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Kaki King playing guitar with light projecctions mapped onto the instrument
Darragh Dandurand

  Visionary guitarist Kaki King has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself.” Over the past 10 years the Brooklyn-based artist has released six extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats and more, and has contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks.

She will be at The Egg in Albany, NY to perform her provocative, moving, beautiful, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body – a groundbreaking new multi-media performance that uses an innovative projection mapping technique as her guitar seemingly takes on a living, breathing existence of its own.

  Mitch Albom is a screenwriter, playwright, nationally syndicated columnist and the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers, including Tuesdays with Morrie.

In his latest novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, he tells the story of the greatest guitar player to ever walk the earth. Born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town, Frankie is sent to America at age nine -- his only possession an old guitar and six strings -- each of which will change a life.

Tyler Boye

Guitarist Jason Vieaux is performing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on August 16 with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Jason was the 2015 Grammy Winner for Best Classical Instrumental Album, for his CD Play.

  The Solid Sound Festival returns to MASS MoCA this weekend. The Richard Thompson Trio will play in Joe’s Field on Saturday.

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, Thompson was the recipient of the Order of the British Empire - personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Most recently, the Americana Music Honors & Awards nominated him for “Artist of the Year”.

Yesterday his new album, Still, was released yesterday on Fantasy Records. The album was recorded in The Wilco Loft in Chicago and is produced by Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy.

J. Henry Fair

    Three master guitarists meet to perform an exquisite evening of classical, jazz and Latin music. Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is joined by the iconic jazz master Stanley Jordan and Brazil’s leading guitarist Romero Lubambo.

The Guitar Passions tour will make two stops in our region early next month - at The Egg in Albany, NY on 2/5 and at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY on 2/7.

Sharon Isbin joins us to tell us more.

Springfield Museums

A touring exhibition celebrating the world’s most recognizable and influential musical instrument, the guitar, opened today in Springfield Massachusetts.

The exhibit at the Springfield Museums is a mix of art, history, science and pop culture. It shows the evolution of  string instruments from the guitar’s early ancestors,  the first appearance of  the now familiar guitar curve shape in the 1400s ,and the best selling modern designs by American  guitar makers, Martin, Fender and Gibson. 

Photo courtesy of Massey Hall

    As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor, Paco Peña, has transformed perceptions of this Flamenco Spanish art form. His company of musicians and dancers has been dazzling audiences for decades.

The Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company will perform at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY on January 20th.