Schedule / Past Festivals

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.


Classical guitar students at the Manhattan School of Music will perform for the acclaimed Brazilian French guitarist Fabio Zanon. Zanon came to international prominence in 1996, when he won first prize in both the 30th "Francisco Tarrega" International Competition in Spain and the 14th GFA International Competition in the USA.

Wolfgang Muthspiel – guitar, Chris Cheek – alto saxophone, Larry Grenadier – bass

Join Wolfgang Muthspiel – “a shining light of the contemporary jazz-guitar generation” (The New Yorker) – as he launches his New York Guitar Festival residency tonight. The internationally acclaimed guitarist and composer will perform with a dynamic trio featuring two longtime collaborators, bassist Larry Grenadier and alto saxophonist Chris Cheek.

Made on a Mac

Internationally celebrated photographer Ralph Gibson presents a preview of two works-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; and State of the Axe --his forthcoming book and exhibition of portraits of over 60 of the world’s most distinctive avant garde

Sérgio & Odair Assad, Badi Assad, Yamandú Costa, Vinicius Cantuária, Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio, Roland Dyens, Arthur Kampela, Romero Lubambo with Pamela Driggs, Celso Machado, Fábio Zanon, Allison Carvalho and others!

Our 4th biannual Guitar Marathon at the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufman Auditorium is co-curated by Sérgio & Odair Assad and the NYGF’s David Spelman. Today's Brazilian guitar masters explore the guitar’s rich history in Brazil, from bossa nova to the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and other classical composers. The event runs from 2—10pm, with a break at 5pm.

Solo performance for acoustic guitar + looping

The improvisational music of this former member of Robert Fripp’s The league of Crafty Guitarists is a rich blend of Mediterranean roots, progressive rock, organic blues grooves and a psychedelic free-form approach to the heritage of acoustic finger style guitar.


Classical guitar students at the Manhattan School of Music will perform for the noted French guitarist/composer Roland Dyens. The audience will have the opportunity to see and hear the fascinating process which normally takes place behind closed doors. An intimate view of a master’s technique and unique way of teaching.


Like the late guitar innovator Michael Hedges, Italian guitarist and composer Pino Forastiere employs a dazzling blend of slapping, tapping, strumming, altered tunings, and harmonics. However, he also combines those elements with classical phrasing and a focus on distinct and addictive melodies.

Jorma Kaukonen, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jim Lauderdale, Larry Campbell, and friends.

Carrying the mantle for country music forward into the rock era, Merle Haggard is the embodiment of how it’s done right. With forty number one hits in his career Merle continues to tour in his 70th year.