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International Guitar Night
Arcata Playhouse
Arcata, CA
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International Guitar Night
THE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT (IGN) is the world's premier touring guitar festival, each show bringing together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists to exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. For each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for special evenings of solos, duets, and quartets that highlight the dexterity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Brian founded IGN in 1995 as a forum for the world's finest guitarists/composers to play their latest original songs and share musical ideas and talent with their peers. This year IGN's North American tour features Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes, Quique Sinesi and Brian Gore.

The music of Italian guitarist Pino Forastiere comes from a solid background in classical, contemporary and rock music, evolving into a style that's hard to define. He "employs a dazzling blend of slapping, tapping, strumming, altered tunings and harmonics, combined with classical phrasing and a focus on distinct and addictive melodies" (Anil Prasad, Guitar Player). His music is "something like a mix of Steve Reich's interlocking rhythmic patterns meet Michael Hedges' techniques, all while admiring Eddie Van Halen" (John Schaefer, WNYC).

"Each composition is a unique journey of impeccable technique and melodic invention. Pino Forastiere is a scientist of the guitar, but a scientist with soul"

"Prepare to be transported to another dimension"  Jam Magazine

Quique Sinesi, born in 1960, is considered one of the most important guitarists in Argentina for his personal style. His music is based in elements of Tango and Folklore from his country, and rhythms from "Rio de la Plata" like Candombe, incorporating elements of jazz, improvisation, classical and world music. He plays a 7 string Spanish Guitar, Piccolo Guitar and Charango.  Over his career, Quique has played and recorded with an amazing array of musicians and his musical projects have taken him around the world, visiting Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Spain, England, Greece, Croatia, The Netherlands, Croatia, Turkey and France. This will be his first tour with International Guitar Night.

Mike Dawes is hailed as one of the world's finest young finger-style guitarists and performers. His acclaimed solo music, littered with nuances and micro-techniques, has seen him tour almost every continent on the planet. In addition to his solo career he has recorded with, and has been a session musician for multiple Grammy award-winning artists. He has also appeared on film soundtracks and adverts, as well as achieving viral YouTube hits in the millions.  Additionally, Mike currently tours as Justin Hayward's lead guitar player, performing Moody Blues classics throughout the USA. Mike is extremely excited to bring his solo and collaborative show to North America as part of the acclaimed International Guitar Night.

'Astounding Virtuosity' - Gotye

'Completely Spellbinding' - Evening Post

San Francisco-based guitar poet Brian Gore is gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting and influential performers of "the next generation". A musical romantic, his compositions draw inspiration from myth and modern literature. Gore is an artist in residence at the Boulder Chautauqua, sponsored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. His music has been featured on NPR's nationally syndicated Echoes Radio, and many other local public radio programs. Brian founded The International Guitar Night in 1995 as a forum for the world's finest guitarists/composers to play their latest original songs and share musical ideas with their peers in public concert. This has evolved into critically acclaimed annual tours in the US, Canada and the UK.

"Brian Gore's strong, well developed melodies and intriguing chord sequences set him apart from the myriad of steel-string fingerstylists who compose in open tunings. His finely crafted poetic "songs without words" take the listener on a spellbinding emotional ride." -Ron Forbes Roberts, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"An artist of the highest caliber." -Ray Toumey, the Boulder Chautauqua



Arcata Playhouse (View)
1251 9th Street
Arcata, CA 95521
United States

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