Kent State University at Stark’s Guitar Weekend is a three-day festival celebrating all styles of guitar playing.
This free event is open to guitar enthusiasts at any level. Join us for informative master classes and live performances by three of the most exciting guitarists in the world.
SPRING 2021 GUITAR WEEKEND
APRIL 7-9, 2021
Hosted virtually on Facebook Live
All events are during Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Kent State University at Stark
Wednesday, April 7
Kick-off Kent State Stark’s Guitar Weekend with a Q&A and live performance by Covet leader and math-rock innovator, Yvette Young. This talented California musician is a fascinating player, creating multi-layered, cosmic sounds with her unique, two-handed tapping technique. This is an artist that needs to be seen to be truly appreciated.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 8
- Q&A and Live Performance at 6 p.m. EST » Facebook Live
Bill Frisell is a living legend. His career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 50 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as "the best-recorded output of the decade."
Over the years, Frisell has contributed to the work of such collaborators as Paul Motian, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Van Dyke Parks, Vic Chesnutt, Rickie, Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Vinicius Cantuária, Marc Johnson (in "Bass Desires"), Ronald Shannon Jackson and Melvin Gibbs (in "Power Tools"), Marianne Faithful, John Scofield, Jan Garbarek, Lyle Mays, Vernon Reid, Julius Hemphill, Paul Bley, Wayne Horvitz, Hal Willner, Robin Holcomb, Rinde Eckert, The Frankfurt Ballet, film director Gus Van Sant, David Sanborn, David Sylvian, Petra Haden and numerous others, including Bono, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and Daniel Lanois on the soundtrack for Wim Wenders' film "Million Dollar Hotel."
This work has established Frisell as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 9
Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer, producer, and instructor based in Fort Worth, TX. Proficient in a multitude of styles, he records and performs in virtually every genre of popular music with both independent and major-label artists. He also composes and produces original instrumental music under his own name.
Lettieri joined jazz/world group Snarky Puppy in 2008, where he contributes as guitarist, arranger and composer. As an in-demand session guitarist and touring sideman, Lettieri has logged miles with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu, gospel singer Anthony Evans, and American Idol: Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. He's also performed with a myriad of other artists, including Nelly, Anthony Evans, Chrisette Michele, Myron Butler, N'dambi, Bilal, and even comedians Dave Chappelle and Harry Shearer.
Recent recording work includes David Crosby, 50 Cent, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Tori Kelly, Ledisi, Tamela Mann, Eric Roberson, Lecrae, Lupe Fiasco, Keyshia Cole, Xzibit, as well as numerous radio and television jingles. Lettieri is also a member of SKP, a production collective led by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Symbolyc One (Kanye West, Beyonce).
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Erin Vaughn, M.A.
Lecturer of Music
121 Fine Arts