Santa Barbara

GuitarWitt Plays Hotel Californian: Luxury Santa Barbara Beach Hotel

It was an honor to perform a special set of Jewish Music, setting the tone for the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara's - Women's Philanthropy Luncheon at the spectacular new venue, Hotel Californian. Over time, after producing a Yiddish Folk Music Legacy album, and building up Jewish repertoire playing the the Red Sea Rhythm Rockers Band, as well as various Jewish Weddings, GuitarWitt devised a very special selection of arranged instrumental solo guitar pieces. This included songs that would celebrate Israel at 70 years, such as Yihye Tov by David Broza, Zog Nit Keynmol and other classics like Tum Balalaika, Shalom Rav and Tanz Tanz Yidelekh.
Pastry Chef Ben Kunert, Executive Chef Alexander La Motte, previously of The French Laundry | Thomas Keller Restaurant Group), and Chef de Cuisine James King are prepared exceptional service for the luncheon. Above photos by Santa Barbara local photographer extraordinaire - Kelsey Crews Photo

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This is a great article about The History of Santa Barbara and Hotel Californian being an integral point of our history.

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Enjoy amazing Brazilian cuisine while relaxing to the soothing sounds of classical guitar works from South America

Looking forward to playing a special set of repertoire consisting of classics from South America, covering at least half the nations. The last show at Brasil Arts was a fun set of only Brazilian music. Brazil will continue to be heavily included but now expanding to countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Venezuela and more!

Enjoy amazing Brazilian cuisine while relaxing to the soothing sounds of classical guitar works from South America, right here in Santa Barbara! At Brasil Arts Café on Friday, August 19th, 6:30-8:30 PM.

Happy New Year! From Santa Barbara Guitar Collective and GuitarWitt

Photography by  Kelsey Crews Photo

Photography by Kelsey Crews Photo

It was a great year, rich in music for us. SBGC would like to share some of our music with you and wish you a happy new year! Check out our recording of the great Agustín Barrios Mangoré's Leccion via the above audio player (click play!). Thanks to all our fans and supporters for an amazing year. We are now booking for 2016 and look forward to giving many stellar performances in a variety of awesome guitar styles. You can check out our ongoing repertoire list on GuitarWitt's new web page:

We look forward to continuing to offer among the highest quality guitar based, in any format, in the Santa Barbara - So Cal - Central Coast Area.  To a musical year ahead!

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)