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Guitar Festival 2015

November 12, 2015, L. A. Brown

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Southern Illinois University is poised to host its second annual guitar festival November 12–14, which will combine three days of lectures and master classes for members of the university community with evening concerts open to the general public. International artists and performers from Chicago and New York will join local talent for the expanded 2015 gathering.

Festival Artistic Director Isaac Lausell will celebrate the release of his new CD at the Friday night concert, which will be audio-recorded live.

The opening gala, which will take place on Thursday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Altgeld Hall, room 112, features jazz guitarist Steve Jacobson of Chicago. Jacobson is a founding member of the Southland Jazz Ensemble, a professional jazz big band. He will be assisted by Phil Brown on bass and Jimmy Beers on drums.

Friday night, Fidel Morales and Gabriel Rodriguez return to Carbondale to join their bandmate and host Isaac Lausell for Lausell’s CD release concert, “Homegrown Devices.” Lausell, who leads the guitar program at SIU, undertook most of the production of the recording himself—with a little help from friends. The work features the surprising marriage of a voiced Elizabethan ballad, “Flow My Tears,” supported by jazz trio—including electric guitar. The trio’s Afro-Cuban jazz stylings played to a packed house last year.  Friday’s concert will also take place at 7:30 p.m. in Altgeld 112, and will be followed by a CD signing for Lausell’s new release immediately after the concert.

Brazilian artist José Moacyr Teixeira Neto, by special invitation, will play the closing gala on Saturday night, 7:30 p.m. at Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. Well-known throughout Latin America, his guest appearance is sponsored in part by the student Fine Arts Activity Fee. Admission to the event will be free to all students showing a valid SIU ID.

Other artists appearing at the three day event include: Maria Johnson, who will lecture on “Women in Blues,” Ali Behjatian Esfahani, to perform on Persian sitar, José E. Guzmán Borrero, who will lead a master class in jazz guitar, Jay Sorce and Iktus, making a special appearance at the festival on their Midwestern tour, and SIU’s own “guitarchestra,”—guitar ensemble—which will perform Saturday afternoon.

Further information about all festival artists, scheduling and passes for individuals and schools may be found on the SIU School of Music website, under festivals, guitar festival, at music.siu.edu, or contact Isaac Lausell at isaac.lausell@siu.edu.