International Guitar Night
Approximate running time: 2 hours
735 Eighth Avenue
New Westminster British Columbia V3M 2R2
Attendance is capped at 50%. Audience members will be able to relocate within the theatre if they wish for greater distancing. Seats held off sale appear as filled when viewing the graphic.
The always exceptional International Guitar Night returns to the Massey Theatre with a dynamic and eclectic lineup of international acoustic guitarists. Four guitar virtuosos take the stage displaying their individual eclectic styles and then perform together captivating the audience with an evening of guitar perfection. This year’s guitarists encompass a range of styles featuring acoustic rock sensation Luca Stricagnoli (Italy), progressive classical guitarist Thu Le (Vietnam), Slack Key master Jim Kimo West (Hawaii) and Latin Swing pioneer Lulo Reinhardt(Germany).
About the musicians:
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 honor 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. In addition to her solo work, she collaborates and performs with orchestras, in string quartets, and in duets with violinists and flutists. 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 funnyman, Weird Al Yankovic, garnered West four Grammys 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 grandnephew of the legendary 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.
All safety regulations in place at the time of the performance will be upheld.
Presented with support of the City of New Westminster and the Province of British Columbia.
PLEASE NOTE: By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination and government issued ID must be presented in order to access indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events. All audience members must be fully vaccinated. The requirement is in place until June 30, 2022 and could be extended. The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).
The Covid 19 pandemic remains a public health risk. The theatre is following all requirements for safe gatherings as per government directives. To increase your safety we encourage you and all guests to consider your personal wellness and risk factors for yourself and loved ones when deciding to attend. Individuals are responsible for limiting their own exposure to other guests. As such, the theatre can’t be held legally responsible for risks related to viral transmission. Rest assured theatre staff are taking a proactive and professional role in the adherence to protocols in the facility and we encourage open communication with us if any safety concerns emerge throughout, or after, your attendance at the theatre. We are all in this together!