Schedule / Past Festivals

Curated by Joel Harrison

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.

Celebrating 101 years of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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.

Toubab Krewe + Joseph Arthur PREMIERE SCORES TO CLASSIC SILENT FILMS

The West African-inspired Asheville, North Carolina-based ensemble Toubab Krewe plays Malian-accented world-pop that’s imbued with laconic, Southeastern minimalism.

Luther Dickinson + Alvin Youngblood Hart PREMIERE SCORES TO CLASSIC SILENT FILMS

Formerly lead guitarist with The Black Crowes and current front-man for North Mississippi Allstars, Memphis-born Luther Dickinson deploys his aggressively Southern sensibility to Walter Ruttman’s 1927 documentary portrait of a Berlin long gone by, Berlin: Symphony of a Great City.

BADI ASSAD + KAKI KING PREMIERE SCORES TO CLASSIC SILENT FILMS

The extraordinary Brazilian guitarist/singer Badi Assad premieres her score for one of the best-known films of China's cinematic golden age: Wu Yonggang’s 1934 debut The Goddess, the story of a prostitute working the seamy streets of Shanghai to afford an education for her young son.

Marc Ribot + Chris Eldridge PREMIERE SCORES TO CLASSIC SILENT FILMS

Marc Ribot did such a fabulous job with Chaplin's classic The Kid at the 2010 Festival,” NYGF Founder David Spelman remembers, “bringing out not just the humor, but the deep humanity of the film, that I knew we wanted to have him back, but this time with a film that might summon up an even wider emotional palette.” This season, Ribot returns with a new score for Josep

Co-curated by William Kanengiser + Badi Assad

FREE for the first time in our Festival's history, this six-hour Marathon (taking place on MLK Day) celebrates the classical guitar in North and South America, contrasting rich traditions with bold experimentation.

The Music of Paul Motian, curated by Joel Harrison

When drummer, bandleader, and composer Paul Motian died at age 80 in the autumn of 2011, it was, for jazz critic Steve Futterman writing in The New Yorker, “like waking to find that your favorite neighborhood bookstore—the one that stocked the edgy stuff that no one else would touch—had closed overnight.” Motian’s music lives on in duo performances by Steve Cardenas and Jacob S

Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas,Vic Juris, Liberty Ellman + Joel Harrison

Five modern masters discuss new approaches to jazz guitar through the lens of Paul Motian's music. Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas (both Motian alumni), Vic Juris, Liberty Ellman, and Joel Harrison will talk about comping, ensemble playing, linear improvisation, band-leading, electronics, philosophy, and more, using Paul Motian's singular opus as a starting point. All levels invited.

 

 
Dave Tronzo w/ Stomu Takeishi + Ben Perowsky, and Fred Frith meets Nels Cline

"Feel the Noise!" – curated by Joel Harrison.

•Dave Tronzo with Stomu Takeishi, electric bass, and Ben Perowsky, percussion.

• Fred Frith meets Nels Cline

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