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  • James Edwards - Classical Guitarist

    Photo: Jana Edwards
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  • Classical guitarist James Edwards has been a performer, teacher, and recording artist for over 25 years. He not only plays the rich and varied traditional repertoire, but his own compositions and contemporary styles as well. James also plays historical instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods such as the five-course guitar and ten course lute.

    Mr. Edwards' many compact disc recordings feature his arrangements of American, Spanish, and European classics. Many of these have been published by Mel Bay Pub. in several books currently available.

    James' performance credits include: the 1999 La Guitarra California Festival, soloist with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Arts Festival, Richard Schneiders' Lost Mountain Guitar Festival and many collaborations with theatre and dance companies. James also concertizes with flutist Suzanne Duffy as 'Duo Solare.'

    James Edwards discovered the guitar at age fourteen, exploring folk, jazz, and pop styles before finding his true musical love, the classical guitar. Inspired by Christopher Parkening, with whom he later studied, James also worked with Ray Reussner, one of Andres Segovia's most devoted pupils. Other teachers have included Manuel Barruecco, and Michael Lorimer. James also plays renaissance lute and baroque guitar; and studied with Toyohiko Satoh, Jurgen Hubscher, and Donna Curry.

    In addition to the traditional classical guitar repertoire, James performs his own vibrant arrangements of Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Debussy, Brahms, and many other works by the great composers. He also has created a unique American repertoire with treatments of well known works by Gershwin, Rodgers, Joplin, etc., along with his original compositions; blending his classical background with the earlier influences of folk and jazz.

    "A wide-ranging choice of repertoire?performed with taste and flair?all together a fine program."
    --Frederick Noad

    "Very entertaining selections, imaginatively arranged, and charmingly played... sparkling new arrangements of cherished masterpieces."
    --Ronald Fernandez

    "How well you played?and how well you made my guitar sound."
    --Richard Schneider, luthier
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  • "ANDALUZA and FROM THE DANCE are personal as well as customer favorites. James?music creates an elegant atmosphere in my store."
    --Jan Nelson, Santa Barbara Sheet Music

    "Edwards is a skilled musician, and his playing demonstrated technical control and artistic contrast"
    --Santa Barbara News Press

    "The concert was a polished statement of Edwards' technical ability, and his creative interpretations contained all the clarity and feeling of Segovia"?/font>
    --Alan Kait - Lompoc record

    "In the Vivaldi Concerto, the soloist, James Edwards, was excellent"
    --Santa Barbara News Press

    "Guitarist Edwards took equal spotlight in his concert with Radnofsky?with pensive tone poetics"
    --Santa Barbara Independent

    Teaching experience:
    ? Director of Guitar Studies - Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, CA
    ? Private instruction for adults and children for over 25 years
    ? Band and choir director for Midland and Dunn schools (private college prep schools)
    ? Artist in residence with Art Outreach, a state funded program for public schools
    ? Music director for summer children's theater, Santa Ynez Valley

    Concert history:
    A few venues and organizations where I have been a featured performer, or soloist.
    ? Santa Barbara Arts Festival
    ? Los Angeles County Museum
    ? Shakespeare production UCSB
    ? Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
    ? New World Baroque Orchestra
    ? La Guitarra California Festival, San Luis Obispo
    ? Lost Mountain Guitar Festival, Seattle
    ? Music Academy of the West, Montecito
    ? Camerata Pacifica, Santa Barbara
    ? Northwest Bach Ensemble, Oregon
    ? Guitar societies through out the west, including the Idaho, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Central Coast organizations.

    Photo: Jana Edwards
    Copyright © 2013 by James Edwards.  All rights reserved.