Faculty

Summer 2018

Piano - Katerina

Katerina is a versatile performer who is trained as a classical pianist and has also completed her Masters in Jazz piano from the Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa in 2015. Based in Azores, Katerina has been involved in several musical projects and has also worked at the Regional Conservatory and Theatre of Ribeira Grande as a teacher of piano and accompanist. Her original music project for European dances ‘Ledok’ was released in 2016. She also is part of duo ‘Singularlugar’ that is dedicated to the arrangement of the compositions of Portugal authors. Katerina also teaches piano and music at various schools in Estoril. She has toured Brazil for a series of 10 concerts with some leading musicians in Brazil.

 

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Guitar - Fabio Gouvea

Fabio Gouvea Guitarist, composer, and arranger  has been praised for being a musician with a strong melodic approach, a deep harmonic concept, and an uplifting rhythmic feel all characteristics that have made him one of the most in-demand Brazilian artists of his generation. Fabio Gouvea has played with some of the leading musicians in Brazil andabroad, including Scott Colley, Hermeto Pascoal, Luis Perdomo, Hamilton de Holanda, Nailor “Proveta” and Vinicius Dorin, among others. For the past 15 years, Fabio has also been playing, touring, and recording with renowned Grammy nominated band, “Trio Curupira”, alongside Andre Marques and Cleber Almeida. Alongside performing as a sideman with some of the most important artists in the music scene, Fabio is also very active leading his own groups, and has recorded 5 albums in collaboration with such musicians as Donny McCaslin, Helen Sung, John Ellis, Jean Michel Pilc and Rogerio Boccato, among others.

 

To know more head to :www.fabiogouvea.com

Bass - Felipe Brisola

Felipe Brisola initiated his musical studies at ‘Conservatório Dr. Carlos de Campos’ in Tatuí, earning his degree in Brazilian Popular Music/Jazz in 2005. In 2007 he was invited to join the faculty at the ‘Conservatório’, teaching acoustic and electric bass classes.

 

Felipe has performed extensively alongside some of the best known and most accomplished Brazilian musicians, such as Hermeto Pascoal, Toninho Horta, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Vinícius Dorin, Laércio de Freitas, Mônica Salmaso, Teco Cardoso, Fabio Gouvea, André Marques, Cléber Almeida, Fernando Correa, Lupa Santiago and Edmundo Villani Cortez among others. He has traveled to Spain, Portugal, and Africa performing with singer Flávia Virginia. He also plays extensively with guitarist and composer Fabio Gouvea In 2013, Felipe recorded on André Marques and Vintena Brasileira’s most recent album, ‘Bituca’, honoring the great Brazilian singer Milton Nascimento through inventive and intricate new arrangements of his compositions. Felipe is part of the Trio Afora, original project in collaboration with Alex Kautz and Fabio Gouvea. The group released his first album “Afora” in 2017, and also has played in Brazil, USA, India, & Malaysia.

Voice - Magos Herrera

Based out of New York City, Magos Herrera is a dazzling jazz singer-songwriter, producer, and educator with a 20-year career. Magos is regarded as one of the most expressive, beautiful voices and most active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. She is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her singular bold style, which embraces elements of contemporary jazz with Latin American melodies and rhythms singing in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, in a style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries.

 

Magos has recorded and participated in multiple projects. In the summer of 2013, Magos recorded Dawn, with multiple Grammy winner, producer, and guitarist from Spain, Javier Limón, released in 2014 by Sony’s OKeh Records label.

 

Magos’ career has led her to go on stage around the world, including some of the most memorable venues, such as New York’s Lincoln Center and UN Headquarters, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Millennium Park, SFJazz in San Francisco, Teatro de la Ciudad de México and Zocalo in Mexico City, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Sala Galileo Galilei in Madrid, London’s Union Chapel, and Paris’ famous and leading jazz club, Duc des Lombards. Moreover, Magos has participated in leading world jazz festivals, including Montreal’s International Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Barcelona’s International Jazz Festival, and the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, just to mention a handful of the more than 600 forums and international festivals in US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Brazil, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, England, India, China, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.

 

Her album Distancia (2009), earned her a Grammy short-list nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category.

 

Leading Spanish language lifestyle women’s magazine, Siempre Mujer, featured Magos Herrera alongside Michelle Obama in 2011 as one of the Top 10 Women of the Year for her outstanding work as a musical ambassador for Mexican contemporary music.

 

In a first award of its kind presented to a female artist, she received the Berklee College of Music’s Master of Latin Music Award in May 2015 for her contributions to developing and showcasing Latin American music, as well as her own, in a contemporary context around the world.

 

In addition to being one of the finest Latin American jazz vocalists, Magos Herrera is well known for championing women’s causes. She currently serves as spokesperson for UN Women, and has taken an active role in the UNITE campaign to end violence against women and “He for She” to promote gender equality.

 

Currently, in addition to her artistic tours around the world, she produces and hosts a weekly radio program from New York, titled La vuelta a la manzana for Mexico’s Public Radio, (IMER, Instituto Mexicano de la Radio), Horizonte Jazz 107.9 FM, where she shares her joy for music and chats with top artists of the international jazz-world scene the likes of Miguel Zenon, Antonio Sánchez, Peter Eldridge and Dory Caymmi, to mention a few.

Drums - Alex Kautz

Alex Kautz best known for his musicality, groove, and a profound understanding of a variety of styles, percussionist, educator and composer Alex Kautz has found a unique musical voice as a result of his passion for jazz and world music. Alex has been an important part of the NY competitive music scene for the last decade and has played and/or recorded with some of the top artists in the industry today including Tim Ries, John Patittucci, Jon Cowherd, Nilson Matta, Steve Willson, Lenny Andrade, Chico Pinheiro, Fabio Gouvea, Adam Rogers, Helio Alves, Victor Prieto, Lionel Loueke, and Tim Hagans to name a few. Alex has also led his own groups where he explores the sounds and textures of Brazilian music mixed with jazz and he is currently working on his first solo album. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Alex received the “Best Achievement merit Scholarship” while attending the prestigious institution in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. He later received a full scholarship award from Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA) to study a Masters of Arts Degree in Aaron Copland School of Music in New York.

 

As an active educator since 2001, Alex has been an important part of the artistic community in different countries including USA, Mexico, and Brazil teaching private lessons as well as master classes.

Music Production - Jay Pei

Jay Pei is a DJ/Producer based in Delhi. His love for music began at the early age of 19 and he has been producing music ever since. In the last 5 years, Jay has been successful in releasing his music on some notable international record labels such as Bullfinch Records, Haute Musique, Liztomania Records among others. In 2015, he released a track called Insignia which was supported by none other than the legendary Richie Hawtin himself.

Jay draws inspiration from a lot of different styles of music and tries to incorporate experimental musical elements in his compositions. A lot of his techniques may seem contradictory to the mainstream, but have led him to find and explore his own unique voice. He uses analogue drum machines and synthesizers to lay down the very foundation of his tracks and uses digital devices to integrate the workflow. One could say that his music comes out from the best of both worlds – analogue & digital.

Taking the listener into a melodic journey of intricately layered harmonies and melancholic sonic textures, his DJ sets are a perfect blend of his own music as well as the music that inspires him to be an artist. Some of his favourites are Recondite, Gardens of God, Tale of Us, Mind Against and Stephen Bodzin.

Jay is constantly producing new music for his live sets and forthcoming releases.

Spring 2018

Voice - Luiza Sales

Luiza Sales is a singer and songwriter from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. She has already performed in Europe, Brazil, US and India and has three albums released: “Breve Leveza” (2012), produced by Dan Garcia of Radio Hill Records from Los Angeles, “Aventureira” (2015) and “Versos do Capitão” (2017) in duo with the pianist Pedro Carneiro Silva. Luiza was a member of the a cappella group Ordinarius with whom she recorded and released two albums: “Ordinarius” (2012) and “Rio de Choro” (2015). With Ordinarius, Luiza toured in Germany in 2013 and also won the Brazilian national competition of vocal groups promoted by Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in 2015. In 2016, in India for the first time, Luiza performed at Sofar Sounds Delhi NCR, The Gig Week, DIY Day and also released a video as part of the Kintsugi Singles project. Her music is also featured in two compilations of Brazilian music released in Japan by Rambling Records: “Coffee & Novos Compositores” and “Outro Som”. Luiza is the creator of the video series Meninas do Brasil, with music videos and interviews to promote the work of female singer-songwriters, fighting for more visibility of women in music. The project has featured 34 artists from different states of Brazil and it’s now releasing videos shot in Berlin, presenting women from 6 different countries.

Piano - Pedro Carneiro Silva

Pedro Carneiro Silva is a musician from Rio de Janeiro. In recent years he has developed projects in partnership with artists from different parts of the world and has been conducting concerts and workshops throughout Europe, Asia and Brazil.

He has released two albums so far –  “Água Verde” (2017) and “Versos do Capitão” (2017), with the singer-songwriter Luiza Sales. He also develops the project “Free Seat”, with the Iranian-German filmmaker Ardalan Aram. With the message “Art connects us to feeling, feeling connects us”, the project gained great visibility in social media – the main video was seen by more than half a million people just 2 weeks after its release.

Pedro Carneiro Silva holds a degree in Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), with a degree in arrangement from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), and a master’s degree in Piano / Jazz from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML).

Bass- Andrea Fraenzel

Andrea Fraenzel is an experienced acoustic and electric bass player who graduated from Berklee Valencia. She was the first student from Austria to be accepted into the Contemporary Performance Master’s Program. She was also invited to play with Victor Mendoza and Steve Houghton in Taiwan and toured with Christiane Karam in Spain. In July 2014, Berklee College of Music honoured her efforts and achievements by presenting her with the ‘Outstanding Scholar Award’. As a freelance artist, she enjoys working within a wide range of styles that include pop, rock, indie, classical and contemporary music, folk, world, blues, jazz and improvised music. With approximately 100 performances in a year at festivals and clubs, Andrea is a highly sought after bassist. She is also a dedicated educator who has taught at various music academies in Austria.

Drums - Tarun Balani

Tarun’s music and artistry has been described as “nothing short of remarkable” (AllAboutJazz, USA) and his debut album, Sacred World has said to “Point to the future of jazz in India” (Time Out, Magazine, India). With his much-anticipated record, Dharma, featuring a brand new lineup, Tarun is determined to deliver another fearless, imaginative and heartfelt set of music. The album is set to release in 2017. While Tarun continues to feature his eclectic quintet across the globe, he also broadens his palette by a gripping new collaboration with vocalist Chayan Adhikari as Time Machine in India.

Tarun’s music has been featured on WNYC, MTV, VH1, Coke Studio India, HIT95FM. He has played concerts in India, Italy, USA, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Tarun endorses Zildjian cymbals.

Guitar & Music Production - Aditya Balani

Aditya Balani is a multi-faceted guitarist, singer-songwriter, music producer and educator from New Delhi, India. A professional musician since 2001 his work has transcended stylistic and international borders. He produces and performs electronic music as Gliding Arc and his various projects have been featured on BBC Asia Beats, MTV Coke Studio, Pepsi MTV Indies, and BBC Radio to name a few. Constants and Variables (EP) won him Best Pop Artist at the Radio City Freedom Awards ’15 and has been listed among the Top 10 EP’s of 2015 by Rolling Stone India. Aditya is an Ableton Certified Trainer and he constantly strives to bring innovative teaching methodologies for his songwriting and music production courses.

Art & Music Studies - Shiv Ahuja

Shiv Ankit Ahuja (b.1989, New Delhi) lives and works in New Delhi, India. He studied at Istituto Europeo Di Design, Madrid (European Master of Fine Art Photography) and Chung Ang University, Seoul (Graduate school of photography).  In 2014, he was an artist-in-residence at the Terra Vivente Art Studio (Guardia Sanframondi, Italy). Shiv also attended the University of Delhi and holds a bachelors degree in Economics. While photography and visual cultures are his areas of interest and his work has been published in leading dailies and magazines in India and Internationally, Shiv has also worked as a professional musician for a decade and currently plays synthesisers and keyboards for Five8 and New Delhi Alt-Rockers Menwhopause. Through his classes at GMI Shiv would like to work with the students to introduce them to different art movements and try and to use the music that the students create as a starting point to develop a collaborative working environment to experiment with different media and forms.

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Hindustani Music - Ujwal Nagar

Ujwal Nagar is a Hindustani classical vocalist . He received initial training in classical music from his mother Guru Urmila Nagar and has also received intensive training from Late Ustad Bashir Ahmad Khan of Sikar. He is currently taking guidance from Pandit Shriram Umdekar and Pandit Somnath Mardur. He has performed at numerous cities in India and abroad and was also awarded the Sahitya Kala Parishad and Central Government scholarship by Government of India for his relentless pursuit of Indian classical music. Although a purist at heart , Ujwal has enriched his musical pursuit by exploring various other genres of music as well. Most notably, his ongoing collaborative work with the group ‘Advaita’ has been greatly appreciated by classical music connoisseurs as well as the world music listeners. music production courses.

Fall 2017

Voice - Luiza Sales

Luiza is a Brazilian singer and songwriter from Rio de Janeiro. First brazilian musician to hold a Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance at Berklee College of Music, with a full scholarship, at Valencia Campus. She released her first album, “Breve Leveza” in 2012, produced by Dan Garcia – who had previously worked with artists like Rod Stewart, Al DiMeola and David Crosby.

Guitar - Antonio Molina Moya

Tony Molina is a guitar player and teacher from Granada (Spain). He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in jazz guitar as well as a Master’s Degree in film scoring at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Currently, he co-leads the Dutch modern rock trio Supertrawler and the Spanish blues/rock project Elemento Deserto. He also works as a sideman for several different bands in The Netherlands and Spain, including the projects of modern jazz pianist Julian Schneeman or the singer/songwriter Julia Oschewsky. In 2015, he won the Sena Young Talent Guitar Award, possibly the most prestigious distinction for electric guitar players in The Netherlands.

Piano - Aman Mahajan

Aman Mahajan is a pianist, composer and bandleader, who plays improvised music across a diversity of musical idioms. Having worked with musicians of a wide variety of nationalities, cultural backgrounds and musical styles, Mahajan is interested in improvisation as a medium of exploration and communication, in addition to its relevance in more traditional art forms. A graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston), Mahajan is presently based in Bangalore, India, where he leads original improvised music ensemble Refuge. His music is influenced by traditional and contemporary music from around the world, and deeply inspired by a sense of unity and connection.

Bass - Ayal Tsubery

Ayal Tsubery is an accomplished musician, whose distinctive and virtuosic style has been widely acknowledged. In 2007 Ayal was granted scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, he was selected to represent the Berklee Bass department in its annual concerts, as well as study with Hal Crook, Oscar Stagnaro (Bassist for Paquito D’rivera), Alain Mallet (pianist for Paul Simon). In addition to his role as a student in Berklee, Ayal was hired to be an accompanist for regular classes, and masterclasses. Ayal has been performing regularly in the most legendary NYC venues and music festivals. His compositions were featured in award winning short films, nationwide radio live broadcasts, and countless live performances.

Ayal’s playing and compositions can be heard on various albums including ‘Practicing Catharsys’ by Eyal Hai, ‘The Path of Silvan’ by Dimitrije Vasiljevic, ‘Upside Down’ by Tipsy Oxcart along with his critically acclaimed debut album as a bandleader ‘Decisions’

Drums - Tarun Balani

Tarun’s music and artistry has been described as “nothing short of remarkable” (AllAboutJazz, USA) and his debut album, Sacred World has said to “Point to the future of jazz in India” (Time Out, Magazine, India). With his much-anticipated record, Dharma, featuring a brand new lineup, Tarun is determined to deliver another fearless, imaginative and heartfelt set of music. The album is set to release in 2017. While Tarun continues to feature his eclectic quintet across the globe, he also broadens his palette by a gripping new collaboration with vocalist Chayan Adhikari as Time Machine in India.

Tarun’s music has been featured on WNYC, MTV, VH1, Coke Studio India, HIT95FM. He has played concerts in India, Italy, USA, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Tarun endorses Zildjian cymbals.

Music Production - Aditya Balani

Aditya Balani is a multi-faceted guitarist, singer-songwriter, music producer and educator from New Delhi, India. A professional musician since 2001 his work has transcended stylistic and international borders. He produces and performs electronic music as Gliding Arc and his various projects have been featured on BBC Asia Beats, MTV Coke Studio, Pepsi MTV Indies, and BBC Radio to name a few. Constants and Variables (EP) won him Best Pop Artist at the Radio City Freedom Awards ’15 and has been listed among the Top 10 EP’s of 2015 by Rolling Stone India. Aditya is an Ableton Certified Trainer and he constantly strives to bring innovate teaching methodologies for his songwriting and music production courses.

Art & Music Studies - Shiv Ahuja

Shiv Ankit Ahuja (b.1989, New Delhi) lives and works in New Delhi, India. He studied at Istituto Europeo Di Design, Madrid (European Master of Fine Art Photography) and Chung Ang University, Seoul (Graduate school of photography).  In 2014, he was an artist-in-residence at the Terra Vivente Art Studio (Guardia Sanframondi, Italy). Shiv also attended the University of Delhi and holds a bachelors degree in Economics. While photography and visual cultures are his areas of interest and his work has been published in leading dailies and magazines in India and Internationally, Shiv has also worked as a professional musician for a decade and currently plays synthesisers and keyboards for Five8 and New Delhi Alt-Rockers Menwhopause. Through his classes at GMI Shiv would like to work with the students to introduce them to different art movements and try and to use the music that the students create as a starting point to develop a collaborative working environment to experiment with different media and forms.

GMI invites diverse international faculty across stylistic and cultural backgrounds. Private lessons, music forums, ensemble workshops, and performances by faculty and visiting artists broaden the students perspective and foster the spirit of musical and personal growth.

Countries our faculty comes from

  1. Canada
  2. USA
  3. Colombia
  4. Sweden
  5. Netherlands
  6. UK
  7. Austria
  8. Serbia
  9. Italy
  10. Portugal
  11. Spain
  12. Israel
  13. Australia
  14. New Zealand
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