Performers: Jeff Peterson and Benjamin Verdery
When: August 20, 2011
Where: Shangri La
Guitar virtuosos Jeff Peterson and Benjamin Verdery join forces to present a concert that that traces the guitar’s roots back to Arabic traditions and the Moorish influences in Spain. The duo will also celebrate the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands with original music and slack key. It will be a concert to remember.
Jeff Peterson has toured the United States, Europe, and Asia as a solo artist and in collaboration with a wide variety of artists. Among his solo recordings are “Kahealani”, “Slack Key Jazz”, “Pure Slack Key”, and the 2010 Hoku Award-winning CD for Best Slack Key Recording "Maui On My Mind". He was featured on two recordings that won Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2010 for best Hawaiian Music Album.
Benjamin Verdery is chair of the guitar department at the Yale University School of Music , Artistic Director of the bi-annual Yale Guitar Extravaganza and Artistic Director of Art of the Guitar at the 92nd St Y in New York. He has recorded and toured extensively and has been distinguished as "an American original and American master," by Guitar Review Magazine.