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The New York Guitar Festival is taking place January 6 - 29, 2012 at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The 92nd Street Y, Joe’s Pub, (le) Poisson Rouge, the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden and Rockwood Music Hall, among other venues around Manhattan, New York City.
The New York Guitar Festival was founded in 1999 by musician/producer David Spelman, intended to "broaden the public’s appreciation for the guitar by fostering emerging talent, supporting innovative collaborations among outstanding artists, and commissioning new works."
The Festival boasts over 35 exceptional guitarists of jazz, classical, rock, traditional, and avant-garde styles.
This year's Tributes are to
A free Opening Night Concert kicks off the Festival with The Apollo Project in honor of the 30th anniversary of Brian Eno's tribute to the NASA moon landings, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.
"Eno and his collaborators guitarist/producer Daniel Lanois and instrumentalist brother Roger Eno, created a rich, deeply moving sonic landscape which melded cutting edge electronics and studio techniques with raw virtuosic guitar."
The Festival hosts its 6th all-day Guitar Marathon, interpreting classical guitar music of Italian composers from the Renaissance and Baroque to Berio and the music of today. Featured artists include
The Alternative Guitar Summit, curated by the guitarist/bandleader/composer Joel Harrison, is intended “to present master improvisers, free-thinkers, those who reject category and style and are radically imaginative.
"Ideally they are under-appreciated and have not won any polls. I wish to present these players in unusual contexts, outside of their normal trio or quartet settings, mixing generations and approaches,” says Harrison.
Featured artists include
Silent Films/Live Guitars is this year's program of commissioned original works, with 11 classic silent films by Buster Keatonaccompanied by original scores performed live by a rich mix of guitar stylists, including
"No instrument has spoken in more voices to more people than the guitar, and no festival has sought out the modulations in those voices and the range of the guitar’s cultural expressions than the New York Guitar Festival."
For more information, go to www.newyorkguitarfestival.org.
New York Guitar FestivalJanuary 6 - 29, 2012
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave New York City 212-247-7800
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street New York City 212-539-8778
(le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker StreetNew York City 212-228-4854
Merkin Concert Hall,Kaufman Center 129 West 67th StreetNew York City212-501-3340
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington AvenueNew York City212-415-5500
Rockwood Music Hall196 Allen Street New York City 212-477-4155
Winter Garden World Financial Center220 Vesey St.New York City212-945-0505
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