Harp Guitar Concert

Saturday, October 14, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • This event is held in partnership with the Harp Guitar Gathering
  • This event takes place at the Carlsbad Community Church
    • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

    Event Details

    Join us for an unforgettable night celebrating some of the world’s greatest masters of the harp guitar. This concert features critically acclaimed virtuoso of multi-stringed plucked instruments, John Schneiderman, the triumphant return of Hirokatsu Takai with his custom koto harp guitar built by Benoît Meulle-Stef, grand master of the harp guitar Stephen Bennett, as well as FRETMONKEY recording artist and winner of the 2014 Ernie Ball Acoustic Prodigy Contest, Travis Bowman. The evening also includes appearances by Muriel Anderson, Andy Wahlberg and Claude Laflamme.

    This event is held in partnership with the Harp Guitar Gathering—an annual event celebrating the instrument known as the harp guitar, as well as its players, builders and history—taking place in Carlsbad and the Museum of Making Music on October 13-15.


    Event Location

    Carlsbad Community Church
    3175 Harding Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008

    Guest Details


    John Schneiderman

    John Schneiderman

    Critically acclaimed virtuoso of plucked instruments since age nine, John Schneiderman specializes in the performance practice and repertoire of eighteenth-century lutes and nineteenth-century guitars. Based in California, Mr. Schneiderman is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician collaborating on recordings and performances throughout North America.

    He is a member of Ensemble Galanterie, The Czar’s Guitars, Les Deux Amis, and the Schneiderman-Yamaya Duo. He has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Seattle Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Chanticleer, Musica Pacifica, El Mundo and the American Bach Soloists. His extensive discography, much of it rarely or never before recorded lute and guitar music, includes CDs on the Titanic, AudioQuest, Centaur, VGo, Profil:Edition Günter Hänssler and Dorian Sono Luminus labels.

    Mr. Schneiderman is currently on the faculties of the University of California, Irvine, Irvine Valley College, and Claremont Graduate University, and has been on the faculties of Orange Coast College, California State University, Long Beach and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


    Hirokatsu "TakainoMoheji" Takai

    Hirokatsu "TakainoMoheji" Takai

    Hirokatsu Takai has a real can do attitude. With a broken collarbone and little knowledge of the English language, Hiro left his native Japan to attend the 7th annual Harp Guitar Gathering as a special guest. The connection came to be when Hiro entered and won a Japanese guitar competition where Stephen Bennett was a guest judge.

    The instrument Hiro plays is also a testament to his spirit. It began life as a double-neck Alvarez acoustic guitar. He attached a small koto to the top of the former 12-string neck to create a one-of-a-kind koto harp guitar.


    Stephen Bennett

    Stephen Bennett

    One of the most prolific and original finger-style guitarists of his generation, Stephen Bennett is also a leading exponent of the harp guitar. A challenging teacher, a gifted composer, and a performer of great sensitivity, the Toronto Finger-Style Guitar Association once referred to him as “the Jedi Master of Finger-style Guitar”.

    Stephen has performed around the world, shared the stage with some of the finest guitarists there are, and created a body of work that is respected (and loved) in many places.

    He is the founder of the Harp Guitar Gathering, an annual event that brings players, luthiers, scholars and fans of this instrument together for a weekend of performances, workshops and camaraderie.


    Travis Bowman

    Travis Bowman

    Travis Bowman is an acoustic guitarist/harp guitarist from Little Rock, Arkansas.

    First heavily influenced by blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, Travis turned to fingerstyle guitar after a high school teacher suggested he learn "Little Martha" by Duane Allman. From there he found the music of Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, Stephen Bennett, and Masa Sumide. Travis won Ernie Ball's Acoustic Prodigy Contest in 2014, and released his debut album "Warmth and Green Paper" that same year.


    Muriel Anderson

    Muriel Anderson

    One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her recent CD “Nightlight Daylight” has won top honors in 11 national awards. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide.

    An engaging performer, Muriel’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity. In addition, her new program incorporates stunning visuals by Bryan Allen.


    Andy Wahlberg

    Andy Wahlberg

    Andy Wahlberg's musical career has spanned over 25 years, more than 3000 concerts and performances nationwide, 4 albums and hundreds of television and radio appearances.

    Andy has performed on stage with groups such as Chicago, Spyra Gyra, Firefall, Hall and Oates, Don McLean and the Spinners. In his own recording studio he has created soundtracks and scores for numerous television, radio and movie projects. His most recent works include the soundtrack for the PBS Special Florida’s Historic Lighthouses and the motion pictures "Captiva" and "Jericho".


    Claude Laflamme

    Claude Laflamme

    Claude Laflamme has been a professional musician for 30 years. In so doing, he had the chance to perform different musical styles such as jazz, blues, gospel, folks, pop, rock and classical. Taking part in many studio recording sessions as guitarist, arranger and producer, he has been collaborating with stimulating artists thru the years.

    Claude recently discovered the harp-guitar. He was seduced by all the possibilities this instrument proposed. In a way, it gave him the chance to play his favorite instrument but with a larger range, close to the piano, offering him the best of both worlds and inspiring him new music. He acquired a harp-guitar custom made by Michel Pellerin, luthier and started a new musical journey.

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