James Kline, classical guitar
Classical guitarist, composer, and innovator of the 19-string arch harp guitar, James Kline is an artist who constantly renews and reinvents himself. He has also gained recognition as a composer and was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in music composition from the Marin Arts Council of California. As a composer, James draws inspiration from a slightly more unusual life experience which includes years working as a commercial fisherman, working as a wilderness guide, extensive travel on four continents, and living among Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians. An interest in Renaissance and Baroque music led him to design his own version of the eleven-string arch guitar, an instrument which combines the best qualities of the lute and the guitar. He has again reinvented his instrument to become the world’s only player of the 19-string arch harp guitar, a combination of lute, guitar, and Celtic harp. A modern-day troubadour, his performances reflect a wonderful diversity of life experience and musical intrigue and are often punctuated with storytelling.
The mission of the Seattle Classic Guitar Society is to promote the art of the classical guitar in the greater Seattle area by building and sustaining a diverse community of students, performers, and listeners through concerts, master classes, performance opportunities, gatherings, and outreach. The Seattle Classic Guitar Society was founded in 1958. The Society is a local, unendowed, member-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of the classical guitar in the Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest, Washington area. The SCGS presents a variety of musical events featuring world class artists, masterclasses, and local member open mics.