The Artesian Guitar Quartet

Music from different times and places expressed through the intimate voice of the guitar.

The Artesian Guitar Quartet was founded in 2010 by guitarists James Erickson, Andrew Falino, Laura Lessard and Harris Becker. The programs the quartet presents are highly innovative, including a wide variety of music ranging from Bach to the Beatles. They have performed at The Dickens Festival, The Long Island Guitar Festival, The Art League of Long Island, The Rensselaerville Historical Society, the Babylon Arts Council , The Steinberg Museum of Art and at the Songe D’été en Musique festival in Quebec. In September 2013 the quartet did a tour of Quebec with performances for Quebec Rural University, Sainte-Agnès in Lac-Mégantic and St. Vital in Lambton, Quebec. Individually the members have played concerts and given master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. As guitar instructors they are or have been affiliated with Long Island University, Nassau Community College, Queens College, The Bronx House Music School, Usdan Center for the Performing Arts and The Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich.

“…gave the evening a note of nobility” Quebec Rural University – Sept. 2013

"The quartet's playing as an ensemble was exquisite. The music they chose spanned the centuries of music history and was thoroughly engaging and captivating. The audience was riveted to their every note throughout their performance".- Spotlight May 2014

Upcoming Dates

December 4, 2016: Charles Dickens Festival, at the Christ Church Episcopal. 127 Barnum Ave, Port Jefferson NY 11777

12:20pm, 1:00pm, 1:40pm Performing Holiday Selections  (note: same program will be repeated at each performance time)

Past Dates


July 23, 2016  -  All Souls' Episcopal Church - 10 Mill Pond Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11790

6:00pm - Saturdays at Six Concert Series

July 30, 2016 : Salle Bestar du Centre Sportif Mégantic Lac-Mégantic, Quebec

             8:00pm - An Evening of Guitar. The Artesian Guitar Quartet and Claude LaFlamme -   Music by Bach, Hirsh, Meschi, Faure, Dvorak, Oldfield, Gagnon, Wonder, Lennon/McCartney Premiering a new work for Harp-Guitar and Guitar Quartet

July 31, 2016 Église St-Vital, Lambton, Quebec

              4:00pm - Journeys - Music by Schubert, Hirsh, Traditional Music of China Including Jeffrey Marcus, piano, The Artesian Guitar Quartet, Liu Fang, pipa, Valérie Bélanger, soprano and Thomas Goodheart, baritone

May 1, 2016 : Presbyterian Church of Islip, 340 Main St, Islip NY 11751

             12:30pm - (suggested donation of $5 is requested to support the church organ restoration project.)

April 14, 2016 : the Long Island Guitar Festival - Premiere of a new guitar quartet by Alan Hirsh

8:00pm - Great Hall - 

December 20, 2015: Holiday Concert  - Performing The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky and other Christmas selections. 

1:00pm - Presbyterian Church of Islip, 340 Main St, Islip NY 11751 (suggested donation of $5 is requested to support the church organ restoration project.)

December 6, 2015: Charles Dickens Festival, Port JeffersonPort Jefferson Village Center

2:00pm, 2:40pm, 3:20pm Performing The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky  (note: same program will be repeated at each performance time)

October 25,2015: Music at the Gate Series

5:00pm - St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church — 103-12 101st Avenue—Ozone Park NY 11416 (There is no admission charge to either concert but a donation of $10 is requested to support the performers and the continuation of the series.)

March 29, 2015: Triad Concert Series

2:00pm- Temple Isaiah, 1404 Stony Brook Road Stony Brook, NY 11790

January 30,2015: Northport Arts Coalition "DO-ing Music Concert Series"

7:30pm- The Northport Library:  151 Laurel Ave

December 6, 2014: Charles Dickens Festival, Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson Village Center
12:00pm, 12:40pm, 1:00pm (note: same program will be repeated)

August 1st -10, 2014 : Midsummer Music Dream Festival, Courcelles, Quebec

April 26,2014: Suffolk Community College Guitar Festival, Selden NY:

The First Inaugural Suffolk County Community College Guitar Festival
(closed to the public)

April 13, 2014: Babylon Public Library

April 3, 2014: Long Island Guitar Festival LIU Post, NY

December 20, 2013: Jefferson Ferry Concert Series, Port Jefferson NY

December 15, 2013: Long Island Guitar Society, Brookville NY

December 8, 2013: Dickens Festival, Port Jefferson NY

October 24, 2013: Steinberg Museum of Art, Brookville NY

October12, 2013: Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills NY

September 14,2013: St. Vital, Lambton, Quebec

September 13, 2013: Sainte-Agnès, Lac-Mégantic, Quebec

September 12, 2013: Quebec Rural University, Lac-Mégantic , Quebec

















Artesian Guitar Quartet- 2010.