The Sing Strings: Scheherazade Stone and Brian Gore

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Next Shows:

July 7th – Bruce Latimer Show Pacifica Public Television

July 15th- KPFA, The Bonnie Simmons Show

July 20th: KPOO – WITH WANIKA KING-STEPHENS

July 24th: KALW’S Patchwork Quilt

July 25th: KPIG

July 26th Yoshi’s OAKLAND Debut and live CD Recording

August 5th: 10:15 AM: KZFR CHICO

August 7th – 1078 Chico

August 27th – KPOO WITH FRANCESCA

September 10th: 4pm- Live on KKUP (fund drive)

September 12, Gaslighter Theatre, Gilroy

October 21, Kulak’s Woodshed, North Hollywood

October 23 SLO FOLKS (Coalesce Books, Morro Bay)

October 24th at SOHOS in Santa Barbara

December 16th: Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley

January 8th: Sutter Creek Theatre in Sutter Creek

April 8th: Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, OR

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Click Here Scheherazade Stone’s website


“Scheherazade Stone is a superb musician and a stunning singer with a magnetic stage presence” – (Robert Hurwitt, SF Examiner)

Scheherazade (pronounced Shuh-herr-uh-zahhd) Stone got her first name from her parents who raised her in a musical way. Her contributions to the music scene have been appropriately eclectic, reflecting the rich diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was born and bred.

She’s collaborated with players ranging from Don Cherry, Chico Freeman and Omar Sosa to Jai Uttal and Cheb I Sabbah. She even appeared on a Grammy nominated tune from the Hieroglyphics Ensemble. Additionally, she’s received BAMMIE (Bay Area Music Award) nominations for her vocal talents as well as for her work with Hueman Flavor.
“I love Scheherazade Stone and it’s always interesting to hear her sing,” proclaims JH Tompkins of the SF Guardian. Regardless of the project, she’s always met with considerable critical acclaim.  Julia Chase of the SF Weekly says, “Vocalist Scheherazade Stone is the scene stealer, a vision of Josephine Baker in vintage gowns, she drifts effortlessly between her character Paulette and her place in the band.”


Click here for the website of BRIAN GORE



Known as a “poet of the guitar,” Brian Gore’s emotive, expressive style combines influences from folk, jazz and classical music. Ron Forbes-Roberts of Acoustic Guitar Magazine says, “Gore’s finely crafted poetic ‘songs without words’ take the listener on a spellbinding, emotional ride.

He has great facility as a player, but it’s the depth and range of moods his pieces evoke that makes his music such a pleasure.”
A musical romantic, who draws inspiration from literature and philosophy, he employs his virtuosity in the service of the heart. He is a self-taught guitarist who’s developed “one of the most unique new acoustic guitar styles on the scene today” (News and Review). He has “emerged in the past decade as a leading figure in the new acoustic music movement pioneered by the late Michael Hedges.” (Contra Costa Times).
Gore performs as the founder of International Guitar Night (IGN/USA). He can also be found touring solo, as well as in double bills, in concert halls and festivals around the world. He’s been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated Echoes Radio and performed live on many NPR affiliate stations in the US.


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“An Evening of Guitar and Voice, with Susan Z, Brian Gore and Nina Gerber” September 10th, 8pm

Don Quixote’s Music Hall
6275 Highway 9 in Felton, CA
$10 door or advance

Call 831-603-2294 for tickets & reservations

Presented in association with Snazzy Productions

Brian and Susan

BRIAN GORE has emerged in the past decade as a leading figure in the world of acoustic guitar. His emotive, expressive style combines influences from folk, jazz and classical music. Acoustic Guitar Magazine says, “Gore’s finely crafted poetic ‘songs without words’ take the listener on a spellbinding, emotional ride. He has great facility as a player, but it’s the depth and range of moods his pieces evoke that makes his music such a pleasure.”  Brian is the founder ofInternational Guitar Night (IGN/USA), a grouping of some of the most creative acoustic guitarists worldwide. See http://www.myspace.com/guitaristbriangore

SUSAN Z is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor, who has been called “a knockout”, says Don McConnel of the Berkeley Voice. Robert Hurwitt of the SF Examiner calls her a “bewitching, full throated nightingale.”  Her first CD, “Believe”, (’00) received a “four star” review from fans at cdbaby.com, and was the one of the top 20 listened to cds on radio MILO, (103.1 ), Belgium in 2000.  She has performed at The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, Slims, Bimbo’s, Freight and Salvage, Sweetwater Saloon, and numerous other Bay Area venues. See http://www.myspace.com/susanzmusic

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Nina Gerber‘s music career began soon after hearing the late singer/songwriter Kate Wolf perform in Sebastopol, CA in the mid seventies. Nina was so inspired by Kate’s music that she decided to become a professional accompanist and followed Kate around until she finally hired Nina to play in her band. That collaboration lasted for 8 years, until Kate’s death in 1986. Since then, Nina has performed and/or recorded with Karla Bonoff, Eliza Gilkyson, Greg Brown, Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky, Queen Ida, Terry Garthwaite, Laurie Lewis, and Mollie O’Brien to name a few. Nina has produced and arranged many recordings, as well as 3 of her own CD’s.”


International Guitar Night, 10th Edition Tour — Live Recording

10th Annual IGN Tour Live Recording in Victoria, BC

Looking back over the past decade of work with International Guitar Night, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic about the different tours and shows, especially with our 10th touring season coming up this fall. IGN players include giants like my friend Pierre Bensusan, the awesome Ralph Towner and Indian slide guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

What’s cool, and I think exceptional, about the show is that we’ve also included artists who were completely new to the performance scene in North America, such as players like YouTube whizz-kid Antoine DuFour or flamenco player Gerardo Nunez. Players are accorded the same billing regardless of their “headliner” status in IGN shows.

From a promotional point of view, pulling off IGN has not been an easy feat. It’s been a process of slow, steady, at times anguishing, growth. And I am thankful for loyal friends like Herschel Freeman, our North American agent, Dr. John Barrow of Stoneyport Associates in the UK, Pacific Music’s Mike Peters, and Jane and April at Harbury Publicity for their loyalty and devotion to the cause.

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IGN10E On Stage

The 2009-2010 season includes, Lulo Reinhardt, Harp Guitarist Stephen Bennett and Israel’s Itamar Erez. Stylistically, this is a classic IGN line up– a couple of outstanding fingerstyle players and two awesome, eclectic nylon stringers. And, as usual there are a couple of interesting “never before in IGN” twists:

Harp Guitarist Stephen Bennet

Until now, we’ve never had a harp guitarist; there’s certainly none finer than the pre-eminent Stephen Bennett, who’s as respected by his contemporaries like Tommy Emmanuel as he is with younger players like Andy Mckee.

The Amazing Lulo Reinhardt

We’ve never had a gypsy-jazz player in the show before, and this time we’ve got a great one; Django’s great grand nephew, Lulo Reinhardt, who, to the great benefit of IGN has a penchant for rumba and flamenco as well.

Itamar Erez

Fans of the band Oregon and Vicente Amigo will welcome the composer and guitarist Itamar Erez, who is our first ever Israeli player. This guy is an uncompromisingly meticulous player with a sophisticated sense of harmony and an absolutely awesome tone and stage sound.

Oh Yeah, and, YOURS TRULY!

Anatomy of a Live Recording

Ater the IGN 2009 US tour was completed in Mid-February, I headed to Victoria BC to meet this new line up of players. Here’s a video diary of the first day, meeting Mike Peters and the other guys, then getting right to rehearsing…..

Milke Peters, the dude who makes it possible to record live albums in Victoria!

Mike PetersTHANKS BRUHTUH F.O.A.M.

It’s a pretty intense thing, throwing together four people who don’t know each other, with distinct cultures and styles, then asking them to record a live album with a full program of all original collaborative material in 4 days! As you can see, things came together pretty quickly with the program; quite a risk, actually.

Thankfully, we all *really* enjoyed each other’s company. For me, it’s a bit easier than with the other guys. Mike Peters, the producer, and I are old friends. I’ve been working with the Cowichan Theatre, where we’ve been recording our live album, since 1999! A very good group of people there, who’ve been very devoted to IGN for many years.  I can’t believe I’ve known the stage crew there so long. It’s like we’re growing old together….

We also have YOWtv star Suzanne Teresa, model/photographer, and her lovely husband Alec, working on photos. This year we have a couple of new players: Warmland Studios, a young group of guys and gals who shot a DVD of the show for us, and Wynn Gogol, the audio producer, who’s worked with BC slide guitar legend Harry Manx. You can see a montage of some of our various friends here….

Here’s a picture of some of the friends backstage:

IGN Backstage

Brian and Doug Wong, our new friend from CanDisc

Brian and Doug

Seriously, Doug’s one of the nicest guys on the planet!

A sample of the final product

PERESTROIKA

I’ll be posting some songs from the upcoming CD along with bios, our tour schedule and more info soon….


Brian Gore and Susan Z

Brian and Susan

BRIAN GORE has emerged in the past decade as a leading figure in the world of acoustic guitar. His emotive, expressive style combines influences from folk, jazz and classical music. Acoustic Guitar Magazine says, “Gore’s finely crafted poetic ‘songs without words’ take the listener on a spellbinding, emotional ride. He has great facility as a player, but it’s the depth and range of moods his pieces evoke that makes his music such a pleasure.”  Brian is the founder of the globally touring International Guitar Night (IGN), a grouping of some of the most creative acoustic guitarists worldwide.

SUSAN Z is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor, who has been called “a knockout”, says Don McConnel of the Berkeley Voice. Robert Hurwitt of the SF Examiner calls her a “bewitching, full throated nightingale.”  Her first CD, “Believe”, (’00) received a “four star” review from fans at cdbaby.com, and was the one of the top 20 listened to cds on radio MILO, (103.1 ), Belgium in 2000.  She has performed at The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, Slims, Bimbo’s, Freight and Salvage, Sweetwater Saloon, and numerous other Bay Area venues. See http://www.myspace.com/susanzmusic