2015 PLU Guitar Festival

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Elizabeth Brown & Stephen Howland, Directors

Julie DeCamp, Administrative Assistant


Pacific Lutheran University is pleased to announce their fifth annual Guitar Festival on Saturday, February 28, 2014. This full day of hands on workshops, concerts and a guitar listening session features PLU guitar faculty members Elizabeth CD Brown and Dr. Stephen Howland alongside exciting guest faculty and performers, including Tom Baker, Gordy Ryan, Nate Omdal and the Grammy award winning Stephen Stubbs.  Festival participants will have the opportunity to perform with the Festival Guitar Orchestra, with music available in advance. All events take place at Pacific Lutheran University, in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, with concerts held in the exquisite Lagerquist Concert Hall. Thanks to the D’Addario Music Foundation festival participants will receive a set of guitar strings—first come, first served!

All-inclusive price:  $60 (General), $40 (Senior) and $30 (Students, Grade 6+)  To register call the PLU Music Office at 253-535-7602 by Friday, February 27, 3:30pm.  We will also accept walk-up registrations on Saturday morning, registration opens at 9:30 am.

Thanks to the D’Addario Music Foundation festival participants will receive a set of guitar strings—first come, first served!

The 2015 PLU Guitar Festival is supported in part by the D’Addario Music Foundation, the Seattle Classic Guitar Society and the Rosewood Guitar.


All events take place in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center 

  • 9:30 am – Registration Opens (Lobby)
  • 10:00 am – Brief Welcome and Introduction (Room 306)
  • 10:10 am – Build Your Own Exercises, Leo Brouwer’s “Estudios Sencillos,” Elizabeth CD Brown (Room 306) – Have you ever been stuck in a piece that you can almost play well?  Sometimes creating an exercise that targets the technical or musical issues of a piece can get you past that wall.  In this workshop we will use exercises based on Leo Brouwer’s seminal “Estudios Sencillos” to explore this idea of music tailored exercises.
  • 10:10 am – Beginning Rhythm Guitar Workshop, Stephen Howland (Room 322)- Are you interested in creating your own accompaniments to songs, playing in a Jazz Big Band or small combo, adding jazzy touches to your own style of playing, or improving your ability to play a variety of rhythms?  This workshop will simplify and introduce the basics of playing rhythm guitar in several common jazz idioms including swing, shuffle, Bebop, and Latin, without any complicated theory.
  • 11:00 am – Guitar Orchestra Rehearsal, Elizabeth CD Brown (Lagerquist Concert Hall) – PLU Guitar Festival Orchestra rehearsal.  Please note that this will include everything from easy to advanced intermediate parts. See the Perform page for more information.
  • 11:00 am – Intermediate/Advanced Rhythm Guitar Workshop, Stephen Howland (Room 322) – This workshop will focus on ways to add colors and interesting harmonic and melodic motion in your rhythm guitar playing by looking at common practices used by all the great Jazz guitar players.  Many of these practices don’t even require mastering basic theory skills, some do.
  • 11:45 pm – Lunch Break
  • 1:00 pm – Guitar Listening Session, Bill Clements (moderator) & Matthew Anderson (performer) (Room 306) – Matthew Anderson plays selections by Villa-Lobos, Gismonti, Bellinati, Assad and Callahan, featuring instruments from the collection of Bill Clements and the Rosewood Guitar.
  • 2:00 pm – Guitar Ensemble & Orchestra Concert, Elizabeth CD Brown, Festival Participants (Lagerquist Concert Hall) – This event is free and open to public and will be streamed live by the PLU School of Arts and Communications.
  • 3:15 pm – Flamenco Workshop, Eric Jaeger “El Comanche”, (Room 306) – A crash course in the art of flamenco guitar. Eric’s hands on approach will lead students through proper posture and biomechanics (creating freedom of movement) and various flamenco guitar techniques. Eric will include an outline on flamenco theory as well as a strong emphasis on compás (a strong sense of rhythm in various flamenco forms).
  • 5:00 pm – Elizabeth CD Brown, Stephen Howland & Friends Faculty Concert (Lagerquist Concert Hall)- Elizabeth CD Brown, Stephen Howland, and guest performers Marco De Carvalho (guitar), Nate Omdal (bass) and Gordy Ryan (percussion) present a three-part performance of classical guitar solos and duos, and original works for latin jazz ensemble.  Featuring works by Bach, Kavanagh, Tchaikovsky, Pixinguinha, Howland and De Carvalho.  Admission is included in the Festival Registration, or tickets may be purchased separately.  Mary Baker Russell Music Center: Lagerquist Concert Hall. Tickets: $8-general, $5-senior, $3-alumni, complimentary-18 and under.  This event is open to the public and will be streamed live by the PLU School of Arts and Communications.


To register call the PLU Music Office at 253-535-7602 by Friday, March 14, 3:30pm.  We will also accept walk-up registrations on Saturday morning, registration opens at 9:30 am.

All-inclusive price:  $60 (General), $40 (Senior) and $30 (Students, Grade 6+)

Thanks to the D’Addario Music Foundation festival participants will receive a set of guitar strings—first come, first served! We have nylon (classical) strings, acoustic steel strings and electric guitar strings, please indicate your choice on your registration form.


Perform at the PLU Guitar Festival

All festival participants will have the opportunity to perform in the Festival Guitar Orchestra, which will rehearse at the festival and perform in the afternoon concert, which is free and open to the public.  We will be playing “Tango” by Isaac Albéniz in a 4-part arrangement, which includes both fairly difficult and beginner parts.  Sheet music in both standard notation and tab is available below, as well as a recording for practice purposes.

New in 2014 – Ensembles Also Invited to Perform!

Pre-existing guitar orchestras and guitar ensembles (2+ performers) that have a prepared piece are also invited to perform in the afternoon guitar ensemble concert.  All performers should be registered participants in the PLU Guitar Festival.  Please contact festival director Elizabeth CD Brown at brownec@plu.edu if you have a group interested in performing.  Please note that proposed program information for performing ensembles is due to Elizabeth CD Brown at brownec@plu.edu by February 26, 2014.

“Tango” by Isaac Albéniz

Full Score  A full score containing all 4 parts

Guitar 1 Part  Guitar 1 part in standard and tab notation.  Contains notes in high positions (7th through 13th), frequest accidentals and ornaments.

Guitar 2 Part  Guitar 2 part in standard and tab notation.  Contains notes in higher position (2nd through 7th), some accidentals and pull-offs.

Guitar 3 Part  Guitar 3 part in standard and tab notation.  Contains notes in first position on the top 5 strings, a few accidentals and hammer-ons.

Guitar 4 and Bass Guitar Part  Guitar 4 and Bass Guitar part (playable by either standard guitar or bass guitar) in standard and tab notation.  Contains notes in first position on the lowest 4 strings and a few accidentals.

Tango Recording  Sibelius generated recording which is slightly slower for practice purposes.


High school students who are accepted to participate in the 2015 Northwest High School Jazz Band will receive confirmation around November 7th through their high school director.

Confirmation: Please complete the order form above, print it, and mail it with your remittance to PLU by December 5th. Thank you.

Participant fees: $110 (non-refundable) / Deadline: December 5, 2014.



Marco De Cavalho

Marco De Carvalho is a Brazilian musician, originally from Rio de Janeiro.  He graduated from the prestigious Music Conservatory of Rio de Janeiro under Juarez Carvalho and Sergio Vale. He studied composition and harmony under Luiz Eca and Ronaldo Miranda.   Marco began playing guitar at the age of 14 and played in clubs, universities, and festivals throughout Brazil, USA and Europe.  Marco has been a performance guitarist,  composer and arranger for twenty-five years.  He plays an extensive repertoire of music from Rio de Janeiro as well as his own compositions.  Marco has played with many musicians in Brazil and the USA.  He has recorded on numerous CDs and sound tracks also producing and arranging.  Marco has played at a number of Seattle performance venues and events and theatres including: Jazz Alley, Triple Door, Bumbershoot, Governor’s Mansion, Northwest Guitar Festival, Benaroya Hall, Ballard Jazz Festival, Teatro Zinzanni, Mondello, Miyabi, Argosy Cruises and many others as well in other states of U.S.  Marco has recorded three original CDs: Paisagens (out of print),  For the Moment (released on OA2 Records), and Cancoes (out of print).  http://www.marcodecarvalho.com


Gordy Ryan

Gordy Ryan’s training included African music and dance at the Olatunji Center for African Culture on125th St. in Harlem, classical studies at Manhattan School of Music, and Jazz studies at Sounds of Joy in N.Y.C.  He has worked as a recording artist for albums, jingles, and film scores with players such as Olatunji, Santana, David Sanborn, Abbey Lincoln, Airto, Planet Drum, Gabrielle Roth and many more.  He toured the world with The Olatunji Drums of Passion for over 2 decades and brings his deep knowlege of African music, jazz , and funk to the master classes he leads at many locations in North America and Europe.  He carries on with passion the tradition of ‘generation passdown’ which was a focal point in the work of Babatunde Olatunji- to light the internal fire, inspire, and train those who will follow in our footsteps as creative musicians.  http://www.obatheband.com


Nate Omdal

Nate Omdal is one of the most in-demand bassists in the Seattle area. He studied jazz performance and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. After Cornish Nate has continued to live and work in Seattle, performing in various groups for many of Seattle’s fine public and private events. In 2007 he co-founded an independent record label to support new and emerging northwest artists. In February of 2010, Nate as awarded a smART Ventures grant from the Seattle Mayors Office of Film and Music to produce a concert featuring the music of film composer Ennio Morricone. (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables) Most recently Nate co-founded a non-profit (501-C3) with the Seattle-based arts management company Shunpike, to help commission new jazz compositions and collaborations.


Elizabeth C. D. Brown
Stephen Howland
Eric Jaeger ``El Comanche``

A NW native, Eric has been a professional musician and teacher all his adult life. He lived and studied flamenco extensively in Andalucía, Spain. His education went much beyond the guitar as his most influential teacher Martín Chico of the famous gypsy flamenco family los Revuelos opened him to the world and life of a Gipsy flamenco artist, and studied intensively the accompaniment of dance and voice. Other teachers include Manuel de la Luz (Eva La Yerbabuena), Jesús Alvarez, Jose Manuel Tudela, and Antonio Rey. His hands on teaching style gives students the chance to learn the true essence of flamenco, while breaking down the technique and rhythm in a way that is easy to assimilate.

Eric works with his wife, the Barcelona born dancer/vocalist/guitarist, Encarnación; both as a duet and with their highly successfull ensemble “Flamenco de Raiz”, bringing top level flamenco artists directly from Spain such as Rafael de Utrera(of Paco de Lucia fame), Sergio Martinez, and many others. FDR released a live CD in 2010 from their sold out concerts at Kirkland Performance Center featuring Rafael.

Eric was the lead guitarist and co-founder/producer of the world music super group “Children of the Revolution”, who fused flamenco, latin, middle-eastern and rock influences. COTR has produced 6 CDs to date, is featured on Putumayo’s “Greece” and “Swing around the World” CDs. COTR packed theaters all over the Seattle area, including Meany Hall, the Paramount Theater, and Benaroya Hall, and The Triple Door as well as touring around the world in major festivals and theater series including headlining Quebec’s prestigious “World Guitar festival” with Manuel Barrueco.

Eric returns to Spain every year with Encarnación to stay immersed in the art of flamenco, and more importantly, to live and breathe the flamenco culture with their friends and family in Sevilla and Barcelona.

Eric is proud to endorse D’Addario strings and Shubb capos.  Watch Eric at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JEMAN9r-V18

Matthew Anderson

Northwest native Matthew Anderson is a graduate from the Guitar Performance Program at Cornish College of the Arts. Matthew’s concert experience includes solo, duo and ensemble performances. Soloist at St. James Cathedral 1997-2007, guitarist in the rock band The Endeavors 2007-2010, Matthew is currently combining his love of brazilian music and percussion in the group Cathedral of Trees which performs works by Egberto Gismonti, Paulo Bellinati, and Seattle composer Kevin Callahan. He premiered Callahan’s The Fourth Stream in 2011. Since 1990, Matthew has enjoyed teaching at the Rosewood Guitar, where he pretty much lives, when he’s not at home gardening, or, as you guessed it, practicing guitar!

Bill Clements

Bill Clements is the owner of Seattle’s Rosewood Guitar store specializing in classical and flamenco guitars. He has served on the board of the Seattle Classic Guitar Society for over 20 years and is the founder of the Seattle Classic Guitar Society’s International Concert Series. As a dealer in fine classical and flamenco guitars, Bill has bought, sold and collected hundreds of fine instruments from luthiers around the world.