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Keeping in time with 200 guitarists from 40 countries

200 Guitarists from 40 Countries: Virtual Guitar Orchestra plays Assad’s “Scient, Safe and Sane”

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Virtual Guitar Orchestra, the first ever global guitar initiative, which started during the Covid pandemic, has united more than 350 guitarists from more than 50 different countries. Now with the second project out called Scient, Safe & Sane – which is a piece composed for the initiative by acclaimed guitarist and composer Sergio Assad – the VGO has been setting new parameters of quality virtual chamber music making.

"It is rhythm that is the glue that allows us to play together."

Recording all the parts during this process involved a lot of understanding of how the rhythm works. As we all know, rhythm is something that not only produces groove, but can also set a parameter for multiple people to play in sync, playing in person or far apart from each other. It is rhythm that is the glue that allows us to play together. Virtual Guitar Orchestra’s project Scient, Safe and Sane took this quite literally, having 200 guitarists sync up to a pre-set tempo, and making sure everyone was following the click-track/metronome. This way we were able to pull off an effort of monumental proportions.

Check out how this performance where really no guitarist is sitting in the same room with another, and yet, it all feels ‘together’.

Keeping in time with 200 guitarists from 40 countries

Mak Grgic

Mak Grgic is a classical guitarist and one of the founders of Eurostrings, the European Guitar Festival Collaborative. The expansiveness of Mak’s repertoire winds its way through a dizzying array of approaches, from music of the baroque and renaissance (for which he received praise from Washington Post) to music of a cinematic nature, ethnic music of his native Balkan Peninsula, and extreme avant-garde and microtonal music. His first solo release on Marquis Records entitled Cinema Verismo explores adept guitar arrangements of music from the movies. His latest recordings, Balkanisms for Naxos Music and MAKrotonal for MicroFest Records, an album produced by the Grammy Award winning producer John Schneider, explore a vast repertoire spanning ethnic music, microtonal newly-composed music and early music on re-fretted instruments.

In the recent past Mak has showcased an innate affection for entrepreneurial work. This has resulted in directorship roles at EuroStrings; Zagreb Guitar Festival and Roots & Notes Interactive Music Festival in Croatia; Music@RushHour in Los Angeles; and Acoustic Caffeine Concert Series in cooperation with Arts Brookfield.


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