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“Do yourself a favour – take advantage of this rare opportunity to witness sheer acoustic guitar virtuosity as it was meant to be enjoyed. Chances are you’ll be forever moved by the scale of this truly International experience.”
– Eric Thom, Roots Music Canada
“A magical evening.” -Nikki Nelson, Cowichan Theater, Duncan BC
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 12th North American tour features Martin Taylor, Solorazaf and Brian Gore.
San Francisco guitar poet Brian Gore has a reputation as one of the most interesting and influential performers of “the next generation” in acoustic guitar. His style offers strikingly beautiful tone and dynamics, and he draws much of his inspiration from myth and modern literature. His recent project, Santa Cruz in Song and Image, is a remarkable multimedia collaboration with illustrator Bill Russell built around 10 songs inspired by Santa Cruz, CA. There’s an iBook with text and images designed to enhance the listening experience, and the album includes illustrated postcards, also evoking Santa Cruz.~ www.guitarpoet.com~www.scenicsantacruz.com
British jazz guitarist Martin Taylor has recorded over 25 albums and enjoyed a musical career spanning over 30 years. This internationally acclaimed artist has received 14 British Jazz Awards, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, and an MBE for “Services To Music” (presented by her Majesty the Queen). Taylor’s most recent projects include a release with his group Spirit of Django, Last Train to Hauteville, and a solo album Double Standards. www.martintaylor.com
Solorazaf is a French-Malagasy guitarist and singer who has toured with legendary artists like Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone. Named a “master of the 12/8 saleg rhythm” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, this talented guitarist mixes complex guitar patterns with his singing to produce a sound that is highly rhythmic and smoothly flowing. He also adds foot percussion, using homemade “stompboxes”. This past summer saw him release Solonaives + Sculptures with GAD, a double disk album showcasing his African roots mixed with jazz and blues. www.solorazaf.com
IGN audiences cherish the virtuosity of the playing and the friendly, informal ambiance of the performances. Participants relish the chance to play with peers from different genres, and to collaborate rather than compete. This unique brand of “guitar positivity” has helped make the IGN the most successful guitar showcase of its kind.