.

-We are hard at work on figuring out the details of the January concert by Tucson, AZ guitarist, Brad Richter. As per usual, we are struggling with the venue issue. The First Congregational Church, where Craig Einhorn played, is not available on the days that Brad will be in town. We are hot on the trail of a number of leads and will report to you as the situation evolves.

JCGS WEB SITE UPDATE:

-The JCGS web site has been heating up a bit due to a link from an article in the "Guitar Sessions" section of the Mel Bay Publications web site by yours truly. The article discusses the "JCGS Guitar Tasting", an event which was jointly sponsored by the JCGS and Paschal Winery earlier this year. You can find the article at: http://www.GuitarSessions.com/oct03/class.html Also, there is a related article by Pistol River luthier and JCGS member Les Stansell. You can find this article at: http://www.GuitarSessions.com/oct03/guitar_maker.html

-The JCGS web site continues to attract attention. We recently received an e-mail from concert guitarist, Martha Masters expressing interest in performing under the sponsorship of the JCGS. Ms. Masters is one of the outstanding young talents emerging today. Although we are not in a position financially to entertain the possibility of bringing in someone of her caliber, there are some among our membership that would like to gradually move in that direction. Visit her website at: http://www.marthamasters.com

 

REVIEW OF JCGS BUSINESS ACTIVITY since the last meeting:

-This just in from JCGS member and attorney at law, Bruce Smith: "According to a 9/17/03 letter from the IRS, we need to amend our Articles of Incorporation, to include language from the Internal Revenue Code having to do with the purpose of the organization (no lobbying Congress for abolition of rap music, etc.). This can be done by the board, and will not require a vote of the membership."

The amendment was taken care of by Bruce. The Board voted unanimously to approve and, in my official capacity as Secretary of the JCGS, I signed the document. Bruce said he would mail the amended documents to the IRS in a timely manner. What would we do without your kind generosity, Bruce? Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

-Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

-Review of the Craig Einhorn concert

-Brad Richter concert updates.

- Announcements?

 

PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity for folks to play for an attentive, appreciative, supportive and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be
performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
And remember, stay tuned!

Joe


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Minutes to the October 7th JCGS Meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY JCGS!!!!!!

Our second birthday meeting was another in a long line of delightful evenings. Once again, thanks to Steve Berman for running the show. As he gets comfortable with this role, he might not want to give it back to el presidente, Grant Ruiz. Just between you and me, I've heard comments suggesting that Grant would be happy to let Steve continue heading up our monthly meetings.

We had a newcomer to the group. Denise Baratta joined us for the first time. Denise's photography has graced the pages of the Daily Tidings for many years. She was a student of the guitar for 10 years, and is considering a return.

 

Attendees included: Mike Brown, Denise Baratta, Steve Berman, Liz Vesecky and Hersch King, Dede Dubbs, Ian Banks and his finace Liz, Cheryl and Steven Banks and 5 family and friends, Jerid Simons, David Brown and his mother Susan, Margaret Gelatt, Joe Thompson, Marcy Greene, Murel Wilson, Nathan Hoyt and his parents, Mike and Kim, Bil Leonhart, Matt Dorris, Bruce and Barbara Smith, Grant Ruiz and his friends Liz and Dorian James, Jeff Rinkoff, Tom Reddick, Cynthia Bennett, Gerry Shute for a total of 36. I hope I didn't leave anyone out.

 

PAST EVENTS:

We reviewed the performance by solo guitarist, Craig Einhorn, a JCGS sponsored guitarist from Eugene. Margaret Gelatt reported that she enjoyed the mixed approach of Mr. Einhorns concert with the first half being fairly formal while the second half was much more loose. She also noted that the accoustics of the First Congregational Church were well suited to the guitar and we all acknowledged that our organization is lucky to have access to this venue.

We also reviewed the concert by JCGS member, Dave Rogers who accompanied Italian counter tenor, Angelo Manzotti. Joe Thompson reported on the performers dedication to historical accuracy in their performance noting that such sounds perhaps haven't been heard in over 150 years.

UPCOMMING EVENTS:

-Grant Ruiz will appear with dance troupe, "Amor Flamenco" at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre in Medford on November 1st as part of the "It's About Dance" show. Show starts at 8:00pm.

-Matt Dorris will be working with "Connect the Dots" in their production of the show, "Grease". The classical guitarist will demonstrate his versatility by performing on the electric guitar. The show will appear at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre in Medford and at the new Performing Arts Center at the Grants Pass High School. Stay tuned to your local media for times and dates.

-Grant Ruiz appears regularly in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production "Lorca in a Green Dress". Call OSF box office for more info.

-Jaxon Williams plays "First Fridays" at Art and Soul Gallery in downtown Ashland from 6:30-8pm.

-The season for weekend guitar music at Paschal Winery has ended. Look for it to recommence next Spring.

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-The Rogue Valley Jazz Exchange meets at Paschal on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

-Paschal is hosting a "locals night" on Friday, October 17th, from 6 to 9pm, with 15% off of bottles of wine, 50% off of glasses of wine, and appetizers.

For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: http://www.JeffersonGuitar.org/clndr-oct.html

PERFORMANCES:
-Nathan Hoyt played "Moon Magic and "Do Re Mi" from the "Sound of Music"
-Ian Banks played the Sarabande and Gavotte from the 3rd Lute Suite of Bach
-David Brown played Leo Brouwer's Etude No. 6
-Jeff Rinkoff played Prelude and Fugue by Bach
-Margaret Gelatt played Minuette in G major by Bach along with her teacher Tom Reddick. She then played the solo Sor Op. 60 No. 1
-Matt Dorris played two pieces by Dusan Bogdanovic, 1st a prepared piece which involved putting staples on specific strings to give the sound of a Gamelan and 2nd a lovely meditative piece entitled "Hear the Moon"
-Tom Reddick joined with Joe Thompson to play a jazz rendition of Manha de Carnival by Luis Bonfa
-Joe Thompson played an original composition entitled "Lament Upon Turning 50.
-Steve Berman played Tarrega's Requerdos de la Alhambra with an extemporized accompaniment by jazz guitarist, Bil Leonhart.
-Steve Berman played, upon his vihuela, Fantasia No. XII by Milan and Fantasia in the Manner of Ludovico by Mudarra
-Jaxon Williams played Carcassi Etudes No. 16 and No. 2
-Grant Ruiz played Bulerias
-The Dark Rose Trio consisting of Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz, and Joe Thompson played Franz Josef Haydens Trio No. 1

That's all for now. See you next time. Remember, it's YOU who makes these wonderful meetings possible. The most effective way to build on the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

Please, stay tuned,

Joe Thompson

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Agenda for the November 4th JCGS Meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 4th at Paschal Winery in Talent. Please note the start time at 6pm. This will allow people a half-hour to socialize before the meeting proper, which starts at 6:30. Try to get there and settle in before 6:30 so we can start on time. We will deal with business starting at 6:30 and get right to the music at 7:00pm. And remember, an easy way to contribute to the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up at 7pm to avoid the society business discussions.

For directions to Paschal, go to: http://www.JeffersonGuitar.org/meetings.html For more information, call 552-9515.

PAST EVENTS:

On Saturday, October 11th, society member David Rogers performed a duo concert with Italian flute virtuoso and fellow Callisto recording artist, Vieri Bottazzini. Mr. Bottazzini is the professor of flute at the National Conservatory of Istanbul, Turkey. The concert was at 8pm the First Congregational Church in Ashland. The two performed music by Pachelbel, Carulli, Giuliani, Ibert, Joplin, Rodrigo, Mozart, and Piazzolla. Highlights of the program were Johann Pachelbel's well known "Canon in D", an arrangement for flute and guitar of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer", and two Argentinian Tangos by Astor Piazzolla.

Visit Vieri's web sites at:

http://www.vieribottazzini.com

UPCOMING EVENTS:

-Mark your calendars. The JCGS's very own Dark Rose Guitar Trio will be performing a concert on Sunday, December 14th at 3:00pm. Joining them will be special guest artist, Jaxon Williams. The performance will be at the First Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., in Ashland.

The Dark Rose Guitar Trio consists of Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz, and Joseph Thompson. On the trio's program are works by Vivaldi, Bach, Hayden, Mozart, Granados, and Piazzolla. They will be joined by special guest artist Jaxon Williams, who will perform the famous Vivaldi Guitar Concerto in D major.

-Tucsan, Arizona guitarist, Brad Richter is scheduled for a concert on Tuesday, January 13th. He will present a masterclass the following evening. the venues for these events have not yet been set. Please stay tuned.

JCGS WEB SITE UPDATE:

We recieved an e-mail from Nuccio D'Angelo, a guitarist and composer, from Florence, Italy. He will be lecturing and concertizing on the west coast in April and May and expressed an interest in performing for us. Unfortunately, he doesn't have enough time between his Seattle concert and his San Francisco concert to stop here. I don't think he realized just how long a drive it is.

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

-Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

-Brad Richter concert updates.

- Announcements?

 

PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity for folks to play for an
attentive, appreciative, supportive and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical
offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be
performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one
or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one
or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece
is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
And remember, stay tuned!

Joe

p.s. Bring a friend!

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Minutes to the November 7th JCGS Meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

Inspite of the snow and fog last night, we had an excellent turnout for our November meeting. It wasn't very long ago that a small group of maybe seven players huddled around a small space heater in that cold, dank basement for one of our first meetings. And look at where and who we are now. Thanks to all of you who continue to support the JCGS and help to make it what it has become; a great way to share our passion for the classical guitar. Thanks to those of you who stepped forward to share your love of the guitar by playing for us. And a special thanks, again, to Rene and all of the fine people at Paschal's for making their establishment available to us for our meetings.

Attendees included: Denise Baratta, Steve Berman, Liz Vesecky and Hersch King, Jerid Simons, David, Susan, and Peter Brown, Margaret Gelatt, Joe Thompson, Marcy Greene, Murel Wilson, Bil Leonhart, Grant Ruiz, Terry Petty, Randy Mason, Tom Rose, Haila Williams, Damian Mann, Jaxon Williams, Ronda Williams, Bil Leonhart, Dave Rogers, Jim Dietz, Francie Buckley, and her sister, Mary Ann (a flamenco guitarist from Spain and just as big a trickster as her sister) and new attendees Frederic Salazar (and his girlfriend whose name I have forgotten...sorry), Roma Sprung,, Tony Kinzie, and Jeff Altenus. I hope I didn't leave anyone out. Total attendance was 31.

DISCUSSIONS:

- We talked about Dave Roger's recent concert with the Italian flute virtuoso, Vieri Bottazzini. The duo will be releasing a CD of their concert program in the not too distant future. It will be produced in Istanbul, Turkey where Mr. Bottazzini is a music professor at the National Conservatory.
- The Dark Rose Guitar Trio will be performing a concert on Sunday, December 14th at the First Congregational Church at 3:00pm. Members Steve Berman, Grant Ruiz, and Joe Thompson will be joined by special guest artist, Jaxon Williams in Vivaldi's Concerto in D major.
-Grant Ruiz and Joe Thompson recently met with Eric Teel and Paul Westelle of Jefferson Public Radio about the potential of a co-sponsorship of concert guitarists who will be passing through the area. They were enthusiastic about the idea and we plan to pursue it further.
-JCGS was recently contacted by Italian guitarist and composer Nuccio D'Angelo about the possibility of a performance and/or lecture. We talked about how we might take advantage of his visit.
-Grant made the following announcement:

FYI, on Friday, Nov. 14 there will be a musical event to benefit the
Jackson County Fuel Committee, a local organization that helps people
who cannot heat their homes due to rising energy costs or other problems.
Many local musicians have performed at this event in the past, e.g.,
Don Harriss, Bil Leonhart, and Priscilla Quinby. Here's more info:

New Song Event
Sponsored by the Nuwandart Gallery
as a benefit for
Jackson County Fuel Committee
at Nuwandart Gallery
258 A Street, Suite #2
Ashland, OR
on Friday, November 14, 2003 at 8pm
Suggested donation : $7.50
(Tickets available at the door or in advance from JCFC volunteers)

For more information, call:
Jackson County Fuel Committee
995 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520
488-2905

Grant says he has tickets for sale, or you can contact the JCFC directly if you
wish.

 

 

PAST EVENTS:

Congratulations to el presidente, Grant Ruiz who just completed a 4 month run playing guitar with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of "Lorca in a Green Dress".

UPCOMING EVENTS:

-Dave Rogers will play a free recital on Thursday, November 6th in the SOU recital Hall at 11:00 am.

-Jaxon Williams plays "First Fridays" at Art and Soul Gallery in downtown Ashland from 6:30-8pm.

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-The Rogue Valley Jazz Exchange meets at Paschal on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

-Paschal is hosting a "locals night" on Friday, November 21st, from 6 to 9pm, with 15% off of bottles of wine, 50% off of glasses of wine, and appetizers.

They are always looking for people to help cut and haul wood, and to
act as advocates and volunteers in other capacities, so give them a
call if you feel like helping out.

Feel free to pass this along to others if you wish.

 

For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: http://www.JeffersonGuitar.org/clndr-oct.html

PERFORMANCES:

-Toleman Creek Trio played Trio in C by Leonard von Call
-Francie showed us her new travel guitar and then played a Italian Rennaisance lute piece.
-David Brown played Study by Mauro Guilliani.
-Roma Sprung played Evocacion and Joropo from Suite del Recuerdo by Jose' Luis Merlin
-Tony Kinzie played Villa Lobos Prelude No. 1
-Grant Ruiz played his arrangement of Granados' Spanish Dance No 2 from the show, "Lorca in a Green Dress".
-Steve Berman played Etude No. 1 by Villa Lobos.
-Dave Rogers played Hommage a Tarrega (Garotin and Soleares) by Joaquin Turina.
-Joe Thompson played his composition Willow Dance.
-Ed Dunsavage, Bil Leonhart and Joe Thompson played "Beneath an Evening Sky" by Ralph Towner.
-Ed Dunsavage and Bil Leonhart played a jazz improv ona tune which I can't remember the name of.
-The Dark Rose Trio played Joe's arrangement of Sinfonia No. 8 by J. S. Bach.
-Jaxon Williams joined the Dark Rose Trio to play the solo part in Joe's arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in D major.

 

That's all for now. See you next time. Remember, it's YOU who makes these wonderful meetings possible. The most effective way to build on the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

Please, stay tuned,

Joe Thompson

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Agenda for the December 2nd JCGS Meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 2nd at Paschal Winery in Talent. Please note the start time at 6pm. This will allow people a half-hour to socialize before the meeting proper, which starts at 6:30. Try to get there and settle in before 6:30 so we can start on time. We will deal with business starting at 6:30 and get right to the music at 7:00pm. And remember, an easy way to contribute to the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. You are encouraged to invite a friend. If you do so, they might want to show up at 7pm to avoid the society business discussions.

For directions to Paschal, go to: http://www.JeffersonGuitar.org/meetings.html For more information, call 552-9515.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Concert: Dark Rose Guitar Trio
Location: Congregational Church
717 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland
Date and Time: Sunday, December 14th, 3:00pm

Ashland's own Dark Rose Classical Guitar Trio will appear in concert
on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Congregational
Church. The trio consisting of Joseph Thompson, Steve Berman, and Grant
Ruiz will perform works by Vivaldi, Haydn, Bach, Mozart, Piazzolla,
and Granados. Guest guitarist Jaxon Williams will join the trio
in a special performance of Vivaldi's Guitar Concerto in D major,
arranged by Mr. Thompson. This event is sponsored by the Jefferson
Classical Guitar Society (http://jeffersonguitar.org). The church
is located at 717 Siskiyou Blvd. in Ashland. General admission is $10 and tickets will be available at the door. For more information call 552-9515.

-Tucsan, Arizona guitarist, Brad Richter is scheduled for a concert on Tuesday, January 13th. He will present a masterclass the following evening. We are currently working out the details of the location of Brad's concert. The Camelot Theatre in Talent (formerly Actor's Theatre) is at the top of our list of possible venues. The guitar workshop will likely be at the SOU Music Bldg. Please stay tuned for further details.

HERE'S THE ACTUAL AGENDA for the meeting:

-Membership performances: who's playing when and where?

-Dark Rose Guitar Trio concert announcement.

-Brad Richter concert updates.

- Announcements?

 

PERFORMANCE:

Every month, the JCGS meetings offer an opportunity for folks to play for an
attentive, appreciative, supportive and understanding audience. The following are potential categories in which members might considering making a musical
offering. These are not in any particular order, and they may be
performed by soloists, duets, trios, quartets, etc.:

- Original Compositions/Arrangements
People seem to like this segment a lot. Folks are encouraged to have one
or more pieces prepared if they wish.

- Interpretive Works
Folks interested in performance experience are encouraged to prepare one
or more works by other composers.

- Works in Progress
Show us what you've got so far! You might even want to show how the piece
is coming along in future meetings.

As always, you don't have to play if you show up, but the more the merrier.

See you Tuesday!
And remember, stay tuned!

Joe

p.s. Bring a friend!

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Minutes for the December 2nd JCGS Meeting

Greetings, guitar enthusiasts!

Sorry for the delay in getting out the December minutes. We had another enjoyable gathering. Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to those who played for us. Here is an important note. Next month, Paschal Winery will be closed from January 1st through 15th. This means we will need to find another place to hold our January meeting. If anyone has any ideas, please drop me an e-mail. We have a few feelers out and one site that looks like it has potential. Gone are the days when a quiet corner of someone's living room would meet our needs. If ever we take for granted the generosity of our wonderful hosts at Paschal, let this be a reminder for us of how much they have contributed to the success of the JCGS.

El presidente, Grant Ruiz was out of town for a flamenco workshop in Tuscon, Arizona, and once again JCGS Board Member, Steve Berman was dragged into the breach to perform the functions of our Master of Ceremonies. (And he is so good at it!)

Attendees included: Steve Berman, Liz Vesecky and Hersch King, Gerry Shute, Jerid Simons, Margaret Gelatt, Joe Thompson, Bil Leonhart, Randy Mason, Haila Williams, Dave Rogers, Jim Dietz, Francie Buckley, Roma Sprung and her friend Dennis, Maurya Murphey, Bob Barclay, Daniel Bertaud and his mother Allison and his sister, Nathan Hoyt and his parents Mike and Kim, Mike Brown and his wife, Charlotte Poolis, Tess Dunaway, Pat Mayfield, for a total of 28.

DISCUSSIONS:

- Steve Berman shared a story about his first guitar teacher, Guy Simeon. He played his first guitar recital without ever having performed in front of an audience. Early into the he slide into a performance anxiety induced catatonic trance and had to be carried off stage. Virtually everyone who performs experiences a degree of anxiety related to performing. Our meetings offer a wonderful opportunity to test the performance waters in front of a warm, friendly and supportive audience. Margaret suggested that perhaps the abundance of advanced players in our midst left little opportunity for the less experienced performers. Steve Berman and Joe Thompson felt, to the contrary, that many of our less experienced players have availed themselves of the opportunity to perform, many through playing duets with their teachers. Additionally, JCGS member, Francie Buckley has been openning her home once per month to a small group of players who want performance experience in a less intimidating setting. It was good that Margaret raised the issue because it offered an opportunity to re-emphasize one of the primary missions of the JCGS; to create a monthly performance venue for members at all levels of experience.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

- Dark Rose Classical Guitar Trio in Concert
Ashland's own Dark Rose Classical Guitar Trio will appear in concert on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The trio consisting of Joseph Thompson, Steve Berman, and Grant Ruiz will perform works by Vivaldi, Haydn, Bach, Mozart, Piazzolla, and Granados. Guest guitarist Jaxon Williams will join the trio in a special performance of Vivaldi's Guitar Concerto in D major, arranged by Mr. Thompson. This event is sponsored by the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society (http://jeffersonguitar.org). The church is located at 717 Siskiyou Blvd. in Ashland. General admission is $10 and tickets will be available at the door. For more information call 552-9515.

- Dave Rogers will join the Rogue Valley Symphony in a performance of the Vivaldi "Concerto for Leuto" on the Holiday Candlelight Concerts program. Performances are Dec.12th at the United Methodist Church in Grants Pass, Dec. 13th at the First Baptist Church in Ashland, and December 19th and 20th at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Medford. All performances start at 8:00pm. Admission: adults $22, students $10.

-Tucsan, Arizona guitarist, Brad Richter is scheduled for a concert on Tuesday, January 13th. He will present a masterclass the following evening. the venues for these events have not yet been set. Please stay tuned.

-Jaxon Williams plays "First Fridays" at Art and Soul Gallery in downtown Ashland from 6:30-8pm.

-The Bagel Shop Band plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Russia and other countries every Sunday from 9-12am at the Key of C coffeehouse in Ashland.

-The Rogue Valley Jazz Exchange meets at Paschal on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

-Paschal is hosting a "locals night" on Friday, December 19th, from 6 to 9pm, with 15% off of bottles of wine, 50% off of glasses of wine, and appetizers.

 

For further information on these and other local and regional performances, visit the JCGS web site: http://www.JeffersonGuitar.org/clndr-oct.html

PERFORMANCES:

- Daniel Bertaud played Au Clair de la Lune with his teacher, Joe Thompson.
- Nathan Hoyt played Jingle Bells with his teacher Joe Thompson and the solo, Country Dance by Sonya Michelson.
- Roma Sprung played Preludio Tristan by Maximo Pujol.
- Maurya Murphey played Si Beg Si Mor by Turlough O'Carolan (arr. Joe Thompson) and her own arrangement of the traditional Irish Jig "Lark in the Morning".
- Pat Mayfield played Bach's Prelude in Dminor and an original composition, "Song No. One"
- Joe Thompson played Passacaglia by Joe Thompson.
Dave Rogers played his setting of the American Spiritual, "Sometimes I feel Like a Motherless Child."

 

That's all for now. See you next time. Remember, it's YOU who makes these wonderful meetings possible. The most effective way to build on the success of the JCGS is to show up at the monthly meetings. And bring a friend!

Please, stay tuned,

Joe Thompson

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Agenda and Minutes to December 21st JCGS Board Meeting

Agenda for December 21st JCGS Board Meeting

 

Folks,
Here are some items that I propose we discuss at Sunday's board meeting at Margaret's house:
1) Upcoming Brad Richter concert - Current status - How to proceed
2) Concert sponsorship in general - Venues - Advertisement - Partnering with other organizations (First Congo. Church, SOU, JPR) - Other costs and budget
3) Possible concert opportunities - Nuccio D'Angelo - Christopher Gotzen-Berg - Thibault Cauvin - Johannes Moller - Michael Partington - Martha Masters
4) Elections at the next general meeting - Review of bylaws - Intention of existing board members/officers
My understanding is that Dave Rogers will be joining us for at least the sponsorship discussions.

Best, Grant

 

Minutes to the December 21st JCGS Board Meeting

Greetings, guitarists and guitar enthusiasts!

I hope your holiday season is going well, and this finds you happy and
healthy.

I'd like to kick off by saying that there are only 8 days left to make
a fully tax-deductible contribution to the Jefferson Classical Guitar
Society. Shortly after the last monthly meeting, we received notification
from the IRS that we are now officially tax-exempt! So, if you wish to
make a contribution for the 2003 tax year, please make a check out to
"Jefferson Classical Guitar Society" and send it to our treasurer,
Maurya Murphey, at

721 N. Main St. #4
Ashland, OR 97520

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far this year. We are now
formulating plans to put the contributions to good use. Please read on.

The JCGS board of directors met on Sunday to discuss several topics:

1) The upcoming Brad Richter concert
2) Concert sponsorship in general
3) Artists who have contacted us
4) Upcoming board elections and selection of officers.

Here are some brief minutes to let you know your board is on the job. ;-)

1) Brad Richter update:

Inspired by Steve Berman's suggestion of having the next JCGS meeting
at the Headwaters Building in Ashland, we decided to rent the same
hall for Mr. Richter's concert on 1/13. It seats 50 to 60 people
and has a built-in stage. The empty room is very reverberant, but
a room full of people should balance that out.

I contacted Mr. Richter, and we agreed to charge $15 for general
admission, since it's a smaller, more intimate venue. The board
decided separately to take out an add in the Jan. 8 edition of the
Revels. This will be in addition to the press releases we will
send to the Revels and Tempo, both of which are now managed by
Richard Moeschl.

Joe pointed out that we also have a list of free advertisers that
the RV Symphony gave to us last year, and we should make use of this.

2) Concert sponsorship in general

This year, in addition to existing contributions in our treasury, we
may have access to some additional funding. We selected two guitarists,
Martha Masters and Michael Partington, to contact regarding possible
concerts here in 2004. We've been contacted by them in the past, and
they are young, high caliber players whose fees are not going to get
any cheaper.

Our goal for these two artists is to get access to the SOU recital
hall and to partner with JPR in promoting them. Joe Thompson and I
have talked to JPR in the past, and they are enthusiastic about our
charter. They tend to favor guitarists who play a more standard
repertoire, and both Ms. Masters and Mr. Partington fit this criterion.

If either or both of these artists do not work out, we will re-examine
the existing list of artists who have contacted us, or we will contact
others who we think might be available and worthwhile. (Grant now has
access to the best flamenco and flamenco/classical guitarists in the
country, including Pedro Cortes, Adam Del Monte, and Chuscales. Margaret
also suggested a guitarist named Michael Zanabili.) Some artists are
certainly out of the current price range we have in mind for a concert
and master class ($700 to $900), so we will maintain realistic
expectations.

So, this is tantamount to planning our first concert series, although
it may comprise just the two concerts. Anyone who wishes to make a
contribution that is specifically designated for supporting this concert
series is encouraged to do so. Again, the contribution will be tax-
deductible, minus any benefit you may receive, such as free tickets.

We also discussed future fundraising activities, such as contacting
possible individual and corporate donors, as well as holding a fund-
raising concert including several performers from the society itself.
David Rogers, who attended the board meeting to discuss concert
sponsorship, pointed out that having a variety of artists in a given
program can increase interest. Margaret said that Brian Tingle, who
is the director of the chamber music series, could have some good
fundraising tips as well.

I asked the board to keep the money from membership dues separate from
other contributions, so that they will not be used for sponsoring
concerts. Currently, the benefits of membership include support of
the society and the right to vote in elections. At some point we may
wish to extend the list of these benefits. We currently have $342
in contributions to use for sponsorship and $270 from dues.

The board also wishes to emphasize that we do not want this society
to become dedicated to sponsoring concerts. Our main focus is still
on the monthly meetings, and helping local guitarists and enthusiasts
come together.

3) Artists who have contacted us

- Nuccio D'Angelo
- Christopher Gotzen-Berg
- Thibault Cauvin
- Johannes Moller
- Michael Partington
- Martha Masters

Aside from Ms. Masters and Mr. Partington, we have no plans to promote
concerts by the other artists who have contacted us. We have responded
to some of them. If there is a chance that they will be through our
area at an opportune time, we may be able to organize a smaller-scale
concert for them, such as for Brad Richter. Depending on how Richter's
concert goes, the Headwaters Building may be a very good alternative
for such events.

4) Upcoming board elections and selection of officers.

Part of the January 6 meeting at Headwaters will be dedicated toward
electing a new board of directors. Gerry Shute and Margaret Gellatt
have both said they will not run for the board this next year, but
Dave Rogers and Bruce Smith have both expressed interest in joining.
Also, Maurya Murphey has said she wishes to step down as treasurer
due to time constraints.

At the next meeting, we will have a ballot of nominees for the board.
According to our by-laws, paying members are entitled to vote, and
the board must be selected by a majority of however many members are
present. The January meeting will also be the time to renew your
membership, or to join for the first time. It's only $10 for the year,
and again, it entitles you to vote at the meeting.

After the board is elected, they will select officers for the coming
year. Joe will likely remain secretary, and I will likely remain
in the position of Supreme Executive Power, so we will be looking for
a new treasurer.

Happy Holidays from the JCGS Board!

Sincerely,
Grant Ruiz
El Presedentissimo

Ancillary Notes to the Minutes of the Dec. 21st JCGS Board Meeting

Hello, all -

The board met Sunday for 2 hours at Margaret's house. I published
meeting minutes to the JCGS mailing list, but here are some ancillary
details and updates that are not of general interest, just to get them
recorded:

- You may have noticed that in my message to the mailing list, I hinted
at offering free tickets to our concert series for anybody who donates
to it. This was an Executive Decision designed to lure people into
contributing. I don't have exact terms in mind yet, but I reckon that
for an amount like $100 or more, we can offer 2 tickets for each
performance.

- I had called David Dreyfoos at the OSF about renting Carpenter Hall
on 1/13. I got a callback from Susan Whitmore, who said that it is
now being used for rehearsals and is only available on Mondays.

- I've paid $50 to Headwaters, $25 for the 1/6 general meeting (6-9:30pm)
and $25 for the Brad Richter concert on 1/13/04 (6:30-10pm with a start
time of 8pm).

- We'll need volunteers for set up and breakdown at the concert, which
we can ask for at the next general meeting. There will likely be an
intermission, and maybe we can supply light refreshments. Ideas?

- We don't have any details on the location of Brad Richter's master
class yet. It will be at 8pm on 1/14/04, I think somewhere in the
SOU music building. Dave, can you confirm this so that we can put
it in the ad, the poster, and the press release?

- I offered Brad the use of Joe's or my place to stay during his visit,
as well as a meal courtesy of the society.

- When I talked to Brad Richter, he pointed me to PR materials on his web
site, www.bradrichter-guitar.com. His web site guy, Gary MacAnder
at 520-792-1525 can help if there are any problems.

- Joe will draw up the press release and get it to Richard Moeschl for
both the Revels and the Tempo. We're targeting the 1/8/04 edition, the
same as for the ad. I'll take care of the ad, since I've already
talked to Connie Tedderling (sp?), the ad rep. for the area of Ashland
that includes our mailing address. (FYI, her number is 776-4367 at
the Medford office, cell phone is 951-1011.) I'll also make the poster.

- I talked to Connie today, and I can send a PDF version of the ad to
teamv@dailytidings.com with attention to her. Ads are measured across
in "column inches", where one column inch is equal to 1.833 standard
inches. (It's based on picas.) Height is measured in standard inches.
The Tidings prefers that the width be a whole number of column inches
across. The current rate is $15.55/column inch for businesses, $11.04
for non-profits. So, if we take out a 2x4 ad (almost square), it will
be $11.04 x 8 or $88.32. I'll call her on Monday to follow up and
arrange payment (check or credit card). I'll tack the total onto the
$50 I've already paid.

- I added announcements to the JPR events calendar on-line for Brad's
concert and master class, along with an announcement that the January
JCGS meeting will be at Headwaters.

- My wife Patti said that her organization, the Ashland Rowing Club,
which is also non-profit, pays a professional to prepare their taxes.
She wasn't sure whether this was necessary or just good form to
eliminate any conflict of interest by having taxes prepared by someone
outside the organization. We may have to research this.

- I still haven't heard whether Steve and Matt are still interested in
serving on the board next year. Steve, I didn't follow up with you
at yesterday's rehearsal, so please let me know when you decide.

Since Dave and Bruce have both expressed interest in being on the
board, I have included them in this message.

That's all for now.

Best,
Grant

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