Solo Concert Performances

Solo Concerts feature Ms. Temo’s programs of classical/flamenco guitar and voice, and sometimes an additional flamenco dancer. She has been featured in several guitar festivals and musicand guitar series in the US and abroad. These have included: The Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Festival and Competition (2017), Fullerton, CA (where she was a guest soloist and a judge for the competition, and received reviews in Soundboard and Classical Guitar Magazine); International Guitar Festival Series in Asunción, Paraguay, “Women Guitarists and Composers” in Radford, VA; VCU Flamenco Guitar Festival, Richmond, VA; The First World Guitar Congress (where she was also a guest speaker in a symposium with David Russell and Tuck and Patti), Towson, MD; The New York Guitar Festival, NYC, NY; The Ellnora Guitar Festival, Champaign, IL; the Blossom Music Festival, Cleveland, OH; Fairfax County Virginia Summer Series, Vienna, VA;  LMU Guitar Festival, Los Angeles, CA; the Baltimore, Connecticut, Calgary, and St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Series; GSFA (Guitar Society of Fine Art) Classical Guitar Society Series, Pittsburgh, PA; The Theatre at Washington, VA (where she shared the stage with Gene Bertoncini and Frank Vignola), The Baldwin-Wallace World Music Series, Berea, OH.; Headliner concert for the Festival of Trees and Music at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwuakee, WI; and solo concerts on the Zac Brown Band Southern Sailing Ground Cruise.


Solo Concert Youtube clips


2012 Classical Guitar Magazine


2017 Review Classical Guitar Magazine
2017 Review Soundboard Magazine
2010 Review The Guitarist Behind the Taylor/GE Capital Ad
2006 Review KDHX Music Review- St. Louis, MO

Ms. Temo was featured in Classical Guitar Magazine’s (April 2012) issue.

Interviews video clips- Interview youtube playlist

Marija Temo in WVIZ/PBS interview on her multi-talents & guitar concerto, “Concierto del Fuego”

Marija Temo in WVIZ/PBS interview on her multi-talents & guitar concerto, “Concierto del Fuego” The composer, Loris Chobanian is also interviewed about his concerto and his comments about Marija Temo. Highlights of repertoire featured: Marija’s playing and singing arrangement of “Fuistes Mia Un Verano” by Leonardo Favio; Marija’s flamenco singing interpretation of Manuel de Falla’s “Cancion del Amor Dolido” from the El Amor Brujo Suite; “Concierto del Fuego” guitar concerto written for Marija Temo; Marija’s flamenco dancing interpretation to Manuel de Falla’s “Dance of Terror, from the El Amor Brujo Suite. “Courtesy of WVIZ/ PBS. ”
For more info see Concierto del Fuego is available for digital download on and other music sites such as Amazon and itunes. .

Marija Temo with ASO- Concierto del Fuego- CNN Interview

Marija Temo with the ASO in Mid Atlantic Premier of Concierto del Fuego (Concerto of Fire), a flamenco/classical guitar concerto written for Temo. Interviews with Marija Temo, Loris Chobanian (Composer), and Tom Rodriguez (Luthier). “Courtesy of CN8, the Comcast Network”.
For more information, Concierto del Fuego is available for digital download on and other music sites as Amazon and Itunes.

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Solo Concert video clips- Solo Concerts video youtube playlist (flamenco/classical guitar and singing)

Marija Temo plays Asturias (classical guitar solo)

Marija Temo in WVIZ/PBS interview on her multi-talents & guitar concerto, “Concierto del Fuego”

Highlights of repertoire featured: Marija’s playing and singing arrangement of “Fuistes Mia Un Verano” by Leonardo Favio; Marija’s flamenco singing interpretation of Manuel de Falla’s “Cancion del Amor Dolido” from the El Amor Brujo Suite; “Concierto del Fuego” guitar concerto written for Marija Temo; Marija’s flamenco dancing interpretation to Manuel de Falla’s “Dance of Terror, from the El Amor Brujo Suite. For more info see Concierto del Fuego is available for digital download on and other music sites such as Amazon and itunes. ”Courtesy of WVIZ/ PBS. “

Marija Temo sings and plays “Cancion del Fuego Fatuo” from Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo Suite

Marija Temo sings and plays “Fuistes Mia Un Verano” by Leonardo Favio

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2012 Article
Classical Guitar Magazine- April 2012 Issue
Letter from New York


AKRON. OHIO native Marija Temo is a flamenco guitarist who has been working with luthier Tom Rodriguez to create a hybrid classical-flamenco model guitar. In addition to writing a forthcoming flamenco method book for Mel Bay which will feature her unique notation system for reading flamenco rhythms. Her third CD will be released later this year featuring works for guitar in the flamenco/classical style with solo flamenco vocal and guitar arrangements of popular Latin American songs. She was the featured artist in an award-winning television commercial for GE Capital and Taylor Guitars that had her serve as a flamenco-playing body double for GE Capital sales executive Deb Barker.

Temo received her Masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Manuel Barrueco. She is a former faculty member of the Preparatory at the Peabody Institute Johns Hopkins University where she founded the flamenco guitar program. Composer Loris Chobanian, who she studied with at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, wrote his Tango Fantasy for guitar and orchestra and his guitar concerto Concierto del Fuego for her.

Temo had been hoping to find a guitar suitable for playing both flamenco and classical guitar without the burden of travelling with two guitars. When self-taught luthier Tom Rodriguez asked her for feedback several years ago on one of his first flamenco guitars, they began collaborating to see if it was possible to build her dream hybrid guitar. One of the challenges had been to create String action capable of sustained, resonating notes for classical music while remaining low enough in action to allow for ease for flamenco strumming techniques without any residual buzzing. The other goal had been to create a guitar capable of powerful projection, including notes played in the upper bout. After five years of various trial efforts. Rodriguez succeeded in creating a classical/flamenco guitar hybrid that met with Temo’s approval and it is trademarked as ‘The Marija Temo Model flamenco/classical hybrid.’

Rodriguez points out, ‘Possibly the biggest challenge I faced as a maker on this project was to get the sound we wanted with the low bridge. By tapering the fingerboard almost 3mm from the nut to the soundboard, I was able to obtain the action Marija was looking for. Having a low bridge was more of a problem to overcome. It is simple physics- the taller the bridge, the more tension it

Tom Rodriguez and Marija Temo

creates on the soundboard-the better the guitar sounds. At first I overcame this by making the rim of the guitar as stiff as possible so more of the string energy could be transferred to the bridge. Ultimately, I gave up on fan bracing and developed my own bracing to help the top respond more freely. There are many builders making flamenco negras (flamenco guitars with rosewood backs and sides) intended to get more of a classical sound, but they still have a raspy quality to the sound and string buzzing when played hard. Other makers were using stair step saddles that permit raising and lowering the action for the type of music you want to play. The problem with this is that you cannot play both styles during the same piece. You’d have to stop, move the strings and retune.’

Temo had been asked to audition for a Taylor Guitar television commercial and had been asked to play fast scale passages, which she developed into various flamenco-style samples. The entire audition process took over one and a half weeks. Temo also was asked provide her measurements, shoe and dress size, with the news that if she was the guitarist selected for the commercial, she would be playing the body double guitar performer for GE Capital’s Distribution and Sales Manager, Deb Barker, who works with Taylor Guitars as her client. The commercial shows Barker touring the Taylor guitar factory.

At one point, she picks up a guitar and plays it as if she is a professional flamenco player. Computer technology essentially allowed Barker’s head to replace Temo’s in order to make it appear that Barker was the guitar player.

‘My one concern, however.’ Temo says, ‘is that I felt fairly confident that Taylor Guitars did not make classical or flamenco guitars so I was concerned that I would not be able to play the music on a steel string.’ Temo informed the producers that she could play any nylon string guitar.

The following day, at 3pm, I was told I needed to fly out that same evening to Los Angeles. I dropped everything and went. They flew me in first class and picked me up in a limo with a driver-quite a different lifestyle from what a working flamenco/classical guitarist experiences from day to day!’

Temo was asked to come up with both 6 and 12-second versions of the scales she had performed for the final audition. The Taylor guitar she was given to play had been a hybrid nylon string guitar, which Temo describes as having a steel string body with nylon strings. The shoot took place at the Taylor Guitar Factory in El Cajon, California, where 500 guitars are manufactured daily. Because the right hand action was very high, she requested for it to be lowered as much as possible. ‘I learned then that Bob Taylor had invented what he calls the NT or New

Technology neck, which is a bolt-on neck that allows for a straighter, more stable guitar neck. It is a separate and detachable neck where shims can be placed at the joint and the action can be easily adjusted without having to replace the saddle or bridge.’ Temo says.

The next issue to contend with had been Temo’s Triple Star Nittaku ping-pong bail nails. ‘They were not camera-friendly’, she says, ‘and had to be dulled because of the concern about the bright white of the ping-pong nails creating a glare. I was hesitant but agreed to having pink matte-colored nail polish applied. Unfortunately, the polish was too thick and, after more attempts of applying and removing various polishes, this started to dissolve the ping-pong ball part of my nails.

‘I had to put a stop to all the applications so I could make a new set of nails, a process which would take me at least 4 hours with filing and adjustments. The GE Capital Executive, Deb Barker, agreed to turn her beautifully French-manicured nails into a version of mine. A manicurist took one look at my nails and

said, ‘How ugly!’ and I had to explain to her that my nails were shaped this way for me to play my best- and that if I changed anything, it would throw off my playing. I became quite the talk in the make-up room, as a result. Deb Barker was a gem for cooperating to have her oval white nails reshaped with disproportioned angles!’

Marija Temo

The shoot started at 5:30am and my first task was to record the two music scales in an office room where sound equipment had been set up. By early afternoon, I had to dress as Deb Barker but with my hair pulled up and green dots placed upon my neck so the technical wizards would know where to splice my head off after filming to replace it with Deb’s head. On the set, I had to figure out the best way to hold the guitar- whether to use a flamenco or classical position.

‘The Taylor guitar had a cutaway design and it weighed much more than a normal classical or flamenco guitar. I decided to sit in a classical position because of the comfortable familiarity and stability it gave me. The director asked if I could make the riff longer. I decided in that moment that this was my chance to put in some typically characteristic flamenco rasqueados and I played that scale every couple of seconds from 2:00pm to 10:00pm as the sound guys tried to hook me up during the filming in order to record this new riff. Also, the director shot from many different angles so I just had to play as consistently as possible. My work was finally finished by a round 7:00pm, yet I was called back immediately to ask if I could coach Deb Barker on my head movements when I had played the riff. I was not even aware that I had been moving my head when I was playing.

‘They put a piece of plywood in Deb’s hands to have her act as if she was playing the guitar and I called out instructions to her on how to move her head. She was trying to get that flamenco confident look at the end and we had so much fun. I still laugh thinking about it. When the set cleared at midnight, Bob Taylor invited me to hang out afterword and catch a bite to eat. He plays a part in the commercial, speaking the line, ‘I didn’t know you could play like that!’

‘When I flew back home I received a call explaining that they couldn’t get a good sound take from the factory. So I was asked to fly to New York and record the riff again, but this time playing entirely new scale passage.’ The same number of notes had to fit the timing of the previous scale and I did not like the idea of different notes being played against the filmed version of my playing. The good news is that the creative director decided they would like me to play throughout the entire commercial from beginning to end. After a few days of rehearsing the material, I learned that the director decided he wanted me to play the original scale that I played on the set in California. I recorded this in New York and the agency edited the film so that the scale I composed that sounded like a nervous doodle riff was placed at the end of the commercial. In January of 2011, this commercial received an award at NAMM for being the top television commercial in the music industry. I am grateful and proud to have been a part of the process and I enjoyed working with everyone involved.’(The GE Capital / Taylor Guitar commercial can be found under ‘Unique Collaborations: The success of this commercial and the filming experience has stoked Bob Taylor’s interest in considering the idea of creating his own line of classical guitars.

Further information/links:
Photos: Tony Ventouris/

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2017 Review
Classical Guitar Magazine
Alvaro Pierri’s Spanish Magic, Fun with Crazy Nails, and a Blast of Flamenco: Report from GFA, Pt. 3
June 24, 2017

Marija Temo’s program was heavily rooted in the flamenco tradition, though she certainly puts her own spin on it. She played one straight classical guitar piece, but mostly showcased her formidable flamenco guitar chops and her singingher voice is a commanding instrument, with incredible power and control; it wells up from a place deep inside her and then seems to burst out of her small frame. It was a stirring performance, capped by her “flamenco-ized” (her word) arrangement of of the Paraguayan National Folk Song, Pajaro Chogui. Very entertaining.

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2017 Review
Soundboard Vol. 43 No. 3 29

By Robert Ferguson

Click here for full article: GFA_Soundboard 43_3_MultPanoramas

1. Performance Panorama

…”Throughout these performances the level of musicianship from every player neared perfection… “Marija Temo delivered one of the most original performances of the week, featuring mostly flamenco guitar solos and songs. In the latter, her guitar accompanied her own singing—a rarity in that style genre. ”

2. Instrumental Media Panorama

“The spectrum of guitar types, guitar groupings, and historical instruments in play also contributed to the week’s panoramic view of the instrument. I already cited Robert Barto’s vihuela and lute, Marija Temo’s flamenco guitar and voice, and the guitar duos and orchestras that appeared in the concert series, all of which expanded upon the prevailing solo classical guitar model.”

2017 Review
In remembrance of the GFA Convention and Competition 2017 in Fullerton, California

Strong Force
by Robert Ferguson
Soundboard Vol. 43 No. 3 37
Click here for full article: GFA_Soundboard 43_3_Poem

Marija, silver eyelids,
scarves on her shoulders–
her sad cante jondo,
her waves of solea
enter our bloodstreams.

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2010 Review
The Guitarist Behind the Taylor/GE Capital Ad

– July 13, 2010

What a hot player, and a clever ad. They actually dubbed the head of a GE rep onto the body of Marija Temo for this spot. There has been some controversy brewing on the boards but I think the ultimate winners will be Marija and Flamenco. I had not heard of her until now, along with millions I’m sure, but I will be hearing much more. Check out her website and Facebook fan page. You’ll be glad you did. And by the way, it was great seeing Bob Taylor’s face on the screen. He’s one heck of a nice guy with a great product that really invigorated the American guitar making industry. Taylor did to the guitar industry what Toyota, barring recent misfortunes, did to the automotive. He created a product of value that spurred on an entire industry to do better. And we are all beneficiaries.

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2006 Review
KDHX Music Review – Flamenco guitarist and vocalist Marija Temo

St. Louis Classical Guitar Society, 10/7/2006
Reviewed by Gary Scott

People who are passionate about what they love are a joy to behold, and their passion is infectious, making all of us cherish the things we love even more. Flamenco guitarist and vocalist Marija Temo certainly falls into that category. Her weekend performances under the auspices of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society marked her St. Louis debut, hopefully the first of many. Not only did Temo spread her love of the flamenco style, but she also declared herself to be an enthusiastic fan of the St. Louis area, and her words rang with sincerity.

Although still quite young, Temo began her studies of flamenco as a child, having found the rhythm and expressiveness captivating. For many of us, flamenco is indeed the soul of Spanish music, and it is surely one of the greatest gifts that Spain, with all its contributing cultures—Latin, Gypsy, Jewish, Moorish, African–, has bequeathed to us. Unlike those of us who find it difficult enough to master even one performing medium, Temo has studied flamenco guitar, song and dance, and is able to communicate the essence of each.

It can be a challenge to maintain the momentum of a flamenco concert that features only one soloist or a very small group (although those of us who are aficionados would probably never tire of hearing a talented performer), but Temo responded to the challenge by including not just flamenco works, but also traditional Spanish favorites by Albeniz, de Falla and Granados, and even an Argentinian tango. Except for the classical works, most of the pieces were Temo’s own arrangements. Temo was joined on the second half by a local favorite, flamenco dancer Kristina Martinez. The two clearly worked well together, and happily neither overshadowed the other. Martinez is a local talent who should be more widely seen in our community.

Marija Temo’s technical and artistic abilities were impeccable. The beauty of the flamenco style is that it combines aggressive, driving rhythms with subtle and sometimes soft-spoken melodies. Phrasing—perhaps the soul of music—was always intelligent, and was the master of the technique involved, not the other way around. Temo’s accomplishments give credit not only to her own talents, but also to those of her teachers and the Peabody Conservatory, from which she received her master’s degree. Although Temo is above all else a guitarist, her vocal technique should not be underestimated. The flamenco vocal style is a world unto itself, with finely tuned intervals and dynamic gradations. Success in the flamenco style almost requires total immersion into the entire flamenco culture. Indeed, as Temo indicated in a talk on Friday to area schoolchildren, flamenco is a way of life, not only a style.

If I had any criticism at all of the performance, it would be that I would have liked for the guitar to project a little more, even if it required amplification from microphones, and perhaps also I would like to have heard more coloristic effects from the guitar, although this was offset by the addition of dance and vocals to the program. Temo performs on a hybrid classical/flamenco guitar specially designed for her by luthier Tom Rodriguez. The tone is soft and liquid, but here and there a more strident or aggressive tone might serve to highlight even further the more subtle effects that Temo so adroitly achieves.

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society, under the direction of Bill and Kathy Ash, has long been a strong player in the St. Louis arts scene, as their legions of loyal subscribers will attest. The next scheduled program will feature Spanish guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas on November 4 at the Ethical Society. For additional information, contact the Society at 314-567-5566.
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