The League of Crafty Guitarists is the performance-ensemble of Guitar Craft, a group which includes players from all over the world.
The group performs on acoustic steel string guitars tuned in the New Standard Tuning (NST), which extends the sonic range of the traditional guitar tuning.
Its repertoire is constantly evolving and is open to all styles. The music remains true to a common conceptual approach, and includes a rich variety of original compositions. A characteristic and outstanding part of the repertoire are improvised and/or written group compositions, known as Circulations.
The LCG was founded in 1986 under the direction of Robert Fripp and toured worldwide until 1991. During this first period of activity several albums were released: “Live 1″, “Get Crafty”, “Live 2-Live At Victoriaville Festival”, “Show Of Hands” and “Live 3-Intergalactic Boogie Express”.
The LCG returned to live performance in January 2002 under the direction of Hernan Nunez, and has been touring and recording in Europe and Latin America since then, the release of a live album featuring the highlights of these tours is now in process.
Robert Fripp Soundscapes & The LCG toured Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and the US between June 2006 and July 2009.
“an avalanche of skill, magic, infinite power and magnificent beauty”
El Clarin, Buenos Aires, Argentina · June 2007
“Overwhelming virtuosity and originality. The LCG showed, as it couldn’t be different from artists of such a quality, how to play together with other musicians, sharing codes and, above all, balance in tempo and volume, the precision of the playing or the different nuances. Notes and rhythm, sometimes in unison and others confronting, but always with a common destiny: the brilliant performance on the guitar”
Teleprensa Almería, Almeria, Spain · May 2007
“Pure music in every sense because the only voices that were heard were the praises of the audience in front of twelve guitarists focused in a a way of interpretation almost ritual”
La Capital, Rosario, Argentina · June 2007
“Rhythm, intensity, generosity” · “The LCG is an original string ensemble in which nobody is protagonist” · “And the music happens. There are no many experiences as these occasional events”
La Nación, Buenos Aires, Argentina · Junio 2007
“…when The League Of Crafty Guitarists embarks in the final coda, all the external seems to have disappeared, nothing is left but the inexplicable connection that the music produces with the senses of the audience”
“When the string ensemble unplugged their instruments and stood up at the front of the stage to play “Calliope”, not only the delicacy of an unforgettable performance was exposed: also, the sensation of being receiving food for the soul was reinforced, a healthy homage to the essence of music”
Pagina 12, Buenos Aires, Argentina · June 2007
“The extraordinary League”
Diario Uno, Mendoza, Argentina · June 2007
“The LCG is probably the most interesting and remarkable guitar group in the world.”
El País, Madrid, Spain
“A magical open air night with guitars.”
Los Andes, Mendoza, Argentina
“…the technical skill in the performance is amazing, and maybe even more impressive are the dynamics of the sound.”
Jazzer, Treviso, Italy
“A display of mastery, with heart.”
Die Zeit, Hamburg
“…in their interpretation a Beatles song shows its polyphonic potency, which is not much further apart from a three-part Bach Invention than from a Tango Nuevo by Piazolla.”
Kieler Nachrichten, Kiel, Germany
“The sound richness that these craftmasters get out of their guitars is amazing, the accuracy of the players is staggering.”
Dresdner Nachrichten, Dresden, Germany
“…so far beyond most guitar repertoire as to be incomparable…”
The San Francisco Chronicle, USA
“…the groove-driven melody lines weren’t taken as virtuosity, but as surrealism, the audience appreciated it all, giving the group a standing ovation…”
The New York Times, USA
“…their splendid display was technically remarkable, sonically eclectic and often just plain beautiful…”
Los Angeles Times, USA