In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Sharon Isbin, the multiple Grammy-winning guitarist about her new American Public Television documentary “Sharon Isbin: Troubadour”. As one of the most acclaimed classical guitarists in the world Isbin has made an enormous musical impact dazzling audiences for over 30 years with more than 25 recordings, winning 3 Grammy Awards and covering a wide range of styles, genres and composers. The film produced by Susan Dangel combines performance and documentary focusing on Isbin’s groundbreaking journey which has expanded and transformed the landscape of this instrument. The film includes interviews with Martina Navratilova, Joan Baez, Garrison Keillor, Janis Ian, Lesley Gore, Michelle Obama and many others. We talked to Sharon about this inspirational documentary and her spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Isbin stated, “Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if you didn’t have to worry about simply wanting the same rights as everyone else has? Whether it be marriage, whether it be job security, whether it be education opportunity, not to be bullied? I mean these are basic human rights that we are still fighting for today and it would be wonderful if that world would change and people could really feel free to be who they are and be accepted by their families, be accepted by their colleagues and their friends and really live their lives without having to worry about a sexual orientation being a determining factor in whether or not they can be accepted or successful.”
Sharon Isbin began her guitar studies at age nine in Italy and later studied with Andrès Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. Since then Isbin has performed with more than 170 orchestras around the world. Isbin has also commissioned more concerti than any guitarist in the modern era and has won numerous awards and accolades. Currently she is the Director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School where in 1989 she became the first and only guitar instructor in this prestigious institution’s 100-year history. “Sharon Isbin: Troubadour” the American Public Television documentary will begin broadcasting on November 14th and will continue throughout December/January on nearly 200 public television stations including New York WNET and Chicago WTTW.
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