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SILENT FILMS / LIVE GUITARS

Badi Assad, Wu Yonggang’s The Goddess (1934, 85 min.)

Kaki King, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s The Garage (1920, 25 min.)

The extraordinary Brazilian guitarist/singer Badi Assad premieres her score for one of the best-known films of China’s cinematic golden age: Wu Yonggang’s 1934 debut The Goddess, the story of a prostitute working the seamy streets of Shanghai to afford an education for her young son.

With six albums as well as collaborations with Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters and The Mountain Goats to her credit, Kaki King brings her spare, understated style to Arbuckle’s 1920 short comedy The Garage.

 

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SILENT FILMS / LIVE GUITARS

Marc Ribot - Josef von Sternberg’s The Docks of New York (1928, 75 min.)
Chris Eldridge - Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s Coney Island (1917, 24 min.)

Marc Ribot did such a fabulous job with Chaplin’s classic The Kid at the 2010 Festival,” NYGF Founder David Spelman remembers, “bringing out not just the humor, but the deep humanity of the film, that I knew we wanted to have him back, but this time with a film that might summon up an even wider emotional palette.” This season, Ribot returns with a new score for von Sternberg’s passionate drama The Docks of New York, which tells the New York waterfront story of a boiler room stoker’s romance with a suicidal dance-hall girl. Ribot has frequently collaborated with Tom Waits and John Zorn; his most recent band is the trio Ceramic Dog. For sheer contrast, bathing beauties and Keystone Kops abound in Fatty Arbuckle’s 1917 short comedy Coney Island, screened with a suitably raucous new score by Chris Eldridge of the progressive bluegrass band Punch Brothers.

Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30pm. Single Tickets are $25.

Details at: http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/new-york-guitar-festival-silent-films-live-guitars

 

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GUITAR MARATHON: LAS AMERICAS

FREE for the first time in Festival’s history; 2-5 pm & 7-10 pm

 

 

Reservations are strongly suggested. They’ll guarantee you a seat if you arrive 1

5 minutes before showtime. Call 212 501 3330 or reserve online for 2-5 pm; reserve online for 7-10 pm.
Co-curated by Brazilian phenomenon Badi Assad and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet founder William Kanengiser, the six-hour Marathon focuses on classical guitar in North and South America, contrasting rich traditions with bold experimentation. Featured composers include Heitor Villa-Lobos, Egberto Gismonti, Joan Tower, Elliot Carter, Alberto Ginastera, Leo Brouwer, Robert Beaser, Manual Ponce, Antonio Lauro, Agustín Barrios and many more.

About the curators: A founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Kanengiser displays his multi-varied musical interests in recordings of composers as dissimilar from one another as Bartók, Handel and Jerome Kern. Assad hails from a musical family of guitarists-composers.

A singer and percussionist to boot, she fuses pop-jazz with worldbeat in a sensuously Brazilian sensibility.

LAS AMERICAS, PART I: NORTH AMERICA (2-5 PM)

Strongly suggested: 

or call 212 501 3330.

William Kanengiser has invited four brilliant guest artists to help celebrate the guitar of North America. David Mozqueda, a young virtuoso from Gaudalaja, Mexico, will present masterworks by Ponce and Olivas, as well as arrangements of popular Mexican folksongs. Colin Davin, prizewinner in the GFA competition and modern-music specialist, will present compelling works by

Joan Tower, and with flutist Daniel James, a new work by Alaska-based composer Conrad Wilson. Connie Shue, an emerging artist specializing in women composers, will play works by Canadian composer Dale Kavanaugh, Brazilian Clarice Assad (Badi’s niece) and John Anthony Lennon. The ph

enomenal Naumberg Award-winner Jorge Caballero will play the first of his two sets in the Marathon, presenting some of the most important American guitar compositions by Elliott Carter and John Major, as well as the stunning Sonata #1 by Cuban master Léo Brouwer. William Kanengiser will close out the afternoon by presenting an eclectic mix of Mexican, Cuban and American works, ranging from folkloric to contemporary to jazz-inspired.

LAS AMERICAS, PART II: SOUTH AMERICA (7-10 PM)

Strongly suggested:

or call 212 501 3330.

For the second part of the Marathon, Badi Assad has crafted an evening of propulsive rhythm and sensuous melody from South America. The award-winning Brazil Guitar Duo will open the evening with pieces by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Gismonti and others. Samba master Rom

ero Lubambo will bring his technical fireworks and serious Brazilian groove to a set of popular pieces by Jobim, Garoto and others. Jorge Caballero will return to the stage to present some of the mo

st important South American compositions for guitar, including works by Barrios, Antonio Lauro, and the seminal Sonata by Ginastera. Making their NY debut, the incredible Duo Siquiera/Lima will present fiery duets by Brazilian, Argentinian and Ecuadorian composers. The grand finale of the Marathon will be the inimitable Badi Assad, who brings a feminine sensibility to her stunning world-beat fusion of pop, jazz and Brazilian music.

 

Monday, January 20 at 2:00pm. Free.

Details at: http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/new-york-guitar-festival-marathon

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