Bay Area Classical Guitarist Jon Mendle to Perform September 23 in Moke Hill
EVENT DATE: September 23 at 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, at Petroglyphe Gallery – 8317 Main St.
Jon Mendle, who plays the 11-string archguitar and who’s toured with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will give a 4:00 pm performance Sunday afternoon September 23, at Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelume Hill. This will be the finale of a series of three monthly Fine Arts Concerts. Tickets for the limited seating will be $15 in advance, or $20 the day of the concert. The audience is invited to simultaneously sit and listen to the performance while enjoying the art atmosphere of the beautiful Main Street gallery space.
“Jon Mendle is a beautiful talent and a sensitive musician. It is a joy to play with him!” is how world renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma describes Mendle who’s been on tour with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Since making his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19, classical guitarist Jon Mendle is rapidly building a career as a performer, teacher, arranger, and composer. He’s released his first album of solo guitar music, entitled “L’Infidele,” on In A Circle Records.In 2005, as a second-year student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mendle was the only undergraduate selected by audition to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in a concert presented by the Conservatory’s guitar department. He performed his own transcription of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, a piece originally written for organ, which Jim Tosone of Guitar Review Magazine called, “…a monumental work, performed with a great deal of poise.”Mendle began studying the guitar at the age of 12, and recently finished his graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory under the tutelage of renowned guitarist Sergio Assad, earning a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance.
Based in San Francisco, Mendle has performed solo and ensemble works at venues throughout Northern California and Nevada. In 2008, at the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual convention, he played at Herbst Theater in San Francisco, in an ensemble conducted by guitarist David Tanenbaum, in the U.S. premiere of Sergio Assad’s “Trois Bresiliens a Saint Paul.” More recently, in 2009, he won the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s biennial Guitar Concerto Competition, playing Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra. He performed this work with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra in May 2010.
Mendle’s primary instrument is an 11-string Archguitar built in 2007 by Alan Perlman of San Francisco. The Archguitar is a hybrid of the Renaissance and Baroque lutes, 19th century guitar, and modern guitar, making it ideal for a large cross section of early music, as well as certain modern and impressionist works.
His solo repertoire includes works from periods ranging from the Renaissance to the contemporary era, with an emphasis on lesser-known baroque lute works. He has contributed to his instrument’s repertoire by arranging works by composers such as Kapsberger, Zamboni, and Falckenhagen, who are virtually unknown outside of the lute world, as well as more familiar works by Bach, Weiss, Ravel, Debussy, and Hovhaness. Outside of the classical guitar world, Jon enjoys playing the occasional punk rock show and practicing yoga.