The great Spanish luthier Jose Luis Romanillos passed away at the very honorable age of 90.

He will have joined Stradivari in this regard.

I really enjoyed listening to his instruments, including those played by Julian Bream of course.

There is the famous book “Guitars” by Tom and Mary Anne Evans, which was a gold mine for me, particularly when I started out in guitar making but still today, and which contained a most interesting article, with several photos in his studio set up at Julian Bream in Dorset.

Impossible for me to say the exact number of times I scrutinized each of the images and paragraphs of the interview, to best decipher all the information available… at the time a photo was really worth a thousand words…

Congratulations Maestro for your your great achievement. R.I.P.





Already more than a year of confinement due to the pandemic.
I finally I received my 1st dose of the vaccine, I’m having some hope for the future…

I’m back again this year with this publication, to recognize a mentor who was of great importance in my luthier career: Irving Sloane.

I hope to do new recording sessions soon as possible. In the meantime, there still are the 5 videos recorded with Jérôme Ducharme last september, the suite “The Ballads” by Nikita Koshkin in 5 movements, and 2 little gems by Fernando Sor.
Others nice one recorded by guitarists Sébastien Deshaies and Renaud Côté-Giguère are also available via my youtube channel.

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The great master Julian Bream died Aug. 14
Julian Bream

(Photo by Grant Peterson/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

The great master of the guitar and lute died at 87.
Thanks for everything Maestro Julian Bream.

As a luthier, he was the detonator of my career.
As an amateur guitar player and also on the lute long time, he remains at the top of my most outstanding influences.

If I partly owe him the discovery of renaissance music on the lute (many thanks also to Rafik Samman), and particularly the Elizabethan repertoire, with John Dowland and other great composers of this period, it is the idea conveyed during my guitar studies of his particular lute, which was nicknamed here his lute-guitar, and which became my first lutherie project around 1977.

The testimonies in his memory will be innumerable, and by important figures who will have shared much closer and privileged moments than mine, and who will deserve to be taken into consideration.

I retain here a moment of his very particular career, which took place near here, in Canada in Toronto, and which was this unusual meeting of 2 musical greats, around the lute, between Bream and Stravinsky, the latter being in rehearsal for his -Symphony of Psalms-.
Maestro Bream explains during an interview the context of the meeting:

-Interview with Bream –
“I was on tour in Toronto with a camera team and was asked would I like to meet Stravinsky and play him something on the lute and I said” Of course! “But when I got there the poor chap was just about to conduct the Symphony of Psalms in a recording session; they rolled me on and it was obvious that this was just not what he wanted. He was obviously annoyed and I don’t blame him. I had total sympathy for him. But it was the most embarrassing moment of my career ”

Some details concerning the lutes used by Bream during his career. (Goff, Rubio and Breton)


As a testimony and memory, I also enclosed 2 photos taken around 1980 of my 1st instrument made, a Renaissance lute with 9 courses.

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