Gary Wittner and Gideon Forbes in Concert
Sunday, July 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Bearnstow Main Hall, 84 Bearnstow Road
Mount Vernon, Maine

Guitarist Gary Wittner has been delighting audiences world­wide for many years. His perfor­mance career spans four dec­ades, 25 countries, and five continents worldwide. Twice selected as a Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador, he has also received Fulbright Specialist and Maine Arts Commission grants. Gary has re­leased six CDs and published one book, Thelonious Monk for Guitar. He has presented concert/lec­tures on Monk's music and life at many prestigious music schools around the world. In the late 1970s he started playing jazz standards, and in the 1990s began composing and per­forming original instru­mental jazz. In 2003 he became in­terested in Latin music and developed groups with Cuban vocalist Raul Freyre (Dos Canosos), and Chilean percussion­ist Andres Espinoza (Grupo Mofongo). He also started yearly trips to Ecuador, where he plays with local musi­cians. Re­cently, Gary has been studying voice, and writing original songs with lyrics; his vocal music has been heard in local concerts and on Portland’s WMPG and Maine’s public radio station, MPBN.

Gideon Forbes, a native of Vermont, is a saxophonist and com­poser living in Maine. Gideon is an active instrumentalist in New England and the mid-Atlantic, and has worked with such organi­zations as the Portland Jazz Orchestra, Maine State Musical The­ater, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Gideon has performed with notable musi­cians and bands such as Scott Reeves, Steve Grover (winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute/BMI Jazz Composers Competition), Kris Berg, The Rustic Overtones, Curtis Hasselbring, the Fogcut­ters (“Best Jazz Act of New England,” 2014 New England Music Awards) and OURBIGBAND. Gideon recently recorded his first album, “Forbes/Wil­son,” with drummer Jacob Forbes and key­boardist Jed Wilson. Gideon is an active composer, with re­cent projects such as his 10-part suite “The Frost Songs” (inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost). He has performed on MPBN’s Friday Night Jazz with Rich Tozier, with the Tom Luther Quintet, and the jazz piano trio ACRONYM. A recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Gideon is will start graduate studies in jazz composition at William Paterson University this fall.

Seating is limited; please reserve by calling 293-2280.

Bearnstow is located at 84 Bearnstow Road in Mount Vernon, Maine.
For directions, see Getting to Bearnstow.

Admission free; contributions are gratefully accepted.

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