Date

May 10 2024

Time

8:00 pm

Labels

Global Music

Global Guitar Summit at S.F. International Arts Fest Featuring Matthew Montfort and Teja Gerken

This Global Guitar Summit presents two international acoustic guitar virtuosos who will perform solo and ensemble pieces: American scalloped fretboard guitar and world fusion music pioneer Matthew Montfort, German fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Teja Gerken. The music performed will include new arrangements of classical works, Celtic music, Indian classical, contemporary compositions, popular songs, and much more. The Global Guitar Summit was first formed by Gerken and Montfort in 2016 as a forum to present guitar round robins.

Matthew Montfort released his first solo recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar, in 2009. He is a pioneer among guitarists who have had their fretboards scalloped in order to play various forms of world music that require intricate note-bending ornaments while still being able to play chords. Montfort immersed himself in an intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar. He is recognized as one of the world’s 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com, a curated “best of” site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, Doc Watson, Pierre Bensusan, Alex De Grassi, and Peppino D’Agostino. The December 2009 Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine includes a full page feature on Matthew Montfort with a corresponding GuitarPlayer.Com video and lesson entitled “The Music of Jimi Hendrix Applied to Indian Raga.”

German-born Teja Gerken is a contemporary steel-string fingerstyle guitarist whose playing merges the styles of European guitar pioneers such as John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan with the distinct sounds of American players such as Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. Known for his original compositions, many of which employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects, and other extended guitar techniques, Teja will also bring Celtic, jazz, and classical styles to the Global Guitar Summit. Teja recently released his third solo album, “Test of Time,” which Acoustic Guitar magazine calls “A sonic marvel from top to bottom.”

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