It’s always good to have some feedback on current projects. In light of this, we asked some of the musical experts and well known musicians in the area to share their thoughts on Mak’s brand new CD Cinema Verismo:

“I was transfixed by the variety of sounds and colors that Mak infuses into his refined guitar playing. The purity of his tone and flawless articulated style is simply delightful. Mak gives his guitar the same versatility of the piano, and then some. 

This CD appeals to so many tastes, offering age-old classical selections as well as beloved movie scores. Mr. Grgic surmounts the obstacle of emulating an orchestra with a single instrument, always creating the illusion of many voices singing in unity – all executed with gorgeous tone and panache . I highly recommend for anyone to find a quiet moment to listen to it all, and enjoy.”Martin Chalifour, Principal Concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic

“In his official debut solo CD, Cinema Verismo, Mak Grgic performs these film classics with a mastery that will make cinema buffs fall in love with the guitar, and make guitar fans fall in love with this recording!” - Scott Tennant, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet 

“The Da Camera Society of Los Angeles continues to be proud of our association with guitarist Mak Grgic, as represented through this beautiful recording. Working with Mak and seeing his talents soar has been a joy — and Cinema Verismo will delight the ears of listeners!” - Kelly Garrison, General Director, The Da Camera Society 

“Cinema Verismo showcases the vast and deep interpretive skills of Mak Grgic. His compelling musicianship brings imagination and life to familiar tunes, allowing the listener to hear them with the right balance of nostalgia of an old friend combined with a refreshing new perspective.” - Martha Masters, President, Guitar Foundation of America 

“Mak’s playing on his recent CD, Cinema Verismo, surpasses the limitations of the guitar. His playing has a flow that reaches fluidity not yet heard on the guitar – absolutely heavenly!” - Larry Livingston, Conductor and former Dean of Music at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, USC Thornton School of Music and former Music Director at New England Conservatory

“It was a pleasure for Da Camera of Los Angeles be one of the sponsors of this magnificently beautiful recording. Working with Mak is a true pleasure. Watching his growth as an artist and hearing his craft move to the fore in this recording makes me sure our investment in his artistry was well worth the effort.” - Michael Gordon (composer, Bang on a Can)

“Mak Grgic displays a powerful expressive range in this highly inventive recording. He is an immensely talented musician who imbues every note with intelligence and beauty.”Brian Head, Artistic Director at Guitar Foundation of America; USC Thornton School of Music Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Chair for Classical Guitar Department

“This disc represents the important connection of two art forms — music and cinema — by way of displaying classical guitar’s colorful possibilities, arrangement capabilities and repertoire range. It’s the gift you can give your music and non music friends.” - Aranjuez Artists PR

“Guitarist Mak Grgic has released an adventures CD, Cinema Verismo. Mak’s interpretation of traditional guitar repertoire like Albeniz, Granados, and J.S. Bach is amazingly expressive. He finds ways to refresh those long-lasting warhorses of the 20th century guitar repertoire without touching the structure and integrity of the original composer.The new and innovative guitar arrangements on this recording are simply put convincing and beautiful at the same time… it makes sense to continue the tradition of exploring popular music on the classical, if it is performed with such gusto and expression as delivered by Mak.” - Thomas Koch, Guitar Sarasota (Sarasota’s Classical Guitar Society)