Luthiery – Art or Science?

by | 10 Oct, 2010

A Seminar by Jim Redgate – 26 November.

Explore the craft of guitar making

Renowned luthier Jim Redgate discusses the elusive sound of musical instruments and their design. Why is it that even a factory cannot make two guitars that sound identical? Ever wondered why the sound of a Stradivarius can’t be copied even though one can be re- created in physical terms? From chaos theory to intuitive insight, with a bit of Darwinian origin of the species thrown in, gain an insight into the challenges, frustration and wonder of creating guitars.

If you’re a music student, artisan or if you’ve ever wondered how guitars and other musical instruments are made, then this free Adelaide International Guitar Festival lunchtime seminar is for you.

Jim Redgate – Australia

Jim Redgate is an internationally renowned, Adelaide- based, luthier who has been crafting classical guitars for the world market since 1985. He is recognised for his innovative design and contribution to the ongoing development of the instrument. Using high tech materials, such as Carbon Fibre and Kevlar in the mostly conservative field of lutherie, Redgate has attracted worldwide interest, and his guitars are known for their exceptional volume, response and tone.

Redgate graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Performance on the Classical guitar in 1988 and is an active performer in different genres of music from Classical to Rock. Although a master craftsman, Redgate considers himself primarily an acoustic designer developing an understanding of the mysterious science and theory of guitar construction. Performance artists of note who use Redgate guitars include Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Odair Assad, Ana Vidovic and Ralph Towner.

Presented as part of this year’s Adelaide International Guitar Festival – 25th – 28th Nov 2010. The seminar will be held at the Quartet Suite at the at the Adelaide Festival Centre at 1:00pm, 26th November. It runs for 2 hours and admission is free.