It’s only the first month of the year, but already this has to be THE tour for finger-style guitar enthusiasts. International Guitar Night is in it’s 11th year and tomorrow they launch their US tour at Crossroads Music in Philadelphia.
This is a monster show of finger-style guitarists that we’ve featured for the last 4 years on Echoes. It’s worth catching if only for the guitar wizardry of Pino Forastiere who does amazing and melodic things with an acoustic guitar, calling up comparisons to Michael Hedges for his intricate two handed, orchestral approach.
The other guys aren’t bad either, including Brian Gore, who created the tour, English guitarist Clive Carroll and Alexandre Gismonti, son of famed Brazilian guitarist/pianist/composer Egberto Gismonti. Philadelphia is the first stop on a North American tour that takes them to Echoes cities like Owings Mills, Maryland and Flushing, NY.
Each year, International Guitar Night has a different set of musicians with only Brian Gore, the ringmaster, as a stable center. Be sure to catch this unique formation, which includes solos, duos, trios and quartets of these master players. It will only happen this year. Tour dates and info can be found on the International Guitar Night website.
If we don’t get snowed out, IGN will be recording on Echoes Wednesday.
John Diliberto ((( echoes )))