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New York Guitar Festival Announces 2022 Line-Up Ft. Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, William Tyler, Vieux Farka Touré, + More

New York Guitar Festival
New York Guitar Festival


New York Guitar Festival announces 2022 line-up featuring Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, William Tyler, Vieux Farka Touré and will take place on June 14th-17th at the Greene Space, WNYC’s Multimedia performance venue in Soho.

STREAM: New York Guitar Festival 2022
Tues, June 14 | Wed, June 15 | Thurs, June 16 | Fri, June 17

– New York Post

– NBC New York

“Turned the Big Apple into Guitartown, USA”
– Guitar Player Magazine

“A veritable guitar orgy.”
– Jazz Times

“A series that examines virtually every aspect of the guitar’s musical personality.”
– The NY Times

“A comprehensive celebration of all things picked, plucked and strummed…a guitar hound’s paradise”
– Time Out New York

“Fret heads from around the world will converge…for a series of concerts and concluding marathon devoted to the most important instrument of the 20th century’s back end.”
– The Village Voice
The 2022 New York Guitar Festival Returns To Live, In-Person Performances!

After two years in the wilderness of online streaming, we here at the New York Guitar Festival couldn’t contain ourselves when it came to this year’s return to live music-making. And so. we’re presenting a genre-spanning, globetrotting series of shows in The Greene Space, WNYC’s multimedia performance venue in Soho. Four nights, from June 14 to 17, featuring some of today’s most dazzling guitar talents, including Bill Frisell, Vieux Farka Toure, and Marta Pereira da Costa. And representing such exotic locales as West Africa, Brazil, and whatever astral plane Vernon Reid & Laraaji occupy. It’s like a blast from the Before Times, when the annual NYGF could present legends of the classical guitar like Pepe Romero alongside rock heroes like Andy Summers and blues greats like Taj Mahal.

Since its founding in 1999 by David Spelman, the Artistic Director of the festival, and WNYC’s John Schaefer, host of the “New Sounds” radio series, the NYGF has taken advantage of the instrument’s unique ability to find a way into almost every kind of music we make. That includes places where you expect to find the guitar – Glenn Jones, for example, keeps alive the tradition of the path-breaking American folk guitarist John Fahey – and places where you don’t, as in the contemporary post-Minimalist music of Gyan Riley. So whether you’re a fan of William Tyler’s cosmic brand of country/folk or Badi Assad’s Brazilian-inflected jazz/pop, we’ve got a guitarist for you. A bunch of them, in fact. Two a night for four nights of live, in-person, in-front-of-real-people guitar playing.

Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 PM: Glenn Jones, Vieux Farka Toure
Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 PM: Gyan Riley, Bill Frisell, & Luke Bergman.
Thursday, June 16, 7:30 PM: Badi Assad, Vernon Reid, & Laraaji
Friday, June 17, 7:30 PM: Marta Pereira da Costa, William Tyler

Badi Assad
Younger sister of the great Brazilian guitar duo of Sergio & Odair Assad, Badi is not only a guitarist but also a singer and percussionist (sometimes using the guitar as a percussion instrument). She draws on elements of jazz, world music, and pop, and was co-curator of the 2014 edition of the New York Guitar Festival.

Bill Frisell
Wikipedia says Bill Frisell “is an American jazz guitarist.” Well they got “American” and “guitarist” right. Frisell has indeed played jazz, but also country, rock, West African, classical, and lots of less easily defined styles of music. Widely considered to be one of the great guitarists of our time, he is the subject of a new biography called Bill Frisell: Beautiful Dreamer.
Luke Bergman
Bassist, guitarist, and pedal steel player Luke Bergman is part of Bill Frisell’s Harmony Quartet. Left to his own devices, he has recorded often unlikely versions of music by artists as varied as Joanna Newsom and Olivier Messiaen.

Glenn Jones
Although he has a background in rock and experimental music, Glenn Jones is best known as a keeper of the flame of “American Primitive,” the folk-based style associated with the 20th century guitarist John Fahey. With a variety of tunings, capos, and even specially-made half-capos, Jones’s music is full of unexpected textures.

Marta Pereira da Costa
The guitarra Portuguesa, or Portuguese guitar, looks a bit like a mandolin on steroids, and has a long history of great performers – all of them dudes. Until Marta Pereira da Costa showed up. She plays the instrument in its traditional setting – Portuguese fado music – but has also written her own music and collaborated with artists like Iranian singer Tara Tiba and Cameroonian bass player Richard Bona.

Crashing this year’s guitar festival is the ambient zither player and electronic musician Laraaji. Famously part of Brian Eno’s groundbreaking Ambient Music series back in 1981, Laraaji has created a large body of atmospheric, often cosmic sounding music for zither, voice, processing, and occasionally piano. And in recent years, he’s performed as a duo with the guitarist Vernon Reid.

Gyan Riley
From his beginnings in his father’s band, Terry Riley and The All Stars, Gyan Riley has branched out into classical music (both his own and that of composers like John Zorn), spacey electric guitar excursions, and Eastern-influenced collaborations with a wide range of artists, including recent Grammy winner Arooj Aftab.

Vernon Reid
One of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Vernon Reid gained fame as the main songwriter for the rock band Living Colour, and as a founder of the Black Rock Coalition. Adept at metal, funk and jazz, Reid has also composed an ambitious multimedia piece called Artificial Afrika, and after collaborations with Bill Frisell, Jack Bruce, and Public Enemy (among others), began performing duos with zither player Laraaji.

Vieux Farka Toure
Sometimes known as “the Hendrix of the Sahara,” Vieux Farka Toure is a Malian singer and guitarist whose career began with collaborations with two of West Africa’s most celebrated musicians: the kora player Toumani Diabate and Vieux’s own dad, the famous guitarist Ali Farka Toure. Since then he has worked with American singer Julia Easterlin and popular Israeli musician Idan Raichel, in addition to releasing five solo studio albums rooted in the sounds and rhythms of West African blues.

William Tyler
Folk, country, indie, and electronic music all echo through the works of William Tyler. His solo albums offer a distinctive, sometimes gothic, often celestial take on American roots music. His collaborative albums include experimental guitarist Marisa Anderson, electric harpist Mary Lattimore, and the ambient drones of Six Organs of Admittance.


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