The Completion of Guitar Craft and the Guitar Circle

On February 25, 2016, Robert Fripp posted the following on social media: “…as of March 25th. 2017, all formal structures connected to Guitar Craft and The Guitar Circle will cease to exist: no more Guitar Circles, no more Orchestras Of Crafty Guitarists, no more League Of Crafty Guitarists, and so on. Forms, vehicles and structures will be different on the other side, with their own names, originating from and through those who wish to find new ways of working with the GC current. Guitar Craft will cease to exist, again. The Guitar Circle will cease to exist, as will local Guitar Circles."

I was unbelievably fortunate to have been able to take part in the first Guitar Craft course, which began on March 25, 1985. Since then I have been on the ride of my life, serving in any number of capacities as Guitar Craft has grown and evolved. Last October I traveled to Córdoba, Argentina, where the last GC course directed by Robert took place. The project wrapped up with 80+ guitarists performing in the incomparable Parroquia Nuestra Señora; The Symphony of Crafty Guitarists II, Robert's final “Guitar Craft” performance project.

As many as 4,000 players have taken part Guitar Craft seminars and projects around the world over the past 32 years. For some, it was no doubt an interesting diversion and something to tell their friends about. For others, it has been profound and life-changing. Letting go is never easy. For those of us who have been a part of this remarkable adventure, we have our work cut out for us. Forward!

Curt Golden

NW 65th St and 3rd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107