Community Event: Guitar Concert at Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, Basking Ridge

December 21, 2015 Turpin Real Estate

A classical guitar concert is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, January 2 in the farmhouse of the Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge. This concert features the duo of Bert Lams, founding member of the California Guitar Trio, and Italian guitarist Fabio Mittino. The limited seating in the farmhouse allows everyone to hear and see the performers up close in a traditional “house concert” atmosphere. A meet-the-artist reception is held after each concert with refreshments and an opportunity to talk with the musicians.

These two talented guitarists bring their new project to the Farmstead: transcriptions of music by Gurdjieff/DeHartmann arranged for two guitars. Thomas De Hartmann was a Russian pianist who lived from 1885 until 1956. During his travels in the Russian Revolution he wrote a series of ethnic and spiritual melodies with his teacher G. I. Gurdjieff, a philosopher of Russian/Armenian descent. Together they wrote over 200 pieces. Bert Lams and Fabio Mittino have arranged 15 of these pieces for two guitars. The pieces are performed on steel string guitar with a pick, and they are set in what’s known as “New Standard Tuning,” a tuning more closely resembling a cello than a traditional guitar.

Bert Lams is known for his affinity with the music of J.S. Bach, and his arrangements of classical music for the California Guitar Trio. A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, he conducted workshops for guitar students in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Seattle. Fabio Mittino is an Italian guitarist, active in Milan as a session musician and with his group Fluon. He released his first solo CD with arrangements of music by Thomas de Hartmann three years ago.

The Farmstead Arts Center is located 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead. Listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, the Farmstead was honored with the New Jersey Preservation Award, one of the State’s highest honors for preservation and adaptive re-use, and Somerset County’s Historic Preservation Award. Farmstead Arts offers art classes, workshops, art exhibits, theater, concerts, dance, children’s activities and lectures in history and the arts. Local artists utilize the upstairs rooms in the farmhouse for individual studio space. For more information about the concert, call 347-927-8748 or email

Lively arts and history combine at the Farmstead Arts Center, just one of the many local amenities that make living in the Somerset Hills so appealing. For more information about luxury homes for sale in Basking Ridge, luxury real estate in New Jersey or luxury homes for sale in Somerset County, contact Turpin at 877-788-7746.

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