NYGF ‘16 begins with a Mother's Day concert in honor of gospel/blues legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of rock & roll. She was America’s first national gospel star, and her famous windmill guitar moves lived on in Keith Richards and Pete Townshend.
Beauty and Noise is devoted to players who inhabit electronic frontiers, creating sonic rapture, sometimes absent of notes. Listeners will be immersed in wild, mysterious textures rarely imagined. Some artists will play solo, others will have accompaniment, some of the music will be composed, some improvised.
This year, the Alt Guitar Summit launches a new annual series entitled "While We're Still Here," celebrating living composers. For this inaugural, the honorees will be none other than jazz big-band leader Carla Bley and the widely influential Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.
Our all-day, immersive Guitar Marathon at The Met Cloisters
Perched atop North Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park, with a view of the Hudson River below and cliffs of the Palisades across the way, The Cloisters houses one of the world's finest collections of medieval European art.
The South African guitarist/composer Derek Gripper in conversation with author, guitarist, broadcaster Banning Eyre. Eyre has spent years exploring the guitar styles of Africa, and is the author of four books, including In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali.
Contemporary Improvisation and The Electric Guitar
Liberty Ellman, Grey McMurray and Gyan Riley in conversation with Alternative Guitar Summit founder/curator Joel Harrison. A loose, wide-ranging discussion on the incredible breadth of guitar styles and approaches that have proliferated in new music and jazz in the 21st century.
A Conversation with Kid Millions, Don Bikoff + Jeff Conklin
A discussion on American Primitive presented by Tompkins Square, featuring Don Bikoff, Jeff Conklin and and moderated by Kid Millions. The Tompkins Square Label has released many essential recordings by first-gen cosmic guitar players like Harry Taussig, Michael Chapman, Peter Walker and Max Ochs, as well as young gun slingers in t
Creation: A panel discussion on trends in composition, commissioning, performing and publishing new music for classical guitar. Featuring Robert Cuckson, Marco Cappelli and Andrew McKenna Lee. Moderated by Michael Newman and Laura Oltman, of the Newman Oltman Duo.