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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tom Ward & Xavier Gigondas

Tom Ward was born in Tasmania, Australia in 1983. He began classical studies in 1997 at St. Cecillia School of Music with violinist & guitar teacher Matthews Tyson. There he received two music Diplomas. By 2001 Tom had won first place in numerous music competitions and released his first CD ‘Tasmanian Sunrise’.

In 2001, on full scholarship, Tom started his Bachelors in Music under the mentorship of Timothy Kain at the Australian National University. He received a first class honours degree in 2005. During this period Tom also had the opportunity to study with artists Geoffrey Lancaster, Pavel Steidl & Carlo Barone.

He’s received numerous awards for his playing including:

*Tasmanian Composer of the Year (2000) (Australian Society of Musicology & Composition).
*Foundation for Young Australians, Australia Day Young Citizen of the year (2003).
*1st Place in the ensemble section (guitar trio) at the Australian International Guitar Festival (2004).
*1st place, Open Instrumental section, Hobart Eisteddfod (2004).
*Finalist at the International Gisborne Music Competition New Zealand (2004).

He’s a real, live, shredding classical guitarist as you’ll see watching his videos. Enjoy!

To capture the essence of classical music, I suggest 2009 Xavier Gigondas ($22.00). I bought four bottles of this wine and was very disappointed in the first one. Just not what I expected. However, I let the second bottle breathe for 2.5 hours and it made a considerable difference. The wine really opened up displaying a rich bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, and violets. It’s deep purple colored with a palate that exhibits lots of fruit with a full mouth-feel. The Xavier Gigondas is composed of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from vines that average 80 years in age. Just to be sure, I opened a third bottle last night and gave it the same treatment. Again, it was very nice. And with the classical guitar shredding of Tom Ward, it makes for a great way to spend a chilly evening. Enjoy!


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