Now in its second year, the Florida Keys Guitar Festival presents the three masters in a “guitar summit” format, showcasing their diverse Keys-influenced musical styles while playing together to create a unique musical synthesis.
The event is the creation of internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Mateo Jampol, a longtime Florida Keys resident who performs as Mateo. Also a renowned composer and producer, he has appeared in the Yehudi Menuhin Concerts among other prestigious showings.
Starring alongside Mateo in the three “summit” presentations are contemporary guitarist David Feder and Latin guitarist Rolando Rojas.
Feder, who has been lauded by National Public Radio and legendary singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett among many others, is particularly noted for his contemporary flamenco-infused folk stylings.
Rojas is a composer and multitalented instrumentalist who has played with stellar musicians such as Gloria Estefan.
Themed “A Fusion of Master Guitarists,” the series is to open at 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Coral Isles Church, 90001 Overseas Highway in Tavernier. The three performers are to showcase their skills individually and together during the evening.
The music moves to Marathon Saturday night for an 8 p.m. concert at the Florida Keys Country Club, 4000 Sombrero Blvd. Music lovers can choose to dine at the country club beforehand.
The festival’s climax is Sunday’s 8 p.m. concert at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., blending Latin, contemporary fingerpicking and classical guitar offerings. Mateo, Feder and Rojas are to share their influences and inspirations in an unforgettable display of melodic synergy.
Tickets are $25 per person per show. They can be purchased at KeysTix.com for the Tavernier and Marathon performances, and at thekeywesttheater.com for the Key West performance. While advance purchase is recommended, tickets also will be available at the door.
Event information: floridakeysguitarfestival.com
Florida Keys visitor information: fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
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