Guitar virtuosos visit UVic

Four of the finest on the strings play Farquhar Jan. 18

Maneli Jamal will be among the performers at the University of Victoria’s International Guitar Night.

San Francisco’s influential guitarist Brian Gore brings his International Guitar Night to the University of Victoria, featuring classical innovator and fellow Californian Andrew York, Brazilian jazz master Diego Figueiredo and contemporary Iranian-Canadian steel string prodigy Maneli Jamal.

“We’ve hosted International Guitar Night at the Farquhar Auditorium since 2011,” said Ian Case, UVic’s Farquhar director. “The quality of the International Guitar Night concerts is top notch. We’ve seen such exciting and inventive guitar work and it’s especially wonderful to watch these artists collaborate and play together. We’re really looking forward to hear what this year’s ensemble has to offer. It’s sure to be exhilarating and unique.”

Gore founded The International Guitar Night in 1995 as a forum for the world’s finest guitarists/composers to play their latest original songs and share musical ideas with their peers in public concert. It evolved into critically acclaimed annual tours in the U.S. starting in 2000, Canada starting in 2006 and the U.K. starting in 2007.

Grammy winner York is known for his work with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and for his own brilliant compositions. Figueiredo is one of the most sought-after jazz artists in the United States and around the world, and Jamal is a winner of guitar competitions around the world. The artists perform solo and then in groups. The evening ends in a jam session featuring all the performers on stage.

International Guitar Night, 2015 North American Tour is Sunday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Farquhar Auditorium at UVic. Visit international guitarnight.com for details on the artists.

 

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