International Guitar Night
|Country and Region||United States — New York|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Corona, New York, USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
International Guitar Night takes place at Queens Theatre in the Park in Corona, New York. Enjoy an evening with the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists performing in their own styles, and exchanging musical ideas. International Guitar Night was founded in 1999 by San Francisco steel-string fingerstyle player Brian Gore, who has been praised for his masterful playing and distinctive blend of fingerstyle and percussive techniques. Each year, Gore assembles a cross-section of the world’s acoustic virtuosos for a touring guitar festival.
|Festival Dates||January 16, 2011|
Participating artists 2011:
- Michael Hedges
- The up-and-coming son of a legendary Brazilian composer, and a player that’s been named one of Total Guitar’s Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of all Time.
- Brian Gore
- The heart and soul of International Guitar Night remains Brian Gore, described as having one of the most unique new acoustic guitar styles on the scene today by News and Review. Gore is a self-described “guitar poet” who blends classical and percussive techniques. Acoustic Guitar’s Ron Forbes Roberts wrote that his “well developed melodies and intriguing chord sequences set him apart from the myriad of steel-string fingerstylists who compose in open tunings.” Roberts added, “His finely crafted poetic songs without words take the listener on a spellbinding emotional ride.” Gore founded International Guitar Night in 2004 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. Today, it is the world’s premier touring guitar festival.
- Clive Carroll
- The most decorated performer on the upcoming tour is British guitarist and John Renbourn protege Clive Carroll. Possessed of a first class honours degree in composition and guitar from Trinity College, Carroll racked up countless awards during his university career, including the John Halford Prize for Composition (1994), the Gladys Puttick Memorial Prize for Extemporisation (‘94,’98), the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award (1997), and the Montagu Cleeve Prize for Guitar (1998). He was also named the Essex Young Musician of the Year in 1999, the first guitarist to ever win the award. Carroll was born in 1975 to a mother who played button according and sang Irish ballads and a father who was an accomplished bodhran player, banjoist, and instrument maker. He received his first banjo from his father when he was just 18 months old. By age 9, he was playing in the family band. He has since toured with John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel, been called “Probably the best and most original young acoustic guitar player and composer in Britain” by Acoustic Guitar magazine, and been named one of Total Guitar’s Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time.
- Alexandre Gismonti
- International Guitar Night’s hot up-and-comer this year is Brazilian Alexandre Gismonti, the son of the legendary Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti. Having developed his own unique voice on his instrument - one that incorporates elements of flamenco and jazz - the young Gismonti has represented Brazil at the 2003 “Entre Cuerdas” international guitar festival in Chile, performed as a soloist in the 41st Villa-Lobos Festival in Rio de Janeiro, and been selected for the 7th Visa Award of Brazilian music in Sao Paulo.
- Pino Forastiere
- This year’s line-up of guests is rounded out by Pino Forastiere, an Italian maestro whose sound has been likened to a cross between Steve Reich and Michael Hedges - with maybe a touch of Eddie Van Halen thrown in. Of his totally unique style, Guitar Player magazine says, “he employs a dazzling blend of slapping, tapping, strumming, altered tunings and harmonics, combined with classical phrasing and a focus on distinct and addictive melodies.” Forastiere earned a degree in classical guitar from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and has released four solo albums on the noted guitar label Candyrat. In 2008 he premiered Why Not? an epic concerto for electro-acoustic guitar and string orchestra. This past March, Forastiere introduced Guitar Republic, a new acoustic guitar trio “made in Italy,” featuring himself, Sergio Altamura, and Stefano Barone.
- Queens Theatre in the Park
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
- Beginning at 3:00pm
- Prices $37, Multi-show $32, Seniors $35, Students $22
- By phone +01 718-760-0064