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Pacific pulls strings to attract guitar night

COURTESY PHOTO - International Guitar Night, North Americas premier mobile guitar festival, is coming to Pacific University in Forest Grove at the beginning of its 2016 tour.Pacific University will host International Guitar Night on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, McCready Hall, 2014 Cedar St.

IGN’s founder, Brian Gore, will be joined by three of Europe’s finest acoustic guitarists: Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, contemporary fingerstyle innovator Mike Dawes and multi-genre showman Andre Krengel.

IGN is the world’s premier touring guitar festival, with every show bringing together innovative acoustic guitarists to exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting.

Reinhardt is a third generation master from Germany — trained from the age of five by his father, he is well-known for retaining his family’s soul, speed and dexterity in his guitar playing and has toured throughout Europe, where he first established a national reputation.

Dawes brings a virtuoso style to the table, which landed the 24-year-old Brit massive international acclaim. He’s worked with Gotye and Newton Faulkner in the studio, adding his guitar parts to their major albums and his youthful energy and charisma have landed him millions of views on his videos in less than a week of posting them.

Krengel is a self-taught virtuosic guitar player that’s woven jazz, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, rhythm and blues into his unique playing style, and has performed with the likes of Monica Green (ex-Supremes) and the new lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Every tour, Gore and company boast a new cast of guitar prodigies to join him for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight both the dexterity and diversity from the realm of acoustic guitars. IGN was founded in 1995 for the purpose of gathering the world’s finest guitarists and composers to showcase their latest original works and to share their talent with their peers.

Tickets for the concert are $25, and can be purchased in advance by calling the box office at 503-352-2918.