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Great Guitars! 2004

by Daniel Roest

Contemporary classical guitar with romantic, lyrical, Latin-based selections sure to soothe and delight the fan of solo nylon-string guitar.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Sounds of Bells
2:20 album only
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2. Julia Florida
3:14 album only
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3. Reminisence
2:33 album only
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4. Evocación
1:11 album only
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5. El Negrito
2:00 album only
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6. Caçique
2:32 album only
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7. Santa Cruz
2:34 album only
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8. Mazurka
2:16 album only
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9. Danza Brasilera
2:41 album only
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10. Moorish Dance
4:02 album only

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Album Notes
THE PROGRAM -
“Sounds of Bells” is the most well-known guitar composition of northeast Brazil’s Pernambuco, born João Guimarães. Listen for the bell-like natural harmonics. “Evocación” is from “Suite del Recuerdo” by José Luis Merlín and is so smooth and accessible, it could be used for a movie theme. It’s dedicated to Atahualpa Yupanqui. “El Negrito” is said to be the nickname Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro had for his son, one of two little pieces he wrote for his children, the other being “La Gatica,” for his daughter. “Caçique,” by Brazilian composer Attilio Bernardini, is subtitled “Tango Brasilero” and sports a catchy rhythm and memorable melody. “Julia Florida” is one of the most popular pieces written by the great Paraguayan composer-guitarist Agustín Barrios Mangoré. It is in “dropped D” tuning, meaning the lowest string is tuned even lower - very effective here for producing a tender sentiment. “Reminiscence” is a very rare piece by Aaron Shearer, using the mandolin-like “tremolo” technique. “Santa Cruz” is the only piece I know by David Qualey, who recorded for Windham Hill and lives in Germany. When I first heard it at a Christopher Parkening masterclass, I immediately wanted to play it. Tárrega disciple Daniel Fortea’s “Mazurka” is harmonically simple and yet exotic - a characteristic of many of the most popular classical guitar compositions. “Danza Brasilera” kicks. It is such a fun piece to play and hear. Composer Jorge Morel, from Argentina, is amazing. “Moorish Dance” is a set of variations I wrote on a traditinal theme in Frederick Noad's guitar method, evoking the Sahara, an oasis, camels and tents, and a little surf music, building to a big finish! —DR

Instructor and Performer Daniel Roest started playing the guitar at the age of seven and never stopped. Today he has performed in countless solo and ensemble events in nearly every kind of venue. His CD Great Guitars! 2004 received 5-star reviews. His concerts sell out and are praised for being entertaining and informative.
For many years he taught guitar in colleges, and now maintains a full-time teaching studio. His teaching experience led to the creation of The Guitar Organizer,® which has earned praise from many talented teachers and artists.
Daniel is recognized for supporting gifted guitarists such as Laurence Juber, Peppino D’Agostino, Muriel Anderson, Jeff Linsky, Franco Morone, Chris Proctor, Sharon Isbin, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and others. For ten years he served as President and Artistic Director of the South Bay Guitar Society based in San Jose, CA.
He earned three degrees in music performance and has participated in 27 masterclasses. He taught guitar and music fundamentals at California State University Stanislaus and De Anza, Foothill and San Jose City Colleges. He has adjudicated several multi-instrument competitions and presented music clinics. He enjoys introducing new audiences to the art of the classical guitar and conducting lecture-demos with visiting artists in schools of all grade levels. He has posted dozens of free "Mini-Lessons" for guitarists on his website and authored articles for Mel Bay's online magazine, Guitar Sessions.

REVIEWS
"Fantastic! Our highest attendance ever. Daniel Roest's concert was the highlight of the year.... The audience was delighted and enthralled." —Folsom Public Library

"I was very glad to have Daniel Roest in the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series. His performance was very well received, ending in an explosive standing ovation. His program was fun and entertaining, which would be great for any audience." —William Jenks, Presenter

"BRAVO!" An artist, a polished performer with a sense of drama, a keen sense of musical content... most satisfying in every way... What a pleasure!" —San Jose City College Music Department

"Very fine. Mr. Roest performed with grace and precision." —Reed Magazine

"Lovely... beautiful phrasing, beautiful tone." —Young Artist Award

"Outstanding performance... an excellent musician!" —SJSU Program Board

"Master of the instrument, limpid in execution, precise in his movements, listening to him, we get the feeling that we are with one of the great players of the guitar." (Translated from Spanish) —Tiempo Latino

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MIchael Sean Miller

God has blessed your heart and hands.
Daniel's music is illuminating and brilliantly meaningful. The hands that he uses and heart that powers the trickle and flow of life that vibrates in his strings is a rare intricacy testifying to a mystery and a beauty so rich in detail, that the story is a journey down a lovely stretch of road of life that is full of insight and maturity. This is a masterpiece profound and delicate. Soft and restoring. Whispers full of emotion, romance, adventure, curiousity, spontanuity, endurance, & a dance of the inner child. Cordially Michael Sean Miller (Classic Guitarist)
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MIchael Sean Miller

God has blessed your heart and hands.
Daniel's music is illuminating and brilliantly meaningful. The hands that he uses and heart that powers the trickle and flow of life that vibrates in his strings is a rare intricacy testifying to a mystery and a beauty so rich in detail, that the story is a journey down a lovely stretch of road of life that is full of insight and maturity. This is a masterpiece profound and delicate. Soft and restoring. Whispers full of emotion, romance, adventure, curiousity, spontanuity, endurance, & a dance of the inner child. Cordially Michael Sean Miller (Classic Guitarist)
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David Pardee

Highly Recommended. Musical, joyfull and intimate.
A highly enjoyable musical experience is presented here on "Great Guitars", Mr. Roest's first album. The songs are all great, but the best part is how they are performed. Rather than just presenting selections intended only to show off a performer's technique as seems common today, Mr. Roest has instead focused on musicality. As a result, there is a unique smoothness and flow to each piece, which leads to greater musical pleasure. There is also an underlying joyfulness that I found quite uplifting.

The sound quality is topnotch, giving a feeling of intimacy and aliveness.

I highly recommend this CD, with my only complaint being I wish it were longer.
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Navneet Joneja

A wonderful collection of songs by an awesome guitarist
A great selection of songs. Daniel's playing is expressive and convincing. I particularly love listening to this CD in the evening. The tone and sound quality are also beautiful.
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Carol Rominger

Perfect wedding
Daniel Roest played at our daughter's outdoor wedding. He was one more touch for a perfect day. She chose Latin rhythms with romantic overtones. The CD is a lovely reminder for us.
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Roy Wallace

"Great Guitars"
Very good music. I'm learning classical guitar and would like very much to have the music. So much of classical guitar that we hear today, especially that by con temporiary composers is not as melodic as all of the music on this CD.

Roy Wallace
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Eric Ayzenberg

Stunning performance!
Beautifully played and very relaxing. Never heard Moorish Dance played with such emotion.
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Guy Cantwell

Beautifully played and recorded guitar music.
Great Guitars is a beautifully recorded Latin tinged set by Bay Area guitarist Daniel Roest. Daniel picks some of the favorites of the guitar repertoire and plays them with nuance and style. The recording is crystal clear and allows Daniel’s musicality to shine through. This disc would be a good introduction to the world of classical guitar as well as a welcome addition to any classical guitar aficionado’s collection.
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Don Chiu

excellent music
This CD is a great collection of classical guitar music. I especially like the last piece-Moorish Dance. Every piece was played with great precision and skill. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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