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Archipelago for Guitar

Archipelago for Guitar

Not too long ago, I had the idea to weave a storyline into the performance of a series of guitar pieces. Each piece I wrote seemed to have its own musical ecosystem, so  I called them "islands." Narrating a tale while tuning the guitar between "islands" would draw the...

Milonga for Solo Guitar

Milonga for Solo Guitar

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=5xSV7agKtX4To purchase the score, click "Add to Cart," and then go to the Shopping Cart page (far right on the page menu). You'll get an instant download of a of 3-page Pdf...

Island Three (Live)

Island Three (Live)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWOO2523s0 This was recorded live at the MakeMusic Harlem Festival. Composition by Jay Kauffman, from Archipelago for Guitar. Subscribe to My Email List and Get a Free CD If you like what you see, hear, and read here, I’d...

Listen to Paganini’s Romanze in A Minor

Listen to Paganini’s Romanze in A Minor

This has always been one of my favorite classical guitar pieces. It's the middle movement of Paganini's Grand Sonata in A Major, which was originally written for guitar and violin. Most of his works for guitar and violin had virtuosic violin parts, and relatively...

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Solo Guitar

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Solo Guitar

All 4 movements of Serenade No. 13 for Strings, K. 525, transcribed for the advanced classical guitar, from G Major into D Major. If you're a bit burned out on Sor and Giuliani and their ilk, it's a lot of fun to play a great composer such as Mozart on the guitar. A...

Five Preludes

Five Preludes

Prelude 1: Lullaby from a Paper Boat / Prelude 2: With Variation / Prelude 3: Brookrolick / Prelude 4: Like a Passacaglia / Prelude 5: Moto Perpetuo

Valentine Sunday Concert at Bartow-Pell Mansion

Valentine Sunday Concert at Bartow-Pell Mansion

I will be playing some romances, romanzas, capriccios, valses, zambas, chacareras, carnavalitos, and a Beatles set. Plus a dramatic & romantic story-set-vignette from my own piece, Archipelago for Guitar!* Please note: Valentine's day is a Wednesday,...

Pics from an Exhibition (Music too!)

Pics from an Exhibition (Music too!)

This concert, put on by Composer's Concordance, happened a while ago (in April), but I wanted to share it with you because now I have some videos! I've included pics of the art show as well, which was very well-recieved. I will add a few more videos of ensemble works...

Dream Lullaby

Dream Lullaby

Here's the video from my performance of the 8th Island in my Archipelago for Solo Guitar. It was done at the Composer's Concordance 8th Annual Composers Play Composers Marathon. It's a lullaby that takes place in a dream, hence the title, Dream Lullaby. Most of the...