David Spelman

William Kanengiser:  I’m sitting here with the great maestro Pepe Romero, discussing his All-Bach recital on January 10 that will kick off the 2014 New York Guitar Festival. Pepe, quite a few years ago, you did a series of All-Bach recitals; is this one at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden the first one in a long time?  

Pepe Romero: Well, I haven’t done it in a long time. It came as an idea of (festival director) David Spelman…he called me, and started sending me pictures of Bach on my phone (laughs)…  

WK:  To make you feel guilty!  

The internationally recognized event, which in recent years has emerged as a favorite destination for musicians and guitar fans from around the world, will feature more than 30 performers drawing from guitar traditions rooted in the US, England, Canada, China, Spain, and Mali.

The Adelaide Festival Centre, one of the leading performing arts centers in Australia, has strung together a spectacular new event, the inaugural Adelaide International Guitar Festival. The new ten day festival, November 23 – December 2, 2007, is inspired and assisted by the New York Guitar Festival. Over 100 musicians from around the world will converge on Adelaide to honour and celebrate the guitar in over 40 guitar centric events, spanning all music genres (blues, jazz, classical, experimental, blues & roots, world, and more...) The Festival will take place in various venues at the Adelaide Festival Centre and in Elder Park.

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