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The Northampton Center for the Arts premiers a two-night micro festival celebrating new guitar music!

The November 4 concert will feature the revival of Peter Blanchette’s critically-acclaimed European chamber jazz project Had Miles Met Maurice (“Pearls of personal, musical mastery”... Jorgen Falck, NPR’s All Things Considered) with two Brooklyn-based, Tanglewood-alums, trumpeter/sound designer Josh Frank and bassist Shawn Conley. Sharing the bill, will be Duo Orfeo – featuring guitarists Joseph Ricker and Jamie Balmer- performing their electric guitar arrangements of works by the minimalist masters Arvo Pärt and Valentin Silvestrov.

The November 5 concert will feature The Juanito Pascual Trio - an extraordinary evening of new flamenco music and dance with Juanito Pascual (“one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” -National Public Radio), violinist Rohan Gregory, and Flamenco dancer and singer Barbara Martinez (“Something fresh” -The New York Times).

Blanchette on Nanofest: Guitar, “Nanofest celebrates our culture’s short attention span with brief performances of eclectic, creative, music-making. I am bringing back the idea of variety to audiences. Think of it as musical tapas!”

Tickets for each concert are $15, or $25 for both nights - at the door or in advance at


Peter Blanchette ( is the inventor of the 11-string archguitar. His repertoire of unusual and internationally acclaimed compositions and arrangements spans medieval to contemporary to ethnic - played in solo recital or with selected other instrumentalists to form the Virtual Consort. A recipient of the MCC Artist Grant in Music Composition, Blanchette is a veteran performer of such high profile venues as NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His CDs receive heavy airplay on “Sunday Baroque,” “The Thistle and Shamrock,” and regionally on WAMC, WNYC, and WFCR. Peter was the recipient of Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA), and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) “Meet the Composer,” grants to score three Buster Keaton silent comedies; “Blanchette makes the silents sing.” - Boston Sunday Globe, 2010. In 2011, Peter received New England Public Radio Foundation’s Arts and Humanities award for Outstanding Individual Artist. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (

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A Film about Peter Blanchette and a Guitar Orchestra

Sundance-award winning filmmaker Jesse Epstein, with Paul Odgren are making a full-length documentary film about Peter Blanchette and the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra. The themes are Music, Community, Success, and Surviving as an Artist.

Learn more and see clips here

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:46pm

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