TO BE HELD JUNE 9TH
entire day devoted to the art of the guitar, with a host of
world-class performers presenting a variety of styles, technique
and artistry, including jazz, classical, flamenco and an impressive
display of fingerstyle guitar. It will be a first for Sedona.
Ramsell, Whacky Music, Inc., and Sedona Cultural Park are
pleased to announce the Sedona International Guitarfest, Saturday,
June 9th, at the Red Rock High School Auditorium, with all
profits to be donated to music education programs in Sedona
concerts include a U.S. debut performance by Tierra Negra,
a "flamenco nuevo" duo from Germany, performances
by two National Fingerstyle Champions, Steven King and Tim
Sparks, a rare Sedona appearance by international jazz guitar
legend and “touch”-style virtuoso, Stanley Jordan and performances
by Peppino D’Agostino (fingerstyle), Benjamin Verdery (classical)
and William Coulter (Celtic), with both solo and duo performance
by the latter two artists.
Four workshops will be presented by different artists,
two on different fingerstyle techniques, and one each on classical
and flamenco techniques.
All workshops are open to all who hold day passes,
workshop passes or workshop tickets and all skill levels are
day begins at 9 a.m., with workshops devoted to different
styles, and continues with both afternoon and evening concerts,
with an optional catered “dinner with the artists” between
the concerts and a scheduled conclusion before midnight.
afternoon concert begins at 3 p.m. and features three artists. Steven King is a National Fingerstyle Champion
with an incredibly wide-ranging repertoire, has been playing
guitar for 35 years and has created a unique "trio"
sound with simultaneous walking bass lines, melodies, chords
and rhythms. In addition to original compositions, King "dusts off great
songs, freshens them with ingenious arrangements, then plays
them on guitar with the fullness of a small ensemble."
Verdery, who has performed and taught master classes throughout
Europe, North and South America, and Japan, has been called
a "great guitarist possessing an astonishing technique."
Verdery's recording of 15 of his original compositions
won the 1992 Best Classical Guitar Recording in Guitar
Coulter has been performing and recording traditional music
since 1981, including three albums of Celtic Music, and "elevates
folk music with a refined, pristine and very much alive artistry." Coulter and Verdery’s recent collaboration, Song for our Ancestors, has been called "a journey made of songs
and spirit, steel and nylon, intricate strands and braids
evening concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m., features four acts. Peppino D'Agostino has been touted by Jazziz
magazine as a "phenom in the same league with John Fahey,
Leo Kottke, Doc Watson and John Renbourn."
The self-taught D’Agostino masterfully combines elements
of jazz, classical and folk in a musical style that's impossible
to pigeonhole and yet is reminiscent of his Mediterranean
heritage. His mastery of the fretboard includes the frequent
use of a variety of alternate tunings.
International Guitarfest is proud to present the U.S. debut
performance of Tierra Negra.
Coming to Sedona direct from Germany, this duo, consisting
of Raughi Ebert and Leo Henrichs, have been playing "flamenco
nuevo" together for the last 12 years. Their beautiful original compositions range
from fiery to mysterious and contemplative.
Their performance of Henrich's song, Tapas,
was recently selected by the Narada label for inclusion in
a new flamenco collection, and they richly deserve to be introduced
to U.S. audiences.
Tim Sparks is a National Fingerstyle Champion and widely
regarded as one of America's most accomplished guitarists.
Tim's recent focus on arranging and performing Jewish music
for solo guitar has produced some astounding music, and his
releases have been highly rated by Acoustic Guitar and Downbeat magazines. Leo Kottke
says, "I'm one of Tim Sparks biggest fans. . . He's really
one of the best musicians I know."
Stanley Jordan, widely regarded as the first "Touch”-style
virtuoso, is legendary for having brought the two-hands-on-the-fretboard
tapping technique to an unprecedented musical level, with
the orchestral complexity of a keyboard instrument. His Magic
Touch album (1985) was #1 on Billboard's jazz chart for
51 weeks, received 2 Grammy nominations and certified Gold
in the U.S. and Japan.
workshops will be presented by King, Verdery, Sparks and Tierra
Negra (Ebert and Henrichs).
King’s workshop at 9 a.m. is “Fingerstyle Voices: Simultaneous
Melody, Chords and Bass Lines in Standard Tuning.”
Verdery will present “Classical Style and Technique”
at 10 a.m. Spark’s
workshop at 11 a.m. is titled “One String Leads to Another:
Multicultural Ideas for Fingerpicking.”
At 1:30 p.m., Tierra Negra will present “Flamenco Nuevo
Guitar: Rumba Flamenca Style.”
for the Guitarfest is limited. Day Passes, good for all workshops
and both concerts, are $80, or $100 to include dinner with
the artists. The Platinum Pass includes premium concert
seating and dinner for $125.
Concert Passes (good for both concerts) are $55, or
$75 to include the dinner. Individual concert tickets are expected to
go on sale June 1, if seats are still available. Workshop Passes (good for all workshops) are $35, and individual
Workshop Tickets are $15, with a student discount to $5 per
workshop, at the door only and with valid student ID.
For more info, or to purchase tickets, contact the
Sedona Cultural Park Box Office at 520-203-4TIX (x253) or
800-780-ARTS (x 253).