Beppe Gambetta, "The Italian King of the Flatpick Guitar," will present an afternoon guitar workshop and an evening concert Sunday, March 7 at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown.
The concert is presented by The Folk Project, a non-profit organization promoting acoustic music in Northern New Jersey. Admission for the afternoon workshop is $35.00 in advance; $40.00 at the door. Admission for the evening concert is $20.00 in advance; $25.00 at the door. A combination ticket is $45.00 in advance; $55.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the door, in advance at The Minstrel, held each Friday night at the Fellowship, or online at www.folkproject.org. For further information, contact Pam Robinson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-591-6491.
After 11 CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with other top musicians, Italian-born Beppe Gambetta is widely recognized as a master of the acoustic guitar. Born in Genoa, Italy, he developed a passion for American Flatpicking, and presents a blend of Celtic, central European, and Mediterranean influences. Although he still lives in Genoa, he performs worldwide, and travels to North America at least three times a year. He has performed at the Ryman auditorium in Nashville, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and many of the prestigious festivals held throughout the United States. As a clinician for Taylor guitars, Gambetta brings to his workshops virtuoso technique, an easy teaching style, and a deep attention to detail. His afternoon workshop will concentrate on flatpicking and plectrum technique, basic exercises, finger gymnastics, and will touch on a wide spectrum of topics. His concert will be a multi-cultural tapestry of traditional, original, and classical music, including American Flatpicking, Celtic, central European and Mediterranean dance tunes, classical fingerstyle and more.
Beppe Gambetta's latest album release Rendez-Vous, on Gadfly Records, breaks the borders of flatpicking techniques in a creative way, and presents collaborations with international artists like Patty Larkin, Brazilian maestro Marco Pereira, and the newgrass masters Missy Raines and Jim Hurst. "Get him on a stage and his fingers speak a language all their own. After all, he's not known as the 'Italian King of the Flatpick Guitar' for nothing' - Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times
The Folk Project is a non-profit 501C Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances, dances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of musicianship, performance, storytelling and dance skills in the Northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.
Funding for this project has been made possible in part by funds from the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.