Each year, International Guitar Night's founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries from around the world for special concert tours of North America highlighting the diversity of the acoustic guitar.
They are proud to celebrate their 20th year of touring the US. For their special anniversary tour, Brian has put together his most eclectic lineup yet: Guest host Mike Dawes (England) and his incredible two-hand contemporary style is joined by electrifying jazz virtuoso Olli Soikkeli from Finland, guitarist Cenk Erdoğan and Hawaiian Slack Key master Jim Kimo West.
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is an English guitar player known for composing, arranging and performing multiple parts simultaneously on one instrument using unique extended and micro-techniques. He is hailed as one of the world's finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performers.
His debut record with CandyRat Records gained strong critical acclaim and spawned a variety of world tours and singles, notably a viral virtuoso arrangement of Somebody That I Used to Know
by Gotye. The lead single on Dawes' second release ERA
, an arrangement of One
by Metallica, went viral with over 30 million hits in its first week of release.
Dawes is also the lead guitar player for Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues featuring heavily on multiple DVD and PBS releases, notably Spirits...Live
which debuted at #2 on the US Billboard chart.
Mike has amassed around 80 million music video views online. He was voted the 'Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World right now' by MusicRadar and Total Guitar Magazine
in a December 2017 readers poll.
'Jaw-dropping' ~Guitar Player Magazine (US)
'The Acoustic Tapping Titan' ~Total Guitar/MusicRadar
'Among the best in the world. I know you're going to love him.' ~Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)
Cenk Erdoğan was born in Istanbul in 1979. In 1997 he won a four-year scholarship at Istanbul Bilgi University in the Music (Composition) Department; in 2001 he graduated with First Class Honors.
In October 2004, at the invitation of David "FUZE" Fiuczynski, Cenk held a workshop at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on fretless guitar and modes in Turkish music. In 2008 he recorded his first album WITH, which was produced by Sinan Sakizli for Baykus Music. The same year, with the Aria soundtrack company, he composed and arranged the soundtrack for the movie Issiz Adam, which was written and directed by Çagan Irmak, and won the Yesilçam "Soundtrack of the Year 2009" prize.
In 2009 the Cenk Erdoğan Trio featuring Tineke Postma played in the 16th Istanbul Jazz Festival and 19th Akbank Jazz Festival. Cenk also played with the Yinon Muallem ensemble at the Karawane 2009 festival, organized in Bochum. Cenk recorded the album The Chark in 2009 with his trio, including Nihan Devecioglu and Adam Matta, and performed at the Zaltsburg Music Fest, Bayreuth Young Artists Fest, and Bonn Summer Fest.
In 2010 Cenk played in the Turkophony All Star band with Trilok Gurtu and Doninique di Piazza. In 2011 he played in the same band with Dave Weckl, Kai Eckhardt and Eric Levy. Cenk recorded his second album Kavis (Arc) in 2011 in San Francisco with his legendary bass player Kai Eckhardth and Jason Lewis; this album was released and sponsored by Berkelee Jazz School Records.
In 2014 Cenk made the first educational website for fretless guitar playing, and started to teach the techniques of the Turkish way of playing fretless guitar. In 2014 Cenk also released his last record KaraKutu, on which he played solo with all acoustic guitars (fretless and fretted).
In 2016 Cenk conducted and arranged for the Orchestra of Sezen Aksu, which is the diva of Turkish popular music. His composition Sezenli Yillar has been performed at six concerts with a 35-piece orchestra and visual and dance shows. Cenk still works as a producer, composer and arranger for television and gives concerts as a solo guitarist and with the Cenk Erdoğan Trio.
Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. Now based in New York City, he started playing guitar at age 12. A few years later, Soikkeli was introduced to the music of the great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been Olli's main focus ever since. Soon he was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. After touring Europe with musicians such as Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud Van Den Berg, Soikkeli moved to New York City in 2014. He has played legendary venues such as Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note and Lincoln Center.
Despite his young age he's already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, Anat Cohen, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu.
In 2011 Soikkeli recorded his first album Trois Générations with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli and in 2012 he recorded his second album Kouvola Junction with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg. He is a member of Rhythm Future Quartet which released its debut album in 2014. In 2016, their second album Travels was released which received rave reviews including Best Album of 2016 by Huffington Post and All About Jazz magazines.
The Wall Street Journal wrote: "Olli Soikkeli is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django."
Having never even seen Waikiki, Hawaiian "slack key" guitarist Jim "Kimo" West came right to Hana, Maui in 1985 and spent much of his time there for many years. It was in Hana where he first heard the music of Gabby Pahinui, Sons Of Hawaii, Sonny Chillingworth and Atta Isaacs. Already familiar with alternate tunings, the sound of ki ho'alu became his favorite soundtrack. Best known as the long-time guitarist for the world's most successful musical comedy artist, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Kimo is regarded as one of the world's foremost "ki ho'alu" or Hawaiian "slack key" guitar artists and his music has garnered many millions of streams on Spotify and Pandora. This warm and engaging fingerpicked guitar style has its roots in 1840's Hawaii, when Mexican vaqueros first brought guitars to the Big Island of Hawaii. If you saw the Oscar-winning film, The Descendants you have experienced this great acoustic guitar tradition.
Kimo is a 2008 winner of the Hawaii Music Awards and three-time Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian Grammy) nominee. He is also a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his efforts in keeping this important acoustic guitar tradition alive. For his work with Weird Al, he has earned four Grammys and a Billboard #1 CD debut for 2015's Mandatory Fun. He is a veteran of Hawaii's famed slack key festivals as well as the So Cal Slack Key Festival each year from 2008 through 2018. He has shared the stage with almost all the world's top slack key players at one time or another. His numerous CDs feature many original compositions as well as inventive arrangements of the genre's classic repertoire. His recent release, Guitar Stories, goes beyond slack key, exploring other genres like West African guitar, Middle Eastern music and Americana. Slackers In Paradise features duets with slack and steel guitar legend Ken Emerson and his latest CD, Moku Maluhia—Peaceful Island is a mix of "nahenahe" or very relaxing compositions.
Kimo has also worked as a composer for film and TV and maintains a private studio in Los Angeles. He has composed music for feature films, network TV shows and specials, and cable shows. His slack key compositions have been used in a number of features, TV spots, cable, Web and in many documentaries.
Thursday, February 20
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$40 VIP Tickets | $30 General Admission
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