CARLSBAD — The Museum of Making Music’s International Guitar Night concert on Feb. 2 attracted a sold-out crowd for an evening of performances at Carlsbad’s Dove Library.
This year’s International Guitar Night, a traveling showcase of talented guitarists, brought tour founder Brian Gore, Italian Pino Forastiere, British Clive Carroll and Brazilian Alexandre Gismonti to the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane.
The Museum of Making Music and the city of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presented the show, with financial assistance from the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.
“That was a fabulous concert — what amazing talent,” Museum of Making Music Executive Director Carolyn Grant said. “They are so good together. Brian has a fabulous concept going on there.”
Each guitarist played a short solo set, demonstrating his individual style on an acoustic guitar. Their techniques ranged from the more common to the slightly unusual, but were entertaining nonetheless.
“I’m not using these capos as directed,” joked Gore, during his performance. Capos are commonly used to rise the tuning of a guitar. “I’m doing a lot of things that would drive normal people crazy.”
The musicians also performed together, combining their styles into a unique composition for the audience.
“This is exciting because I like watching the technique of other guitarists,” Carlsbad resident and guitarist Lance Hudgins, 24, said. He received tickets to the sold-out concert as a gift.
This year’s International Guitar Night was the third installment held in Carlsbad. Gore launched the tour in 2004 to create the top traveling showcase of international guitarists.
“We thought Gore’s concept was intriguing,” Grant said. “Since we had such a great time working with the group the first time, we decided to bring it back.”
The Museum of Making Music’s next big event — The Spirit of the Stick — will be held on March 12 at the museum’s facility, located at
5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad.
Chapman Stick inventor Emmett Chapman will discuss what led to the creation of his now famous instrument, as well as discuss playing techniques. Encinitas resident Tom Griesgraber, a renowned Chapman Stick player, will also perform at the event.
“It’s going to be not only musically intriguing, but also very educational,” Grant said. “We’ll learn about how a new instrument comes to be and also hear the abilities that these musicians possess — they are very talented.”
For more information about upcoming events, visit the Museum of Making Music’s website at www. museumofmakingmusic.org or call (760) 438-5996.