Friday, October 25, 2019
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San Francisco Performances Presents
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Scott Tennant, guitar
Matt Greif, guitar
John Dearman, guitar
Bill Kanengiser, guitar

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30pm | $60/$50/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—October 25, 2019—San Francisco Performances (SFP), in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts, presents one of America’s premier instrumental ensembles, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ), on Saturday, November 23, 7:30pm , 2019 at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. SFP presents LAGQ on the mainstage for the 13th time. The quartet first appeared in February 1986 and also has been a frequent favorite on the Family Matinee Series.

“From traditional folk songs to Jimmy Hendrix, these four musicians demonstrate their unparalleled virtuosity and range in a program of truly American guitar greats. The variety of the LAGQ’s musical explorations is remarkable, and we look forward to bringing the group’s own Bill Kanengiser back for a performance with the Alexander String Quartet on March 7, in an equally genre-busting program entitled British Invasion. Stay tuned for more information about that later in the year.” —SFP President Melanie Smith

The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) sets its insightful and illuminating interpretive sights on American Guitar Masterworks from barn raising to consciousness-raising music.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. They consistently play to sold-out houses worldwide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. Programs including Latin, African, Far East, Irish, Folk and American Classics transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience. Their Don Quixote collaboration with Firesign Theater veteran, actor Philip Proctor, continues to expand and delight audiences and the work SHIKI: Seasons of Japan written for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra by composer Shingo Fujii is connecting communities across the nation.

Winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, their Guitar Heroes CD released on Telarc is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy nominated LAGQ-Latin. Spin (Telarc, 2006) continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. LAGQ: BRAZIL (Telarc, 2007), including collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, was released to rave reviews, and their newest recording of the Rodrigo Concierto Andaluz and Sergio Assad’s Interchange, written specifically for them, was released on Telarc in Spring 2010, and quickly climbed to top spot on the Billboard charts. The live DVD of The Ingenious Gentleman: Don Quixote was released on the Mel Bay label in spring 2012. In 2015, the LAGQ released their latest album titled New Renaissance, a unique blend of renaissance originals and renaissance-inspired compositions by Dusan Bogdanovic and Ian Krouse.

John Dearman began as a self-taught guitarist, learning pieces from Chet Atkins and Segovia records, until he met and became a protégé of the Romero family. He continued his studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, where, along with William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant, he became a founding member of LAGQ and played in the historic 1981 Segovia Master Classes. In 1987, he and luthier Thomas Humphrey developed a new design for a 7-string guitar with expanded upper and lower registers, creating an instrument that has become something of a standard in modern quartet formations. A frequent teacher and judge at guitar festivals and competitions (including the Koblenz and Guitar Foundation of America Festivals), Dearman is currently director of the Guitar Chamber Music Program at California State University, Northridge. He is a devotee of the food truck scene in LA, collects vintage motorcycles and still thinks he can one day become a 10-handicap in golf.

Matthew Greif became a member of the Quartet in 2006. In addition to being a classical guitarist, he has an extensive background playing in other styles, such as jazz, rock, flamenco, and bluegrass. Greif’s recordings include Permanent Transition, which features duo improvisations with Andrew York and Dusan Bogdanovic. Greif was named Outstanding Graduate of the USC Thornton Guitar Department. He also studied jazz with Joe Diorio, and Frank Potenza. He currently teaches guitar at Cal State University—Dominguez Hills, in the Los Angeles area. When not playing and teaching music, Greif likes biking, movies, and continuing his search for the world's best Mexican restaurant.

William Kanengiser is an acclaimed soloist, recording artist and professor at the USC Thornton School of Music, and one of the few classical guitarists to have won the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition. His solo recordings on the GSP label display his unique approach to programming, ranging from the music of the Old World to the Caribbean to jazz. He has earned critical acclaim for his imaginative arrangements for solo guitar and guitar quartet, and for producing two instructional videos for Hot Licks. Although Kanengiser may be best known as the classical guitarist in the 1986 film Crossroads, his true talent is imitating other famous guitar players; on his DVD Classical Guitar and Beyond for Mel Bay Recordings, he captures the voices and personalities of 22 legends of the guitar. Besides cooking gourmet meals for his family, he is also irrationally fascinated with Don Quixote by Cervantes.

Scott Tennant is celebrated as a concert artist, author and teacher, and has been concertizing since the age of ten. In high demand as a solo artist, Tennant has recorded for Delos International, GHA Recordings, and Guitar Co-Op labels. His playing has been featured in such films as Joe Versus the Volcano, and Strangely in Love. The author of many books and articles on guitar playing, his best-selling book and video series Pumping Nylon—a technical handbook for the classical guitarist—has reached cult status. He is an Associate Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music, and Master Teacher at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. When Tennant isn’t playing, teaching or listening to music (mainly renaissance, baroque, Celtic and reggae), he is firmly committed to brewing the perfect cup of espresso, is fascinated by strange bicycles, and maintains a unique Asian sword collection.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
RALPH TOWNER (arr. W. Kanengiser): Icarus
CHET AKINS (arr. W. Kanengiser): Blue Ocean Echo/Country Gentleman
TRADITIONAL (arr. A. York): Shenandoah
ANDREW YORK: B and B (inspired by Blake and Bromberg); Hidden Realm of Light
MICHAEL HEDGES (arr. M. Greif): Aerial Boundaries
JIMI HENDRIX (arr. M. Greif): The Wind Cries Mary
FRANK ZAPPA (arr. W. Kanengiser): Peaches en Regalia
PAT METHENY: Road to the Sun

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Tickets are $60/$50/$45 and can be purchased at or by calling 415.392.2545. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets and 20% off senior rush tickets.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
CONCERT TICKETS: $60/$50/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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