PETITION TO AID BURNS' MUSEUM
MSP ADAM INGRAM SEEKS SUPPORT FOR PETITION TO HELP THE BURNS MUSEUM
We received the following petition from Adam Ingram, MSP asking people to sign the electronic petition
David Russell - classical guitarist
(information thanks to Ken Pfeifer)
David Russell won a Grammy February 13, 2005 for his album "Aire Latina". David is one of the top classical guitarists of this time. He has an earlier CD of music from his homeland.
He was born in Scotland, but did not spend many years there. His family moved to Spain, where he has lived since. He and his wife Maria now live in Vigo right on the Atlantic coast of Spain. David spends most of his time doing concerts around the world. He takes a few months off each year to learn what he will play on tour. He also lectures and gives master classes around the world. He is quite the hero in Vigo where they have done a mural of him. He did, of course, study with Segovia for awhile, and Segovia was quite impressed with his talent. I think what distinguishes David are two things, one musical, the other not. His playing has excellent tone and color. While many musicians focus only on speed, David (who is very fast) also plays more musically than most guitarists to whom I have listened. The second aspect of his is his genuine modesty. He and his wife are the most generous, kind, self-effacing people you could ever hope to meet. This combination of traits has made David a hero among most young classical guitarists. There are thousands of stories that combine these two traits. I will share one with you that I witnessed when we brought him here two times ago. One of our lifelong audience members was dying of terminal cancer. After David's concert, he went back stage and asked David if he would play some Bach for him. Without hesitating, David gave this man a private performance of an entire Bach Suite. This is the sort of man he is, and his wife is in every way worthy of being his wife. She now functions as his manager, and, as a result, they are able to travel together. He has the Scottish CD out that I wrote to you about; he also has several other CD's - most notably one of Bach and one of the works of Barrios, one of my favorite composers. He also has a website that may contain more of the sort of information that you are seeking. Even though he has lived in Spain for most of his life, he still speaks with a heavy Scots dialect. Like most Europeans, he is multilingual and speaks several languages all with his Scottish accent. I hope that you get an opportunity to meet him some day.
If not, try a CD. The tone-thing I spoke about really comes across even on the CD.David Russell own web site. There is a link to Grammy information on the first page. Also includes sound files, videos, and images.
Acoustic Guitar has an interview with David Russell.