If you like 19th century classical guitar, you’ll love this!
Slap Face Coffee & Tea is delighted to welcome Steve Battazzo. Pleasant works of Sor, Giuliani, Carulli and others will be performed while you enjoy your Saturday morning coffee at Slap Face. The atmosphere is always casual — you’re welcome to relax, hang out with friends & family and enjoy the music.
It’s a wonderful way to start your Saturday.
The event is free of charge, so feel free to invite a friend.
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- Everyone is welcome! Audience and performers of all levels: beginner to professional: all are warmly received and encouraged.
- Finger picking nylon string styles (leave the Les Paul at home). Soloists and ensembles of any combination.
- 10 minutes maximum per performer, coordinated by a different guest host each month.
- Tropical juice and coffee provided by the SBGS. Fruit, cake and cookies are welcome: please bring enough to display and share.
The host for our Jan 2018 Open Mic will be Yuri Liberzon.
Xavier Jara was born in 1993. He started playing guitar at the age of 12. At 15 he began studying with Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN. In 2009, Xavier won 1st place in both the Schubert Club and Thursday Musical scholarship competitions. He has played numerous recitals associated with these competitions including a concert for Dr. Paul Wirth’s “Salon se Leve” concert series. In 2011, he won 1st place in the senior division of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition, as well as 1st place in the youth division of the Indiana International Guitar Competition. Currently, Xavier studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Olivier Chassain. At the same time, he studies privately with Judicael Perroy. Since then, he has won 1st prize in the 2012 Andrés Segovia competition in Velbert, Germany, 1st prize at the Boston Guitarfest, 1st prize at the international guitar competition of Viseu (Portugal), 1st prize at the Sinaia international guitar competition in Romania and also preformed on the american national public radio program “From the Top”.
For concert tickets go to: –> Xavier Jara TICKETS Page
A frequent visitor to the Bay Area, David Russell is one of the most sought after classical guitarists of our time. The speed and fluidity of his playing is unmatched. His technical brilliance is combined with unrivalled musicality. At age five, Russell moved with his family to the island of Minorca, where his father, an artist and amateur guitarist, introduced him to the music of Andres Segovia and other Spanish masters. In his teens, Russell returned to Great Britain to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London. He went on from there to win numerous international guitar competitions, including the major Spanish guitar prizes: the Ramirez Competition of Santiago de Compostela in 1975, the Andres Segovia Prize of Palma de Mallorca in 1977, the Alicante Prize, and the most prestigious of all, the Francisco Tarrega Competition. Since 1981 he has performed and recorded widely in concerts, recitals and music festivals. He is known for an attractive and outgoing stage presence, a quality that carries over into his frequent stints as a teacher of master classes, for which he is much in demand. The London Royal Academy of Music named him a Fellow in 1997. He won a Grammy in 2004 in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his album, Aire Latino.
For tickets go to: –> David Russell Tickets
Iliana Matos has been hailed by critics for her “powerful and intense style.” María Luisa Anido, the Great Lady of Guitar, after hearing Iliana play, wrote to her: “I am impressed by your wonderful guitaristic art, and I am proud to know that a woman (and a Cuban woman!) came to such a degree of artistic perfection.” Iliana Matos graduated from the National School of Art in Havana, where she studied with José Angel Pérez Puente. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the Superior Institute of Havana (her teachers included Rey Guerra, Miguel Bonachea and Jesús Ortega), and received a Special Diploma given to the most outstanding graduate for her artistic creative work. She continued her studies with Gabriel Estarellas at the Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid and graduated with a Master of Music Degree from de Extremadura University under Ricardo Gallén.
For concert tickets go to: –> Iliana Matos TICKETS Page
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Christopher Mann’s playing has been described as ‘poetic’ and ‘jaw-dropping’. He has been playing since the age of 3, winning his first competition at the age of 7. Since then, he has been performing in Europe and the United States.
Chris earned his performance degrees from the Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany under the tutelages of Prof. Martin Rennert and Prof. Thomas Mueller-Pering.
For concert tickets go to: –> Christopher Mann TICKETS Page