International Guitar Night Comes to Escondido on February 11

International Guitar Night (IGN) is a fiery acoustic extravaganza featuring master performer Brian Gore along with a celebrated cast of guitar luminaries including German guitar virtuoso Andre Krengel, world-renowned fingerstyle innovator Mike Dawes, and Gypsy guitar prodigy Lulo Reinhardt. Formed in 1995 as a forum for the world’s finest guitarists, IGN has garnered critical acclaim since its inception. The San Francisco Chronicle described IGN as a “marvelous mix of virtuosos who astound.”

International Guitar Night will be held at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, on February 11, from 7:30-9 p.m.

Andre Krengel is one of Germany’s most sought-after acoustic guitarists. His style encompasses a variety of genres from flamenco to Gypsy Swing to his own original compositions. He has toured and recorded as a solo artist, with his group Acoustic Embassy, and with his fellow countryman Lulo Reinhardt. Andre will be making his North American debut in 2016 with International Guitar Night.

Since Mike Dawes released his debut single with Candyrat records in June 2012, his international profile has exploded. The young performers’ virtuoso style, littered with subtle nuances and micro-techniques has earned the 24-year-old Brit massive international critical acclaim. Artists as globally diverse as Gotye and Newton Faulkner have worked with Mike in the studio, adding his guitar parts to their major album portfolios, whilst Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues acquired a right hand axe man in Mike, as the pair are currently touring together in support of their respective new records. Mike’s stage show has to be seen to be described, a youthful energy and charisma that blows the lid off the traditional guitar concert. His videos gain hundreds of thousands, if not millions of views in as little as one week online. Mike is extremely excited to bring his solo, and collaborative show to North America as part of the acclaimed International Guitar Night.

Lulo Reinhardt is a third generation master from Germany. He has retained the incredible Reinhardt soul, speed and dexterity and updated the repertoire. Lulo was first taught by his father at the age of five. At twelve, he played in the Mike Reinhardt Sextett and later co-founded the group, “Django Reinhardt and the Heartbreakers.” In 1991, he founded “I Gitanos” with his father Bawo and cousin Dege, touring throughout Europe and first establishing his national reputation. 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.

San Francisco guitar poet Brian Gore is gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting and influential performers of “the next generation” in fingerstyle 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. Brian founded The International Guitar Night in 1995 as a forum for the world’s finest guitarists/composers to play their latest original songs and share musical ideas with their peers in public concert. This has evolved into critically acclaimed annual tours in the US, Canada, and the UK.

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