New York Guitar Festival

New York Guitar Festival announces sixth season of concerts. It will begin January 14, 2006, featuring 60 guitarists, 20 concerts, 7 venues.

As a universal instrument--perhaps the only instrument to have successfully crossed over to the world's vast number of musical traditions--the guitar holds a special significance to people of all cultures, genders, and ages. Following the success of its first five seasons examining the many aspects of the guitar's musical personality, and with rave reviews in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Jazz Times, the New York Guitar Festival announces its sixth season of concert performances, January 14 though February 8. The festival boasts over 20 performances, by some 60 exceptional guitarists of jazz, classical, rock/pop, traditional and avant garde styles. Participating venues will include Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Joe's Pub, the 92nd Street Y, the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, Flushing Town Hall, The American Youth Hostel Concert Chapel, and The Monkey. Featured artists will include Daniel Lanois, Bill Frisell, Jorma Kaukonen, Vernon Reid, Taj Mahal, Pepe Romero, Eliot Fisk, Toshi Reagon, Sonny Landreth, Rory Block, Cindy Cashdollar, Jesse Harris, David Tronzo, Bill Morrissey, Laura Cantrell, Brandon Ross, Gary Lucas, Chocolate Genius, Alvin Youngblood Hart, The National, Mark Eitzel, Dan Zanes, Martha Wainwright, Michelle Shocked, among many others. Concerts will range from an all-day Guitar Marathon focusing on the guitar's history in Spain, to eclectic tributes to Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Elizabeth Cotten, Charley Patton, and Bruce Springsteen, to multi-media performances combining film, animation and live music.

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