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THE GREAT GUITARS

MARTIN TAYLOR, FRANK VIGNOLA, VINNY RANIOLO AND PEPPINO D'AGOSTINO

Monday, April 14 @ 7:30 pm

Combining Taylor’s award-winning virtuosic finger style with Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique, Raniolo’s energetic playing and D’Agostino’s classical-inspired artistry, the concert features solo, duet, trio and quartet performances by these four acknowledged masters of fingerstyle, acoustic and jazz guitar. Between them, these guitar greats have worked with artists ranging from Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman to Donald Fagen and Wynton Marsalis.

MARTIN TAYLOR

Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton.

He has been awarded two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and in 2002 he was appointed MBE ‘For Services to Jazz Music’ by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain. As one of the world’s most recognized online guitar teachers his innovative online guitar school with its headquarters in Napa, CA has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries.

From 1979 to 1990 he toured the world and recorded over 20 albums with the French jazz violin legend STEPHANE GRAPPELLI. Their album with Vassar Clements “Together At Last” won a Grammy Nomination in 1987. Monsieur Grappelli described him as “A great artist, rich in talent and elegance”. His ground breaking solo album ARTISTRY, produced by Steve Howe, was released in 1992 to much critical acclaim. It was No 1 in the HMV Jazz Charts for a record 12 weeks and launched his career as an international solo artist. After two very successful albums for Sony/Columbia, KISS AND TELL and NITELIFE, he went on to record several albums for The Guitar Label.

“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable.” (Pat Metheny).

“[Martin Taylor] out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it.” (Jeff Beck).

“The man is no less than a guitar genius.” (Martin Bashir, MSNBC Anchor).

“No matter how complex or daring, Taylor’s interpretations never short change the melodies; indeed, his remarkable fluid touch embues a seamless beauty. Martin Taylor is something to behold.” (The Washington Post).

“Martin Taylor is one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world.” (Chet Atkins).

FRANK VIGNOLA

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar”.

"How versatile is Frank Vignola? He’s collaborated with Lionel Hampton and Madonna, covers Mozart and McCartney on the same record and is one of Les Paul’s favorite guitarists.” (The Boston Globe).

“Frank Vignola…is one of the brightest of the young guitar stars.” (New York Times).

PEPPINO D'AGOSTINO

Peppino D’Agostino doesn’t just play the guitar. He composes, arranges, collaborates, improvises and has even been known to sing a song here and there in both English and Italian. But what he does create on the guitar makes the difference between simply playing and truly making music apparent in the most wonderful ways.

D’Agostino has been hailed as “a guitarist’s guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards, but the San Francisco Chronicle encapsulated the essential difference that distinguishes D’Agostino’s music when it dubbed him “a poet.”

A native of Italy, D’Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America a little over 25 years ago. The readers of Guitar Player voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist in 2007, and the following year in Acoustic Guitar’s People’s Choice Awards he won a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his 2002 release Every Step of The Way (tying with Leo Kottke, one of his prime inspirations) and another Bronze award as Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year. But as said above, it’s not just his talent that makes D’Agostino so notable, but also what he does with it.

The Chicago Tribune praises his “virtuosity and complexity” as well as his gift for composing “memorable melodies.” He is also an “astonishing entertainer” (Anchorage Daily News). Yet it’s what Guitar One has noted as his “lyrical artistry” and fellow master player Adrian Legg describes as the “warm humanity” of his playing that has earned him the stature of being a “phenom,” as Jazziz raves.

“Peppino’s technical prowess, lyrical artistry on the steel string and unique stylings seem almost impossible to come from one guitar.” (Guitar One).

“A giant of the acoustic guitar.” (San Diego Reader).

“A phenom in the same league as John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Doc Watson and John Renbourn.” (Jazziz).

“A poet….among the best talents around.” (San Francisco Chronicle).





VINNY RANIOLO




Even though his musical career is only at the beginning, Vinny Raniolo has already had many opportunities that take most players a lifetime to achieve, having toured 14 countries and played with some of the world’s leading musicians.

 

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