Schedule / Past Festivals

Music by Chicha Libre + Gyan Riley

Charlie Chaplin’s Pay Day & The Idle Class plus short animations from Harry Smith’s Early Abstractions. The Peruvian-influenced psychedelic pop of Chicha Libre mixes Colombian cumbia, dreamy surf guitar, and Andean melodies.  They present their scores to Chaplin’s Pay Day (1922) and The Idle Class (1921).

Ceramic Dog is a post-everything band combining the energies of two masters of downtown New York City mayhem: guitarist/vocalist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Robert Plant, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello) and bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Will Oldham), with West Coast indie/experimental genius drummer Ches Smith.

Paul O’Dette, Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Eliot Fisk, Paul Galbraith, David Leisner, Nigel North, Gyan Riley, Benjamin Verdery, Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, and others.

Our 5th biannual Guitar Marathon at the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufman Auditorium is co-curated by Paul O’Dette and the NYGF’s David Spelman. Some of today’s finest classical guitarists and lutenists will reveal the different facets of the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. The event runs from 2—10pm, with a break at 5pm.

Alex de Grassi + James Blackshaw

 One of the top fingerstyle, steel-string guitarists, Grammy nominee Alex de Grassi is renowned for his impeccable technique and compelling compositions. He’s explored a variety of world music influences and drawn acclaim for his 14 recordings on Windham Hill and other labels. He presents his original score for Chaplin’s 1918 masterpiece Shoulder Arms.

James Blackshaw, Max Ochs, Ben Hall + Nick Jonah Davis

An evening of exquisite solo finger-style guitar, assembled by New York City's Tompkins Square label, a leading purveyor of acoustic guitar music. The Village Voice called the label’s three-volume ‘Imaginational Anthem’ series “the gold standard for guitar nerds.”  Ben Hall and Nick Jonah Davis will be making their first-ever New York performances.

Celebrating One Hundred Years of Django Rheinhardt

The great Gypsy Swing guitar player would have been 100 years on January 23rd of this year. To celebrate, some of the best gypsy swing guitar player in the world are throwing a massive jam session at Barbès. Featuring Maie Bittel, Biel Ballester, John Intrator, Babik and Stephane Wrembel. Concerts will be preceded by workshops; 1:30 pm : Maie Bittel, 3:15 pm: Babik, 5 pm: Biel Ballester.

Charlie Chaplin’s One A.M. and Easy Street + Buster Keaton’s Cops w/ Music by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon + Steve Kimock

Bon Iver is the nom-de-guerre of musician Justin Vernon. His album For Emma, Forever Ago was a critical and commercial hit, making him one of the most talked-about indie artists of 2008. For his scores to One A.M.

Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant + The Kid with music by David Bromberg + Marc Ribot

2008 Grammy nominee David Bromberg is known for his eclectic combination of blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, country, and rock.  He’s recorded and performed with Reverend Gary Davis, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan and George Harrison among others and is presenting the premiere of newly commissioned music for Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 The Immigrant.

Opening Night of our 2010 Festival…and it’s free!

Slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, and his tabla-playing his brother Subashish will present an evening of Hindustani guitar music. This Grammy-nominated artist is one of India’s most esteemed musicians and has performed with musicians such as Derek Trucks, Jerry Douglas and John McLaughlin.

. . . come have a drink with us at the Lakeside Lounge

To conclude a dizzying three weeks of ‘guitarded’ (as Bill Frisell likes to say) behavior we invite you to come lift a pint of Brooklyn Lager with us at The Lakeside Lounge. This Alphabet City tavern sports a vintage black & white Asbury Park photo booth, and one of the best jukeboxes in the city (with lots vintage vinyl cut to cd).

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