GC Ep 29: Nick Charles

Nick Charles is an Australian blues and finger style legend. With an impressive catalogue of original music and arrangements he has a notable reputation as a true guitar master. On my chat with Nick we cover his international touring career, the challenges of being a solo guitar act, his collaborations and projects, and his goals…

GC Ep 28:Matt Withers

Matt Withers is making waves in the classical guitar scene in Australia by blending skillful solo playing with various collaborative projects. He is a member of acclaimed Guitar Trek, and Brew Duo, and is the founder of the Australian Music Composition Competition. He also performs regularly with ARIA award winning musicians and top Australian Orchestras. We caight…

GC Ep 27: Mike Stern

I had the pleasure of catching up with legendary jazz/fusion guitarist Mike Stern while he was visiting Melbourne for a residency at Bird’s Basement. We talk about Pat Metheny, Miles Davis and his great band! Please excuse the audio quality which suffered from the less than ideal recording environment I am hoping to have him…

Ep 26: Zoo Duo

Marion Schaap and Peter Constant’s 25 year long career as Zoo Duo has seen them become leaders in chamber and ensemble guitar playing. They have been at the forefront in the development of the Guitar Orchestra genre in Holland and have also toured internationally as a sought after guitar duo. I recently caught up with…

Ep 25: Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

UK based Aquarelle Guitar Quartet has been steadily building an international reputation since forming in 1999. Alongside the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Guitar Trek they were one of the first guitar chamber groups of its kind and have continued to bring this dynamic form to new audiences.  They have appeared at major guitar festivals and released six…

GC Ep 24: Xuefei Yang Interview

Xuefei Yang (Fei) is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Born in China, Xueifei was performing at the age of 14 in International Guitar competitions. She is signed to a top UK agency and is keeping busy touring, recording and collaborating with acclaimed artists. She will be in performing in Melbourne next…

GC Ep 23:The Melbourne Guitar Foundation

On this episode Michael MacManus and Evan Hopkins join me to chat about the Melbourne Guitar Foundation and the Melbourne International Guitar Festival. We chat about what inspired the MGF and the challenges of running a foundation. We also review the upcoming acts who will feature at the festival which will be half at Melba…

GC Ep 22: Karin Schaupp Interview

Karin schaupp has had a remarkable career so far. She has worked in the top echelons of classical guitar performance, recorded for major record labels and played with some of the major orchestras around the world. Along side this she has also been very creative in her collaborations and projects which have extended well beyond…

GC Ep21: Manuel Barrueco Interview

Manuel Barrueco is a living legend of the classical guitar. For the past three decades has been at the forefront of classical guitar performance touring, recording, commissioning works and transcribing music for the guitar. He has also mentored a number of highly successful young guitar talents where he teaches at Peabody Institute in Baltimore.  …

GC 20: Interview with Duo Vela with Daniel and Marla Nistico

My guests today are a husband and wife duo Daniel and Marla Nistico. They form a flute and guitar duo called Duo Vela.

Duo Vela performs enchanting music from across the seas, giving audiences a taste of the sounds, rhythms and cultures of different lands. Formed in 2014, the duo has brought their exciting programs to venues in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and China.