Word of thanks
Wow, what a blast we had at this fantastic edition of the Twents Gitaarfestival. The audience (and to be honest also ourselves as organization) has enjoyed the masterclasses, concerts, workshops, guitar builders and guitar art, on different locations in and around Enschede. All generations have been in touch with the guitar this festival. We saw children in masterclasses and at the ensemble-day, adults in ensembles and workshops and were able to reach the elderly population by offering concerts in care facilities.
The guitar has been able to show its best elements in classical music, jazz/pop/blues and improvisation. We would like to thank all artists, teachers, workshop leaders, guitar builders, partners, volunteers, participants and guests for providing this stage for the guitar. Are you interested in the artists you have seen (or perhaps missed) during the festival? This newsletter is full of interesting links.
Outside Stage – Oude Markt Enschede
How lucky we were with the weather and the fantastic collaboration with Music in the Streets. On Thursday, the weather was dry and the audience was able to enjoy enjoy the guitar sounds of Arthur Adam ten Cate, Mart Hillen, the Gypsy Project and Walter Broes & the Mercenaries. Meanwhile, Ruben Verkerke, student at the Popacademie – ArtEZ Conservatorium the première of “Amongst the Chaos” in Concordia.
The sun was one of our welcome guests on Sunday, and was one of the factors that made the concerts of the music-school bands of our Euregion a success. Pupils of the muziekschool Losser, musikschule Ahaus (DE) en de musikschule Gronau (DE) presented their music. Alternately, the fingerstyle guitarists competing in the first Fingerstyle Sologuitar Competition played their works. The winner of this competition, Timo Brauwers (DE), won a well deserved first prize of €500,-, a payed show at the next Jazzfestival Gronau and we welcome him next year for a show at the fifteenth edition at the Twents Gitaarfestival 2020!
The second prize went to the Dutch guitarist Huub Vosmeijer, the third prize was won by the Scottish Nicolas Gaul.
The final show of the festival brought an atmospheric and relaxed mode, with music of Fingerstyle Guitarist Arnaldo Lopez. Which was exactly what we needed at the end of such a warm and sunny day.
Classical guitar concerts and Kaj’s Guitarstore Competition
Carlé Costa opened the classical part of the festival with his own compositions and improvisations, followed by an afternoon-concert of Duo Adentro who were able to intertwine the sounds of the guitar and piano in a fairy-tale like atmosphere. At Friday, master-guitarist Judicaël Perroy presented in an exquisite way the classical guitar repertoire. Finally at Saturday-evening, the Assad Brothers presented their magnificent duo-work in which the classical genre fluently transferred to the Latin-Jazz sounds.
On several stages in the region, the classical guitar music reached the Twents and German audience. The EuroStrings Artists played in the Dutch Music Barn in Markelo, de Wonne in Enschede, Tonhalle Ahaus and Paul Gerhardt-Heim Gronau en ‘het Ei van Ko’ in Enschede. In the Arkezaal, the Kaj’s Guitarstore Competitie took place during the first three days of the festival. Proudly we present the winner: Carlo Curatolo!
He wins a prize of €1000,-. sheetmusic by De Santis Publications and a prize package with gitaargadgets. Next year we welcome him back to our festival, as one of the guitarists in the new generation EuroStrings Artists.
Masterclasses, Workshops and Lectures
Artists, teachers and workshop leaders offered their lessons at all levels with the purpose to transfer the love for the guitar, and with it the knowledge and skills. Young children, amateurs and professional guitarists attended masterclasses, workshops or the ‘journey to the world of the guitar in Concordia. Furthermore, there was the opportunity to participate in the Festival Ensemble Day in collaboration with EGTA.
Therefore, we thank Carlé Costa, Judicaël Perroy, Sergio and Odair Assad, Pim Weierink, Raymond Neijenhuis, Dr. Artur C. Jaschke, Cees Bijster, Jesse Oosterwechel, Eric Mohede, Marc Gurek, Edsart Udo de Haes, Kadri Merimaa, Yuki Saito, Katarzyna Smolarek, Gábor Hart, Radu Valcu, Julia Trintschuk, Misael Barraza-Diaz, Tomasz Radziszewski, en Peter Graneis.
Guitar Show Enschede
Never before, Enschede experienced such a rich collecten of guitar-instruments in one room. In the ‘Grote Kerk’ in Enschede, acoustic and electric guitars were exhibited and there was an exposition of historic guitars and guitar art-objects.
This would not have been possible without the organization of Kaj’s Guitarstore Enschede, and all the guitar builders and artists who exhibited their instruments, attributes, and art-objects.
On behalf of the organization: Thank you very much!
The Twents Gitaarfestival would like to thank all sponsors, funds, musicians, artists, teachers, jury-members, guitar builders, volunteers, participants, audience, photographers and other organizations and persons who were involved. Together with you all, this fourteenth edition came to a big succes. Satisfied we look back at a wonderful Ascension weekend.
Hopefully we will meet again at the 15th edition of the Twents Gitaarfestival in 2020!
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