Brian Gore: Santa Cruz in Song and Image, Thursday, September 6, 2012


Brian Gore: Santa Cruz in Song and Image
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… a spellbinding, emotional ride.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Santa Cruz in Song and Image is an apt description for the multi-media collaboration by acoustic guitarist Brian Gore and renowned illustrator Bill Russell. Not only are the music and images centered on Santa Cruz, but Gore’s guitar is made from local, salvaged redwood and Santa Cruz sycamore. A disciple of John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and other iconoclastic guitarists, Gore champions the acoustic guitar style sometimes referred to as American Primitive or New Acoustic Music. This project is a feast for the eyes, as well as the ears, featuring Russell’s impressionistic watercolor paintings (projected on screen) of rich natural beauty, including many Santa Cruz landmarks.

Gore’s fascination with sound started early on in his life, eventually drawing him to the guitar. During his college years he majored in philosophy and language studies, but music wound up being his calling in life. He cites John Fahey, Leo Kottke, John Renbourne, and others  as inspirations for his use of open tunings, double capos, and percussive techniques. But despite his virtuosity, Brian focuses on the song, not pyrotechnics. For him, emotional expression trumps technical wizardry. A music promoter as well, Gore founded International Guitar Night (IGN), in 1995, as a way for top guitarists from around the world, and from a variety of cultures and disciplines, to collaborate together. For eighteen years, it has been a successful venture, featuring players as diverse as Martin Taylor (Scotland), Solorazaf (Madagascar), and Guinga (Brazil). Brian has two recordings available, The Path of Least Resistance, and Legacy: Solos and Duets.

The compositions in Santa Cruz in Song and Image were inspired by the regions natural landmarks, including Bear Creek Road, Natural Bridges, and many others that Santa Cruzans will recognize. Illustrator Bill Russell, Brian’s collaborator, is a renowned artist whose work was appeared in numerous publications. Russell has created a series of impressionistic watercolor paintings to accompany Gore’s music through projections. It’s an evening of sight and sound that celebrates the natural beauty of Santa Cruz.

Brian Gore: Santa Cruz in Song and Image

DATE: Thursday, September 6, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $18/Adv $21/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Brian Gore

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