International Guitar Night coming to the Community Concert Hall Feb. 15

By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
A celebration of acoustic guitar is coming to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College as the guitar virtuosos of International Guitar Night (IGN) take the stage on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Annually, IGN’s founder, Brian Gore, invites a new cast of guitar luminaries from around the world for special concert tours highlighting the diversity of acoustic guitar music.
For IGN’s 18th year of touring, Germany’s Gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt (grandnephew of Django Reinhardt) returns as the show’s host. Performers are Calum Graham, Marek Pasieczny and Michael Chapdelaine.
Django Reinhardt left behind an indelible musical legacy, introducing and defining a passionate style of Gypsy jazz guitar that astonished music fans in the 1930s and is still revered and emulated today. Lulo Reinhardt has sustained the Reinhardt soul, speed and dexterity.
Called a “spontaneous and spirited musician,” Lulo Reinhardt’s journey has taken him to southern Spain in search of flamenco roots and to South America to explore various musical styles of Latin jazz. By 2002, he was ready to take his place as a bandleader, founding the Lulo Reinhardt Project. For the 2018 IGN tour, Lulo Reinhardt returns as artistic director, host and performing guitarist.
At age 24, Canadian contemporary sensation Graham has already enjoyed a career that could be the envy of most artists twice his age. The Alberta-based guitarist and singer/songwriter has released five acclaimed albums, won major national music competitions, performed at the Olympic Games in both Vancouver and London and was recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world.
Poland’s innovative classical composer/performer Pasieczny is revered as one of the most respected contemporary composers, writing for the guitar worldwide. Holding multiple advanced degrees and welcomed as a visiting instructor at institutions throughout the world, Pasieczny has composed for and collaborated with musicians including Pat Metheny, Odair and Clarice Assad, David Russell and many more.
American guitarist Chapdelaine is the only guitarist to win first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships, considered the world’s top competitions. Chapdelaine is said to have redefined modern acoustic guitar music with his technique, “soulful” expressiveness and versatility as a composer and arranger/producer.
View a sampling of the 2018 tour at www.internationalguitarnight.com.
Tickets for IGN ($29-$35) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com, by calling 247-7657 or by visiting the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All sales are final.

This story was posted on February 9, 2018.