I just wanted to share my impressions about fingerstyle master Jacques Stotzem. I suppose he can't be considered an "Avalon artist" anymore, but he's had a long-lasting relationship with Lowden and Avalon, and his JS Signature model remains an outstanding guitar.
I recently went to a week-long workshop with him, which is really an extraordinary experience for anyone interested in fingerstyle guitar. He has the ability to share his knowledge and skills so that everyone can benefit from the lessons. He also has a lot of humour which makes a very pleasing atmosphere. He taught us some of his pieces step by step, such as "Pachacamac" (one of my favorites from the Live album) and "L'Autre Rive", from his latest album.
There was a students' concert where the French guitarist Michel Haumont was also present. The workshop closed with a fantastic concert by Jacques and Michel.
By the way, there were three students with an Avalon Jacques Stotzem signature model ! (the luckiest ones of course
I highly recommend his CD's to anyone, especially Two Bridges, Sur Vesdre and Colours of Turner, although he has never made a bad CD !
Also, there is a brand new forum (forum.stotzem.com). The creation of the forum was decided one evening (with the usual good food and drink) at the workshop ! Anyone is invited to join in ! The languages are French and English