Monday, October 28, 2013

Win a Hill Performance Series Guitar in the Omni Foundation 2013-14 Raffle!

The Omni Foundation

Kenny Hill, Johannes Möller, & Richard Patterson
at the 2011-2012 OmniConcerts
The Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts is entering its 33rd year of bringing the world’s finest acoustic guitarists to the San Francisco Bay Area. Although the series presents acoustic guitarists of all genres, such as flamenco, jazz and fingerstyle, the primary focus is on the classical guitar. The series is the longest running and most extensive guitar series in the United States and is considered to be one of the foremost guitar series in the world.

Omni presents not only the most celebrated virtuoso of our time but also the emerging artists and stars of tomorrow. The concerts take place in San Francisco’s most prestigious concert venues, both intimate and grand and great efforts are made to insure accessibility to the entire Bay Area community, particularly students.

The Omni Foundation, under the artistic direction of its founder, Richard Patterson, continues to provide a significant position for the classical guitar in the vibrant cultural scene of San Francisco. With the support of serious guitar enthusiasts and the City of San Francisco, Omni presents over 20 exceptional guitarists each season. We hope you will join us and experience the brilliance, beauty and potential of this exquisite instrument, the guitar.

Omni concerts program here: 2013-2014 Program

Purchase tickets here: Tickets

Win a Hill Performance Series Concert Guitar with Arched Case in the 2013-14 raffle!

Donation: $20

Drawing held at the Goryachev/Mouffe concert, April 25, 2014. 
Winners need not be present to be eligible.

The Performance Series is the newest line of fine guitars designed and built in the Hill California workshop. These guitars offer a great sounding high-quality modern concert instrument at a medium price - List $5500 w case.

Win this guitar in the raffle!
The Performance Series is handmade in the traditional Spanish style, with the integral body and neck joint, and incorporates a modern double top soundboard, with lattice or fan-bracing. Sound ports are standard, unless requested otherwise.

 • Sound board: Damann style double top comprised
 of Western red cedar, Nomex and Englemann
 spruce, Lattice bracing 
• Sound ports
 • Back & sides: Indian rosewood 
• Fingerboard: ebony
 • String length: 650mm 
• 20th fret extention
 • Tuners: Gotoh 
• Finish: French polish
 • Lightweight double-acting truss rod 
• Fingerboard at the nut: 51mm
 • Overall length: 39 1/2” 
• Body length: 19 1/2”
 • Upper bout: 11” 
• Lower bout: 14 1/4”
 • Body depth: 3 3/4 - 4” 
• Arched case included

This guitar will be showcased at each concert where you can enter your name into the raffle for only $20! You can also buy raffle tickets online here: Buy Raffle Tickets

Read about all of the Omni concert raffle prizes here: 2013-14 Omni Foundation Raffle

All proceeds go to The Omni Foundation. 


Monday, October 21, 2013

The Night Flame

"The video is of my composition "The Night Flame" that is based on raga Kirwani. The film is from a performance at BlueFrog, Bombay on the 15th of September this year."
                -Johannes Möller

Kenny comments, "I don't know what I could add that wouldn't take away from it! Great song, great performance, great player."

Watch The Night Flame by Johannes Möller.
Performed by Johannes Möller, guitar and Arif Khan, tabla
Guitar: Kenneth Hill Strings: D'addario


Thursday, October 17, 2013

And so I named her Angel

Hill Guitar recently received a wonderful letter from Martha Stuart and her new Hill Torres that she named Angel. Read her letter to find out why!

Martha and Angel
"Dear Mr. Hill,

Just wanted to thank you so very much for creating such a beautiful guitar. I am just getting back to playing classical guitar after many years. While searching online for a guitar, I came upon Savage classical guitar. I Found the Hill Torres F5 3412 and fell in love with it. I have owned some fantastic guitars in the past, but, when I saw the Torres, I knew it had to be mine. It arrived the next day. I opened the case and there was the most gorgeous guitar I have ever seen. A work of art! The quilted maple back and sides, for some reason, reminded me of angel wings and the voice of the instrument is incredible. And so I named her ANGEL. 

Thanks so much, and I will tell Angel you said Hello.

I will take good care of her. 

Martha Stuart"

We gave Martha a call this week to see how Angel was doing and Martha told us that Angel still is "the finest guitar she has ever played" and she was very thankful to have her.

Kenny and the gang at Hill Guitar Company are delighted to hear that their guitars are in happy hands!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Guitar Award Winner Diane Konyk!

Diane on stage
As you may have previously read on our blog, Clare Callahan, Professor of Classical Guitar at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, recently put on the 30th annual Classical Guitar Workshop. 

Hill Guitar Company donated a New World Estudio guitar to be awarded to a guitarist at the Saturday night workshops. Clare thanked us and said "Your guitar will be the cherry on top!"

The lucky winner of the guitar was Diane Konyk who shared a few words with us about her new guitar.
Diane Konyk photographed by Theresa Franke
"Thank you for the New World 650c! I was looking for a classical guitar that sounds great, looks beautiful, and also has a thinner neck, better action than my current guitar, and this model fits my needs. The 650c has a full bass sound that carries, and I find the upper notes ring nicely. My wrist also thanks you because with my smaller hands, I needed a different guitar and this fits me very well. I am having fun playing it and will add it to my performances!"   
                                                                                        -Diane Konyk
We are so happy to hear that Diane's new guitar seems to be a perfect fit! 

Congratulations Diane!