The tradition of the composer–performer goes back to the Renaissance and probably further, In our times this tradition has been particularly successful among guitarists.

We welcome to our stage four established American composer-guitarists who bring their unique voices and share their dual roles.

“Classical guitar recitals don’t get much better than this. Frederic Hand … is also one of today’s most fascinating composers, able to weave together a variety of influences, from jazz to Dowland to the avant-garde.”—Guitar Review

Not many composers manage to be equally satisfying to the hands, the ear and the mind as Leisner has.”—Guitar Review

“”Riley’s compositions, especially the slower ones, frequently have relaxed, improvisational character. In the faster movements, it's clearer how carefully worked out they are.”’—allmusic.com

"Andrew York’s eclectic writing and playing constitute one of the hippest styles in American classical guitar...his writing projects levels of honesty, spirit and magnetism that are rare in contemporary guitar composition.”—Guitar Player

Join us for a free pre-concert talk at 7 pm with your ticket, with Benjamin Verdery, artistic director of 92Y’s Art of the Guitar series and chair of Yale’s guitar department.

Frederic Hand, guitar
David Leisner, guitar
      with Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Gyan Riley, guitar
Andrew York, guitar

Works by HAND, LEISNER, RILEY and YORK

 

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Art of the Guitar and the 92nd Street Y Guitar Institute are supported by The Leir Charitable Foundations in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir; The Augustine Foundation; and The D’Addario Music Foundation.

Frederic Hand - Prayer

"Shelter" by David Leisner

Gyan Riley performing his composition "Food for the Bearded"

Andrew York - "Sunburst" ("Jubilation")

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  • American Guitarist-Composers

    Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015, 8 pm

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

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