Play the guitar and to be famous is the aspiration of all aspirant guitarists of all generations. But only few people can reach the fame and travel around the word, collecting prizes and rewards forma own talent. And, in this small group of famous people, there is the Canadian Jeffrey McFadden too, an icon for the Americans musicians. He, that works also at the University of Toronto as teacher and si the artistica director of Toronto Guitar Society, played in Europe and America and he is consider as the best guitarist of him generation (was born in 1963). The perfect person who talk an advance to became a great artist!
In Italy music is not more considerate at school. Which is the situation in Canada?
<<It's difficult and probably not productive to generalize about the state of music in public schools in Canada. In some schools, in some regions, it has a place of prominence and in other places it seems to be marginalized. However, think it it is safe to say that elementary school programs are weak and the situation improves in high school. There is always an ongoing battle to prove the value of music, especially given the trend in post secondary education of perceiving university study as a retail exchange between student and institution and the corporate influence which demands the training of skilled workers rather than proficient thinkers. To me, music has nothing to prove, whether as an academic pursuit or a vocational choice.>>
How did you join in to the Toronto Guitar Society?
<<My first encounter with the Guitar Society of Toronto was a young student, when I was invited to perform at one their student recitals. Soon after, I began attending their international concerts. Later, I became a member of the board of directors, served terms as Vice President, then President, and in 2008 I became the Artistic Director.>>
The Sauble Guitar Festival is a very important music event in which you are a main character and it exists from lots of year. Which is the segret of it success?
<<The Sauble Beach Guitar Festival is successful fr a number of reasons. Firstly, it is in an incredible location, one of the most beautiful Beaches in the world on the 3rd largest lake on the planet. We have been lucky to have incredible teachers and performers in us in every year we have run the event. We have great and dedicated volunteers and donors in the community helping put it together. And we welcome guitar lovers of all ages and levels, striving to ensure that hey have a inspiring and artistically enriching experience, meet others that are similarly devoted to he guitar, and have a great deal of fun in the meantime.>>