International Guitar Night Comes to Pacific University on Saturday, Jan. 30

Four of the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists come to Forest Grove on Saturday, Jan. 30 to perform in North America’s premier mobile guitar festival, International Guitar Night. The performance, part of IGN’s 2016 North American Tour, begins at 7:30 p.m. in McCready Hall of the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center and is the latest installment of Pacific University’s 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series

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. Joining Gore on the current tour are three of Europe's leading acoustic guitarists in Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, contemporary fingerstyle innovator Mike Dawes and multi-genre showman Andre Krengel.
 
Reinhardt has expanded on the legacy of his grand-uncle Django with Latin-flavored rhythms and melodies. Dawes’ lightning-speed and deft tapping and percussion were among the highlights of the 2014 IGN tour. Krengel is a master of many styles from flamenco to swing to modern ballads and he is a frequent collaborator with Lulo in Germany.
 
Sponsored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, IGN is the only production of its kind to have grassroots origins. Since its beginning in 1995 in a converted laundromat in the California Bay Area, IGN has featured the best performing guitar composers from around the world. From the outset, 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. The unique brand of “guitar positivity” the forum provides has helped make IGN the most successful guitar showcase of its kind.
 
A limited number of tickets are still available and may be purchased in advance by calling 503-352-2918.

About the performers

Lulo Reinhardt, Django Reinhardt's grand nephew, 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 Sextet 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 where he first established a 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. In additional to annual Australian tours beginning in 2008, they have 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, going to Canada, America and the UK. The Latin Swing Project headlined the inaugural U.S. tour of In The Footsteps Of Django in 2012. 
 
Since Mike Dawes released his debut single with Candyrat Records in June 2012, his international profile has exploded. The young performer’s virtuoso style, littered with subtle nuances and micro-techniques has earned the 24 year old Brit massive international critical acclaim.
 
The 'What Just Happened?' world tour, in support of his debut album, has taken his energetic, vibrant and questionable English humour to Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Americas and beyond, and has landed the young player with an almost limitless stream of exciting sessions and collaborations.
 
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 been described with “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. 
 
Andre Krengel is a versatile and virtuosic guitar player who is mainly self-taught, with his own unique style of playing, and is one of the foremost, leading and prominent players in Germany. His parents loved classical music. So, as a child, he became influenced by the many recordings of composers like J.S. Bach.  But he became inspired by other artists as well - especially by the jazzy blues-rock stylings of Mark Knopfler & Dire Straits. 
 
Andre has performed with artists like Monica Green (ex- Supremes), Marcello Matte and rock-vocalist Danny Veras. Living in Spain, Andre took the chance to play with flamenco players and learn from them. It was also in Barcelona when he met and performed with Gypsy-jazz masters Robin Nolan and Biel Ballester.  Andre also spent three years in Miami, Florida, touring with the Ft. Lauderdale based band “The Orphans". During that time, he was inspired and influenced by numerous jam sessions with musicians on the Miami Latin & Cuban music-scene, as well as by performing with Leon Wilkinson & the new line up of Lynyrd Skynyrd, in Jacksonville. All of these influences - jazz, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, rhythm and blues and good old fashioned rock and roll - are woven into his unique style. 
 
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. “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.” 
 
Gore's recent CD/DVD release is called “Santa Cruz in Song and Image.”  He is currently expanding upon his work with illustrator Bill Russell on an online series of videos and original songs plus multimedia show called “Wine Country: A Pairing of Music and Art.”  He has two additional solo releases, including “Legacy” and “Path of Least Resistance.”
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016