Jazz Guitar Virtuosos Nir Felder, Oz Noy and Gilad Hekselman Join the All-Star Lineup for the Inaugural Guitar Masters Festival in New York City

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The Guitar Masters Festival, founded by Charles Carlini, annually celebrates and elevates the art of guitar playing, uniting enthusiasts from diverse musical backgrounds. Taking place from April 26 to 29 in iconic New York City venues, this harmonious convergence of extraordinary guitar talent invites musicians and fans alike to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of guitar music, recognizing the profound impact of this instrument on the musical landscape.

New York, NY – February 10, 2024 — In a thrilling development for guitar enthusiasts and music lovers alike, world-renowned jazz guitarists Nir Felder, Oz Noy, and Gilad Hekselman, are set to headline the Inaugural Guitar Masters Festival, a four-day extravaganza celebrating the artistry and innovation of guitarists from around the world.

Presented by Charles Carlini Presents, a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit concert promoter dedicated to curating exceptional live experiences, the festival will take place from April 26-29 at premier venues across New York City.

Festival founder Charles Carlini expresses his excitement about the stellar lineup, saying,

“The Inaugural Guitar Masters Festival aims to bring together some of the most incredible guitar talent on a single stage. We are thrilled to have Nir Felder, Oz Noy, and Gilad Hekselman join us for what promises to be an unforgettable musical journey.”

The electric fusion evening at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium, located in the New York City Bahá’í Center at 53 East 11th Street, Manhattan, on April 28, will feature these four virtuosos in three diverse segments, showcasing their individual skills and mastery. The event is billed as “3 Guitarists, 1 Incredible Night,” promising an immersive experience for all attendees.

Meet the Guitar Masters:

Nir Felder: Acclaimed as “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR and a “whiz kid” by the New York Times, Nir is a rising star in jazz guitar. Initially drawn to music through rock bands, he later immersed himself in jazz, citing influences like John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. Since moving to New York City in 2006, Felder has become a sought-after sideman, collaborating with artists spanning Diana Krall to John Mayer. His global reach includes performances on six continents at renowned venues like Radio City Music Hall and the Village Vanguard. Felder has also made notable TV appearances on networks such as NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, and Fox, featuring on shows like Good Morning America, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, showcasing his versatility and dynamic musicality.

Oz Noy: A trailblazer in the fusion and jazz-funk genres, Israel-born Oz Noy began his musical career at 13, quickly becoming a sought-after guitarist in jazz, blues, pop, and rock. By 16, he collaborated with top Israeli musicians, and by 24, he was a leading studio guitarist in the country. Noy spent over two years as a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated TV show. Since arriving in New York in 1996, he has left an indelible mark on the global music scene, revolutionizing instrumental guitar music with his groove-centric style. Collaborating with drumming icons like Keith Carlock and Vinnie Colaiuta, and bassists including Will Lee and James Genus, Oz Noy’s unique approach continues to break boundaries and captivate audiences internationally.

Gilad Hekselman: A leading figure in jazz guitar, Gilad hails from Israel and currently resides in New York. As a globetrotting bandleader, he has shared stages with jazz icons such as Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Fred Hersch, and many others. With eleven critically acclaimed albums, Hekselman is celebrated for his original compositions and captivating instrumental voice. His latest LP, “Trio Grande: Urban Myth,” in collaboration with Will Vinson and Nate Wood, was released in November 2023. Anticipation surrounds his upcoming album, Life at the Village Vanguard, set to be unveiled in April 2024. Delve into his rich musical journey at https://www.giladhekselman.com/biography.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the magic as Nir Felder, Oz Noy, and Gilad Hekselman come together for an unforgettable night of electric fusion at the Inaugural Guitar Masters Festival. For more information about the festival and the complete lineup, please visit https://guitarmastersfestival.com/.

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About Guitar Masters Festival:

The Guitar Masters Festival, founded by Charles Carlini, annually celebrates and elevates the art of guitar playing, uniting enthusiasts from diverse musical backgrounds. Taking place from April 25 to 29 in iconic New York City venues, this harmonious convergence of extraordinary guitar talent invites musicians and fans alike to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of guitar music, recognizing the profound impact of this instrument on the musical landscape.

About Charles Carlini Presents:

Charles Carlini Presents is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit concert promoter dedicated to curating exceptional live experiences that captivate audiences worldwide. With a commitment to showcasing top-tier talent across various genres, Charles Carlini Presents strives to create unforgettable moments for music enthusiasts. For more information, visit https://charlescarlinipresents.com/.

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