Applying scientific methods to study the acoustic response of a musical instrument is what Marco Antonio Pérez has been doing with the guitar for a long time.

He is an engineer doctor, but also a guitarist. His research area focuses on experimental characterization and numerical modeling of the dynamic behavior of advanced materials and structures, and he is applying all this knowledge to the study of the guitar.

At the lecture he gave in Badalona during the Guitar Conference 2017, he presented us two of the research projects that he is carrying out.

Thanks to this slightly technical but very entertaining lecture, we were able to see first-hand how he does his work and we became familiar with the tools, methods and techniques that he uses for.

You can find more information and watch the video of this lecture by visiting the page that we have dedicated to. Click at the link:

 

MARCO ANTONIO PEREZ LECTURE

 


 

This is a question often asked by those responsible for the conservation and enhancement of ancient instruments, both in museums and in private collections.

The prestigious luthier and guitar-restorer John Ray spoke about this dilemma -focused on guitar - during the Badalona 2017 Guitar Conference, the event organized by our association on the bicentennial of the great luthier Antonio de Torres.



In this interesting lecture, John Ray also explained to us the main difficulties involved in restoring a historic guitar and some of the techniques he uses in his work.

 

Watch John Ray's entire lecture (42 min.)

 

 


 

The Mexican luthier Abel García López is a prominent disciple of the great master José Luis Romanillos and today he leads the new generation of guitar makers in the city of Paracho, the epicenter of guitar in Mexico. His refined technique, the high quality of his instruments and his tireless desire to improve, have made his way internationally until he is considered one of the best builders in the world.

Among his achievements stands out a replica of Antonio de Torres's “La Cumbre” guitar, the most elaborate of all the guitars that the great master built. Abel took nine years to finish the instrument, which he brought to Badalona and was exhibited at the Guitar Conference 2017, the event in tribute to Antonio de Torres that our Association organized on the occasion of his bicentennial.

These days, Abel gave us a magnificent conference in which he told us in detail about his adventure. You can see the video of this event on the page that we have dedicated to it (only in Spanish). There you will also find more information: 

"La Cumbre", nueve años para construir una réplica perfecta

 


 


Antonio de Torres Jurado was the luthier who defined the guidelines for the classical guitar. Today, 203 years after his birth, his guitars are still a reference.

On the occasion of his bicentennial, three years ago, our Association organized an International festival in his honour.

We remember with special affection the exhibition in which we managed to gather and show eight faithful replicas of the Antonio de Torres guitars: la "Cumbre", la "Leona", the  Tárrega gutars, the Llobet guitar, the Pujol guitar and the last guitar of Torres, built by prestigious luthiers from all over the world: Abel García López, Verónica Ayala, Joan Pellissa, Carlos Juan Busquiel , John Ray, Felipe Conde i Antonio Manjón. 


Four days ago we were talking about Federico García Lorca and Badalona. Today we share the work of the Galician guitarist and researcher Samuel Diz, who has released an album - “Memoria de la Melancolía” - in which he plays the guitar that belonged to the poet. We share Manuel de Falla's “Nana” from this project, which interprets along with Isabel Villanueva and Jonatan Alvarado. Congratulations on your work Samuel, receive our greetings from Badalona.

 

In October 2019, guitarist Samuel Diz invited violinist Isabel Villanueva and tenor Jonatan Alvarado to participate in the first album using the guitar that belonged to Federico García Lorca, recorded at the Huerta de San Vicente (Granada). Official website of Samuel Diz: www.samueldiz.com

 

 


This blog has been created on June 5, the same day that Federico García Lorca was born, so we dedicated this first article to him. It is well known that the great playwright and poet was also a musician, a good guitarist and a great lover of our favorite instrument.

But we also dedicate it to him for a fact that very few people know: García Lorca spent his last Christmas in Badalona.