Schedule / Past Festivals

Referred to as “one of the contemporary guitar’s most gifted stars” by Classical Guitar magazine, Michael Nicolella is recognized as one of America's most innovative classical guitarists.

Teddy Thompson

When Teddy Thompson, whose parents are British folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson, released his 2005 Separate Ways, the Times of London exclaimed, "not since Jackson Browne issued from 1970s California a succession of mournful masterpieces has a songwriter so completely nailed the sense that, in every celebration, the sense of imminent regret hovers... Brilliant..".

Modal Kombat is a live instrument battle channeled through the video game Mortal Kombat. Two classical guitars control movements of characters in Mortal Kombat Trilogy. The concert begins with a set by the 350 duo, performing original compositions influenced by Bach, Reich and Cold Play. Afterwards, the Super Bowl will be shown on a giant 10x16 foot screen with free food and beverages.

Wolfgang Muthspiel

One of the most exciting young artists on the jazz scene today, internationally-acclaimed guitarist and composer Wolfgang Muthspiel is commanding attention worldwide as an artist of deep integrity, intelligence and daring musicality. Join Wolfgang for a rare solo performance emphasising his trademark use of a loop pedal to build a world of sound from the one instrument.

Goran Ivanovic + Fareed Haque

It’s true that Goran Ivanovic was born of a Serbian father and a Bosnian Croat mother...and that Fareed Haque was born of a Pakistani father and a Chilean mother...but that’s just the beginning of their musical lineage. Ivanovic studied at Salzburg’s Mozarteum with Eliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch.

Ralph Gibson

Internationally celebrated photographer Ralph Gibson presents his work-in-progress; Ich Bin die Nacht --music for lens and guitar, featuring Gibson performing his own electric guitar compositions to accompany moving and still imagery from Berlin at night.

Classical guitarist and composer Benjamin Verdery and steel-string guitarist William Coulter have found a unique and energizing musical partnership. They first met in 1984, and have gone on to tour and make recordings since 1990.

Larry Coryell (guitar), George Brooks (saxophones), Ronu Majumdar (Indian flute), Vijay Ghate (tabla)

Beginning in 1966 with his head-turning recording debut on Chico Hamilton’s album The Dealer, guitarist Larry Coryell became a true pioneer of jazz-rock guitar.

Jorma Kaukonen, Laura Cantrell, Jen Chapin, Taylor Barton & G.E. Smith, Teresa Williams & Larry Campbell, and others.

American icon and songwriting giant Loretta Lynn has entered the very heart of what country music describes: hard times made good through sharing music. Her career has been an autobiographical journey of what is truly one of the toughest spirits at work in music.

Wolfgang Muthspiel – guitar, Mick Goodrick – guitar

On the second night of his New York Guitar Festival residency, Wolfgang Muthspiel offers a rare combination of accessibility and sophistication, melodicism and dazzling technique. His six-string “guru,” Mick Goodrick, one of the nation’s foremost jazz educators and author of the best-selling instruction book, The Advancing Guitarist, joins Wolfgang for this intimate duo performance.