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Video-of-the Month: Maja Radovanlija

Posted by Brian on 1st July 2012 in Classical Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Video of the Month, Women

Video-of-the-MonthSummer is here, so in keeping with past tradition I will start presenting two videos each month to try to offset my reluctance to sit at my computer writing new posts during the summer weather.

The first video-of-the-month for July features classical guitarist Maja Radovanlija. Following my post about the lack of female guitarists, Maja wrote me a note suggesting that, at least in the classical world, there are more female guitarists than many of us realize. She suggested that it may be that women just aren’t as aggressive at promoting themselves.

Here Maja plays “Lento from Jazz Sonata” by Dusan Bogdanovic:

Originally from Serbia, Maya is a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Maja’s Fandalism (a FaceBook affiliate) page: www.Fandalism.com/mayaradovanlia

Maja’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/user/folkofolkas

Maja’s website was down at the time of writing, if it’s back up, it should be here: www.MajaRadovanlija.com

Women!

Posted by Brian on 8th March 2012 in Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists, Video of the Month, Women

Eva BenekeToday is International Women’s Day. Unfortunately, that has very little to do with guitars. For whatever reason, women do not seem to be drawn to play guitar. I don’t have official statistics, but anecdotally, I would guess that less than 10% of guitarists are female. (I am pleased to report that fully half of my students are female.)

In the past, I have featured a couple of female guitarists on this blog – notably, Macyn Taylor and Muriel Anderson. Today I give you someone that I’ve just recently discovered, Eva Beneke:

Eva was born in East Berlin and studied guitar at the Berlin University of Arts and the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar where she graduated in 2007. She released her first CD, “Coming Home” in 2010.

A question for all of you women out there: Why don’t you play guitar? Or, if you do play guitar, why do you think that other women don’t?

Eva Beneke’s website: www.EvaBeneke.com