2012 Adelaide International Guitar Festival program resonates globally

The Punch Brothers

The 2012 Adelaide International Guitar Festival will run over four consecutive jam-packed days from 9 to 12 August, boasting 88 musicians – some of the world’s leading guitarists – across 42 events.

The 2012 program is set to deliver a World Premiere, three Australian premieres and five Adelaide premieres, 17 international events, one-night only performances, many of which are exclusive to the Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

As the nation’s largest international guitar festival, this premier Adelaide music event showcases 18 international artists from the United States of America, Croatia, Bosnia, Brazil and Korea, plus 70 of the best Australian musicians.

Heading up his second Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan reveals, “There are very exciting players coming to Adelaide from across a broad spectrum of music, including classical, flamenco, roots, jazz, blues, rock, funk and contemporary song writing. It’s a chance to see some truly pioneering musicians and rare collaborations that won’t be repeated beyond this Festival.

“We’re bringing some world-renowned artists as well as fast-rising stars like the Punch Brothers, who have been invited to Australia for the first time to participate in this year’s program.” Slava Grigoryan

Direct from a sold-out US tour, New York’s charismatic Punch Brothers make their Australian music festival debut in the Festival Theatre on Friday 10 August with special guests The Yearlings. The Punch Brothers have built on their bluegrass roots to create a sound that breaks through the wall of folk, jazz, indie rock and classical music.

Adelaide Festival Centre will house the entire event, offering a smorgasbord of ticketed shows across its various venues as well as free and low cost workshops, master classes, artist talks and panel discussions.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says “I applaud Slava on yet another exceptional program which assists in further cementing Adelaide’s place on the premier international arts calendar. I look forward to joining music lovers and immersing myself in all the experiences the Festival has to offer.”

For full program/venue details and information on workshops and other events in the 2012 Adelaide International Guitar Festival go to www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au

Tickets are on sale now through BASS 131 246 or online at www.bass.net.au

Hayley Horton

Hayley was an arts worker in South Australia for twelve years working freelance for small to medium clients as well as for companies such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Theatre Company SA, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and the Australia Business Arts Foundation. As part of her freelance work, Hayley founded the ATG Curtain Call Awards (which is now an annual gala event), co-produced three 24 Hour Show charity fundraiser events, has judged for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and reviewed for Aussie Theatre and the Adelaide Theatre Guide. Hayley now runs a boutique events and arts management business, Footlight Events and in her spare time, is involved with Adelaide’s amateur theatre community as a producer, performer and director.

Hayley Horton

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