Special Events

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    Michael Gurian


    Michael Gurian

    Hosts a Panel of Some of Today's Top Luthiers in an

    Open Forum: The Ifs, Ands, & Buts of Lutherie

    Saturday,  May 12   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Maple Hall / Upstairs
    Map - 104 Commercial St.  La Conner, WA

    Michael Gurian is, quite simply, a living legend in the world of lutherie.  A product of the Greenwich Village scene of the 1960s, he started out making and repairing classical guitars, ouds and lutes.  As his business grew, Gurian expanded to steel string guitars and eventually created one of the first “boutique” guitar factories of the modern era.  To this day, he continues to bridge the old world with the new with his creations. Though Gurian's focus has changed from building to supplying guitar makers with many of the needed components, his instruments continue to be coveted by musicians and collectors.  David Lindley, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan are just a few of the famous players who have owned Gurians.

    About The Forum ...


    Charles Fox


    Charles Fox

    Presentation by a Master Luthier

    Sunday,  May 13   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Maple Hall / Upstairs
    Map - 104 Commercial St.  La Conner, WA
    Charles Fox has been active in the development of modern lutherie for over 40 years.  Since 1968, Charles has been building guitars both as an independent luthier and as head of guitar production workshops.  His original design concepts, such as the thin-line acoustic guitar, as well as his building techniques and production devices, such as the Universal Side Bender, are widely used by guitar builders and factories all over the world.  In 1973 Charles founded the first school for guitar makers in North America, the School of the Guitar Research & Design Center in South Strafford, VT.  In 1993 Charles established the American School of Lutherie in Healdsburg, CA.  Charles is currently director of the American School of Lutherie and heads Charles Fox Guitars, a Portland-based workshop crafting performance-quality instruments for musicians around the world.

    About This Presentation...


    Ken Totushek


    Ken Totushek

    Hosts a Saturday Night Song Circle
    PLUS:   a Sunday Morning String Community Gathering

    With or without guitars, all are welcome!

    Song Circle:
    Saturday Night,  May 12   8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    La Conner Channel Lodge lobby
    Map - 205 North 1st St.  La Conner, WA

    String Community Gathering:
    Sunday Morning,  May 13   9:30 AM to 10:30

    Civic Garden Club
    Map - 622 South Second St.  La Conner, WA

    Ken Totushek is an internationally known singer/songwriter, acoustic instrumentalist and worship leader, with six acclaimed CDs of inspirational work since 1994. He has performed in Japan, Europe, the Middle East, throughout the U.S., and of course in the Ocean State of R.I. Ken defines himself as a musician living and sharing “freedom Songs”. His music is down to earth, inviting, and tends to capture the heart of the listener as he leads one through a calming and hope filled musical journey--aspects of his own life and spiritual pilgrimage. Venues range from concerts and special music, house concerts, hospitals, restaurants and pubs to leading worship at international church services and conferences. In 2013 Ken was awarded Japan’s Kansai Music Conference “Building Bridges Through Music” Award. Ken resides with his wife Kathy in Barrington, RI.

    About The Gatherings ...


    After Hours Cabaret

    at Santo Coyote

    201 E Morris St - La Conner, WA- Map
    Giacomo Fieroe


    Doian Michael

    Fri. May 11 - 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

    Dorian Michael started playing guitar as a seven-year old in Los Angeles just as folk music was about to have a renaissance of sorts and earthy acoustic music was his first guitar experience. He has been a working guitarist for four decades and in that time has played plenty of blues and folk, jazz and rock and roll. There has always been a huge variety of playing experience from smokey honky-tonks to theater orchestra pits. At some point along the way he started playing a few solo fingerstyle instrumentals, made a cd and decided he needed to hit the road and see if he could sell all those cds he had. Three solo cds and four ensemble cds later Dorian is still playing throughout the States and Canada. He calls his solo music “contemporary traditional”; original music that reflects his interest in a number of styles of music. These influences come through in his original material, but it is a contemporary music that grows from, rather than mimics, those influences. When he plays someone else’s music or a traditional piece he always manages to add a few surprises. Says Dorian, “Some music makes you feel, some makes you think and some music is just for the fun of it. I try to get to all those places in the space of a performance.”


    Giacomo Fieroe


    Giacomo Fiore

    Sat. May 12 - 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

    Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore has presented eclectic programs to audiences across the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy. Highlights include appearances at Microfest LA, Thingamajigs 2012, and the Healdsburg, Northwest, South Bay Guitar Society, Sierra Nevada, Sarzana, and Cervo Guitar Festivals; and performing with West Edge Opera and the UCSC Symphony. An ardent advocate of new music, Giacomo has given world and U.S. premieres of works by Larry Polansky, Ron Nagorcka, Agustin Castilla–Ávila, Garry Eister, Lanier Sammons, Fernanda Navarro, Edward Schocker, Matthew Grasso, and Fabrizio Carlone.

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