"...William Anderson’s skills are both mesmerizing and inspiring..."
-- Take Effect
"...the alert guitarist..."
-- NY Times
This is my third year as Director of Classical and New Music for The Village Trip.
We're now gearing up for The Village Trip '23
some highlights --
--Sept 14 at Loft393 In Memory of Scott Johnson, with his electrifying "Bowery Haunt" for two electric guitars. Scott Johnson is a maverick. More than anyone else and on a grand scale, he built downtown up into a big city by thinking hard about what makes a big moment right, not gratuitous. That's achieved with compositional chops. If you were waiting for the downtown scene to ripen into something.....*masterful and exalted*--you have that in the work of Scott Johnson. You have to be ok with rock idioms.
--Sept 16 GFest 2 -- The Mel Powell Centenary at St. John's in the Village featuring his song for the Benny Goodman Orchestra, "My Guy's Come Back"
--Sept 16 GFest 3 featuring David Leisner Mel Powell's creative trajectory leads him to a Pulitzer Prize for a work in a modernist idiom, bringing him into the musical universe of composers like Chester Biscardi, Bun-Ching Lam and Larua Kaminsky, whose works will be performed by guitar master David Leisner. Mel Powell’s guitar solo, “Setting”, was written for David Starobin in 1986, shortly before he won his Pulitzer. ”Setting” will be performed on GuitarFest 3 by Xingxing Yao, from Hangzhou, 17 years of age, a student of David Starobin & Jason Vieaux at the Curtiss Institute.
– William Kentner Anderson Bio