Coined a “master musician” by Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine, Keith Calmes earned degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California, California State University Northridge and The Juilliard School. As winner of the Artists International competition, Keith gave his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1992. Mel Bay Publications has published several of his books, including Guitar Music of the 16th Century and Gospel Favorites for Classical Guitar. During the last few years, Keith's performances have included lecture-recitals at the national conventions of the American String Teachers Association and the Guitar Foundation of America, concerts of the complete solo guitar works of Heitor Villa-Lobos, concertos with Monmouth Symphony, and the premieres of many solo works. Keith is currently recording an album of music for electric guitar and computer with the eclectic and esteemed Dutch composer Chiel Meijering (Amsterdam Guitar Trio, etc.). Recently presented with an Outstanding Educator award from The College of New Jersey, Keith teaches guitar at Wall High School in New Jersey.

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"A fine American guitarist doing heroic work in the trenches." Maestro Eliot Fisk

“What a terrific CD...the variety that you've presented is pretty amazing. I especially like your original compositions and Steve Jankowski sounds terrific. Keep up the good work!”- Jazz guitar maestro Jim Hall

“wow, great playing...great CD!”- Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets (America's Rock 'n' Roll Combo)

“You wouldn't think that acoustic guitar would rock, but here ya go!” Surf guitar guru Phil Dirt

“...a master musician.” Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine

“diverse performing skills...the playing and programme were very listenable.” Classical Guitar Magazine (England)

" (performances of original music) a true romantic and that shows so much in the music...beautiful" Tali Roth (Juilliard School; guitar virtuoso)

" a good player...very talented with lots of ideas..."- Nadja Salerno-Sonneberg (Violin Virtuoso)

"...master of classical guitar...definitely has credentials...Alma Maestro." Mike Osguieda, Fresno Bee

" daring dynamics and intense energy added an appealing, explosive quality to the recital."- Guitar Player Magazine (USA)

"(Rodrigo's Concerto with Monmouth Symphony) intense...thrilling...virtuosity." Helene Kylen, Atlantic Highlands Herald (NJ)

"...guitar virtuoso..." Citypaper (Philadelphia)

"...clear runs, clear phrasing, conviction and energy...experimental techniques and strange sounds proved to be the essence of "letting go" for this performer. His liveliness, sense of color and musicality, which carried throughout the program, were immediately apparent."- Encore (Los Angeles)

"...delightful...enthralling...excellent rapport with the audience." Monmouth County Public Library (Manalapan, NJ)

" impressive account of the nineteen pieces (on the Guitar Music of the Sixteenthy Century CD). Finest of all is the virtuositc battle imagery in the disturbingly-titled War, the Summit of Pleasure. -Classical Guitar Magazine (England)

"(The lecture-recital) Music from the Era of Catherine the Great was wonderful. The research was clearly evident; the music was diverse, carefully chosen and beautifully performed."- St. Louis Art Museum (MO)

"(his performance was) a highlight of the evening's concert."- Meghan Berry, The Coast Star (NJ)

"Very fine."- folk music legend Mike Seeger (The New Lost City Ramblers, etc.)

"certainly impressive"  Pipeline Magazine (UK)
"I love your work." Jean-Luis Blondeau (professional photographer, and co-conspirator of Philippe Petit's wire-crossing of the World Trade Center)
"Best Kept Secrets? Among the best-kept (and just plain best) is Belmar's own Keith Calmes....sublimely soothing yet detail intensive...a classical master." Red Bank Orbit

"Bravo!"  Aurora Natola-Ginastera

" excellent soundtrack..." Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens, co-founder of Dischord Records)

"sounds great!"  Frank Agnew (guitarist with seminal Southern California punk band The Adolescents)
"beautiful guitar sounds...wonderful guitar playing"- Wanda Jackson (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2009)  
"...a solo guitar album of considerable's readily accessible and always moving forward to something fresh." Alan Taylor (Pipeline Instrumental Review, England)  
"we enjoyed your CD a lot!" Tommy Ramone (drummer and founder of The Ramones; Uncle Monk)
"Hey Ho!...enjoyed your music" Monte Melnick (road manager of The Ramones)
"your lecture was excellent in every way"  Professor Frank Koonce (Arizona State University)  
"beautiful musicianship"- the Swarthmorean