The Making of a Classical Guitar with Oscar Azaret

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Date/Time
Monday, Jun 19, 2017, 7:30 pm

Location
Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Oscar Azaret – luthier, engineer, guitarist, and physics professor will link together the craft, science, and art of the classical guitar. In this multidimensional presentation, you will see guitars under construction, see animations of vibrations and sound propagation, explore the physiology of how our ears and brain perceive music, and hear beautiful music on three different classical guitars. Oscar will explain:

– The science of acoustics
– The human perception of sound
– Why are certain types of woods ideal for musical instruments?
– How did Andres Segovia achieve such alluring tone in his playing?
– How does the energy in plucked string get to your brain as sound?
– Why do minor keys make for sad songs?

A native of Cuba, Mr. Azaret immigrated to the United States in the early 60s and has lived in Miami, East Tennessee, California, and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. For more than three decades Mr. Azaret held a variety of design, architecture, and management positions with teams across the US, Europe, and China for companies including Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T, and LSI Corporation, primarily in the fields of communication systems and semiconductors.

A board member and trustee of the Boston Classical Guitar Society, Mr. Azaret’s involvement with the guitar dates back to the early exposure in his native Cuba and family links to Spain and Flamenco music. Mr. Azaret now builds classical guitars professionally. He is also an adjunct professor of physics and electrical engineering at Northern Essex Community College. Passionate of the sound, aesthetics, and science of the classical guitar, Mr. Azaret strives to go beyond the craft and explore the underlying physics that endow the classical guitar with its enduring human appeal. He has lectured on this topic at various universities and institutions.

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