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The guitar from forest to concert hall
MRIC 2014/15

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The guitar from forest to concert hall

"The Guitar from Forest to Concert Hall"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. 
Whitewater Room, Idaho Commons

James Reid - Music

Before it is heard in a concert hall, a handmade classical guitar is raw wood in a forest. A builder chooses his woods from a seller of tone woods and when a player orders a guitar, a series of decisions are made regarding the selection of woods and many other variables before a concert instrument is produced. This presentation will reveal the decisions made by a performer ordering a hand-made guitar and the relationship that develops between builder and performer. The presentation will conclude with a short performance.

Over the past 35 years, James Reid has performed hundreds of times throughout the United States and Canada appearing in concerts for guitar societies, colleges and universities, and for arts councils. Mr. Reid is the founder of the Northwest Guitar Festival and the director of the guitar program at the University of Idaho.
He has been a featured artist at numerous festivals, including the Sun Waves Guitar Festival in Miami, the Portland Guitar Festival, Guitar New Orleans, the Guitar and Lute Institute, the Elkhorn Festival, and the Fairbanks Summer Music Festival. In addition, his music has been aired on many public radio and television broadcasts in the West. Mr. Reid has released eight solo recordings most recently Guitarra Americana, which features the premiere recording of Mr. Reid’s composition Homages as well as works by Abel Carlevaro and Gwyneth Walker.

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