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Sounds of Time & Distance by Alfredo Santa Ana

This is Classical Guitar - Thu, 12/15/2022 - 13:31

Sounds of Time & Distance
An album of music for guitar, electronics, and flute
By Alfredo Santa Ana
ASA Records
November, 2022

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Sounds of Time & Distance by Alfredo Santa Ana

Vancouver composer Alfredo Santa Ana has a fantastic new album of works exploring the guitar in a role as a central voice. It’s an exciting listen with works ranging from beautiful soundscapes to mysterious timbres and textures all mixed in with influences from a multigenre musical world. The album includes guitar performances by the composer, Michael Ibsen, Nathan Bredesen, Adrian Verdejo, as well as Mark Takeshi McGregor on flute. Also on the album is a brilliantly clean and tight performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint that fits in nicely. Under an Orange Sky sets up the listener for the experience with its variety of textures and evolving momentum. I was also impressed with the duo performance by Ibsen and Bredesen on Foundation Visit High Scatter with its intricate and constantly unraveling lines. Wave Remote with Verdejo on electric guitar and McGregor on flute is a curious and wonderful role reversal with the guitar taking on much of melodic material on top of the beautiful tapestry of the flute accompaniment. Here’s a few words about the album from the composer via his website:

I created the album Sounds of Time & Distance as an opportunity to experience being inside two distinct perspectives: that of performer and that of composer.
A few years ago, I reconnected with playing guitar—the first instrument that gave me access to understanding music beyond the sphere of listening. Simultaneously working out a new composition while hearing myself play guitar offered a different musical exploration that became the impetus behind this album. I chose the guitar as the voice, the through line of each piece. Its presence in the album is a way for me to engage with past musical genres and technologies while also getting to share performer credit with some of my favourite collaborators.
Some of the works in this album were recorded in professional studios and in artists’ personal home studios, stretching the recording over thousands of miles between Utrecht, Ottawa, and Vancouver—across months and seasons of time. The album also includes a recording of me playing in a basement in 1999, using guitars that no longer exist and technology that is obsolete.
Writing and performing music for this album allowed me to engage with memories of when I first encountered specific musical genres and different musics in my lifetime. This phenomenon resulted in this hybrid album, an integration of personal sound origins and influences present in this multi-genre collection, borne out of time and distance.

See more credits and performance notes on the composer’s website.


  1. Under An Orange Sky
  2. El Nacional
  3. Foundation Visit High Scatter
  4. Wave Remote
  5. Drowning Bulls
  6. Electric Counterpoint (I. Fast)
  7. Electric Counterpoint (II. Slow)
  8. Electric Counterpoint (III. Fast)
  9. Where Else
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Cochran & McAllister perform Icarus by Ralph Towner

This is Classical Guitar - Mon, 12/12/2022 - 18:20

Matthew Cochran and Matthew McAllister perform Icarus by Ralph Towner (b.1940). This comes via McAllister’s YouTube channel. Recorded in November 2022 at the Cathedral Barn in Traverse City, Michigan, USA. Nice to post both Cochran and McAllister in an ensemble after hearing them play great solos. Beautiful duet perfomance with excellent pacing and a blended sound throughout.

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Johannes Moller Performs Prelude No.5

This is Classical Guitar - Mon, 12/12/2022 - 15:32

Johannes Moller plays his own composition Prelude No.5 from 24 Preludes. This comes vis Moller’s YouTube channel. You can find the sheet music for his works at his shop. Beautiful little piece and playing to match. Moller’s been posting his preludes in order via his YouTube and I thought this one was particularly nice and works well on the guitar; almost a Debussy quality. Go subscribe to his channel to hear the rest. Performed on his Sueño guitar with true temperament frets which you can explore here. Below is from his YouTube description:

A “Prelude” is more poetry than prose. It was originally an introductory piece of music presenting what later to come. Over time the prelude developed as shorter individual composition often to be performed in groups with other preludes. Typically a prelude contemplates a single musical though throughout the whole composition, if you wish; seeing the world in blade of grass.

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Aria & Capriccio by Francesco Asioli

This is Classical Guitar - Fri, 12/09/2022 - 10:21

Aria and Capriccio by Francesco Asioli (1645-1676). PDF sheet music and video for classical guitar arranged by Bradford Werner. Includes both a notation-only edition and separate tab edition. Left hand fingering. The technique level is intermediate, around a Grade 6 but it’s a mature work in terms of Baroque performance so some experience is recommended. This is a PDF Download.

My PDF Sheet Music Edition

Francesco Asioli (1645-1676) was an Italian Baroque guitarist and these works both come from his third book Concerti armonici per la chitarra spagnuola, Opera Terzi. Although both works come from the same source book, the pairing of the two into one edition is editorial. See the preface to the edition or the video for more context on my arrangement and performance. Here is the YouTube link if you want to watch my performance and lesson there.

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