EDMONDS — Four renowned acoustic guitarists brought together for a global tour will perform Jan. 24 at the Edmonds Center for Arts.
International Guitar Night is now in its 18th year. But it’s been about five years since they’ve come to Edmonds, said Tina Stryker, director of marketing and business development for the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
California-based Brian Gore founded the tour and he invites guitar luminaries to join the show, she said.
The latest tour started in Europe, taking a pause at the end of November. It resumed again earlier this month in British Columbia. Edmonds is one of three stops it will make in Washington.
“Every year is a different collection of amazing guitar players,” said Jane Harbury, a tour publicist.
Lulo Reinhardt, from Germany, was taught by his father. In 1991, he founded a group with his father and cousin and began touring throughout Europe.
Since then he has traveled to southern Spain and South America, investigating Latin jazz.
His performances on the International Guitar Night Tour date to 2009. He has been artistic director and host of the tour since 2017.
Canadian Calum Graham has been named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He began playing the guitar when he was 13 and soon went on to win his country’s Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, the first time it was won by a teenager.
Marek Pasieczny, from Poland, is a performer and composer of music for guitar. He has three master’s degrees in music. Premieres of his works have been performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
He has appeared at music festivals worldwide, including Europe, South Africa, China, Turkey and New Zealand.
Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist to win first prize in top competitions for performances in both fingerstyle and classical styles.
He has twice won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. One of his best known recording is Sonata Romantica, considered one of the most outstanding performances for classical guitar.
He is a professor of music at the University of of New Mexico.
“It’s a community, that’s what they’ve become,” Harbury said.
The performers will play music that they’ve composed. “And they meld,” she said.
“This is what is so amazing. It’s true virtuosity, actually.”
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go
Tickets are $19-$44. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Call 425-275-9595 or visit www.edmondscenterforthearts.org for tickets and information