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Six Strings, Six Stories

  • All Souls' Church Junction of Co Rd 23C and 25 Tannersville, NY 12485 United States (map)

Led by guitarist Alex Wintz and tracing the lineage of jazz guitar, this program spotlights six major figures of jazz guitar: Eddie Lang, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, The Modern Big Three (Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, and John Scofield), and Toninho Horta, with performances of pieces composed by and influential to these figures as well as new original works inspired by these innovators of the instrument.

Six Strings, Six Stories features in a rare duo setting, guitarists Alex Wintz and Gabe Schnider, recent graduates of The Juilliard School who are rapidly rising through the ranks of the international jazz community.

This duo is joined by songstress Martina DaSilva, who has received high praise for her performances at the Bern International Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz Festival, NYC Hot Jazz Festival, Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Generations in Jazz Festival, and the NY Winter Jazzfest.

Co-presented by the 23Arts Initiative for the 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival in Tannersville, NY. See more 23Arts festival events HERE.


About Alex Wintz: Guitarist Alex Wintz is quickly becoming a name in the international jazz community. At a young age he has already had the opportunity to perform across the country and around the world, including Europe, Asia, Soith America, major U.S. clubs, and world renowned jazz festivals including Monterey, The Montreal, Montreux, Rochester and Newport Jazz to name a few. Awards and recognition achieves include National Foundation of the Arts ARTS Award winner, Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship All Star, Berklee Guitar Achievement Award, and Semi-Finalist in the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition and Detroit Jazz Festival Competition. Current and regular groups and collaborators include Etienne Charles and Creole Soul, the Peter and Will Anderson Trio, Roxy Cross Quintet, Ben Williams and Sound Effect, Lucas Pino Nonet, Nick Finzer Sextet, Dave Baron Quintet, and his own projects.

About Gabe Schnider: After falling in love with the guitar at age 10, Gabe has since performed/recorded with Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Joshua Bell, Damian Woetzel, Dianne Reeves, Junior Mance, Kenny Burrell, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Arturo O’Farrill, Anthony Wilson, Jane Monheit, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Wycliffe Gordon, Julian Lage, Bill T. Jones, Gene Perla and Esperanza Spalding, among others. He has performed at venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Standard, Birdland, Sweet Rhythm, Gracie Mansion, The Jazz Gallery, Carnegie Hall, Capitol Records, Staples Center (2011 Grammy Awards Telecast with Esperanza Spalding), The Blue Note NYC, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Newport, Cape May, Pittsfield, Monterey, Montreux, Montreal and Toronto International Jazz Festivals. A former member of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, two-time selectee for the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, and a National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts YoungArts winner in Jazz, Gabe now resides in New York City where he can be seen/heard throughout the city and abroad, performing with a variety of different ensembles and projects. In addition to performance, Gabe also has been involved in film scoring and recently served as Guitar Arranger for the award-winning independent motion picture “Teresa is a Mother.” Gabe was also selected as one of ten semifinalists from around the world to compete in the International Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. A recent graduate from the Manhattan School of Music, Gabe is currently studying at the Juilliard School as a recipient of the Greene Fellowship. Recently, Gabe was featured at the 2016 Marciac Jazz Festival as a member of Wynton Marsalis' band, "The Young Stars of Jazz."

About Martina DaSilva: Jazz vocalist Martina DaSilva, a New York City native, captivates audiences with her signature blend of daring technical virtuosity and expressive emotional sensitivity.  Drawing equally from the styles of early jazz, opera, and chamber music, her musicality transcends conventional genre labelling.  As a Brazilian-American, Martina also has a passion for performing the works of Brazilian composers.  DaSilva actively performs with her own group in addition to leading the jazz vocal harmony group, The Ladybugs.  Martina has received high praise for her performances at the Bern International Jazz Festival,  the Blue Note Jazz Festival, the NYC Hot Jazz Festival,  Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Generations in Jazz Festival, and the NY Winter Jazzfest.