Guitarfest 2012

The William Paterson University Music Department proudly announces:

William Paterson University Guitarfest 2012

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Guitarfest 2012 Events

Guitarfest 2012 is proud to present:

Eric Henderson, guitarist/composer
Paul Meyers, nylon string jazz guitarist

11:00-12:30: William Paterson University Guitar Student Concert
1:30-2:30: Paul Meyers, nylon sting jazz guitarist: In Concert
3:30-5:30: Eric Henderson, master class
7:30-9:00: Eric Henderson, Composer/guitarist in concert

All events will take place in the elegant Hobart Manor 2nd floor salon on the campus of William Paterson University. Admission is $20 for the public and free to WPU students and staff. An additional charge will apply to master class performers.

About our Guest Performers
Eric Henderson

California based guitarist/composer Eric Henderson studied with Andres Segovia in Spain and developed a gift for the classical guitar. He also studied with the great composer Federico Moreno Torroba. At the same time, he was listening to and absorbing the music and techniques of great electric guitarists such as Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix. He has performed concerts throughout Europe and the United States. As his career progressed, his focus shifted to writing and performing original compositions. His mission now is to reinvigorate and grow the audience for the concert guitar, playing as a virtuoso with the ability to transcend all boundaries of style.

At William Paterson University Guitarfest 2012, Mr. Henderson will present a program including his own original pieces, favorites by Tárrega, Torroba and Granados, and arrangements of music by the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and more.


Paul Meyers

Paul Meyers has performed and/or recorded with an ever-growing list af jazz greats such as Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eliane Elias, Clare Fischer, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Gomez, Annie Ross, Marc Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, George Mraz, Rufus Reid, David Sanchez and Kenny Werner. He's also toured for years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever - Jon Hendricks since 1993, and Andy Bey from 1997 to 2008.

International performances include Japan and Hong Kong with the Salute to Duke Ellington Orchestra (along with Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis and Joe Wilder) - Spain with the great percussionist Cafe - France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy with Jon Hendricks - Brazil, England, Macedonia, Greece and the Netherlands with Andy Bey - Japan with Karrin Allison, and Argentina with Gary Burton. Mr. Burton also recorded Paul's tune Panama on his "Reunion" CD with Pat Metheny. 

We at William Paterson University Guitarfest are proud to acknowledge Paul Meyers as an esteemed member of the jazz department faculty at William Paterson University.

William Paterson University Guitarfest thanks its sponsors:
La Bella Strings (E. & O. Mari, Inc.)
Luthier Music Corporation

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Contact Information

For information, contact the Music Department at (973) 720-2315 or William Paterson University guitar faculty:
Professor Gabriel Handy at (646) 382-1190 or
Professor Seth Himmelhoch at (201) 928-1641

Music Department
Shea Center for the Performing Arts
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Registration for Guitarfest

• Admission is $20 for any and all Guitarfest events.

• Students wishing to participate in the Master Class will pay $60. Any student wishing to participate must contact Professor Handy or Professor Himmelhoch and submit an audition tape. (see contact info) This charge will also include admission to all Guitarfest events.

• All events are free to WPU students. (Please bring student ID.)

• Registration is available at the door.