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Daniel Estrem: Colorful classical guitar.


Daniel Estrem began his musical practice on keyboard at age 5 with the urging of his parents. In 1960 the fire for classical guitar was ignited after hearing a Segovia recording. He began study of the guitar at age 11 with Dr. James Condell, a teacher of classical and jazz guitar in Moorhead, MN. Living 60 miles away in Fergus Falls, the determined young student would ride the train to Moorhead every other Saturday for lessons. The luring attraction of the rock band era forged by the Beatles in the mid-60's consequently led him to electric guitar and the dissection of popular songs. This rather basic skill learned at an early age has proved very useful later in life with more complex musical forms.

Estrem later studied classical guitar with Jeffrey Van in St. Paul, MN, and taught classical guitar at Macalester College, Augsburg College, and Hamline University in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. His affection for classical, jazz, world, popular, blues, and early music has made his performances somewhat difficult to classify. Rather than remain strictly within one genre he prefers to perform and arrange pieces from a variety of sources. He keeps an ever-changing repertoire on 8 and 6-string classical guitars, 7 and 6-string acoustic guitars, 7- string jazz guitar, electric bass, 8-course renaissance lute, tenor ukulele, sarod and bouzouki.

Estrem is best known for his recorded guitar duet work with John Holmquist. Their first LP recording, Music of Edvard Grieg (on the Cavata label) consists of Estrem's transcriptions of 11 Lyric Pieces and the Holberg Suite, published by Music of the Americas. He was the arranger and producer of 5 CDs of jazz standards recorded with Holmquist on the Projazz label which were distributed internationally. The duo concertized extensively for many years and performed on NPR's "St. Paul Sunday" program, a nationwide broadcast. They had the opportunity to play for Segovia while the maestro dined at a private home after giving a concert. He seemed unfamiliar with the duet repertoire and kept requesting more music (as he consumed his steak).

In 1978 Estrem graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School and the evening of graduation gave a solo concert at Macalester College. The concert hall date had to be reserved 9 months in advance and the Dental School only announced its graduation day 6 months in advance. Although the over-scheduled day was somewhat of a coincidence, a friend commented that this was a sign that music would continue to be a passionate force for many years to come.

Estrem says, "listening to good music is fine, and can be very moving, but I love to play it. The musical vibrations going through my body somehow make me feel better and more alive. It's especially magical when a musician is able to get into that "zone" where technique simply flows and time is suspended. There was a now-defunct music store in the Twin Cities that had as its motto, If you really Love music ---Play It. Of course, they had an ulterior motive, but I always liked that phrase. I love intimate music....solos, duets, trios or quartets. It's possible to get a good look into the soul of the artist with a small ensemble. There is no language like music when it comes to expressing emotions."

One of Daniel's previous releases on Magnatune was "Edvard Grieg" a re-release of a recording made in 1980. On it Daniel collaborates with John Holmquist, together they performed as a duo until 1988. John won first prize at the Guitar 78 International Competition in Toronto and a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has toured extensively and recorded several outstanding solo CDs. He was the head of the guitar department at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee as well as the head of the guitar programme at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

On Daniel's album "Preludes and Fugues of Jeremiah Lawson vol 1", Daniel plays the works of Jeremiah Lawson, (b 1974) a guitarist and composer living in the Seattle area. He received a B.A. in journalism from Seattle Pacific University in 1997 where he studied guitar with Hilary Field and composition with Eric Hanson.

  Daniel Estrem

[Bach Cello Suites on 8 String Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Bach Cello Suites on 8 String Guitar


[Bach Cello Suites on 8 String Guitar volume 2 by Daniel Estrem]

Bach Cello Suites on 8 String Guitar volume 2


[Bach Harpsichord Suites on Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Bach Harpsichord Suites on Guitar


[Bach Keyboard Works on Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Bach Keyboard Works on Guitar


[JS Bach on Solo Mandola by Daniel Estrem]

JS Bach on Solo Mandola


[JS Bach Trios on Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

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[JS Bach on Solo Ukulele by Daniel Estrem]

JS Bach on Solo Ukulele


[JS Bach on 8 string guitar, vol 1 by Daniel Estrem]

JS Bach on 8 string guitar, vol 1


[JS Bach on 8 string guitar, vol 2 by Daniel Estrem]

JS Bach on 8 string guitar, vol 2


[JS Bach on Guitar and Ukulele by Daniel Estrem]

JS Bach on Guitar and Ukulele


[Baroque Concertos on 8 String Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Baroque Concertos on 8 String Guitar


[William Byrd for Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

William Byrd for Guitar


[Cimarosa on Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Cimarosa on Guitar


[The Classical Period on Ukulele and Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

The Classical Period on Ukulele and Guitar


[Classical Ukulele by Daniel Estrem]

Classical Ukulele


[Classical Ukulele Volume 2 by Daniel Estrem]

Classical Ukulele Volume 2


[Collage by Daniel Estrem]

Collage


[Debussy on Guitar and Ukulele by Daniel Estrem]

Debussy on Guitar and Ukulele


[Dowland on 8 String Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Dowland on 8 String Guitar


[Edvard Grieg by Daniel Estrem]

Edvard Grieg


[Estrem plays Lawson by Daniel Estrem]

Estrem plays Lawson


[The Four Seasons - Vivaldi on Guitar and Ukulele by Daniel Estrem]

The Four Seasons - Vivaldi on Guitar and Ukulele


[Handel on Guitar Volume 1 by Daniel Estrem]

Handel on Guitar Volume 1


[Handel on Guitar Volume 3 by Daniel Estrem]

Handel on Guitar Volume 3


[Handel on Guitar Volume 2 by Daniel Estrem]

Handel on Guitar Volume 2


[Haydn Trios on Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Haydn Trios on Guitar


[Jeremiah Lawson Vol 2 Preludes and Fugues by Daniel Estrem]

Jeremiah Lawson Vol 2 Preludes and Fugues


[JS Bach on Solo Mandola Volume 2 by Daniel Estrem]

JS Bach on Solo Mandola Volume 2


[Music of Fernando Sor by Daniel Estrem]

Music of Fernando Sor


[Jeremiah Lawson Vol 1 Preludes and Fugues by Daniel Estrem]

Jeremiah Lawson Vol 1 Preludes and Fugues


[Ravel on Guitar and Ukulele by Daniel Estrem]

Ravel on Guitar and Ukulele


[Reicha Fugues on Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Reicha Fugues on Guitar


[Reverie by Daniel Estrem]

Reverie


[Scarlatti on Guitar and Ukulele by Daniel Estrem]

Scarlatti on Guitar and Ukulele


[JS Bach on Solo Ukulele Volume 2 by Daniel Estrem]

JS Bach on Solo Ukulele Volume 2


[Colors of Spain by Daniel Estrem]

Colors of Spain


[Colors of Spain Volume 2 by Daniel Estrem]

Colors of Spain Volume 2


[Telemann on Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Telemann on Guitar


[Telemann Trios on Guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Telemann Trios on Guitar


[Vivaldi Concertos on 8-string guitar by Daniel Estrem]

Vivaldi Concertos on 8-string guitar



Daniel Estrem lives in Minnesota, USA.

Tagged as: Classical, Baroque, Instrumental, Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Classical Guitar.


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