News Letter December 2013

The Auckland Guitar Society


Date:   Sunday, 8th December 2013

Venue:            All Saints Church Hall, 284 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

Time:              7.30 pm

Format: 1st Half : Guest Artist 2nd Half: Open floor

Admission:   $8.00 (Financial members – free)



Michelle Birch and Jakub Roznawski
Michelle Birch
Michelle  began her guitar studies at the age of 7.

. Her Honours research paper, “Jazz Mind and Classical Hands- Roland Dyens and his style of arranging and performing” is on Wikipedia on Roland Dyens’ page and at The connection made with Mr Dyens during the writing of the paper resulted in a warm mutual regard, and dinner together in Paris in the European winter of 2009.
Primarily Michelle sees musical performance as a way to connect with people, and her collaboration with other guitarists in duo reflects this. In addition to Michelle’s partnership with Jakub, she worked with the Wellington guitarist Julie Bevan for eight years, and the Auckland guitarist Paul McIvor aka “The Owl and the Pussycat” for two.
Michelle holds, in addition to a first class honours degree in performance earned under the tutelage of Gunter Herbig, merit Grade 8 certificates both in solo and duet performance; the duet certificate with Julie. She earned her Certificate in Executant Music in 1984 under the tutelage of Ron Burt.
Michelle is an Auckland-based guitarist and teacher.
Jakub Roznawski.
Jakub  has played the guitar since the age of 11. He studied in Wellington and achieved a Master of Music under the tutelage of Gunter Herbig. He currently teaches guitar in a number of schools around Auckland, and wants to buy a dog next year. He hates writing bios, and tries to keep them as short as possible!
Michelle and Jakub, aka “The Hard Case Guitar Duo”, have known one another since 2005, when Jakub had dreadlocks and Michelle didn’t. They were at the time both doing their Honours degrees in Performance, and were matched as a duo for some of their performance pieces. The duo was so successful that in 2006, despite living in different cities, they toured the North Island together. Their motivation as a duo is to avoid being serious unless absolutely necessary, and then only under extreme provocation!



The Guest Artists for this meeting are .

Coming Events.
’19th Century Guitar’  at Alberton House 7th December 7pm. Booking essential. see for details.
‘The International Guitar Festival’  at The Corelli School Of The Arts  14th December . see attached poster and programme.
‘Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School’  at New Plymouth Girls High School 12th – 18th January 2014 see for details.


ANNUAL SUBS: Renewal subscriptions to the Auckland Guitar Society are due on 1st April 2011. Becoming a financial member of the Auckland Classical Guitar Society entitles you to free admission to all Guitar Society concerts for the year 1st April 2010 to 31st March 2011 and discounts at other events.

Subs are: Individual Adult: $30.00

Individual (Senior/Unwaged) $20.00

Family $35.00


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