Is it possible to make mention on your excellent Jazz site of the Sunday's International Guitar Night at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute? The headliner is none other than jazz guitar legend Martin Taylor. I'm not sure why it hasn't gotten much publicity, but it's a show that I know local Jazz lovers would love.
There are still some tickets left at www.sjci.com, (Register for an Event tab) or directly through me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT HITS BUFFALOby John Schnitter
Exclusive Western New York engagement features four world-renowned guitarists
Posted On: Thu, Jan 3rd 2013 11:55 am
The International Guitar Night (IGN), the world's premier touring guitar festival, will stop in Buffalo for the first time on Sunday, February 17. This exclusive experience will be offered at the Cullen Center for the Arts at St. Joe's. Audience members will be treated to an intimate concert experience featuring four of the world's most accomplished and critically-acclaimed acoustic guitarists.
"The tour unites four guitar players who are well-known all over the world," said St. Joe's Spanish teacher and Guitar Club instructor Marcus Deveso, who was instrumental in bringing the tour to Buffalo. "I'm thrilled that we will be hosting this world-class act in our building."
The IGN guitarists decided to make a special stop at St. Joe's - their only performance in Buffalo and only stop in New York outside of New York City - after Deveso and another St. Joe's faculty member, physics teacher Jim Ferrantini, met IGN guitarists Martin Taylor and Brian Gore following a performance in Toronto.
Both Deveso and Ferrantini have studied with Taylor through his Martin Taylor Guitar Academy for several years and make a point to see his performances whenever he is near Buffalo. After the Toronto show in early November, Gore and Taylor discussed with the St. Joe's teachers their so far unsuccessful attempts to book a show in Buffalo.
"I told them that when I got back to Buffalo I would see if I could get them some solid contacts to get the IGN to the area," said Deveso. "Among all the other contacts, I kind of casually mentioned that I have access to an intimate state-of-the-art performance space - the Cullen Center for the Arts at St. Joe's. After a lot of discussions with various people at St. Joe's and with IGN's promoter, we were able to get it done."
Although the St. Joe's Cullen Center for the Arts is not typically known in Buffalo as a venue for touring performances, Deveso expressed excitement that this space would prove to be outstanding for the performers and audience members alike.
"I honestly couldn't think of a better space for a concert like this," said Deveso. "The show is very intimate and personal - all the [performers] are very accessible as people. To be able to experience them so up close and personal will truly make for a special night."
Taylor and Gore are two of the guitarists who will perform at International Guitar Night. Taylor is a 14-time British Jazz Award winner, Grammy nominee, and has received special recognition from the Queen of England for his contributions to music. Gore is the architect of the IGN and is a 17-year veteran of the tour. Also performing are Solorazaf, a French-Malagasy guitarist who was one of the few musicians requested to play at Nelson Mandela's prison release celebration, and Brazilian guitarist Celso Machado, a previous World Solo Guitarist of the Year.
Gore founded the IGN in 1995 as a forum for the world's premier guitarists and composers to play their latest original songs and share musical ideas and talent with their peers. This year's North American tour includes stops at high-caliber performance spaces all across the continent, including the Blue Note in New York City, Wolf Trap Barns outside of Washington, D.C., the Napa Valley Opera House in Napa, California, and the Brava Theater in San Francisco.
A limited number of tickets will be on sale at St. Joe's. Tickets are $30 each and can be obtained at the St. Joe's Main Office at 845 Kenmore Avenue or online at sjci.com.