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Sharon Isbin: Troubadour Previous Broadcasts

KQED Life: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple Grammy winner Sharon Isbin is considered one of today's pre-eminent classical guitarists. Her catalogue of more than 25 recordings - ranging from Baroque, folk and Latin to rock, pop and jazz-fusion - reflects Isbin's remarkable versatility.
Combining performance and documentary, this program focuses on Isbin's unusual and inspiring musical journey, including her early guitar studies and teenage triumphs. Along the way, the Minneapolis native encountered and overcame numerous obstacles - from resistance to the guitar as an orchestral instrument to her struggles working within a traditionally male-dominated field. Isben explains, "There is always a duality with this instrument and being a woman playing it. In the guitar world, I always had to fight as a woman. And in the musical world I always had to fight as a guitarist."
The film also explores Isbin's role as teacher to a new generation of guitarists at both The Julliard School, where she created the first guitar department, and the Aspen Music Festival.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
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