Arthur Rotfeld

Arthur Rotfeld began playing guitar in his teens, after being inspired by the greats of classic rock. While attending the University of the Arts and eventually the University of Bridgeport, Arthur dedicated himself to the study of jazz guitar and music education. Arthur went on to earn an MFA in the graduate composition program at SUNY Purchase, where he focused on writing chamber music.

As a performer, Arthur works regularly throughout the NY Metro area and has recorded a self-titled debut album of original music and a CD of jazz standards entitled Poinciana. Arthur’s music, while highly personal, shows the influence of guitarists such as Mike Stern, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield, without being derivative. His daily yoga practice spurred an interest in kirtan (call-and-response, meditative singing) and he now leads Tejase, a group that plays his original music. An album of this yogic music will be released later this year. 

Arthur is also in demand as a session player and live guitarist for pop and rock acts and has worked with Elyse Spies, Frank Enea, Hilary Cole, and other original acts. He has performed with Sal Salvador, Bill Finnegan, Paul Schaffer, Lew Soloff, Les Paul, and many others.

A highly respected author and editor, Arthur has worked on dozens of diverse titles, including books on The Doors, Warren Haynes, Brian Setzer, Led Zeppelin, Django Reinhardt, Albert King, Joe Pass—published by Alfred Music, Cherry Lane Music, and Hal Leonard. His comprehensive book on jazz harmony, entitled Jazz Vocings for Guitar and Cherry Lane Chord Book were recently printed and are considred to be modern classics. His books are translated into many languages and are available worldwide.

Arthur currently teaches a wide variety of students, from the youngest beginner to accomplished adult performers, at his own studio and at local colleges. He gives clinics and workshops around the country on a variety of musical topics. As a skilled yoga teacher, he is sought after for his ability to relate those practices to learning and performing music.

Arthur’s own guitar teachers have been Harry Egnor, Mark Slifstein, Sal Salvador, Tal Farlow, Jay Azzolina, Randy Roos, and Tim Miller. He has studied composition with Edgar Grana and Ruth Schonthal.

He can be contacted at (914) 953-8194
or arthur @ rotfeld dot com