One guitar. One week. One song.
That’s the tagline of the Acoustic Guitar Project, an international songwriting project that originated in New York City and has spread around the world. In each city, a guitar circulates from songwriter to songwriter, and each person has one week to write a song on that guitar and capture it on a handheld recorder.
Projects are underway in more than 40 cities, from Buenos Aires to Boston, Havana to Hanoi, Minneapolis to Moscow, and São Paulo to Syracuse.
The project began in Syracuse in 2014, curated by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, with a guitar handmade in Maryland by Minor Bird Instruments. To date, 22 songwriters from Central New York have written songs on the Minor Bird.
In 2017, five more songwriters will join the tradition. Mark your calendars for the annual project concert:
Friday, November 3, 2017, at the Folkus Project, Syracuse, NY
2016 songwriters: Gina Holsopple ~ Jon Peterson ~ Mike Powell ~ Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli ~ Bob Halligan Jr.
2015 songwriters: Eddie Zacholl ~ Kim Monroe and Chris Eves ~ Jeff Jones ~ Joe Driscoll ~ Donna Dennihy
2014 songwriters: Gary Frenay ~ Arty Lenin ~ John Cadley ~ Ashley Cox ~ Dana “Short Order” Cooke
Colin Aberdeen ~ Colleen Kattau ~ Tim Burns ~ Wendy Ramsay ~ Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Watch a TV segment about the Syracuse project.
JPR performs “Till I’m Alone with You”: