Guitaristus Nippon had recitals in Nagoya (July 13, at Imaike Gus Hall), Tokyo (July 20, at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall), and Izu (August 1, at Tarrega Hall). It was the first time to have a recital in Nagoya, and new sound by Niibori Method original guitars surprised people in Nagoya so much. Hamarikyu Hall in Tokyo is one of the best halls for chamber music in Japan, and Tarrega Hall in Izu was designed especially for the guitar music. Audience fully enjoyed beautiful guitar music.

'Guitaristus Nippon' is a solo performance group by Niibori Method. It was formed under the motto 'Solo performance for the 21st century that never tires audience' and keeps increasing the fans and supporters constantly. It annually holds recitals in various places of Japan.

It introduces the newly developed guitars into the recitals without detracting from the attraction of traditional guitar that has thousands years of history. Performance that makes the best use of NRM and the original guitars feasts the audience's ears a lot every year.

'Tango Suite' by Piazzola and music by J. Rodrigo and Pipo are often played by the prime guitar. But they were played in a completely different style in the recitals.

Soprano style double strings alto cembalo guitar was developed quite recently. Same with the normal double strings alto cembalo guitar, it is tuned 5th higher (H, Fis, D, A, E, H) than the prime guitar and uses steel strings. It looks like a Spanish musical instrument, bandurria . The pear-shaped body made it possible to create sweet high tone with long reverberations. This time, it played 'Sir John Smith, His Almain' by J. Dowland. Cembalo guitar family is normally played with finger picks attached needles, and creates the similar sound to the cembalo. But this time, it was played with fingertips directly and created soft sound. Like this, cembalo guitar family can create a variety of sounds, and can control the volume at will that is impossible for the cembalo.

Combination of the alto guitar and the prime guitar creates noble and gentle sound. This time, they played 'Sonata Concertante A major 2nd and 3rd movements' by N. Paganini. French famous prime guitar, Robert Bouchet drew out the attraction of the music very well.

Prof. Satoshi Ohmiya's original 'Variations on Sakura' was played by the alto guitar. Clear sound of the alto guitar well expressed the image of Koto that was a Japanese traditional musical instrument.

The double strings alto cembalo guitar played 'Largo from Violin Sonata No. 3' by Bach, and the double strings prime cembalo guitar played 'Fuga BWV1000' by Bach. The alto cembalo guitar can create pretty sound and it is metaphorically called 'shining stars'. And the prime cembalo guitar creates noble and dignified sound. Both cembalo guitars suited music by Bach very well.

Guitarron played 'Die Forelle' by F. P. Schubert with its warm and humorous sound The peaceful sound made audience feel like they were on the riverside in the deep forest for a while.

7 strings bass guitar played 'Londonderry Air Old Irish Melody'. Based on the arrangement by Tohru Takemitsu, it was arranged especially for the bass guitar. 7 strings bass guitar is often used for music like 'Violin Cello Suite' by Bach, but it also suits music like 'Traumerei' and this number that make full use of the long reverberations and attractive low tone.

Ensemble consisted of the prime guitar, electrical guitar and the guitarron played 'Perpetuum Mobile' by N. Paganini. This number has very long and fast passages. Electrical guitar often plays such passages, but it was a surprise for the audience that the prime guitar and even the guitarron played such passages very well.

In the middle of recital, NPE (Niibori Guitar Percussion Ensemble) played its new original 'Banquet' to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Niibori Guitar. NPE is an ensemble that plays guitars as percussion. The unique performance refreshed the atmosphere and audience could enjoy the recital to the end.

Like this, Niibori Method original guitars enlarge the enjoyment of solo and ensemble music. Please make full use of these guitars and enjoy music in various styles. (Page 8 to 11)


On July 21, Niibori Studio that is a special training facility for conducting was finally opened in Kawasaki. It is 3 meters high, so even tall people can learn to conduct comfortably. Autumn Conducting Seminar '97 will take place here on September 14 (Sun) from 10 am to 17:30 pm. Instructors are top conductors of Niibori Guitar Orchestra such as Prof. Kiyoshi Koyama, Prof. Yukifumi Murakami and Prof. Mitsuaki Kubota. Dr. Hiroki Niibori will directly instruct students. Courses for beginners, entrants for concours and instructors are provided. Performance of a guitar orchestra greatly depends on a conductor. Conducting a guitar orchestra is an unique skill. To conduct a guitar orchestra at will, it is necessary to acquire the breathing method. As the breathing method enriches expressions of music that it is very useful for players not only for conductors. This is the only conducting seminar for a guitar orchestra in the world. We highly recommend all musicians to attend this seminar. (Page 4 & 5)

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