Sonata - Santiago de Murcia (c.1683-???)
James Kline - 11 String Arch Guitar
This program was recorded at the Berkeley Art Center, November 22, 1998. It was also viewed on Berkeley's Public Access Cable as part of the "Live Oak Concerts” Series.
Produced by Berkeley Citizen.
All labor donated
See more of the series: Live Oak Concerts
Program notes: James Kline has won numerous international prizes and awards for his performances including the first prize in the Guitarra Ramirez Competition of Santiago de Compostela, Spain and the Tarrega Prize of Benicasim, Spain. He holds an A.R.C.M. Diploma in Guitar performance from the Royal College of Music, London. He has been praised by critics for his sensitive and stylistic performances throughout Eastern and Western Europe as well as the United States and Mexico. Although his repertoire spans all ages and styles, his first love is early music.
After many years of performing on a standard six-string guitar Kline began to search for an instrument more suitable for the performance of a large cross section of early music. After a chance meeting with arch guitar innovator Peter Blanchette, Kline set out to create his own version of this marvelous and diverse instrument. Luthier Gary Southwell of Nottingham, England has crafted Kline's arch guitar. The instrument combines ideas from Renaissance and Baroque lutes and the early 19th century guitar.