July 30, 2014


A fitting tribute and a soulful selection of songs…

The Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival is honored to announce the release of Ángel: In Memoriam, a Gliese 229 benefit project from the ZIGF 2014 artists in honor of their friend and fellow musician, Miguel Ángel Losana who passed away just a few weeks after performing at this year’s festival.

Not often do you see this kind of talent and diversity – let alone, heartfelt generosity! – in one recording. We are very proud to to be a part of this project.

100% of the proceeds from sales of this digital compilation album will be donated to Gliese 229 and Miguel Ángel’s family.,


July 13, 2014

For your consideration 2015


Presenting the incredible artists under consideration for 2015,

click here http://www.zihuafest.info/musicians/for-your-consideration-2015/


June 30, 2014

Live music in a tropical paradise and the chance to be a part of something special


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June 8, 2014

Hello everyone, it´s June … and that means we are wrapping up submissions for 2015.

*Deadlines have been moved up this year, submissions opened in April and will close June 30 – artists will be announced in July. If you haven’t gotten your materials in yet (or you know someone who would be a good fit) go to the submission page http://www.zihuafest.info/musicians/submissions-2015/ for the complete list of materials and how to submit … and just do it, right now! We can´t consider any artist who does not turn in the materials –even if you are amazing and we love you – you have to turn in your updated promo materials every year.*

Some of my favorite people in the entire world are ZIGF musicians. We draw a really cool crowd: talented, big hearted, fun. I am travelling this summer and on the lookout for new music and new friends to bring back to Zihua. I have spent the last week at the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, TX, and I have had the pleasure of hearing some great singer-songwriters and musicians here. It has reminded me of the joy of festivals, the camaraderie of bringing people together for music and the wonder of the live performance experience.

It has also reminded me of the great talent we have had in Zihua over the years and has gotten me very excited about the upcoming year. From the very beginning we have had a tremendous roster of incredible talent at ZIGF and I couldn´t be more proud of the quality of music we have consistently offered at ZIGF. 2015 promises to be just as spectacular as the submissions keep pouring in. If you would like to join us in Zihua in March 2015, now is the time to send us your materials. We welcome submissions from guitarists in any genre and know that you will be in some very good company.

The best part of my job is sharing great music with you.

In our artists archive we list every artist who has ever performed at ZIGF. You can click on each artist´s name and it will open a page where you can read about them and listen to their music. Inspired by Kerrville, the land of the singer-songwriters, I have been listening to some of the great singer-songwriters that the ZIGF has welcomed over the years: Jenny Kerr, Tom Freund, Adam Levy, Kelli Ali, Jim McCormick, Eric McFadden, Kristin Sweetland, musicians I am proud to have worked with and people I am proud to call friends. Take a listen, http://www.zihuafest.info/musicians/

Get inspired and get your submissions in!

Hope to see you in March-Catherine

May 5, 2014

We have now posted our 2014 P&L statement and Director´s wrap up letter, you can read it here.

And don`t forget submissions for 2015 are open NOW until June 31, click here for information, http://www.zihuafest.info/musicians/submissions-2015/

Thanks for another incredible year! See you March 6-15, 2015!

This year’s Festival would not have been possible without the generous support of our patrons and sponsors:

El Festival este año no habria sido posible sin el apoyo generoso de nuestros patrocinios:

Founders’ Circle 2014 / El Circulo de Fundadores 2014
Gene and Heather Schwendiman – Isahrai Azaria

Founders’ Club 2014 / El Club de Fundadores 2014
Brenda Hoskin and Eric Sanford – Ellen Storm and Bob Yamashita – Alesia Martin – Tracy Walters – Jane and Bill Bardin

With Special Thanks to / Con Agradecimiento Especial a:
Carol and Peter Lagoe – Jane and Eruk Williamson – Drew Patterson – Pat and Gene Suess – Dana Baldwin – Steven Bernardi – Paula Bowman – Jeffrey Willius – Ken and Sunny McNicol – Lige Williamson – Rosemary Pigat – Iris L. Hurbert and Bob Proctor – Alice and Randall Tumblin – Donna and Tim Melville – Frank Long – Donald Scott – John and Wendy Nielsen – Werner and Maryanne Schulz – Gary Charpentier – Melissa Denlinger – Paul Ryan – Brent and Susan Lowe – Lois Keeth -
Mike Novotny – Debra Cysiewski – Carl Willis-Ford – Jenny Sheets – Robert and Kristin Ridenour – Bill Underwood – Ramon van Meer – Carol Juk and John Murphy – Omar Torrez – Elisabeth Ashe-Dirmeitis – Linda Fox – Lynne Marie Parson – Robert Marshall – Dyana Pari Nafissi Holzworth – Claire and Tony Piazza – Sandy and Jay Messsinger – Curtis and Gloria Marks – Ruby and Kevin Dowling – Daniel Hunsberger – Jimmy Robinson – Gordon and Nancy Krantz – Patti Stevens – Agustin Galindo and Carolina Delgadillo Novelo – Claude Le Corre – Victoria Taft Priani – Sarah Green Reed – Pablo Araujo – Gerald Dee – Sharon Marriott – Yvonne Lau – Linda Harless – Deborah Ann O`Brien – Harriet Garfinkle and Ron Seff – Paulette Warren – Donald L. and Christina Volkmann – Ken MacDonald – Kimberly and William Fillmore – Laurie MacDonald – Malury Wells – Mark Blake

sponsors 2014

2014 Line Up now posted:

January 8, 2014

Kickstart the new year!

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Join the cultural revolution! Kickstarter is a community of people who want to support arts and culture, and they do it by funding creative projects. The fund raising is all or nothing, if the goal is not met, no money will be paid out. We had heard good things–that it was a place of optimism and good will towards artists–and we thought it may be a good fit for what we do here in Zihuatanejo. Go to the site and look around, there are projects to fit every passion: music, art, film, books…you may find something you would like to support.

It might even be the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/784772962/zihuatanejo-international-guitar-festival-2014

December 12, 2013

for your consideration

Seeking International Artist Sponsors
The ZIGF 2014 submissions closed on December 1 and we have been wading through the submission materials and listening to some incredible music.

Click here to see the 2014 Artist Under Consideration, see anyone you want to sponsor?

December 2013

2014 Submissions now closed

Thanks for all of the fabulous music, 2014 artists will be announced in January 2014.  Keep checking our Facebook page for updates:
October 2013


ZIGF is seeking an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & 10 other jobs for 2014. Have great skills? Want to get involved? Here´s your chance! www.zihuafest.info/jobs/
September 2013

2014 submissions now open


August 2013
Hello Zihuatanejo and ZIGF friends,

We are very proud to announce the highly anticipated release of, Migration Heart, Songs for the Wandering, a digital EP in support of the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, by Isahrai Azaria & Pablo Araujo two tremendous artists and ZIGF supporters who have created a beautiful selection of songs showcasing Isahrai´s gorgeous soprano voice and Pablo´s stunning guitar work, as a fund raising project for the guitar festival.

We are so proud of the tremendous talent the ZIGF has attracted over the years and humbled by this wonderful show of support.

Take a listen here and buy a copy for yourself:


Thanks to every one of you for ten years of the ZIGF, it has been a real joy to share ten years of incredible music with you and we hope we can continue for many more.

**We welcome any feedback, suggestions, ideas for bigger and better solutions.**

- Catherine Krantz, ZIGF President



Thanks for another great year !


The Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival 2013 was another year of incredible music in beautiful Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico.  


May 2013
After a month (or two) of rest, recuperation and reevaluation, we have now finished our year-end accounting and wrap up statements.

You can read the Final Press Release here and read an honest appraisal from ZIGF President, Catherine Krantz, in the 2013 Director’s Wrap up letter. She talks candidly about where we are after 10 years of music festivals on a shoestring in paradise and what the future holds.

You can also see the 2013 Financial Statements, if you want to know what we earn and what we do with it.

Keep checking back with the website over the summer, we will be updating and making some great changes, including adding music, video, and the complete ten years of artist archives, where you can keep in touch with all the great musicians you have met at ZIGF over the years.

And don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook page www.facebook.com/zguitarfest  for news, announcements and photos.



2013 feedback

Jacquie Cattanach Just saying… Muchas gracias por todo. I attended six events and was amazed with the incredible talent of the musicians and also how well this whole event was organized. Thank you to all involved with the organization. Next year, I’ll be buying a pass – can’t wait!!

John Sheipe What a great musical week, the chemistry/energy was spot on, the grooves & jams will continue to echo through the streets :) Bless~ ♥

Nick Fiorante We were there this year and loved every minute of it. This was our second year to be so lucky to attend one of the best guitar festivals around. To the many people who work so hard to put this festival together, God bless and keep up the great job. Cheers.

Brenda Hoskin Last year we opted for a spontaneous trip to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo to attend the International Guitar Festival. We loved it so much, we decided we needed to return this year. We were so impressed last year that we couldn’t possibly see ZIGF delivering the same level of service and quality of music two years in a row. We were dead wrong. With a combination of repeat performances and new musicians, we were just as wowed this year as last…”

Mary Jo Hoffman Loved the festival, every minute of it!

Richard Kenney I think the event is a real attraction on ZIH and I for one hope it continues. Having been there two months ago, I can see the hard work the volunteers supply. But it was very well organized, Catherine Krantz and her crew are to be complimented.

Mike Novotny This is fantastic event. This year´s event was spectacular…this needs to continue and it needs to grow and expand…

Jane Keleman We had the pleasure of volunteering for this event and enjoying the musical wonder of these talented people! We’ll be back next year. Thank you!

Click here to read: What the Guitar Festival means to me, by Jacqueline Rodriguez Verduzco, 2013 Organizing Committee

Click here to read: What the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival means to me, by Isahrai Azaria, musician, longtime ZIGF supporter, and past participant.

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