Festival

About the festival

Exploring virtually every aspect of the guitar’s personality, the New York Guitar Festival, since 1999, has presented many of the world’s most influential guitarists at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Brookfield Place Winter Garden, and 92nd Street Y, and . From multiple Grammy-winners to emerging artists, Festival performers have included masters of the classical repertoire (Pepe Romero, Christopher Parkening, Ana Vidović, Nigel North) as well as blues & jazz (Taj Mahal, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bill Frisell, Sonny Landreth), pop & indie rock (Vernon Reid, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Iver, Andy Summers, Thurston Moore), and folk & Americana (Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Cindy Cashdollar, Leo Kottke) as well as sounds of Central & South America (Badi Assad, Yamandu Costa, Vinicius Cantuária) and genre-defying innovators (Kaki King, David Torn, Daniel Lanois, Bryce Dessner). In addition to producing eclectic, multi-genre concerts and radio broadcasts, commissioning new works, and supporting innovative collaborations among outstanding artists, its Guitar Harvest series of recordings supports innovative outreach programs in our public schools.

 The New York Guitar Festival: Dedicated to guitar music from across the centuries. . . and of music yet to be. 

PERFORMERS SINCE 1999

Rez Abbasi • Ben Allison • Joseph Arthur • Badi Assad • The Assad Duo •
Sheryl Bailey • Jeff Ballard • Pierre Bensusan • Will Bernard • Krishna
Bhatt • Debashish Bhattacharya • Victor Biglione • Rory Block • Oren Bloedow •
Roy Book Binder • Kevin Breit • Anouar Brahem Trio • Brasil Guitar Duo •
Brazilian Guitar Quartet • Matt Brewer • David Bromberg • Bob Brozman •
Jorge Cabellero • Califone • Jim Campilongo • Campbell Brothers • Larry
Campbell • California Guitar Trio • Laura Cantrell • Vinicius Cantuaria •
Steve Cardenas • Dylan Carlson • Cindy Cashdollar • Knox Chandler • Jen
Chapin Trio • Chocolate Genius Inc. • Keba Cissoko • Gerald Cleaver • Nels
Cline • Coco Mamas • Scott Colley • Larry Coryell • Yamandu Costa • William
Coulter • Marshall Crenshaw • David Cullen • Colin Davin • Dominic John
Davis • Alex de Grassi • Bryce Dessner • Mamadou Diabate • Abdoulaye Diabate •
Jon Diaz • Luther Dickinson • DJ Rekha • Russell Donnellon • Trevor Dunn •
Duo Siquieria/Lima • Roland Dyens • Mark Eitzel • Chris Eldridge • Liberty
Ellman Trio • EMA • Banning Eyre • The Ferdinandos • Howard Fishman • Eliot
Fisk • Dom Flemons • Pino Forastiere • Ruthie Foster • Dominic Frasca • Bill
Frisell • Fred Frith • Kevin Gallagher • Jacob Garchik • Buke & Gase • Ed
Gerhard • A.J. Ghent • Ralph Gibson • David Gilmore • Margaret Glaspy • Mick
Goodrick • Mike Gordon • Goran Ivanovic + Fareed Haque Duo • Stephen
Griesgraber • Derek Gripper • Steve Gunn • Mary Halvorsen • John Hammond •
Knut Hamre • The Harlem Quartet • Emmlyou Harris • Jesse Harris & Joel
Harrison • Alvin Youngblood Hart • Ernie Hawkins • Gilad Hekselman • Levon
Helm • Megan Hickey • Patrick Higgins • Jolie Holland • James Hurt • Jason
Isbell • Sharon Isbin • Itsnotyouitsme • Vijay Iyer • Stevie Jackson •
Daniel James • Glenn Jones • Richard Julian • Valerie June • Vic Juris •
Henry Kaiser • William Kanengiser • Dale Kavanagh • Jorma Kaukonen • Lenny
Kaye • Alberta Khoury • Kid Millions • Steve Kimock • Kevn Kinney • Kaki
King • King Wilkie • Dennis Koster • Leo Kottke • Sergio Krakowski • Andre
LaFosse • Julian Lage • Sonny Landreth • Daniel Lanois • Patty Larkin • Jim
Lauderdale • Ismail Lawal • Greg Leisz • Lionheart • Little Toby Walker •
Romero Lubambo • Gary Lucas • Virginia Luque • Russell Malone • Michael
Manring • Harry Manx • Martha Masters • Ronn McFarlane • Bill McHenry • John
Medeski • Ava Mendoza • Camila Meza • Ben Monder • Thurston Moore • Bill
Morrissey • David Mozqueda • Wolfgang Muthspiel • My Brightest Diamond • The
National • Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo • New World Guitar Trio • Michael
Nicolella • Jimmy Norman • Nigel North • Noveller • Paul O’Dette • Miles
Okazaki • Ollabelle • Christopher Parkening • Jeff Parker • The Persuasions •
Ben Perowsky • Kelly Joe Phelps • Anthony Pirog • Bucky Pizzarelli • Chris
Potter • Lee Ranaldo • Toshi Reagon • Redhooker • Vernon Reid • John
Renbourn • Fabi Reyna • Tony Rice • Marc Ribot • Gyan Riley • Terry Riley •
Adam Rogers • Pepe Romero • Brandon Ross • Peter Rowan • Pietro Russino •
Jacob Sacks • Sap Dream Electric Guitar Quartet • Julia Sarr & Patrice
LaRose • Mike Seeger • Emanuele Segre • Sex Mob • Connie Sheu • Anupam
Shobhakar • Simon Shaheen • Elliott Sharp • Michelle Shocked • Brad Shepik •
Connie Sheu • Bill Sims Jr. • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder • GE Smith •
Hopkinson Smith • Tyshawn Sorey • Tim Sparks • Bruce Springsteen • David
Starobin • Leni Stern • Mark Stewart • Marty Stuart • Andy Summers • Taj
Mahal • Stomu Takeishi • Otis Taylor • Marija Temo • Teddy Thompson • Steve
Tibbetts • Tin Hat Trio • David Torn • Artie Traum • Tony Trischka • Dave
Tronzo • Toubab Krewe • Turtle Island String Quartet • Twi the Humble
Feather • William Tyler • Benjamin Verdery • Ana Vidovic • Jason Vieaux •
Frank Vignola • Martha Wainwright • Ryley Walker • Trixie Whitley • Keller
Williams • George Winston • Jim Woodring • Min Xiao-Fen • Yale Guitar
Orchestra • Dan Zanes • Fabio Zanon • Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn • Tengyue Zhang •
Zubot + Dawson

 

 

 

THANK YOU to our sponsors

Over the years, these organizations have played a critical role in our success:

Apple

J. D'Addario & Company

The John & Joan D'Addario Foundation

The Augustine Foundation

WNYC - New York Public Radio

ArtsBrookfield

Brooklyn Brewery

As well as: WFUV, 90.5 The Night, Guitar.com, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Guitar Player, Relix, Flavorpill, JamBase, Guitar Center, Avalon Guitars, Marshall, Korg, Vox.

 

Our sister festivals

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival 

The Adelaide International Guitar Festival