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Gibson Guitar has announced its partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival. Gibson will be the official musical instrument provider of the festival and Title Sponsor of the Gibson Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. Here's the press release that they have sent us...
The Montreux Jazz Festival will take place July 3rd -17th 2009 in the beautiful lakeside city of Montreux, Switzerland. Founded in 1967, the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival has become a must-see event for music fans from all around the world. This two-week, multiple venue event now features musical styles of every genre imaginable, including Jazz, Blues, Rock, World and Electronic music. All the greats, including musical icons B.B. King, Ray Charles, Miles Davis and David Bowie, have performed on one of the festival's many stages. A highlight of this year's festival will be a rare guitar workshop by the legendary blues artist B.B. King on July 13 at 3:00pm at the Petit Palais.
Another highlight of the festival will be the multicultural "Gibson Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition". This competition was founded in 2004 by Claude Nobbs, the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, in memory of the great jazz guitarists of the past. To preserve this tradition, promising young guitarists of all nationalities are invited to demonstrate their skill to a panel of expert judges, which this year will include the legendary jazz guitar virtuoso and Gibson artist Lee Ritenour. The competition will take place over two days in the intimate setting of the Historic Montreux Palace hotel.
Gibson is especially pleased to congratulate this year's talented candidates for the Gibson Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition Semi-Finals! Hailing from all over the world, they are:
The semi-finals will take place on Monday, July 13, 2009 starting at 4:30pm, with the finals following on Tuesday, July 14 starting at 5:00pm. Following the finals there will be an award ceremony with guitar prizes being presented by Lee Ritenour to the top four competitors: First Place will receive a Gibson ES Gibson ES 335 Dot, Second Place a Gibson Les Paul Traditional Goldtop, Third Place a Gibson SG Sparkle, and Fourth Place Gibson LP Studio. This event is free and open to all visitors!
- Roland Balogh (Hungary)
- Eduard Brenneisen (France)
- Sam Dickey (United States)
- Greg Duncan (Canada)
- Roy GuzmÃ n (Puerto Rico)
- Akira Ishiguro (United States)
- Thibault Leutenegger (Switzerland)
- David Preston (United Kingdom)
- Rotem Sivan (Israel)