Paco Peña | Grigoryan Brothers | Jim Pennell | Phil Manning | Joe Robinson*

Guitarra brings together arguably the world’s finest guitarists over a diverse selection of musical genres. Don’t miss your chance to see these masters of their craft in this year’s most unique guitar event.

Led by Paco Peña, described by Guitar Magazine as the ‘world’s greatest flamenco guitarist’, the show will comprise of four guitar acts set to leave audiences reeling in the wake of their technical skill and artistry.

Joining Paco will be Australia’s finest guitar duo, four-time ARIA nominees Slava and Leonard Grigoryan the Grigoryan Brothers. Leading jazz guitarist and former Sydney Symphony Orchestra soloist Jim Pennell will also be joining the performance, with the lineup rounded out by Chain Guitarist Phil Manning, described as the man who has ‘electric fingers on an acoustic guitar’ by Blues Deluxe, and Australian-born, Nashville-based guitar virtuoso Joe Robinson*.

The concert will see these world class musicians playing individual sets that explore their extensive catalogues before embracing a crescendo of a finale, an eclectic collaborative performance that will pierce the heart of blues, jazz, classical and the flamenco guitar.

This is an absolute must see for guitar and music lovers alike!

* Joe Robinson only performing at Enmore Theatre


Date: Sat 26th Aug
Time: 15:00 – 16:00
Artists: Dr Guy Morrow, Paco Pena, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan
Venue: Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

This highly interactive and participatory panel discussion, and question and answer session, will explore the differences, and similarities, between Flamenco, Classical, Blues and Jazz guitar playing. Questions will include: what is the Bulerias compas? How does a Flamenco guitarist know where they are in this 12 beat rhythmic cycle? What is the difference between Flamenco and Classical Tremolo? Come prepared to ask a question of your own and to participate in the discussion.

Dr Guy Morrow is a Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne and was also one of the two founding managers of the Australian band Boy & Bear.

Free with any ticket to Sydney Guitar Festival!


When & Where:
Sat 26 August, The Concourse
Sun 27 August, Enmore Theatre

From $79


About the guitarists:


Paco Peña

Paco Pena embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form.

In 1997 Paco was proud to be named the Oficial de la Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil and in May 2012 was awarded the Gold Medal in the arts by the John F. Kennedy Centre for the performing Arts in Washington. These honours were both bestowed by King Juan Carlos of Spain.


Grigoryan Brothers

Regarded as one of Australia’s finest musical duos The Grigoryan Brothers, Salva and Leonard, are musical chameleons with skills reaching throughout the realms of Latin, jazz, folk and contemporary genres.

Despite having great success in their solo ventures, Salva is also a part of internationally acclaimed guitar duo ‘MGT’ and Leonard is a composter and performer in contemporary ensemble ‘Magnolia’, together they create works that are unique and powerful, thus far releasing six studio albums the latest of which is titled ‘This Time’.


Jim Pennell

Leading jazz guitarist Jim Pennell has been an icon of the Australian jazz and guitar scenes for the past 35 years. Jim is no stranger to working with some of Australia’s jazz greats, including Bob Barnard, Don Burrows and Ian Date and some of the country’s most iconic singers including, Tom Burlinson, Rhonda Birchmore and Anthony Warlow.

With a diverse range of accolades and experiences, Jim appeared for 7 months as a key musician in the 2014 production of Baz Luhrman’s ‘Strictly Ballroom’, was a featured soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and has played for audiences worldwide.


Phil Manning

Phil Manning is a leader and pioneer in Australian blues music. At the forefront of the genre since the 60s, Phil is a founding member of the iconic band ‘Chain’, the only blues act to ever have an Australian number one with ‘Black’n’Blue’. Their 1971 album ‘Toward the Blues’ went double gold.

Critically acclaimed the world over, Phil has recently added two more awards to his growing collection of accolades Producer of the Year and Solo/Duo Artist of the Year at the annual VicTas Blues Awards.


Joe Robinson

Twenty-five-year-old Australian Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. He walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that is entirely his own.  

Born in the backwoods of Temagog, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia, his six-string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following.