One night, four great guitarists
Four of the world’s leading acoustic guitar virtuosos join creative forces to bring their individual and collective musical genius to the stage with The Great Guitars. Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom is one of only six unique venues in the U.S. chosen for this tour in April 2014.
Featuring renowned guitar maestros Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Peppino D’Agostino, The Great Guitars Tour continues the famed guitar supergroup tradition with extraordinary performances that will thrill guitar and music fans alike.
The Great Guitars traces its colorful heritage back to the 1970s when the legendary jazz guitarists of that era toured the world and recorded together. Award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor, who replaced Herb Ellis to become part of the original group in the 1980s with the legendary Barney Kessel and Charlie Byrd, has revised the format for the 21st century — enlisting three of today’s top acoustic players to co-create a brilliant program displaying guitar mastery, emotion, humor and musical fireworks.
Combining Taylor’s award-winning virtuosic finger style with Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique, Raniolo’s energetic playing and D’Agostino’s classical-inspired artistry, the concert features solo, duet, trio and quartet performances by these four acknowledged masters of fingerstyle, acoustic and jazz guitar. Between them, these guitar greats have worked with artists ranging from Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman to Donald Fagen and Wynton Marsalis.
Pat Metheny calls Taylor “one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument,” while Jeff Beck says, “He out-shreds all of us. I’ve never seen anything like it.” Taylor is widely recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle jazz guitar playing, with a record 15 British Jazz Awards, Top 10 albums in the USA and Europe and an MBE from the Queen of Great Britain.
Chet Atkins proclaims, “Martin Taylor is one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world.”
Taylor serves as a globally recognized and beloved online guitar teacher through the Martin Taylor Guitar Academy, in association with ArtistWorks, the world’s leading online learning provider with students in more than 60 countries.
Vignola is highly regarded as one of the most accomplished, multi-dimensional players in the world today. Les Paul added him to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal while the New York Times deemed Vignola as “one the brightest guitar stars.”
Even though his musical career is only at the beginning, Raniolo has already had many opportunities that take most players a lifetime to achieve, having toured 14 countries and played with some of the world’s leading musicians.
D’Agostino is a Renaissance man whose inspired, poetic style earned him the Best Acoustic Guitarist award from readers of Guitar Player Magazine. D’Agostino’s playing is like a wonderful journey, taking its inspiration from the music of Brazil, American, Ireland and his native Italy.
The Great Guitars with Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo & Peppino D’Agostino will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14. Tickets are $19 to $29 with premium seats available for $39; students with ID pay $12. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.