Cowichan Performing Arts Centre presents

International Guitar Night

The world’s premier touring guitar festival is back after a hiatus in 2021 (much like the rest of the world). The wait has been worth it. The new lineup, once again curated by IGN founder, Brian Gore, includes talented fresh faces from the world over, and a guest host already familiar to Cowichan audiences.

Every year International Guitar Night is the same, but unique. The fret fest always features four world-class musicians at the top of their game, but who those four are changes with every tour.

IGN 2022 features Luca Stricagnoli (Italy), Thu Le (Vietnam), Jim “Kimo” West (Hawaii) and guest host, Lulo Reinhardt (Germany). They will bring their guitars, their talents, and a good time to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. The audience can expect to enjoy classical guitar, modern fingerstyle, jazz, Latin swing, and gypsy jazz stylings, paired with some contemporary hits to hum along to.

“For 21 years we have slowly built a loyal and ever-growing audience for IGN. Each tour offers an enthralling view of the burgeoning acoustic guitar renaissance. Sell outs and encore requests are the norm for IGN, and each tour is its own unique musical experience. Every year is the best year yet, and this year is even better!”

 – Brian Gore

With a huge online following (over 200 million views of his music videos), and with bookings in every corner of the globe, Luca Stricagnoli has been hailed as a phenomenon and a guitar prodigy.  Luca has brought his unique style of re-arranging rock classics for acoustic guitar, played on self-invented instruments like the Reversed Triple Neck Guitar and the Reversed Slide Neck, to over 20 countries with crowds of up to 12,000 people.  Luca has even grabbed the attention of famous bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and Walk Off The Earth. This will be Luca´s third time touring as a member of International Guitar Night.

Thu Le is an international, award-winning classical guitarist and certified guitar teacher. She began playing at the age of four under the guidance of her father. She had the honour of being the youngest-ever student admitted to the prestigious National Conservatory of Music in Hanoi. She has graced stages around the world, performing as a soloist and hosting a series of successful master classes throughout North America, UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as regular performances in her home country of Vietnam. This will be Thu Le’s IGN debut.

Inspired by the beautiful Hawaiian landscapes of Hana and Maui and the sounds of the islands, Jim “Kimo” West was drawn to Hawaii’s iconic guitar style, “ki ho’alu” or “Slack Key guitar.”  He has gone on to become one of the world’s foremost Slack Key players, garnering millions of streams on Spotify and Pandora. West is a 2021 Grammy® winner for his CD “More Guitar Stories” and a 2019 Grammy® nominee for his album “Moku Maluhia”. He is also a three-time Na Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) nominee and a winner of the LA Treasures Award for his efforts in keeping this important acoustic tradition alive. His work as long-time guitarist for internationally renowned funny man, Weird Al Yankovic, garnered West four Grammy® Awards and a Billboard #1 CD debut for 2015’s “Mandatory Fun”. West’s latest solo release is “Ka Honua Maluhia” (2021).  This will be West’s second time joining the International Guitar Night tour.

Lulo Reinhardt, the grand-nephew of the legendary Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, has carried on the family tradition while incorporating new Latin rhythms, a style he calls Latin Swing.  Known for his strong percussive playing and lightning solos, Lulo is the most revered member of IGN, having appeared with four previous lineups in addition to hosting this year’s edition.