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Claudio Paciocco

Claudio Paciocco is an Italian classical guitarist based in New York City. He began the study of classical guitar at very young age with Rosario Caida Greco and he continued his studies with Sandro Torlontano graduating with honors from the Conservatory Umberto Giordano in Foggia (Italy). Admitted at the prestigious International Guitar Academy of Koblenz (Germany) in the class of Aniello Desiderio, he received in 2011 the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. He has attended master classes by Leo Brouwer, Pavel Steidl, Dale Kavanagh and many others. As a soloist he has been awarded in several national and international music competitions. An active performer, he has played many solo recitals, chamber music concerts and musicals in festivals and events in Europe and United States.

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Jinky Nogales

Jinky Nogales: EzraGuitar Collaborative Arts Faculty, Music Lab

A previous middle and high school science teacher, Jinky Nogales joins EzraGuitar as one of their educators.  She blends her love for science and the arts with her passion for working with and teaching children. She believes that science is an art and art is a science.  

Jinky has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Child Development.  She has taught in the public schools of San Diego and New York.

Aside from work, you might find Jinky snowboarding in fresh powder during the winter months, camping during the summer, raising her own little artist, cooking up a storm for family and friends, or lounging around with a good book.  

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Benjamin Rosenthal

Benjamin Rosenthal Singer-Songwriter and Drummer comes from Mamaroneck New York. He learned to read music and perform on saxophone in his school band at the age of 9. By the age of 14 he was drumming in the punk rock band Zombie Squad and recording and performing professionally at all ages in venues in New York City, Westchester, and Connecticut. He has written and recorded 8 albums, 4 EPs, and toured in the USA, Canada, Central America, and Europe with the The Heartdrops, the critically acclaimed Indie Folk duo Kaiser Cartel, and his own critically acclaimed band Benjamin Cartel. His creative output reflects a passion for melodious folk and pop music. In his own words  “I want to share my emotional intelligence, a healthy sense of humor, and spontaneity in my classes. I firmly believe music is fun and for everyone not just the ‘musically gifted’. It is my goal to have students to come away from classes joyfully singing the songs they learn and share them with family and friends.”

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Ethan Fox

Ethan Fox is a New York City based musician and educator. Ethan is an active performer of Indian Classical music and a faculty member of the Chhandayan Center for Indian Studies in Manhattan. He regularly performs with ensembles of various musical styles including Central Asian, Jazz, Western Classical, Afro Cuban and Ghanaian musics. Ethan is actively involved in music educational efforts around New York City. He is a music teacher for the NYC public schools and runs his own private studio. He is currently studying tabla in the Guru-Shishya parampara with Pandit Samir Chatterjee. Ethan received his master’s degree in percussion performance from Northern Illinois University and his bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from SUNY Fredonia.

 

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Julia Cavagna

Julia is a movement based actress, clown and performer from Argentina. Her specialization is in Physical and Poetical Theater. She has worked with a variety of international theater companies and has performed on an equal range of stages around the world, including recently performing in PARSIFAL and ELEKTRA at the Met Opera. Julia is one of the founders of Lampazo Theater Company, a physical theater company. She completed the EMERGENYC Residency (the Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program) at NYU.
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Tamara Sevunts

Tamara Sevunts is a multilingual actress who hails from Montreal, Canada, and is now based in NYC. Off-Broadway credits include: The Good Girl (E59E Theatres), Loose Canon(SoHo Playhouse). Regional credits include: World Premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s Fairycakes (Moth), Twelfth Night (Feste), Measure for Measure (Angelo) with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Film credits: The Real American (NYTVF, Atlanta Film Festival, Listapad International Film Festival), Larchmont, Cigarette Pact, You Can’t Go Home Again, Tale of the Anguished GardenerTamara is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a member of the ’14 Academy Company.  More at www.tamarasevunts.com. 

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Stelios Michas

Inspired by the infinite sonic possibilities of the guitar, Stelios’ activities range from contemporary music to classical guitar with a strong focus on improvisation. Equally committed to the nylon as well as the electric guitar he combines elements of both worlds in his sound. 

His guitar has gotten him from playing dive bars & sticky basements to accompanying divas in prestigious concert halls, as well as rocking out in stadiums.

Based in NYC he is currently splitting his time between his own projects, freelancing & teaching.

In the summer of 2017 he was invited to perform with the performer, writer & multi-grammy recipient René Juan Pérez Joglar, known professionally as Residente, as part of the Spanish leg of their world tour.

Earlier on, he recorded with pianist & composer Leo Genovese’s cross genre large ensemble ‘the Legal Aliens’ in their 2016 album after the group performed in & around NY.

In June of the same year he released an album of acoustic improvisations in duo with NYC based bassist Zach Swanson, Chamber Music as in the music of friends.

In 2015 he got invited to join a large ensemble, this time by the NYC based multi instrumentalist Daniel Carter. The Listening Group went on to play the Forward Festival in NY in 2015 and 2016 and is preparing its first release on 577 records in 2018.

Prior to the Listening Group Stelios had been in the studio with Daniel twice in 2015 to record two sessions of free improvisation.

‘Unanimity’ featuring fellow greek drummer George Spanos, clarinetist Vasko Dukovski & Kansas based bassist Jeff Harshbarger was recorded in September of 2015 while a couple months earlier in June ‘Why not Now?’ was recorded with Aleksandar Petrov on drums & Francesco Marcocci on Bass. Leo Genovese guested the recording on bandoneon.

During the same summer he recorded an album his native Athens, Greece with the Meating for Business group led by Don Stavrinos. The album was mixed & mastered in NYC in 2017 by Jeremy Loucas and will be released in 2018.

In 2014 and after 3 summers of collaboration, a record of (mostly) original intuitive music was released by ‘Surd’ : a trio formed with long time friends & partners in crime, composer Nikos Ioakeim & multi instrumentalist Alexis Kotsopoulos.

Between 2006-13 he composed, toured & recorded in the US with acclaimed singer Arooj Aftab.

In 2008 he recorded & toured with the award winning Banda Eclectics based in Boston, MA.

Stelios is also an active music educator. After being a faculty member of the South Shore Conservatory in Boston he has joined the faculty at Ezra Guitar based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2014 he also is running his own distinguished music studio at Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

After completing studies on Musicology and Classical Guitar in Athens, he moved to Boston, MA to study Contemporary Guitar at Berklee College of Music with jazz greats such as Mick Goodrick, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook & Dave Santoro.

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