Stephanie Jones (Australia), Alexandr Misko (Russia)
Jocelyn Gould (Canada), Lulo Reinhardt (Germany)
Thursday, March 3, 2022 7:30 pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
International Guitar Night 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.
Stephanie Jones is an Award-winning classical guitarist who's childhood resonated with the sound of music from a very young age. She played many instruments, beginning first with the piano, and progressing to the violin, viola, saxophone and flute. However, it was the guitar with its captivating range of sounds and great versatility that especially appealed to her, and it quickly became her first love. Stephanie Jones is a world-renowned soloist and chamber musician who specialises in classical guitar performance. She is currently based in Germany and studying Konzertexamen at the University of Music Franz Liszt with Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering. Stephanie continues to perform extensively around the globe in multiple tours and festivals, and has also released three solo albums; “Open Sky” (2020), “Colours of Spain” (2015), and “Bach, the Fly, and the Microphone” (2009). She is also a member of the acclaimed Weimar Guitar Quartet, releasing their debut album in 2019.
Alexandr Misko is a dazzling new breed of modern fingerstyle guitarist. The 22-years-old Russian already plays shows all over the world and has often appeared on TV in his homeland and other countries. Drawing influences from the musicians who pioneered and expanded this guitar style, Misko manages to break through to new heights while never losing sight of the underlying music. He is a passionate and energetic performer who has gone on to release four solo albums whilst his organic approach to publishing music has earned him a supportive fan base the world over. In 2015 his video with an original tune “Guitar & Pen Tapping Song” quickly gained over a million views, which was the reason for inviting him to appear on the well-known Russian analog of an American TV talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. In January 2017 Alexandr Misko’s video cover of Michael Jackson’s song “Billie Jean” gained over 30 million views on Facebook, which was the first big step to enter the world guitar scene and allowed him to perform on the same stage at the Guitar Summit showcase in Germany with such outstanding musicians as Jon Gomm, Guthrie Govan, Tobias Rauscher and Maneli Jamal.
Jocelyn Gould has been called “a leader in the next generation of great mainstream jazz guitarists” by Howard Paul, CEO of Benedetto Guitars. Her joyful energy has captivated audiences around the world and her passion for music is infectious. She has absorbed the influences of the jazz guitar greats and has woven them into an exciting personal sound. Her unique ability to connect with audiences always leaves them wanting more. Jocelyn Gould has performed internationally in the groups of Grammy nominated vocalist Freddy Cole, Trumpeter Etienne Charles and DownBeat Rising Star trombonist Michael Dease. She can be heard on albums lead by Michael Dease, Jon Gordon, Diego Rivera, Randy Napoleon and Will Bonness. She is the 1st place winner of the 2018 Wilson Centre International Jazz Guitar competition. Jocelyn’s debut release as a leader, ‘Elegant Traveler’, was nominated for “Jazz Album of the Year” in the 2021 JUNO awards. Elegant Traveler showcases Jocelyn’s warm and inviting sound and melodic compositions with an all-star band. Jocelyn is a professor and Head of Guitar Department at Humber College in Toronto.
Lulo Reinhardt is, of course, the grand-nephew of jazz legend Django Reinhardt. But the family’s musical ties run deeper than that for Lulo is also the nephew of the gypsy violin master Shnuckenack Reinhardt and comes from a lineage peppered throughout with highly talented musicians. Lulo represents one of the most unique voices in gypsy-jazz music today. His Latin Swing Project (see http://www.myspace.com/luloreinhardt) combines pure gypsy-swing music with elements of Latin music such as flamenco, tango, and bossa nova. Lulo Reinhardt is a spontaneous and spirited musician who is led by the guitar into musical voyages of discovery. His curiosity has taken him to southern Spain in search of flamenco roots, and to South America, exploring various musical styles of Latin Jazz. Lulo expresses his artistic personality in his gypsy influences, reflecting his character. Lulo Reinhardt’s music reveals his enthusiasm for virtuosity and spontaneity and at the same time, a deep melancholy and nostalgia – more imagination than reality. Inspiration and feeling of the gypsies are moulded by Lulo Reinhardt into a rhythmic flowing symbiosis of elegance and spirit.
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