Washington Center for the Performing Arts presents International Guitar Night in Olympia on January 23rd

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.

Gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, who is returning as guest host for International Guitar Night’s 18th year, is constantly on tour with his own “Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project. In addition to annual Australian tours that began 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.

Lulo will be joined by three new, incredibly dynamic musicians: Calum Graham, the young Canadian contemporary sensation; Marek Pasieczny, Poland’s innovative classical composer/ performer, and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine. Lulo has built on grand-uncle Django Reinhardt’s repertoire by introducing Latin rhythms. Calum has a two-handed style that has attracted millions of YouTube viewers. Marek has performed and written for a variety of orchestras around the world, and Michael has won both the Guitar Foundation of America Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championship for steel string guitar. http://www.lulo-reinhardt-project.de/

Calum Graham, at 24 has already enjoyed a career that would be the envy of most artists double his age. This Alberta based Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter has released five acclaimed albums, won major national music competitions, Performed at the Olympic Games both in London and Vancouver, and has received numerous views and followers on Youtube. Most recently he’s been named one of the Top 30 Guitarists in the World Under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Andy McKee, one of today’s most popular acoustic guitarists, calls Calum “the most promising young guitarist I’ve seen. His command of the guitar is already really impressive!”

Born in British Columbia and raised in High River, Alberta, Graham’s musical journey first took flight when he began playing the guitar at the age of 13. Five years later in the summer of 2010, Graham attended the Canadian Guitar Festival and entered the prestigious Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. Impressed with his original compositions, the judges awarded Graham with a first place finish; a feat no other teenager has accomplished in the history of the festival.

Graham just recently released his fifth studio album “Tabula Rasa” recorded with world renowned Acoustic

Guitarist, Antoine Dufour. Adding an extra dimension to his compositions, the album introduces Graham’s soulful vocals to his audience for the first time. https://calumgraham.com/

Marek Pasieczny, Award winning guitarist and composer Dr Marek Pasieczny (*1980) is one of the most respected contemporary composers writing for the guitar worldwide. Pasieczny holds three Master Degrees in music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, UK (for composition and performance with distinction) and “Karol Lipinski” Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland (for performance with distinction). In 2010, Pasieczny began a combined doctoral degree in composition and performance in Australia, before returning to Europe in 2012 and completing his PhD at Surrey University in Guildford, UK in December 2015. At the same time, Pasieczny has taken up lectureship in composition and orchestration at the university.

As a composer, guitarist, lecturer and adjudicator Pasieczny has appeared regularly at festivals in Europe (Poland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The UK, and Italy), Asia (China, Japan), Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Premieres of his works have been performed in venues such as: Lutoslawski’s Hall in Warsaw, Poland; Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, UK; Carnegie Hall in New York City, USA; Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, UK; He Luting Hall and He Lv Ting Hall in Shanghai, China. In 2012, Pasieczny became a D’Addario artist and was featured on the cover of the prestigious Classical Guitar Magazine. http://pasieczny.com/

Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

From New York’s Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Chapdelaine continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his amazing technique, “soulful” expressiveness, and versatility as a performer, composer and arranger/producer. His performances, played on both steel string and classical guitars, include musical styles ranging from blues to Bach to country to rhythm n’ blues as he wins his audiences hearts with breath taking technique and the poetic magic of his original musical portraits and landscapes.

Michael is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico, and has previously been on the faculties of the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State University. He has given master classes throughout the world including, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela, Taiwan, Indonesia and at institutions such as, University of Miami, Mannes School of Music, University of Texas, and California State University. His teachers included the great Spanish maestro Andres Segovia. http://www.michaelchapdelaine.com/.

International Guitar Night (IGN)
http://www.internationalguitarnight.com/
Washington Center For The Performing Arts -
512 Washington St. SE Olympia, WA
Tuesday January 23rd 7:30Pm -
General $38 Students/Alumni $28
Http://Www.washingtoncenter.org/Events/
                                    - Jane Harbury Publicity