November 18, 2005
Master Class: November 19, 2005
Classical guitarist James Edwards has been a performer, teacher, and recording artist for over 25 years. James’ performance credits include: the 1999 and 2005 La Guitarra California Festival, soloist with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Arts Festival, Richard Schneiders’ Lost Mountain Guitar Festival and many collaborations with theatre and dance companies. Mr. Edwards’ many compact disc recordings feature his arrangements of American, Spanish, and European classics. Mel Bay Publications has published many of these in several books currently available. In addition to the traditional classical guitar repertoire, James performs his own vibrant arrangements of Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Debussy, Brahms, and many other works by the great composers. He also has created a unique American repertoire with treatments of well known works by Gershwin, Rodgers, Joplin, etc., along with his original compositions; blending his classical background with his earlier influences of folk and jazz.
“A wide-ranging choice of repertoire performed with taste and flair. All together a fine program.”
“Very entertaining selections, imaginatively arranged, and charmingly played…
sparkling new arrangements of cherished masterpieces.”
“How well you played and how well you made my guitar sound.”
-Richard Schneider, luthier