Classical Guitar

Santa Barbara Guitar Collective 1st Thursday October 'Street' Performance!

Be sure to join us for a fun outdoor performance in front of SBMA, corner of State & Anapamu Streets - 1st Thursday, October 6th, 5:00-8:00pm.            Photo images by  Kelsey Crews Photo

Be sure to join us for a fun outdoor performance in front of SBMA, corner of State & Anapamu Streets - 1st Thursday, October 6th, 5:00-8:00pm.            Photo images by Kelsey Crews Photo

SBGC official SB Downtown Org. 1st Thursday street performance at State & Anapamu Streets - October 6th in front of Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Gypsy guitar started as street performance and SBGC will passionately be ripping in to some guitar for this unique setting...

Santa Barbara Guitar Collective:   Robbie and Mike, are the heart of the Santa Barbara Guitar Collective (SBGC). Their diverse backgrounds meld into one as they bring you the rich musical heritage that is World Music, offering everything from intricately arranged classical guitar ensemble pieces to upbeat, artistic expression of traditional, dance-rhythm music and masterful improvisations. Includes rumba, tango, gypsy, jazz, and more! 
Featuring original music in their repertoire, they bring formal classical guitar master works from Agustin Barrios to music you know and love from groups such as the Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, and Santana.

Join Santa Barbara Guitar Collective for an Evening of Guitar music at Brasil Arts Cafe

Friday, September 23 at 7 PM - 9 PM, JOIN the Santa Barbara Guitar Collective for a special evening of guitar duo magnificence at Brasil Arts Cafe, 1230 State Street. Join the facebook event

Santa Barbara Guitar Collective:   Robbie and Mike, are the heart of the Santa Barbara Guitar Collective (SBGC). Their diverse backgrounds meld into one as they bring you the rich musical heritage that is World Music, offering everything from intricately arranged classical guitar ensemble pieces to upbeat, artistic expression of traditional, dance-rhythm music and masterful improvisations. Includes rumba, tango, gypsy, Latin jazz, and more! Little bit from Latin America, Spain and Eastern Europe and generally everywhere all at once.
Featuring original music in their repertoire, they also bring you music you know and love from groups such as the Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, and Santana.

Santa Barbara Guitar Trio Performs Chan Chan at Montecito Party

We are happy to be playing more and more performances this year. At a private party in Montecito, we display our fun, energetic - instrumental guitar trio rendition based on the Buena Vista Club's exotic, trance induced signature track Chan Chan.  "Chan Chan" is a 1987 son composition by Cuban trovador Compay Segundo. In the late 1990s, it became the signature track of the Buena Vista Social Club project.[1] The lyrics of the song revolve around two central characters called Juanica and Chan Chan. 

On the composition of the song, Company Segundo said:

I didn't compose Chan Chan, I dreamt it. I dream of music. I sometimes wake up with a melody in my head, I hear the instruments, all very clear. I look over the balcony and I see nobody, but I hear it as if it was played on the street. I don't know what it can be. One day I woke up hearing those four sensitive notes, I gave them a lyric inspired by a children's tale from my childhood, Juanica y Chan Chan, and you see, now it's sung everywhere.

The most complete explanation[4] says: 'The song relates the story of a man and a woman (Chan Chan and Juanica) who are building a house, and go to the beach to get some sand. Chan Chan collects the sand and puts it on the jibe (a sieve for sand). Juanica shakes it, and to do so she shakes herself, making Chan Chan aroused. [...] The origin of this tale is a farmer song learnt by Compay Segundo when he was twelve years old.' (Wikipedia References included in this blog post)