New Instrument!

Last year I obtained another instrument built by luthier Darren Hippner.    Built in 2014, this guitar is standard size, with a Cedar top and Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides.    Of the three Hippners I own, this one is by far superior (although I love...

Beautiful Spanish Guitar

Last November I had the very good fortune and the rare honor of  playing a remarkable instrument, the Ramirez 3339, at the Guitar Salon in Santa Monica, CA.      As a rule I have never been a great fan of the world-renowned Ramirez instruments, although I love all of...

Samadi-Keene Duo at the Spectrum NYC

It has been quite a while since I have contributed to this blog, and I intend to be more prolific in 2015. I endeavor to give my thoughts on performances that I am able to attend and my personal views on literature, as reading is my great love outside of music. The...

Happy New Year!

Last night, to ring in the new year, I had dinner at Petrossian, the famous caviar house located on 58th street and Seventh Avenue. Since it was my first time, I ordered the pre fixe and the food was nothing short of excellent, almost as good as the service. I love...
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