Jarrod Stephenson began playing music at a very young age. He started guitar at the age of fourteen. In 2002, his thirst for something more drove him to the Conservatory of Music and Dance, at the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he was honored with the Greensburg Guitar Scholarship for his studies. As well as performing solo Classical repertoire under the study of the prestigious Douglas Niedt, Jarrod had an active interest in jazz which led him to study with the renowned jazz guitarist Rod Fleeman. In 2006, Jarrod received his Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar Performance, and then was turned on to the art form of Flamenco.
Jarrod studied Flamenco in Kansas City with guitarist Beau Bledsoe. Jarrod soon began accompanying dancers at the Manos Rojas School of Flamenco. Still wanting more, Jarrod moved to Spain in 2006, to be immersed in this beautiful art form. It is there that he studied with Enrique Vargas and Niño Jerro to develop the perfect technique and adapt the Jerez style of playing, which is one of the most complex and brilliant styles of Flamenco. After his stay in Jerez, Jarrod returned home to KansasCity and co-founded the group “Alma Flamenca.” It was with that group that Jarrod began fusing the fiery rhythms of Flamenco with the luscious harmonies of jazz. These elements are infused into all of his compositions.
Currently, Jarrod is performing solo guitar throughout the Midwest, and appearing with ”Olé, the Music and Dance of Spain,” as well as composing and forming new groups that will be available to Kansas City very soon.
Michael McClintock, guitar
Michael studied classical guitar at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Douglas Niedt where he obtained a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance and acted as president of the UMKC Guitarists.
After his studies Michael continued to seek opportunities to expand his knowledge of different musical cultures from around the world through intensive study of Flamenco and Latin American music. Michael has performed as a classical and flamenco guitarist throughout the United States and has performed several times in Kansas City at venues such as Starlight Theater and the Lyric Opera.
Michael’s growing technical mastery and emotional depth is continually being cultivated through Flamenco, Brazilian and Jazz studies. Michael is also highly dedicated to instruction and has been operating his own studio since 2001.
John Currey, percussion
John Currey, director of Marimba Sol de Chiapas Mexican Marimba Ensemble, was an original Union Station cast member of Sticks of Thunder, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in percussion performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Master’s degree in percussion performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he teaches for the Conservatory’s Community Music and Dance Academy.
Numerous performance highlights include with the Kansas City Symphony, newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, nationally-touring productions of Broadway’s Evita and Ragtime, the American Ballet Theatre, the Czech National Orchestra, the Caribbean Steel Pan Band, and two years as Principal Timpanist for the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he toured with the Kansas City Brass.
Mr. Currey is a Modern Dance Accompanist at the UMKC Conservatory, and his hand drumming has been featured with theKansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, the Kansas City Ballet School, the Westport Ballet, and in numerous Modern Dance Master Classes, including for members of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, with dance greats David Parsons, Leni Wylliams, Denise Jefferson, and others. John’s dance accompanying earned him a commission to co-write music for the Wylliams/Henry Dance Company.