It’s now officially a Folsom tradition — International Guitar Night returns to the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, presenting three guitar luminaries in a conversation about music that is unlike any other.
IGN founder Brian Gore is on hiatus from touring; in his place, Gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt will be stepping in as guest host for International Guitar Night’s 17th year of touring. Reinhardt will be joined by three new, incredibly dynamic musicians: Italy’s innovative contemporary guitarist Luca Stricagnoli; brilliant young Brazilian composer/performer Chrystian Dozza; and India’s ground-breaking slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.
Stricagnoli’s inventive “tapping” techniques have won more than 7 million views on YouTube. Dozza has garnered many prestigious awards as one of Brazil’s leading young guitarists. Bhattacharya has invented his own technique for playing classical Indian music on the slide guitar.
International Guitar Night will take place Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Italy’s 26-year-old Stricagnoli will be making his North American debut with International Guitar Night on this tour.
Dozza is one of the leading lights of the new generation of Brazilian instrumental musicians, a brilliant young guitarist/composer whose talents have been widely displayed and rewarded. Dozza has won many important contests, such as the Concurso Nacional de Violões Musicalis, Concurso de Violão Souza Lima, Concurso Novos Talentos da Música Erudita and the Concurso Violão sem Fronteiras that cover all kinds of guitar music and are awarded at the renowned Festival Assad.
He also won the prize for best instrumentalist of the XIV Prêmio BDMG Instrumental, one of the most important awards within the Brazilian instrumental music community.
Bhattacharya is perhaps the greatest slide guitarist in India. He has, both through creating the actual design of the instrument and through his incredible talent and discipline, elevated the Hindustani slide guitar to be the highest evolution of slide guitar anywhere.
Though he is often compared to V.M. Bhatt there is little basis for comparison, because his music has far greater musical range, physical dexterity and emotional depth. To develop his playing he has undergone decades of disciplined study of Indian vocal technique combined with his instrumental work — he started learning Indian music from his parents before he learned the alphabet.
Bhattacharya can sing perfectly in parallel with every blindingly fast melody he plays. Possessed of a very open musical mind he is eager and more than qualified to collaborate and truly blend with musicians from any other country.
Django Reinhardt left behind an indelible musical legacy, introducing and defining a passionate style of Gypsy jazz guitar that was astonishing in the 1930s and is still revered and emulated today.
Born to a Gypsy family in Belgium Reinhardt’s playing inspired his extended family in Germany and France and successive generations of Reinhardts have reinforced his powerful musical vision and added their own ideas.
IGN’s host for the Harris Center performance, Lulo Reinhardt is Django’s grand nephew, a third generation master from Germany. He has retained the incredible Reinhardt soul, speed and dexterity and updated the repertoire. Lulo is a spontaneous and spirited musician.
His curiosity took him to southern Spain in search of flamenco roots and to South America exploring various musical styles of Latin jazz.
By 2002 he was ready to take his place as a bandleader, founding the Lulo Reinhardt Project. It recorded the highly acclaimed “Project No. 1″ in 2002 and “Project No. 2″ in 2005, reflecting his passion for Latin music. His “Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project” has an extensive international touring history.
In addition to annual Australian tours beginning in 2008, the Project has played in the United States, China, France, Switzerland, Belgium, England, the Czech Republic, Scotland and Germany. Lulo has also performed as a soloist with the International Guitar Night troupe in 2009 and 2011 and is a Harris Center favorite.
Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from the Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket.