I began playing the guitar as a kid. I loved the Beatles (still do) and learned all the tunes popular back in the day. I always liked classical music but didn’t know it could be played on the guitar.
After seeing Andrés Segovia on TV, I completely changed course and became obsessed with classical guitar. After achieving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in guitar performance, my latest obsession is the music of Brazil: samba, choro, and especially bossa nova and the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
I have played and taught many other styles on guitar—that’s one of the things I like so much about the instrument: bluegrass, rock, folk, jazz—whatever people want to hear or learn how to play.
Nós Dois has been a fun project that gives me the chance to play a little bit of everything.
Nós Três, a special project featuring me on guitar and vocals, local guitar wizard Peter Zisa and the talented Nancy Durham-Stairs on percussion, has been another opportunity for me to indulge my obsessão brasileira. Please come and hear our choros and Bossa Nova tunes at the Cooper Mountain Vineyards.
Next lifetime: Jazz Singer!