DEBUT CD OF 'THE MOST INNOVATIVE GUITAR ENSEMBLE EVER' (SFCV.ORG). FEATURING NEW PIECES AND ARRANGEMENTS BY SÉRGIO ASSAD, BELINDA REYNOLDS AND PEPPINO D'AGOSTINO PLAYED ON NYLON, STEEL, BAROQUE, 11 STRING ARCH, ELECTRIC AND BASS GUITARS AS WELL AS OUD.
Teja Gerken, Senior Editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine (Feb. 2013), listed “Begin” by PGE as one of his top ten “Essential Acoustic Albums of 2012.” An eight-piece group that includes classical virtuosos Jon Mendle, David Tanenbaum, Marc Teicholz, and steel-string fingerstylist Peppino D’Agostino, the Pacific Guitar Ensemble creates an orchestral sound on a repertoire that includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and compositions by Sergio Assad and D’Agostino. Oud, baroque guitar, and bass augment the ensemble’s standard guitars, resulting in an appealing cross-over vibe. (GSP)