International Guitar Night celebrates the acoustic guitar
FOLSOM — Now in its 12th year, the idea behind International Guitar Night is simple. Four guitarists share their compositions, the stage and their ideas in a special evening of solos, duets and quartets — all highlighting the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.
Founded by guitarist Brian Gore, International Guitar Night is a forum for the world’s finest guitarists/composers to play their newest compositions and share musical ideas with their peers in public concert.
This year’s edition of the acclaimed annual tour coming to Three Stages on Jan. 27 features England’s Adrian Legg, Germany’s Lulo Reinhardt and Brazil’s Marco Pereira, together with host Brian Gore.
Legg is a legend for the variety of styles and sounds he coaxes from his custom electric guitar. Reinhardt is a master showman, flavoring the Gypsy Swing of his legendary forebear Django Reinhardt with his unique style of Latin music. Pereira is a multi-dimensional virtuoso, with a repertoire ranging from lightning-fast percussive compositions to Samba and classic Brazilian waltzes. Gore possesses “one of the most unique new acoustic guitar styles on the scene today” (News and Review).
“I’ve watched how the audiences enjoy both the virtuosity of the playing and the friendly onstage interactions among the IGN performers,” said Three Stages Executive Dave Pier. “It’s a special night of music, dedicated to the acoustic guitar.”
International Guitar Night will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $19 to $29, with premium tickets available for $39. Tickets for students with identification are $12. All can be purchase online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.
Since the 1990 release of his first U.S. recording “Guitars and Other Cathedrals,” Adrian Legg has more than lived up to the expectations stirred by critics, fans, top guitar mags and peers alike. Joe Satriani once said, “He’s simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard … he plays like he has hammers for fingers.” The genius that the Boston Globe has called “technical brilliance paired with a troubadour’s tale-weaving skill” led him from 1993-96 to be voted Best Fingerstyle Guitarist four years straight by the readers of Guitar Player magazine.
“There are guitarists, there are axe-wielding maniacs, and then there are wizards. Adrian Legg is one of the wizards. He has enough technique to do just about anything he wants, but also the sensitivity to honor the contours of a melody.” (Philadelphia Enquirer)
With five releases on Relativity Records, readers of England’s Guitarist magazine voted Legg Acoustic Guitarist of the Decade in the magazine’s 10th anniversary poll. Over the years he’s played at the Montreux Jazz Festival and toured with Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and as part of the G3 Tour featuring Satriani, Johnson and Favored Nations founder Steve Vai.
In recent years he has also been a commentator at large for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and more recently, regular listeners have heard his guitar versions of the show’s theme music.
Carrying on Django’s Gypsy Swing legacy with an added Latin flavor, Lulo Reinhardt is a gifted guitarist who was taught by his father at the age of 5. At 12, he played in the Mike Reinhardt Sextet and later co-founded the group “Django Reinhardt and the Heartbreakers.”
His name has achieved international acclaim. In 1991 he founded “I Gitanos” with his father Bawo and cousin Dege, touring throughout Europe. He has played with Toto and Marta Glenn, released CDs and played at the music festival Rock gegen Hass (Rock against Hate), another concert in aid of the north African Sahouri in the city of Tinduf, Algeria. In the meantime he has established an outstanding reputation as a composer and guitarist.
Marco Pereira was born in Sao Paulo. He lived in France for five years and received a classical guitar master’s degree in performance from the Université Musicale Internationale of Paris, and a master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Paris-Sorbonne with his thesis Hector Villa-Lobos and his guitar work.
He recorded with many prominent artists in the Brazilian musical scenario such as, Gal Costa, Tom Jobim, Edu Lobo, Gilberto Gil, Wagner Tiso, Daniela Mercury, Zizi Possi, Zélia Duncan, Cassia Eller, Rildo Hora, Paulinho da Viola, Milton Nascimento, Leila Pinheiro, Fátima Guedes, Nelson Goncalves and Roberto Carlos, amongst others.
Currently, he teaches harmony at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His compositions have been played and recorded by important guitarists all around the world.
San Francisco guitar poet Brian Gore is gaining a reputation as one of the most influential performers of “the next generation” in fingerstyle guitar. His lyrical, understated compositions integrate classical and percussive techniques that display what the Los Angeles Times calls “a characterful bounce and spaciousness all his own.”
His melodic, evocative songs rely heavily on the use of open tunings; his buoyant personality and odd sense of humor help add lightness to his shows. “By the time I’m done with a performance,” explains Gore, “people really know the meaning of the term ‘extroverted introvert’.”
Gore is an artist in residence at the Boulder Chautauqua.