Schedule / Past Festivals

Opening Night of our 2008 Festival…and it’s free!

A very special tribute to the music of Bob Dylan, honoring Dylan’s storied 1966 concert - long the Dylan bootleggers' favorite, and released legit by Sony on CD in 1998.

Taj Mahal, Mike Seeger, Jolie Holland and Carla Kihlstedt & Mark Orton

Elizabeth Cotten was a true original and among the most influential guitarists to surface during the roots music revival era. Turning her instruments upside-down to play them left-handed, she developed a truly distinctive guitar style and sound. Her song “Freight Train”has become a fingerpicker’s classic.

Julia Sarr (vocals), and Patrice LaRose (flamenco guitar)

One of the most original vocal artists to emerge from West Africa in decades, Julia Sarr honed her reputation as a backing vocalist in Paris for Lokua Kanza, Manu Dibango, MC Solaar, and other luminaries. Her and Patrice Larose’s first album, Set Luna (So I’ve Observed), and their recent U.S.

The Extreme Guitar Project

Since landing in NYC two years ago, the Italian classical guitarist Marco Cappelli  (a student of Oscar Ghiglia) started to develop a unique style which includes avant garde compositions, improvisation, live-electronics, hard rock sounds, classic licks, and much more.  This melting pot of sounds, is rarely heard on a classical guitar.


Praised by Gramophone for his "stunning technical skill and unfailing musicality" and characterized by Classical Guitar magazine as "a fully enlightened musician of our time," Michael Nicolella is recognized as one of America's most innovative and eclectic classical guitarists. He will perform music for classical and electric guitar, including works by Steve Reich, J.S.

Daniel Lanois (acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitars, vocals), with Brian Blade (drums) and other guests.

Celebrated guitarist, singer, songwriter & producer Daniel Lanois brings his music and experimental film images to NYC for the first time. Glorious pedal steel guitar playing and innovative sonics will make for an electrifying night. Of his last NYGF performance, The NY Times wrote: "In a rare performance playing solo pedal steel guitar, Mr.


Kevin Gallagher, winner of both the 1993 Guitar Foundation of America Competiton and the 1997 Francisco Tarrega competition, will premiere his new “avant-pop” group, Electric Kompany. The group arranges, composes and commissions music for rock quartet. For this concert, they will perform compositions by Arvo Part, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Marc Mellits, and others.


Guitarist/composer Stephen Griesgraber will present Redhooker, an evening of music for guitar and live electronics. Inspired by his interest in hypnagogia and the altered auditory experiences reflected in various dream states, Stephen will perform music for solo guitar, guitar with live electronics and samples, as well as music for guitar and ensemble.

John Hammond, Rory Block, Dave Tronzo, Toshi Reagon and Harry Manx.

A giant in the field of Delta country blues, Charley Patton (1887-1934) was an acknowledged celebrity and seminal influence on musicians throughout the Delta. His music embraced blues, ballads, ragtime, to gospel, and his influence can be heard in the music of Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Son House, and Robert Johnson.

Slow Six

Learn how chamber ensemble Slow Six integrates live audio processing into
its performances via custom applications designed on a Mac using the Max/MSP