Boston GuitarFest 2020: “Revolution and Rebirth”

Dear friends,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you all once again to Boston Guitar Fest, to the 15th consecutive year of our Festival.

We are more conscious than ever of the importance of such valiant efforts to keep civilization alive. Once again and with enormous enthusiasm we seek to recall and to celebrate the deeper values of our Western musical tradition in a time when these values are under assault from within and without.

These year’s Festival expresses the hope for another velvet revolution and for a glorious rebirth of these ideals, which have inspired most of us to come to music in the first place. For me personally this is a quest that now stretches back almost 6 decades and whose intensity is unquenched, animated by the realization that time is running out and that my head is full of ideas far too numerous to explore fully in those too few years remaining to me now.

Our Festival includes again the familiar structures that have served us so well in the past: the Young Guitarists’ Workshop, Academy, Institute and Adult Education programs continue as before.

This year’s guest artist list is distinguished by legendary Cuban pianist, Jorge Luis Prats, the eminent Cassatt String Quartet (premiering Daniel Godfrey’s new Quintet for Guitar and Strings) and LA Guitar Quartet founding member and leader, WIliam Kanengiser, as soloist in Sergio Assad’s new work for guitar soloist and guitar orchestra, “Walls”, under the direction of Scott Borg.

We continue our tradition of cross disciplinary guest master classes with Maestro Prats coaching guitarists as well as master classes from William kanengiser and myself.

In the regular educational part of Guitar Fest, Lautaro Mantilla continues his Latin rhythm sessions while Maarten Stragier returns to fire the imaginations of all with his unique insights into contemporary music. The dean of American guitar pedagogues, Bruce Holzman, rejoins us giving private instruction as only he can, while our superb regular faculty featuring, Adam Levin, Zaira Meneses, Jerome Mouffe, WIlliam Riley, and Devin Ullibarri continue their great work from previous years.

Boston Guitar Fest is unique in all the world in its function as an academy of musical entrepeneurship and this continues this year as ever with past, present and future NEC students being responsible for the administration and realization of the practical necessities of the entire undertaking.

We thank our loyal sponsors and all of you who make up our wonderful, responsive and supportive audience for enabling us to continue the realization of this beautiful dream.

We hope truly that Boston Guitar Fest may play an important role in a new celebration of our common humanity and in a renewed dedication to the values that enable that sacred common endeavor we call “civilization”.

Welcome to all and “If music be the food of love, play on!”

Eliot Fisk, Artistic Director