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The Center For The Arts Presents International Guitar Night feat. Stephanie Jones, Jocelyn Gould, Jesus Guerrero and Olli Soikkeli

Sunday, February 26, 2023

7:30pm, Doors Open at 6:30pm The Marisa Funk Theater

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The 23rd edition of International Guitar Night returns with a new lineup (put together by IGN founder, Brian Gore) of talented fresh faces from the world over. Featuring Stephanie Jones, Jocelyn Gould, Jesus Guerrero and Olli Soikkeli. The audience can expect to enjoy classical guitar, Spanish flamenco, and jazz stylings, paired with some contemporary hits to hum along to.

“For 22 years we have slowly built a loyal an ever-growing audience for IGN. Each tour offers an enthralling view of the burgeoning acoustic guitar renaissance. Sold out shows 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

Olli Soikelli: Finnish Guitarist

Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. Now based in New York City. He started playing guitar at age of 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been Ollis’ main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. After touring all around Europe with musicians such as Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud Van Den Berg Olli decided to move to New York City in 2014. Olli has played legendary venues such as Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note and the Lincoln Center.


Stephanie Jones: Soloist and Chamber Musician

Stephanie Jones is an active soloist and chamber musician who is currently based in Germany. She has recently finished her Masters and is currently studying a Konzertexamen in Classical Guitar Performance with Thomas Müller-Pering at the prestigious University of Music Franz Liszt.

Stephanie won first prize in both the Uppsala International Guitar Festival Competition and the Hannabach Guitar Competition. She was also a finalist in the Deutscher Gitarrenpries and the Salzburg International Guitar Festival. In 2014, through the Fine Music Network National Competition, Stephanie was awarded the Young Virtuoso of the Year. In 2012, Stephanie competed in the prestigious Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition and subsequently won second prize.


Jesus Guerrero: Spanish Flamenco Master

Jesús Guerrero was born in 1985, in San Fernando (Cadiz), Spain. He started playing guitar at the age of eleven years under the tutelage of master teacher José Luis Balao.  Jesus’ natural virtuosity with the instrument and his musical creativity have led him to be one of the most sought-after figures of the current flamenco scene, performing with his trio, in duet with his wife Alba Carmona, and assisting many of the great singers, including Nina Pastori and Miguel Poveda, with their records and live shows.

Jesus graduated in Teaching with a specialty in Musical Education at the University of Cádiz.  He won the Premio Flamenco Hoy 2014 for Best Guitar Accompaniment.  He has been the musical composer of numerous dance shows for artists like Merche Esmeralda “Last Stop”, Molina choro “Notice, Bayles Gypsy,” David Coria “Spiral, ” Ana Morales “ReciclArte” and “De-Heeled Sandal,” Eduardo Guerrero “Alley of Sins,” Andrés Peña “A Fuego Lento,” “Órdago To The Big,” and “The Air That Brings Me,” and Joaquín Grilo “Belmonte.”

Jocelyn Gould: Traditional Jazz Guitarist & Vocalist

Jocelyn Gould is a Canadian jazz guitarist. Passionate about the tradition of jazz guitar, she cites Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass as primary influences of the instrument. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Jazz Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University.

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jocelyn’s passion for music began very young. Both of Jocelyn’s parents played guitar throughout her youth, and Jocelyn learned piano and voice at a young age with her father, who was an elementary school music teacher. After completing high school, Jocelyn initially studied science before switching into to the faculty of music at University of Manitoba to pursue a jazz studies degree on guitar. During her time at the University of Manitoba studied with guitarist Larry Roy, drummer Quincy Davis and saxophonist Jon Gordon.

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