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Gearing Up for Guitar Fest
November 12, 2008 By M.H.    
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The Wrocław Guitar Festival, taking place this year for the 11th time, is a meeting point for the world's best guitarists. Guests of the previous festivals were musicians like Paco de Lucia, Martin Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel, Aniello Desiderio, Costas Cotsiolis, Marek Napiórkowski and Łukasz Kuropaczewski.

The festival is above all greatly varied in terms of styles, repertoires and types of guitar music played-from classical guitar, or even ancient lute music, through the fascinating tradition of flamenco, to temperamental Latin music and jazz.

This year's festival starts Nov. 14 with the only concert in Poland by two legendary jazz figures-guitarist John McLaughlin and pianist Chick Corea, appearing in their "Five Peace Band" project. They will be joined by other stars such as sax player Kenny Garret and bassist Christian McBride.

Jazz will also be represented by Susan Weinert, a key figure of the German jazz scene. The guitarist and composer is a virtuoso of both the acoustic and electric guitars.

On the classical guitar front will be the Ukrainian Roman Viazovskiy and the Giuseppe Caputo-Luciano Pompilio Duo, who aim to rediscover the repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries for two guitars. Viva Vivaldi, a project devoted to baroque music featuring Krzysztof Meisinger and Capella Bydgostiensis, will play versions of Antonio Vivaldi's music arranged for guitar and orchestra.

The festival will end Nov. 30 with a performance by the Balkan Strings Trio & Friends. Hailing from Belgrade, they serve up a mixture of Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Greek folk traditions with a dash of jazz improvisation and classical elements.

Details on www.gitara.wroclaw.pl
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