International Guitar Night at Alberta Bair Theater

Event occured on Sat, Feb 15 2014, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm MST




SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 •  7:30 PM • $31, Student with valid ID $17

2801 3rd Avenue North, Billings MT |406-256-6052|


For the American tour, IGN founder Brian Gore will be joined by Italy's Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes from England, and Quique Sinesi from Argentina. Pino and Mike are revered in contemporary steel string guitar circles for their unique mix of melody, improvisation and hand percussion using the strings, the fretboard and the body of the guitar. Quique is a master of many South American melodies and rhythms on both guitar and charango. We are looking forward to a particularly inventive evening of contemporary guitar music.


THE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT (IGN) is the world's premier touring guitar festival, each show bringing together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists to exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. For each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for special evenings of solos, duets, and quartets that highlight the dexterity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Brian founded IGN in 1995 as a forum for the world’s finest guitarists/composers to play their latest original songs and share musical ideas and talent with their peers. This year IGN’s North American tour features Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes, Quique Sinesi and Brian Gore.


The music of Italian guitarist Pino Forastiere comes from a solid background in classical, contemporary and rock music, evolving into a style that's hard to define. He “employs a dazzling blend of slapping, tapping, strumming, altered tunings and harmonics, combined with classical phrasing and a focus on distinct and addictive melodies” (Anil Prasad, Guitar Player). His music is "something like a mix of Steve Reich's interlocking rhythmic patterns meet Michael Hedges' techniques, all while admiring Eddie Van Halen" (John Schaefer, WNYC).

"Each composition is a unique journey of impeccable technique and melodic invention. Pino Forastiere is a scientist of the guitar, but a scientist with soul" –

"Prepare to be transported to another dimension" – Jam Magazine

Quique Sinesi, born in 1960, is considered one of the most important guitarists in Argentina for his personal style. His music is based in elements of Tango and Folklore from his country, and rhythms from “Rio de la Plata” like Candombe, incorporating elements of jazz, improvisation, classical and world music. He plays a 7 string Spanish Guitar, Piccolo Guitar and Charango.  Over his career, Quique has played and recorded with an amazing array of musicians and his musical projects have taken him around the world, visiting Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Spain, England, Greece, Croatia, The Netherlands, Croatia, Turkey and France. This will be his first tour with International Guitar Night.

Mike Dawes is hailed as one of the world's finest young finger-style guitarists and performers. His acclaimed solo music, littered with nuances and micro-techniques, has seen him tour almost every continent on the planet. In addition to his solo career he has recorded with, and has been a session musician for multiple Grammy award-winning artists. He has also appeared on film soundtracks and adverts, as well as achieving viral YouTube hits in the millions.  Additionally, Mike currently tours as Justin Hayward's lead guitar player, performing Moody Blues classics throughout the USA. Mike is extremely excited to bring his solo and collaborative show to North America as part of the acclaimed International Guitar Night.

'Astounding Virtuosity' - Gotye

'Completely Spellbinding' - Evening Post

San Francisco-based guitar poet Brian Gore is gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting and influential performers of "the next generation". A musical romantic, his compositions draw inspiration from myth and modern literature. Gore is an artist in residence at the Boulder Chautauqua, sponsored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. His music has been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated Echoes Radio, and many other local public radio programs. Brian 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. This has evolved into critically acclaimed annual tours in the US, Canada and the UK.


"Brian Gore's strong, well developed melodies and intriguing chord sequences set him apart from the myriad of steel-string fingerstylists who compose in open tunings. His finely crafted poetic "songs without words" take the listener on a spellbinding emotional ride.” -Ron Forbes Roberts, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“An artist of the highest caliber.” -Ray Toumey, the Boulder Chautauqua


2014 US Tour

January 16-17       Wolf Trap Barns, Vienna VA

February 1            Lincoln Theater, Mt. Vernon WA

January 18             Gordon Center, Owings Mills MD

February 7            Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport 


January 19             Crossroads Music, Philadelphia PA

February 8            Center for the Arts, Natick MA

January 22             Livermore Performing Arts Center,

                                 Livermore CA

February 10          The Blue Note, New York NY

January 23             Three Stages at Folsom Lakes

                                 College, Folsom CA

February 13          The Ellen Theater, Bozeman MT

January 24             Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre,                       

                                 Thousand Oaks CA

February 14          Myrna Loy Center, Helena MT

January 25             Soka University, Aliso Viejo CA

February 15          Alberta Bair Theater, Billings MT

January 27             The Musical Instrument Museum,

                                 Phoenix AZ

February 17          St. Joseph's Collegiate, Buffalo NY

January 28             The Museum of Making Music,

                                 Carlsbad CA

February 21          Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge LA

January 30             Tower Theatre, Bend OR


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