Pierre Bensusan, voted Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008 by the readers of US Guitar Player Magazine, is an astonishingly talented guitarist who colors outside the lines of traditional jazz structure. If freedom could be explained with music, it would be defined with Bensusan’s ability to turn five strings into an unparalleled execution of emotion, technique and eclectic rhythms. Pierre Bensusan is considered to be one of the most diverse world musicians of our time.
Benjamin Verdery is a veteran player of classical guitar and has been described as “iconoclastic” and “inventive” by the New York Times. Benjamin has released 15 albums since his career debut in 1980 and has won numerous accolades for his work. In 1992 Guitar Player Magazine name Some Towns and Cities as the Best Classical Guitar Recording of the year and, in 2005, Start Now won the Classical Recording Foundation Award. Since 1985, Benjamin has been chair of the guitar department at Yale University School of Music and is currently Artistic Director of the Yale Guitar Extravaganza.
Cecilia Zabala is highly regarded in her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Influenced by Argentinean folklore, the contemporary language of the twentieth century, jazz, tango and Brazilian music, her compositions are an expressive blend of emotion, technique and intuition. Throughout her career, she has expressed her musical creativity using her guitar and voice. In addition to performing as a soloist, Cecilia is also a member of several different chamber ensembles including the guitar group Cuatro en Punto.”
Brian Gore, a lyrical fingerstyle guitarist from San Francisco, founded the International Guitar Night a over a decade ago to bring the wealth of acoustic guitar music and world class players to audiences across North America, and now Europe. He has two critically acclaimed solo albums, and is known for his duo and trio collaborations as well. Brian’s talents go way beyond his playing – he is also a successful impresario and has recently published a book on guitar technique.
These four talented musicians bring so much diversity and passion to each performance - a treat for every acoustic guitar fan. Be sure to check out International Guitar Night when they come to a city near you.
JANUARY 20 MANSHIP THEATER BATON ROUGE, LA
JANUARY 22 WHITAKER CENTER HARRISBURG, PA
JANUARY 23 DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY PITTSBURGH, PA
JANUARY 24 THE GORDON CENTER OWING MILLS, MD
JANUARY 25 WOLF TRAP BARNS VIENNA, VA
JANUARY 28 CALVARY CENTER PHILADELPHIA, PA
JANUARY 29 SELLERSVILLE THEATER SELLERSVILLE, PA
JANUARY 30 SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE MANCHESTER, NH
JANUARY 31 QUEENS THEATER QUEENS, NY
FEBRUARY 3 TOWER THEATER BEND, OR
FEBRUARY 4 WALTERS CULTURAL ART CENTER HILLSBORO, OR
FEBRUARY 5 COLUMBIA THEATER LONGVIEW, WA
FEBRUARY 6 KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER KIRKLAND, WA
FEBRUARY 7 KENT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER KENT, WA
FEBRUARY 8 HERBST THEATER SAN FRANCISCO, CA
FEBRUARY 10 TUCSON GUITAR SOCIETY TUCSON, AZ
FEBRUARY 13 SCHULMAN AUDITORIUM CARLSBAD, CA
FEBRUARY 14 GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS MODESTO, CA
FEBRUARY 15 LANCASTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER LANCASTER, CA