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Friday, February 7, 8 PM

International Guitar Night

Enjoy an inventive and memorable evening of contemporary guitar music with some of the world’s finest guitar players today. International Guitar Night (IGN) founder Brian Gore shares the stage with Italy's Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes
from England, and Quique Sinesi from Argentina. Pino and Mike are revered in contemporary steel string guitar circles for their unique mix of melody, improvisation, and hand percussion using the strings, the fretboard, and the body of the guitar. Quique is a master of many South
American melodies and rhythms on both buitar
and charango and Gore is hailed as a poet of fingerstyle guitar.


Pino Forastiere

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 “employes 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).




Quique Sinesi

Quique Sinesi is considered one of the most important guitarists in Argentina for his personal style. His music is based in elements of tango & 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.




Mike Dawes

Mike Dawes is a revolutionary guitarist whose subtle nuances and micro-techniques have earned the young Brit international critical acclaim. He uses the acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and twisting melodies all at the same time. Currently touring with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, he has works with such artists as Gotye and Newton Faulkner and his unique performance style and charisma provide for a very unique performance experience.

“Beautiful and sensitively played arrangements and compositions.” Acoustic Magazine

“Completely Spellbinding.”
Evening Post




Brian Gore

San Francisco guitar poet Brian Gore is gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting and influential performers of "the next generation" in finger style guitar. A musical romantic, his compositions draw inspiration from myth and modern literature. Hailed as having "...one of the most unique new acoustic guitar styles on the scene today" (News and Review), 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."

Gore’s style of playing offers strikingly beautiful tone and dynamics-- qualities that are often hard to find in steel string players. His melodic, evocative songs rely heavily on the use of open tunings, extending the “stream of consciousness” style of guitar composing he grew up with in Northern California. “Music started out as a kind of therapy for me,” says Gore. “Consequently, I am a very emotional player. Now, my style of playing has also become a well-honed craft. I am very grateful I can share this with people.”

"An exceptional musician."
Alex Varty, the Vancouver Straight





Tickets: $34, $28, $19

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