Guild Hall: First Annual Guitar Masters Festival / July 5 – July 7

GUILD HALL, East Hampton





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What is more memorable than the opening guitar riff from a classic like Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” or Guns ‘n Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine”? Guild Hall embraces the power of this magical instrument, introducing the first annual Guitar Masters, a three-day celebration of music, summer, film, and exceptional musicianship. Featuring concerts, documentary films and talks, Thursday, July 5 through Saturday, July 7, 2018, Guitar Masters is produced by Taylor Barton.

“Guild Hall is proud to present this varied program that will have broad appeal: Guitar Masters reaffirms our emphasis on music and innovative programming,” states Guild Hall Board Chair, Marty Cohen.

Highlighting the artistry of the guitar by some of the music world’s finest talents, the series features Andy Summers, renowned guitarist of the seminal band The Police on the same night as lauded photographer and musician Ralph Gibson; acclaimed guitarist and former SNL bandleader G.E. Smith will be joined by Richard Thompson, named by Rolling Stone as “One of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time,” and Teddy Thompson, called “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation” by The New York Times. Multi-Platinum Israeli musician David Broza takes the stage, along with Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad who was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the world’s top female guitarists. Guitar- centric films curated by filmmaker Mary Jane Marcasiano will be screened prior to concerts. A talk by legendary luthier Ken Parker, and a reading and book signing with novelist Galadrielle Allman, daughter of the late Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer and Rolling Stone’s second greatest guitarist of all time, Duane Allman, will lend history, craftsmanship, and biography to the program.

Sponsored in part through the generosity of Michele and Marty Cohen, with additional support from Steve and Laura Riggio, James Schainuck, public funds from Suffolk County, and corporate support from Available Light and Green Mirror Corporation. Media Sponsors: Purist magazine, WEHM. VIP Lounge and Garden Reception sponsored by: Montauk Brewing Company, Fleurs de Prairie Rosé, Lamberti Prosecco, Edinburg Fruit Liquors, and Casa Dragones Tequila.



Thursday, July 5 at 4pm


Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police

Directed and Edited by Andy Grieve, 2012. Color Digital, 1 hour 19 minutes
Tickets $14 ($12 for Members)
Documentary based on the acclaimed memoir One Train Later by renowned guitarist Andy Summers.

Preceded by the short film:

Music for Lens & Guitar

Directed by and Music by Ralph Gibson, 2017. Color Digital, 3 minutes

A three-minute short digital music and image exploration by renowned photographer Ralph Gibson. 


Thursday, July 5 at 8pm

Andy Summers and Ralph Gibson
Tickets $85–$200 ($80–$195 for Members)
Summers and Gibson, both visual artists and musicians, each perform solo at this rare concert for the eye and ear. 


Friday, July 6 at 4pm

Badi (Presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical)
Tickets $14 ($12 for Members)
Directed by Edu Felistoque, 2017. 85 min, Portuguese with English Subtitles
The documentary Badi observes the personal trajectory and the international career of musical artist Badi Assad. Presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical’ s MUSIC+FILM: Brazil which is sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York with additional sponsorship from Helio Campos and Bossa Nova Magazine.

Preceded by the short film:

History of the Electric Guitar

Excerpt from Smithsonian Channel’s Electrified: The Guitar Revolution, 2010. 5 min, 16 secs. G.E. Smith performs the history of the electric guitar, from steel to squeal, in just one song! 


Friday, July 6 at 8pm

G.E. Smith’s PORTRAITS with Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson
Tickets from $55–$150 GH ($53–$145 for Members)
Legendary guitarist G.E. Smith is joined by Richard Thompson, called “the best electric guitarist since Hendrix” by The Los Angeles Times, and his acclaimed singer/songwriter son, Teddy Thompson. 


Saturday, July 7 at 10:30am

Ken Parker, “The Art of Guitar Making”
Tickets $15 ($13 for Members)
Ken Parker, revered luthier and innovator, will give a lecture on the design of the guitar.

Galadrielle Allman, Please Be With Me: a Song for my Father, Duane Allman
The acclaimed author reflects on her relationship with late father, Duane Allman, named Rolling Stone’s second greatest guitarist of all time (2010). His tragic loss in her infancy left only his music through which to know him. She reads from her award-winning memoir, Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, Duane Allman, or “The most moving music biography I’ve ever read,” per rock writer Mikal Gilmore. 


Saturday, July 7 at 4pm


East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem

Tickets $14 ($12 for Members)
Directed by Henrique Cymerman and Erez Miller, 2014. Color Digital, 1 hour 20 minutes
The film documents the album of the same title by David Broza, the Israeli singer-songwriter, who sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians through music. 


With Steve Earle, Wyclef Jean, Mira Awad and many more. Saturday, July 7 at 8pm

David Broza
Badi Assad
Brandon Ross
Tickets $50–$150 ($45–$145 for Members)
A concert evening featuring performances by Israeli superstar David Broza, considered one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant performers, world-music virtuoso, Badi Assad, and the band For Living Lovers, with composer and jazz guitarist Brandon Ross and acoustic bass guitarist Stomu Takeishi. 


Tickets go on sale to the public on April 21 at, Box Office, 631-324-4050, and, 1-866-811-4111.Concert tickets start at $48, film tickets at $12, and an All Access Pass is available for $1,000. All Access Passes support Guild Hall’s year-round programming and include admission to the entire 3-day festival, a launch party at a private home with a renowned guitarist, reserved VIP seating and parking, admission to the catered VIP lounge, and entry to win a limited- edition Fender G.E. Smith Telecaster Guitar. 

Harvey Ginsberg Postcard Collection. Courtesy of the East Hampton Library’s Long Island Collection.




AAQ Resource: McDonough & Conroy Architects, P.C. 


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