Month: March 2014

Local guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall-Top 30 guitarists under 30

Trevor Gordon Hall of Collegeville, PA  has received accolades from Acoustic Guitar Magazine as being among the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years old. Hall perform April 5th, 2014 Steel City Coffeehouse- Extraordinary Night of Guitars – 8:00 PM 203 Bridge St Phoenixville, PA 19460 US 610-933-4043.


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On Sale this Friday, March 14 @ Noon



June 19 @ 8 PM

Keswick Theatre

291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA

On Sale this Friday, March 14 @ Noon

It’s a perfect combination of the island-tinged blues of Taj Mahal and the soul-stirring gospel harmonies of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Two of music’s most enduring, prominent and influential artists take the richness of American roots music, and with inspired spirits of discovery and enthusiasm weave complex harmonies with a fervent blend of traditional and contemporary melodies.

Tickets available at Keswick,, at the Keswick Box Office & 215-572-7650


Senegal’s Frères Guissé to perform at Crossroads Music in Philadelphia on April 6

On Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Crossroads Music presents the Frères Guissé, three brothers from northern Senegal known for their close hamony singing, melodic acoustic guitars and gentle percussion. The brothers will present a 7:30 concert and free 6:00 children’s program at 801 South 48th Street, Philadelphia. Tickets ($10-30), audio samples, and more information are available online at Recorded information is also available at 215-729-1028.

Djiby, Cheik and Aliou Guissé originate from Fouta Tooro, a northern region of Senegal that is also the birthplace of the singer and guitarist Baaba Maal. Based on different rhythms of the Toucouleur people (such as the Yela, whose weak first and stressed third beat said to be the ultimate ancestor of reggae) the Guissé brothers music is universal, for all ages and races.

This music is beautiful, sensitive, and well rooted in the traditions of West Africa. Djiby’s and Cheikh’s poetic lyrics, close harmony singing, and melodic acoustic guitars are joined by Aliou’s gentle percussion and harmonica notes drifting in the wind. This trio of musical brothers comes from the Fouta region of northern Senegal. They sing in several Senegalese languages, especially Pular (Peulh), their mother tongue, which is spoken in numerous countries in the Sahel region of West Africa.

The three brothers began performing in the early 1980s, when they were still at school and Djiby joined the group Jiw Bagne (Seed of Refusal) as a singer. This group, consisting mostly of high school students, stood out for its highly-committed lyrics against the existing power structure.

Two years later, these students became the group Jamm (Peace). Cheikh joined as a back-up singer and Aliou a percussionist. They began playing in clubs, deepened their musical learning, experimented with various styles, and became part of several other groups. In 1991, Diby and Cheikh decided to launch their own group, which Alioune joined two years later and by the late 90s they had become one of Dakar’s most popular groups. They began touring and recording internationally in the early 2000s and have now performed in Africa, Europe, and America.


The NJMEA Guitar Festival

The NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association) Guitar Festival
will be held at Wall High School on April 5th from
10:00-4:00. The festival will feature a concert and class by Israeli-born guitar virtuoso Tali Roth, who is the director of Classical Guitar studies at the Juilliard Pre-College division (see full bio and pic below).
The festival will also feature recitals by three young local virtuosi who have gone on to study with Ms. Roth at Juilliard: John Bogan, Joseph Douglass, and Ryan Johnson.
Mr. Bogan has won several competitions and is currently a student of David Starobin at the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Wall High School and The Juilliard Pre-College division. Mr. Douglass is a senior at Pt. Pleasant High School and studies with Ms. Roth in the Juilliard Pre-College division. All three students studied with Keith Calmes, guitar teacher at Wall High School, and went on to study with Tali Roth.
The festival will also include a showcase for guitar ensembles (including the guitar ensemble from Rowan University), and a seminar on guitar education by Tom Amoriello from the NJMEA.
10:00-11:00: Student Ensemble Showcase
11:00-11:30: Joseph Douglass Recital
11:30-12:00 Ryan Johnson Recital
12:00-12:30 John Bogan Recital
12:30-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 Maestro Tali Roth Recital
2:00-2:30 Tom Amoriello Guitar Education
2:30-3:30 Tali Roth Masterclass

For more information, click on the link below:

contact Keith Calmes at Wall High School:
Wall High School is at the corners of 18th Avenue and New Bedford Roads.
Wall High School is at the corners of 18th Avenue and New Bedford Roads.
On of the world leading and most charismatic guitarists, Tali Roth is Head of the Juilliard School Pre-College Guitar program and is an adjunct professor at NYU. She is ruining the guitar summer training program in Narnia festival, located in Narni , Italy; has presented master classes throughout the world , and taught at the Aspen music festival. 

Classical Guitar magazine hailed her “an extraordinary solo and chamber musician” and The NY Times “a marvelous classical Guitarist”. 

Her recent engagement include recording all the Classical Guitar sound tracks for the Woody Allen film “you will meet a tall dark stranger” released in 2010.
Since her Carnegie Hall debut she has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Japan and her native Israel, appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (with violinist Midori), the Alvin Ailey theatre with Douglas Dunn and Dancers in the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance festival, Rose Hall home of Jazz at Lincoln Center with Grammy Nominee flutist Carol Wincenc, the Caramoor Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Tel Aviv Henry Crown Hall, Teatro Presidente in San Salvador with El Salvador Philharmonic, Teatro Solis in Uruguay with Glamourtango, Haiyuza Theatre in Tokyo with Flamenco Komatsubara and Silvia Duran dance companies, Suzanne Dellal Center and in Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center with members of Israel and NY Philharmonics.
Ms. Roth has performed on stage in the New York Off-Broadway musical production of Nobel Prize Laureate Derek Walcott’s The Odyssey and by invitation for the U.N. in Washington for dignitaries such as former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and General Colin Powell.
She has won Top Prize in all categories at the Twenty-Third Masterplayers Music and Conductors Competition in Switzerland and the New York Artist International Competition Award.
Ms. Roth holds a BM from the Jerusalem Rubin academy and a MM from The Juilliard School.
Ms. Roth is playing is A Savarez Artist. 
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