Benjamin Verdery A Montage of a Classical Guitarist

Hamilton Books has released Benjamin Verdery A Montage of a Classical Guitarist

This book honors the classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery, Professor at the Yale School of Music. It contains personal reflections from his friends and colleagues which illustrate several aspects of Professor Verdery: his influence on his peers, his students, and the classical guitar world; features of his musical career; and characteristics of his personality. In addition, there is an extensive essay by Professor Verdery himself in which he presents his thoughts and ideas on such musical endeavors as performing, composing, arranging, teaching, and recording. Rounding out the book are listings of his compositions, a discography, online video and audio files, recital programs, publications, and related websites.

Edited by Thomas Donahue
Thomas Donahue is the author of several books on musicological subjects, including the modern classical organ, musical temperament, the stringing of harpsichords, and a style guide for writing about music. He has also edited books honoring Gerhard Brunzema, Anthony Newman, Peter Williams, and Christopher Hogwood.

Nano Stern - Argentina

A successful trip to Argentina......................




New Internationalist Australia
Pre-festival interview with Brian Loffler
Nano Stern on Chilean musical heritage and the revolutionary act of kindness


Chile's Nano Stern ... wears not just his heart but his social conscience on his sleeve

ABC Adelaide  TV interview
Nano Stern joins Sonya Feldhoff live at WOMADelaide with an acoustic performance.

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Chilean musical activist Nano Stern gets his audience into the show from the beginning, as he encourages one and all to clap, wave their hands and sing along. 

The trio perform an engaging set, no mean feat where the potent messages contained in Stern's lyrics are potentially lost on a largely English-speaking crowd. The passion is still evident in the music however, and is augmented by Stern's introductions. Everybody seems to get it. 

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The long-haired Chilean folk star continued to serve food for thought in his afternoon performance, where he spoke against the genocide of his country's indigenous people as well as the treatment of refugees in Australia's offshore detention centres (he read out an impassioned statement from a refugee on Manus Island). But ultimately, he said, he was just there to make us happy.

"When you go home [after Womadelaide] and look in the mirror - with the dirt on your face and feathers in your hair - if you see someone happier than the person who came to the festival, we have done our job."

25 April: Chicago, IL
28 April: Stanford, CA
30 April: Providence, RI
4 May: New York, NY
6 May: Boston, MA

Progressing into his next phase, Nano is about to release a stunning rock EP, Lucero, recorded by Tony Platt (UK producer having worked with AC/DC, Bob Marley) and produced by Nano and Tony.. 

Although this new rock feel will undoubtedly turn some new heads, Nano still maintains that multi-instrumental folk virtuosity that makes Nano Nano.

May 9-14
Mexico City, Toluca, Puebla


92nd Street Y has been hailed as New York’s home for the guitar, and it is particularly celebrated for its Art of the Guitar concert series.

Benjamin Verdery, Artistic Director of Art of the Guitar, hosts pre-concert conversations with the artists - GUITAR TALKS with BENJAMIN VERDERY.  Free-wheeling and fascinating conversations are filled with insight, reminiscences and anecdotes, reflecting each artist’s unique personality. They are also distinguished by Verdery’s infectious enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge as host.

92Y now presents some of the best from recent years of GUITAR TALKS