Faculty

Spring 2018

Voice - Luiza Sales

Luiza Sales is a singer, songwriter and educator from Rio de Janeiro. She is the first Brazilian musician to hold a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Performance from Berklee Valencia. She has released three albums: Breve Leveza (2012), Aventureira (2015) and Versos do Capitão (2017). Luiza is the creator of the project Meninas do Brasil, that features female singer-songwriters in videos with music and interviews. The latest release of the project is “Meninas de Berlim”, a series of 12 videos featuring artists from 6 different countries.

A passionate teacher and mentor, Luiza is currently teaching at the Global Music Institute for the Fall 2017 session.

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.

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.

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