International Guitar Night In Toronto

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International Guitar Night Canadian Tour!
Featuring: Martin Taylor, Solorazaf, Guinga and Brian Gore

THE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT (IGN) is the world's premier touring guitar festival, each show bringing together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists to exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. For 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 dexterity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Brian founded IGN in 1995 as a forum for the world’s finest guitarists/composers to play their latest original songs and share musical ideas and talent with their peers. This year IGN’s 12th North American tour features Martin Taylor, Solorazaf, Guinga and Brian Gore.

San Francisco guitar poet Brian Gore has a reputation as one of the most interesting and influential performers of “the next generation” in acoustic guitar. His style offers strikingly beautiful tone and dynamics, and he draws much of his inspiration from myth and modern literature.  His recent project, Santa Cruz in Song and Image is a remarkable multimedia collaboration with illustrator Bill Russell built around 10 songs inspired by Santa Cruz, CA. There’s an iBook with text and images designed to enhance the listening experience, and the album includes illustrated postcards, also evoking Santa Cruz.

British jazz guitarist Martin Taylor has recorded over 25 albums and enjoyed a musical career spanning over 30 years. This internationally acclaimed artist has received 14 British Jazz Awards, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, and an MBE for “Services To Music” (presented by her Majesty the Queen). Taylor’s most recent projects include a release with his group Spirit of Django, Last Train to Hauteville, and a solo album Double Standards.

Brian GoreBrian GoreSolorazaf is a French-Malagasy guitarist and singer who has toured with legendary artists like Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone. Named a “master of the 12/8 saleg rhythm” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, this talented guitarist mixes complex guitar patterns with his singing to produce a sound that is highly rhythmic and smoothly flowing. He also adds foot percussion, using homemade “stompboxes”. This past summer saw him release Solonaives + Sculptures with GAD, a double disk album showcasing his African roots mixed with jazz and blues.  Latin Grammy nominated guitarist and composer Guinga is widely considered to be Brazil’s most innovative songwriter and foremost guitarist. His compositions are often harmonically and rhythmically complex, yet melodically accessible and emotionally resonant. He is known for drawing on many musical genres, such as jazz, classical, blues and samba. Guinga’s ninth album Rasgando Seda with Brazilian woodwind quintet Villa-Lobos is now available.

IGN audiences cherish the virtuosity of the playing and the friendly, informal ambiance of the performances. Participants relish the chance to play with peers from different genres, and to collaborate rather than compete. This unique brand of “guitar positivity” has helped make the IGN the most successful guitar showcase of its kind.

November 1 - Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam BC
November 2 – Port Theatre, Nanaimo BC
November 3 – Capilano College, Vancouver BC
November 4 – Farquhar Auditorium University of Victoria, Victoria BC
November 8 – Banff Centre, Banff AB
November 9 – Bert Church Theatre, Airdrie AB
November 10 – Empress Theatre, Fort MacLeod AB
November 12 – Hugh’s Room, Toronto ON
November 15 – Salle Alec et Gérard Pelletier Hall, Sutton QC
November 16 – Shenkman Hall, Ottawa ON
November 17 – Petit Palais Montcalm Quebec City, QC
November 23 – Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse YT

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