On Sunday, March 6 at 7:30 pm, International Guitar Night returns to Crossroads Music in West Philadelphia. This year, the lineup features gypsy-jazz and flamenco from Lulo Reinhardt, the British experimental player Mike Dawes, the versatile German guitarist Andre Krengel, and California’s Brian Gore, IGN’s founder. The program will take place at at 801 South 48th Street, in Philadelphia and the artists will also offer a master class at 3:30. Tickets ($10-30), audio samples, and more information are available online at http://crossroadsconcerts.org/?p=4870.
International Guitar Night, North America’s premier mobile guitar festival, has featured the best performing guitar composers from around the world since 1995. 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 virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Since the beginning, audiences have cherished the friendly informal ambiance of the performances. Participants have relished the chance IGN affords to express reverence for one another, and to collaborate rather than compete with one another.
Lulo Reinhardt, the gifted nephew of gypsy-jazz legend Django Reinhardt, began studying guitar with his father Bawo, also a famous musician, at the age of five. At twelve, he played in the Mike Reinhardt Sextet and later co-founded a group called “Django Reinhardt and the Heartbreakers” in tribute to his uncle. In 1991, he founded “I Gitanos” with his father and his cousin Dege and has also played with Toto and Marta Glenn and played at the music festival “Rock gegen Hass”(Rock against Hate) and at a concert in aid of the north African Sahouri in the city of Tinduf, Algeria. While rooted in his family’s traditions, his work as a composer and guitarist has also taken him to southern Spain in search of flamenco roots and to South America, exploring various musical styles of Latin Jazz.
For Andre Krengel, who was born in a small village outside Bonn, Germany, playing guitar is a journey; and music is a language that connects us to people without words. A versatile and virtuosic guitar player with a unique style, he began as a classial musician, but soon became inspired by other artists as well, especially the jazzy blues-rock of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits. Later, he discovered a passion for acoustic guitar and jazz music, which he studied at the conservatory of Arnhem in the Netherlands. Subsequent journeys took him to France and Spain, where he worked with gypsy-jazz and flamenco musicians, and to Miami, where he was inspired and influenced by the local Latin and Cuban music scene. Since returning to Germany, he has been a frequent collaborator with Lulo Reinhardt and has worked on a variety of projects in many genres.
Mike Dawes is hailed as one of the world’s finest young fingerstyle guitarists and performers. His dazzling yet subtle playing, layered multi-part compositions, and technical virtuosity – as well as his youthful energy, charisma and humor – have brought him acclaim as both a soloist and band member. He has recorded with and accompanied multiple Grammy-wining artists, appeared on film soundtracks and adverts, and achieved viral YouTube hits with views in the millions. Mike currently tours as Justin Hayward’s lead guitar player and has made studio recordings with artists as diverse as Gotye and Newton Faulkner.
San Francisco “guitar poet” and IGN organizer 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 lyrical, understated compositions draw inspiration from myth and modern literature, integrating classical and percussive techniques that display what the Los Angeles Times calls “a characterful bounce and spaciousness all his own.”