Musical Instruments, Makers & Performers

Show Dates: January 6, 2009 – January 31, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15, 2009, 5-9pm


[excerpt]...To begin our 8th year in 2009, Gallery Z will host a unique exhibition in the month of January -- highlighting the skill of Lutherie. This term refers to individuals who practice the art of building stringed instruments, a tradition that has survived for thousands of years.

Guitar maker Richard Young (owner of Eastford, Connecticut based Still River Guitars) will curate the exhibit, entitled Musical Instruments, Makers & Performers. Artistic Director for the weekly events is Steve Pellegrino, a veteran of the Providence / Boston music scene.  [read more]


Rhode Island State Council on the arts Website


[excerpt]...Richard Young was born in NYC, relocating to New England at the age of twenty. Apprenticed to master luthier Georgy Konstantinovich Babichev, after years of professional finish-carpentry and cabinet-making experience, Young had developed an advanced understanding and skill working in the medium of wood, and built guitars with Georgy Babichev until Georgy’s passing in August of 2003. In September 2004, Young founded Still River Guitars in Eastford, Connecticut.Carla Kelly creates “Organic” guitars employing nature’s principles of unified-body construction: crafting braces from the body woods rather than gluing them on, with rosettes which are slices of knotholes and “splat” bridges carved to form part of the external soundboard bracing. “My guitars are ‘of a piece.’ There are a lot of advantages in that.”

For this Thursday’s workshop and performance, Otto D’Ambrosio will hand off an Arch Top guitar to Mike Tanaka to play, Richard Young will hand off a classical guitar to Maurice Cahen to play, and Carla Kelly will hand off an Organic Guitar to John Baboian to play.