Six-Hour Guitar Marathon to Take Over The Met Cloisters' Stunning Spaces

Six-Hour Guitar Marathon to Take Over The Met Cloisters' Stunning Spaces

The Met teams up with the New York Guitar Festival for an unprecedented six-hour guitar marathon exploring the stunning sonic possibilities of The Met Cloisters' interior spaces and outdoor gardens.

This event -- Audible Cloisters: Guitar Marathon -- will feature sixteen of today's most distinctive and influential artists, spanning repertoire from the early 16th century to the music of today. Classical guitarists, lutenists, electric guitarists, and virtuoso performers on the guitar's ancestors such as the Chinese pipa and middle eastern oud will create musical conversations with one of the world's finest collections of Medieval art.

Hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer, curated by the New York Guitar Festival's Artistic Director David Spelman, and presented in collaboration with the 2016 New York Guitar Festival.

Visit All performances take place at The Met Cloisters on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are subject to change. Free with museum admission.


Fuentidueña Chapel:
10:30-11:30 am: Colin Davin, guitar
11:30 am-12:30 pm: Nigel North, lute
1-2 pm: Gyan Riley, guitar
2:30-3:30 pm: Ryley Walker, guitar & Anton Hatwich, bass
4 pm: Derek Gripper, guitar

Langon Chapel:
12:30-1 pm: Simon Shaheen, oud
2-2:30 pm: Alberta Khoury, guitar
3:30-4 pm: Marija Temo, guitar

Pontaut Chapter House:
1-2 pm: Ben Monder, guitar
4-5 pm: Dylan Carlson, guitar

Early Gothic Hall:
2-2:30 pm: Min Xiao-Fen, pipa
3-4 pm William Tyler, guitar

The Trie Café:
11:30 am-12:30 pm: Vernon Reid, guitar & Laraaji
4 pm: Noveller, guitar/electronics


Dylan Carlson: Lead guitarist and singer of the Seattle-based drone-metal band Earth. His solo project Drcarlsonalbion draws on inspirations found in British folklore and occult legends.

Colin Davin: Currently on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Colin Davin studied classical guitar with Sharon Isbin. His repertoire encompasses Rodrigo, Britten, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Derek Gripper: A South African making his first New York performance, Derek Gripper transcribes works for the 21-string kora to six-string guitar. His 2012 album One Night on Earth: Music for the Strings of Mali has been extolled for its "depthless beauty" and "dream-like improvisatory nature."

Alberta Khoury: Senior at Juilliard, Ms. Khoury is getting to be known for the spiciness of her Bach interpretations. She studies guitar with Sharon Isbin.

Min Xiao-Fen: Chinese folk songs, Beijing operas, the jazz of Monk and Basie, all infuse Min Xiao-Fen's approach to the pipa, a four-stringed lute that dates back centuries. A native of Nanjing, she composes, improvises, sings, and continually expands the pipa repertoire.


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