New for 2014!

Prima Vista - 160 progressive sight reading exercises for classical guitarists, composed by Dan Jones and published by esg music.

 

 
Dan Jones studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the guidance of the celebrated concert guitarist John Mills and Patrick O'Brien. He also undertook masterclasses with John Williams. Amongst his prizes was a Silver Medal from The Worshipful Company of Musicians. As a Soloist, his performing career has taken him to many countries including Hungary, Brunei and Japan and he has appeared as a soloist in St David's Hall Cardiff for a performance of Rodrigo's famous Concierto de Aranjuez. In 1999 he recorded his first CD of guitar duets withThe Campanella Duo; a second disc, entitled Kerfissien, was completed in 2001. Dan is a keen composer and arranger; he has composed and directed music for eight outdoor puppetry productions: The Insect Play, Fishwish, Sweet Green Peas, Wide Awake and Dreaming, Alice in Wonderland, The Secret sshhh..., Alice through the Looking Glass and Unfinished Stories... and Stranger Tales. His piece for Guitar Ensemble, Icebreakdance was premiered by the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra in 2003 and is published by Cadenza Music and his arrangements are published by Corda Music and ESG music. He has composed a family musical, The Jole with a script by Cardiff-based writer, Graham Jones. He is also the author of a chord-reading tutor Reading Jazz Chords - a Guide for Classical Guitarists. For 12 years, he taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the Guitar, Academic and Junior Music Departments where he had a particular interest in working with the visually-impaired. He still visit's the RWCMD to give occasional classes. He also ran music projects in prisons for 16 years. Dan played in several Jazz groups including The Canton Cafe Orchestra with whom he recorded El Ultimo Café and performed frequently with The Consort de Danse Baroque, with whom he undertook a 10-date Japanese tour in November 2004.

In August 2010 Dan and his family emigrated to the Dordogne in South West France. In September 2013 he will start a new role as the guitar teacher at Bordeaux International School as well as teaching at the Ecole de Musique in Saint-Laurent-des-Hommes. He finds more time to compose and arrange music in France, and enjoys a greater amount of time with his family. He has joined the band Redwood and plays with the painter and Jazz singer Dottie Bart. Since arriving in France he has recorded a solo CD. In July 2012 Dan was one of the resident team of teachers at the Stage de Guitare au Chateau de Ligoure alongside Eleftheria Kotzia and Gerard Abiton. He lives in Saint-Laurent-des-Hommes with his wife Kirsty, daughter Florence, second son, Sam and cats, Badger and Olive. Dan's first son Matthew has just completed a Master's degree in Intellectual History in Brighton.

 

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