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The Northampton Center for the Arts presentsThe 7th Annual Bach Birthday Celebration ConcertFriday, March 21st @ 7:30pm-doors open @ 7:00pm-box office & will-call @ 6:30pmPeter Blanchette &Elliot Gibbons, archguitars, with special… Read more

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Promo Photos, Peter Blanchette, 2014

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Alt+click (windows) or Control+click (Mac OS) to download it.Peter Blanchette, Palencia, Spain, 2012. Photo by Paul Eric OdgrenPeter Blanchette’s archguitar, built by Walter Stanul, 1981. Photo Ron Mann Peter Blanchette, photo Dave Fried.Archguitar… Read more

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TICKETS/INFO Peter Blanchette at Heliconian Hall Toronto- Feb 21, 2014, 8PM

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Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto,  Ontario $20 CAD general admission $15 CAD under 18, students and seniors Available online and at the door.NOTE: For Online tickets: You will not receive a paper ticket. Simply present ID at… Read more

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Outtake from Editing Giuliani Variations

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Want to know what a record producer does? Sometimes it’s similar to a personal trainer.Here’s a funny moment where I am working to get a killer take out of my dear friend and amazing guitarist, Elliot Gibbons. Last March, I recorded him playing his… Read more

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Bach: Goldberg Aria and two variations- free downloads

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Here is the Aria, along with Variation #1 and Variation #7, from J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. I’ve been getting back in to duo arrangements for two archguitars lately, truly my favorite musical vehicle. These come from the recording I made in… Read more

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Merry Christmas! Two Carols.

Merry Christmas everyone, enjoy!Masters in this Hall/O Come, EmmmanuelTwo ancient carol melodies.Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agreeable!This is a lovely French carol about the sweet smells of the preparations for Christmas, harmonized a little more like… Read more

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12 TransAtlantic Etudes for Guitar Orchestra!

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In the spring of 2009, I founded The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra in my hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts. I had long suspected that the combination of sounds produced by solid-body electric guitars, steel-string acoustics, electric and… Read more

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Very Old Spanish Music in Very New Spain

The youngster at left has been dead for about four centuries now, right?

So far, I have recorded through the night for two nights here in Moratinos, Spain. You have to zoom way in on Google Maps to find Moratinos, (the name refers to the Moorish origin of the place), and I feel a bit ambivalent about telling folks… Read more

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Peter blogging for CaminoArtes in Spain…

The church Peter’s playing in Wednesday night: Video by Paul Eric Odgren.     Read the blog here:… Read more

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What’s Behind Lady Gaga’s Poker Face?

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As a natural follow up to last season’s selections by Edvard Grieg, Bela Bartok, and Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt, in 2011 the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra will play Lady Gaga’s 2009 hit Poker Face. I love Poker Face, as I love many pop… Read more

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