Jason Vieaux, esteemed American virtuoso guitarist who’s performing as part of the 2010 New York Guitar Festival’s day-long Bach marathon at the 92nd Street Y ( on Sunday, January 31st, muses about the Baroque genius.

The New York Guitar Festival commissioned Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Collections of Colonies of Bees’ Chris Rosenau to create new scores to two of Charlie Chaplin’s classic short silent films. They perform the scores live at Merkin Concert Hall on Thursday, January 21st, as part of our Silent Films/Live Guitars series.

“Making my own list, I found you can find a hundred other great or profoundly influential guitarists without breaking a sweat.”  –Tim Brookes

Our friend Tim Brookes, author of Guitar: An American Life, poses the question on every guitar fan’s mind. Who was, or is, the greatest guitarist of all time? Or can that question really be answered in a meaningful and thoughtful way? Inquiring minds want to know…

Over the years we’ve had the privilege of working with some terrific designers, including Jason Munn, Milton Glaser and Alex Coulter. Here are a few of our favorite posters. If you’d like to learn more about their work, please visit their websites:

On Sunday, September 8th, the New York Times published an article by Allan Kozinn about our upcoming all-Bach marathon concert taking place in January. You can read the full story here, and tickets are available here.

In September we wrapped ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, our biennial “sister festival” previously known as Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, held at the University of Illinois’ acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The three-day event included more than 30 world-class artists, including Bill Frisell, The National, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Alex De Grassi, Ani Di Franco, Junior Brown, and more, plus the world premiere of “The Long Count,” a multi-disciplinary piece featuring visual artist Matthew Ritchie and members of The National, the Pixies and My Brightest Diamond (which had its NYC debut this past week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music).

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ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival (the biennial event previously known as Wall to Wall Guitar Festival), held September 10-12, 2009 at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, wrapped up its third successful event with more than 30 world-class guitarists - including 11 free performances - over three days.

Every other year, some of the world’s most distinctive guitar players gather in New York City to celebrate the New York Guitar Festival with a series of intimate concerts and one-of-a-kind collaborations. To open the 2008 New York Guitar Festival, more than 20 artists assembled at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden to honor the music of Bob Dylan by recreating his famed 1966 “Royal Albert Hall” concert.

The first annual Adelaide International Guitar Festival, inspired and assisted by the New York Guitar Festival, concluded on Sunday, December 2nd with an homage to Jimi Hendrix with over 4,000 people packed into Elder Park. With a line-up of many of the worlds most distinctive guitarists, it was a fitting end to an extraordinary musical feast.

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