This fundraiser is to help Cervantes Hispanic American Arts Foundation continue to present high quality cultural events such as the New Orleans International Guitar Festival, and keep it free or at a low cost to the public. Funds raised will pay for artist fees, lodging, transportation, venues, etc. Cervantes is a non-profit organization and was established with the mission of promoting the Hispanic/Latino arts and culture in Louisiana.
Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte (Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Foundation) is proud to announce its fourth annual New Orleans International Guitar Festival 2018 (www.neworleansguitarfestival.com) to be celebrated from May 22-26 with the theme, “Promoting the Importance of Mentorship in Music.” As headlining act, guitar virtuoso, Eliot Fisk, will perform on Friday evening. A true champion of the classical guitar, Mr. Fisk is recognized internationally for his unparalleled musical artistry and technical wizardry. His concert promises to be a truly enthralling musical experience for all. For more information on Mr. Fisk’s career, visit www.eliotfisk.com.
Other international, national and local artists will also be scheduled to perform and promote the importance of mentorship in music throughout the week. A “Young Artists” competition returns with prizes for the top competitors, a forum discussing mentorship will be scheduled as well as a master class. All the week’s events will take place at different venues throughout New Orleans, with opening night at the New Orleans Jazz Museum (Old US Mint), Tulane University, and concluding with a fun, spirited “Guitar Fiesta,” on Saturday at the iconic Rock ‘n’ Bowl venue. A schedule of events with the artist line-up, times and venues will be released soon.
The objective of the festival is to showcase the guitar which is used in a wide variety of musical genres worldwide. It is recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as classical, blues, bluegrass, country, flamenco, folk, jazz, mariachi, metal, punk, reggae, rock, soul and many forms of pop. The festival will highlight the guitar in some of these genres along with other members of the guitar family such as the lute, theorbo, banjo, Venezuelan cuatro and Cuban tres, just to name a few.
Cervantes has prided itself in keeping this event family friendly and open to the public, but most importantly to include the educational component for our community which will allow it to flock to a workshop to hear these musical masters demonstrate playing techniques, teach the secrets of their art, talk about their lives in music and even invite aspiring players to join them in a spontaneous performance. After all, one of the goals is to mentor and help develop the next generation of musicians.
“The guitar is a very accessible instrument for most people and is such an important part of a lot of lives. It’s our festival’s fourth edition and it only made sense to create it in one of the most diverse and musically influenced cities in the world. This year we want to promote the importance of mentorship in music,” said Javier Olondo, director of Cervantes.
Since its inaugural year in 2015, the festival has featured artists from over 10 countries. They’ve included: Elias Barreiro, Iliana Matos, Steve Masakowski, Rafael Padron, Don Vappie, Marina Alexandra, Jose “Panzekito” Cortes, Javier Olondo, Jay Kacherski, Carl LeBlanc, Cyro Delvizio, Randy Jackson of Zebra, Riccardo Crespo and others.