Favorites: Music of J.S. Bach & Isaac Albniz
Guitarist Cary Savage has studied guitar for the past 20 years. He began his musical studies at an early age studying with renown jazz guitarists Steve Greene and Frank Rumoro. His interest in classical guitar came when he discovered the playing of Christopher Parkening and Andres Segovia. Mr. Savage then began studying classical guitar with the late Dennis Monroe. In August of 2000, he completed his Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he studied under the direction of Nicholas Goluses. At Eastman, Mr. Savage also studied jazz with virtuosos Bob Sneider and Gene Bertoncini. From September 2000 to May 2002, Mr. Savage served on the faculty of music department at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. He has performed in various ensembles including a flute and guitar duo that toured the eastern coast of the United States. Mr. Savage moved to Montreal, Canada in 2002 where he completed the degrees Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Montreal under the direction of Peter McCutcheon. He has also studied at the famous Domaine Forget with Bruce Holzman and performed in masterclasses for guitarists such as Fabio Zanon and Vincea McClelland. Mr. Savage has performed solo recitals at various venues including Keuka College, University of Montreal, Eastman School of Music, Canisius College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, University of Guelph, Tsawwassen Arts Centre, Firehall Arts Centre, Memorial Art Gallery and Syracuse University, to name only a few. He has performed for the famous singer, Alice Roby who labelled his playing as 'marvelous and well-executed'. Mr. Savage regularly tutors students of all ages and levels the art of guitar playing. Other teaching experiences include directing rock and jazz ensembles at Monroe Community College and Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine. He is currently involved in the production of an instructional DVD on playing the guitar that will be released in early 2009 by Emusic Corp. Mr. Savage now resides in Montreal with his wife and two young children. The inspiration for this CD comes from many years of listening and studying the music of two of my favorite composers, J.S. Bach and Isaac Albéniz. The first time I encountered the music of J.S. Bach played on guitar was when I was studying jazz guitar in Chicago. One day I was coming home on the subway and I heard a classical guitarist playing the famous prelude in G transcribed for guitar from one of Bach's cello suites. When I returned to my hometown of Rochester, NY I found a competent classical guitar teacher and embarked on a long journey of studying the techniques and musicality necessary to play the music of J.S. Bach. It was not until later when I attended university that I really began to understand his music. Bach's music leaves a tremendous amount of room for interpretation and it is in this which I have found both musically challenging and rewarding. Some of my first classical guitar recordings were of legendary guitarists Julian Bream and Christopher Parkening playing music of Isaac Albeniz. I began studying the well-known transcriptions for guitar of Albéniz's works by Manuel Barreuco, Andres Segovia, and Christopher Parkening. I adapted these transcriptions to suit my own interpretations of Albéniz's works found on this recording. By changing fingerings and nuances I am able to capture how I feel his music.