Brian Gore said he loves performing with other guitarists because it's a way to improve himself.
"I get my inspiration by watching other guitarists," Gore said from his home in San Francisco, Calif. "In a sense, when we play together, I get a chance to drink from an abundance of talent."Gore, Adrian Legg and Antonio Calogero will bring the International Guitar Nite to the Rowland-St. Mark's auditorium Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m.
The three guitarists hail from different parts of the world. Legg emerged from the United Kingdom, Gore was reared in San Francisco, and Calogero found his way to the states by way of Messina, Italy.
The concept of International Guitar Nite was forged by Calo-gero and Gore about three years ago.
"We started out in the Bay Area," Gore explained. "And one of the biggest hurdles we had to get over was, literally, starvation.
"There were other challenges, too. A major one, with the exception of going without food, was the fact that most of the guitarists we work with are solo acts. They are so much into themselves that when they are placed in an ensemble sit-uation, like this concert is, they have to shift their focus on the other musicians who are around them.
"But once they get used to that, the program works well," Gore said. "I mean there is a sense of interconnectedness. I see it a lot, especially when the musical talent is high. For example, (cellist) Yo-Yo Ma plays with (acoustic musician) Bela Fleck."
Gore said good musicians have no problem jumping genres. They see it as a branching out or expansion of themselves and their talents.
"I consider myself a musical poet," Gore said. "And I'm influenced by what is going on around me. Pushing that concept a little further, it's so interesting how other musicians and styles of music influence you."
"There's something about music that's higher than the person playing it. And it doesn't need to be relegated to the dust bin."