Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It will be strumming at Guitar Fest

Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College — formerly known as Three Stages at Folsom Lake College — opens its third season with Summer Guitar Fest, offering three stellar artists of diverse backgrounds in a seamless show.

Featured are  Mimi Fox, winner of six consecutive Downbeat Magazine International Critic’s Polls, Pierre Bensusan, Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice Award — USA, and two-time Grammy award-winner Laurence Juber, selected by Sir Paul McCartney himself as lead guitarist for Wings.

Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent jazz guitarists on today’s scene.

Fox has performed and recorded with some of jazz’s most commanding players, including fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Stanley Jordan, Charlie Hunter and Mundell Lowe; Grammy-nominated saxophonists Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez and Houston Person and the late Don Lanphere; vocalists Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Kevin Mahogany and Janis Siegel; B3 organ masters Joey DeFrancesco, Barbara Denerlein and Dr. Lonnie Smith; and powerhouse drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.

She has also performed outside of the jazz world with legends Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian and with Patty Larkin’s Vanguard Records-produced La Guitara project.

Fox has released eight highly acclaimed albums as a leader, including two on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label, 2006s double CD, “Perpetually Hip.”

If World Music is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, then French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time.

Bensusan was voted “Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008″ by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms new age, new acoustic music or world music were invented.

He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey.

There is a sense of something both playful and serious in his work, an unparalleled sense of freedom in his compositions and his improvisations.

His “manner” of playing defies classification — crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more. None can be isolated as simply “Brazilian,” “Arabic” or “French;” rather, they represent the world in its current state, a world sharing itself, fusing cultures together in ways never experienced.

Two-time Grammy Award-winner and Fingerstyle “Guitarist of the Year,” Juber, fuses folk, jazz, pop and classical styles, creating a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.

Lead guitarist for Sir Paul McCartney’s Wings, Juber is a world-class guitar virtuoso solo artist, composer and arranger.

Juber has released 18 critically acclaimed solo albums, including “Guitarist” and “PCH.” His solo CD, “Pop Goes Guitar,” includes the arrangement of “Stand By Me” that was heard nationally in the “Diamonds Are Forever” commercial.

His last release, “Wooden Horses,” showcases LJ’s compositions for solo guitar, and his latest CD is “LJ Plays The Beatles Vol. 2.” Juber is featured on the CD “Poppin’ Guitars,” a tribute to the music of the Sherman Brothers and can be seen in the documentary film, “The Brothers,” about those celebrated Disney composers.

As a studio musician, his playing can be heard in the recent NBC Dateline documentary “Children Of The Harvest” and Ken Burns’ documentary, “The Tenth Inning.”

Summer Guitar Fest will be presented on Sunday, July 28 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $19 to $29 with premium tickets available for $39. Students with ID’s are $12. Tickets are available online at or from the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket.

Harris Center is located at 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Originally named Three Stages at Folsom Lake College in 2011, the facility has been renamed to honor Brice Harris, chancellor emeritus of the Los Rios Community College District.

Harris Center for the Arts


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