Guitar Perspectives 2020: music made in isolation by Melbourne Conservatorium staff, students and special guests

Brazilian singer, songwriter, percussionist and guitarist Badi Assad is one of the international guests at the Melbourne Conservatorium's Guitar perspectives 2020.
Brazilian singer, songwriter, percussionist and guitarist Badi Assad is one of the international guests at the Melbourne Conservatorium's Guitar perspectives 2020.

Yes, we would have preferred to be celebrating together in person but the Guitar Perspectives 2020 Online Celebration still provides as much excitement, passion and inspiration as any guitar lover could want.

The Guitar Perspectives Online Celebration features 42 videos to be released over seven days (24–30 August) showcasing the breadth and diversity of the Melbourne Conservatorium's renowned Guitar program.

Staff, students, alumni and special guests have recorded videos from home to share via the Guitar Perspectives YouTube channel, with new videos appearing every day throughout the week.

Dr Ken Murray, Head of Guitar at the Conservatorium, said: "Music has been contributed from all levels of our program, from first year students to PhD researchers. And many of our staff, including Doug de Vries, Dan McKay, Adam May, Rose Gonzalez and myself, have also contributed videos.

"The theme this year, for obvious reasons,  is music made in isolation and most of the videos have been created at home, with the means of recording ranging from the simplest iPhone through to semi-professional home studios.

"We're also thrilled that a couple of international guests who were scheduled to perform and teach at the Conservatorium this month, Marco Pereira and Badi Assad, have provided wonderful videos to the online celebration.

"As the videos below show, it'd going to be an exciting and wonderful week of music."

In this special performance by Badi Assad for the Guitar Perspectives Online Celebration, the Brazilian superstar preforms Ponta de Areia (Milton Nascimento and Fernando Brant) and Asa Branca / Ai que saudade docê (Luiz Gonzaga and Humberto Teixeira / Vital Farias).

Frogg Galliarde (Cosens Version) by John Dowland, performed by Casey Fitzpatrick, a masters in lute student at the Melbourne Conservatorium.

Hinchinbrook Riffs by Nigel Westlake for guitar and digital delay, performed by Dan McKay.