Some scenes from the 2014 Alt-Guitar Summit, curated by Joel Harrison and part of the New York Guitar Festival. Kyoko Takenaka captured the performances as well as backstage interviews. More videos will be posted in the days to come. . . 

Pepe Romero opened the 2014 New York Guitar Festival on Friday, January 10th at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden. We interviewed him here during his soundcheck.
This New York Guitar Festival appearance marks Maestro Romero's first ever all-Bach recital in New York.

Photos & Video by Kyoko Takenaka. 

In 2011 I curated three nights at Cornelia St. Café that I dubbed the “Alternative Guitar Festival.” David Spelman, founder of the NYGF, attended two of those nights and was sufficiently enthused to invite me to organize a similar gathering for his festival this year.

 My goal as a curator is to present master improvisers, free-thinkers, those who reject category and style and are radically imaginative. Ideally they are under-appreciated and  have not won any polls. I wish to present these players in unusual contexts, outside of their normal trio or quartet settings. 

The New York Guitar Festival will certainly get many people talking about the guitar. Here are some quotes from musicians who have already been affected by the dangerous curves of the instrument:

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