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Rod Fleeman and Gerald Spaits, In Concert

Rod Fleeman jazz guitar and Gerald Spaits bass, Live In Concert

Rod Fleeman has been a professional guitarist for over 50 years. Following his studies at the University of Miami, Rod moved to New York City, where he toured and recorded extensively with the jazz fusion group Dry Jack. Since returning to Kansas City in 1981, he has toured and recorded with such artists as Marilyn Maye, Karrin Allyson, Jay McShann, Claude “Fiddler” Williams and Interstring.

In his Plastic Sax review, Bill Brownlee says: “Rod Fleeman’s longstanding weekly matinee gig at Green Lady Lounge has long been one of Kansas City’s hidden gems.

The release of Saturday Afternoon Live at Green Lady Lounge reveals the magic of the furtive Saturday afternoon tradition to the world.”

Beau Bledsoe, Ezgi Karakus and John Currey, In Concert

Beau Bledsoe, Ezgi Karakus and John Currey, guitar, cello and percussion, Live In Concert

Beau Bledsoe performs and records classical music, jazz, and folkloric music from around the world as he seeks to integrate different musical cultures with diverse audiences. Through his many varied projects and ensembles, Beau has toured extensively throughout Europe, Russia, South America, and North America in addition to producing fifteen recordings under his recording label Tzigane. Beau is currently the artistic director and founder of Ensemble Iberica, which explores the music of Spain, Portugal, and other areas of the world connected to the Iberian diaspora.

Ezgi Karakus is a highly accomplished Turkish cellist whose musical journey began at the age of eleven. Her talents were duly recognized as she won the concerto competition three times during her conservatory education. After moving to the United States, her exceptional skills were awarded first prize in the Belle and Lynum Jackson Balshaw Music Competition. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at the prestigious UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance. Ezgi has performed internationally with renowned orchestras like the Topeka Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. She was also featured as a soloist at the esteemed Springfield Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma’s Master Class at the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts. Furthermore, she is currently a co-director of Soundwave Academy and an accomplished cellist of Ensemble Iberica.

Matt Hopper and Charles Gatschet, Jazz guitarists In Concert

Matt Hopper and Charles Gatschet Duo Live In Concert

Matt Hopper is a guitarist based in Kansas City. A passionate performer and music educator, Matt has been performing music professionally for 20 years in jazz, rock, and Brazilian styles. With a vast repertoire of jazz and pop standards as well as his original tunes, Matt works in a wide variety of settings. From solo guitar performances to full bands, Matt’s music sets a tone that brings people together.

Matt started playing guitar at 12 years old. At 17, he began studying jazz guitar under Danny Embrey. Then, at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, he studied jazz guitar with Rod Fleeman and classical guitar with Douglas Niedt. Matt is now a mainstay of the Kansas City music scene and teaches private guitar lessons to students of all levels and ages.

Kansas City guitarist Charles Gatschet started guitar lessons at age 11 with Rich Andrews and later studied with Steve Cardenas, Rod Fleeman, and Danny Embrey. Gatschet also studied theory and arranging with John Elliott and classical guitar with Douglas Niedt. Gatschet writes, “I came to KC in my teens looking for the remaining Kansas City be-bop culture, and I found them. Claude Williams, Step-Buddy Anderson, Carmel Jones, Richard Ross, and many other great Kansas City musicians welcomed me, hired me to play with them, and treated me with respect. For that, I am very grateful. I consider myself to be a jazz guitarist from KC.”

No Bow Tie (John Svoboda, guitar and Myra Svoboda, bass)

No Bow Tie (John Svoboda, guitar and Myra Svoboda, bass), Live In Concert

Join John and Myra Svoboda on their musical rampage! Armed with unmatched creative energy and mastery of their instruments, No Bow Tie will seize well-known classical compositions infusing them with attitudes of pure rebellion, inventive thrusts, and most of all, fun!.

Accused of “Musical Blasphemy,” the Svoboda’s intend to bring smiles to all that gather as they reach back to the 1600s and up to the 20th century instilling repertoire with irresistible grooves.

Beau Bledsoe and Ezgi Karakus, guitar and cello, In Concert

Beau Bledsoe and Ezgi Karakus, guitar and cello, Live In Concert

Beau Bledsoe performs and records classical music, jazz, and folkloric music from around the world as he seeks to integrate different musical cultures with diverse audiences. Through his many varied projects and ensembles, Beau has toured extensively throughout Europe, Russia, South America, and North America in addition to producing fifteen recordings under his recording label Tzigane. Beau is currently the artistic director and founder of Ensemble Iberica, which explores the music of Spain, Portugal, and other areas of the world connected to the Iberian diaspora.

Ezgi Karakus is a highly accomplished Turkish cellist whose musical journey began at the age of eleven. Her talents were duly recognized as she won the concerto competition three times during her conservatory education. After moving to the United States, her exceptional skills were awarded first prize in the Belle and Lynum Jackson Balshaw Music Competition. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at the prestigious UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance. Ezgi has performed internationally with renowned orchestras like the Topeka Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. She was also featured as a soloist at the esteemed Springfield Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma’s Master Class at the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts. Furthermore, she is currently a co-director of Soundwave Academy and an accomplished cellist of Ensemble Iberica.

Matt Hopper and Charles Gatschet, Jazz guitarists In Concert

Matt Hopper and Charles Gatschet Duo Live In Concert

Matt Hopper is a guitarist based in Kansas City. A passionate performer and music educator, Matt has been performing music professionally for 20 years in jazz, rock, and Brazilian styles. With a vast repertoire of jazz and pop standards as well as his original tunes, Matt works in a wide variety of settings. From solo guitar performances to full bands, Matt’s music sets a tone that brings people together.

Matt started playing guitar at 12 years old. At 17, he began studying jazz guitar under Danny Embrey. Then, at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, he studied jazz guitar with Rod Fleeman and classical guitar with Douglas Niedt. Matt is now a mainstay of the Kansas City music scene and teaches private guitar lessons to students of all levels and ages.

Kansas City guitarist Charles Gatschet started guitar lessons at age 11 with Rich Andrews and later studied with Steve Cardenas, Rod Fleeman, and Danny Embrey. Gatschet also studied theory and arranging with John Elliott and classical guitar with Douglas Niedt. Gatschet writes, “I came to KC in my teens looking for the remaining Kansas City be-bop culture, and I found them. Claude Williams, Step-Buddy Anderson, Carmel Jones, Richard Ross, and many other great Kansas City musicians welcomed me, hired me to play with them, and treated me with respect. For that, I am very grateful. I consider myself to be a jazz guitarist from KC.”

Nilko Andreas, Classical Guitar and Christine Grossman, Violist

Nilko Andreas, Classical Guitar and Christine Grossman, Violist

“…an electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible.”—Backstage New York.

Since his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009, multi-faceted touring artist Nilko Andreas has been performing on three continents as an internationally awarded classical guitarist, Composer, Actor, Music Director, and singer (La Cumbiamba eNeYe, LaMar NYC), Born in Colombia, he carries the musical legacy of his motherland, layered with his experiences as a leading classical musician around the world and 22 years of living, producing and conducting in New York City where he constantly performs as a soloist and well as Chamber Musician with different ensembles.

Mr. Andreas has appeared as soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphonic Orchestra of China, the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra in Indonesia, the “Mariuccia Iacovino” orchestra and “Barra Mansa” orchestra from Brazil, The Baja California Orchestra in Mexico, The Azlo Orchestra, Tactus contemporary ensemble, The New York Chamber Ensemble, The Rebow ensemble of NY, The Metro Orchestra in NY, the WHCO among others.

He has participated in international festivals such as Cooperstown festival, Vale do Café, and Festival do Inverno do Petropolis in Brazil, The Mannes Guitar seminar and Long Island Guitar Festival in NY, “Wildthurn” in Munich, Germany, “Moment Musicaux” in Normandie, France, Festival EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. He has worked with prominent composers, including Alba Potes, “Prix de Rome” winner Juan Pablo Carreno, Kevin Purcell, Juan Pablo Contreras, Ricardo Calderoni, Reinaldo Moya, Francisco Zumaque, Juan Calderon, Ricardo Llorca, and Francisco Zumaque. and with conductors such as Bartholomeus Van de Velde, Solomon Tong, David Gilbert, Vince Lee, Michel Adelson, Laurine Fox, Alondra de la Parra, Chris Whittaker, and Eduardo Garcia Barrios. Nilko Andreas has appeared with Time Warner TV, RCN TV, Univision 41, Fox News, Cuny TV, HJUT, “W” Radio in Colombia, and WQXR in New York. He has recorded with Multiplatinum Artists.

Born in Colombia, Nilko Andreas has a great interest in the composers of Latin America, constantly commissioning and premiering new works. He premiered at Carnegie Hall “Tukanos” Concerto for guitar and orchestra by Alba Potes and Ricardo Calderoni’s “Concerto Chamaleon” as part of the “Amazonas Series.”

He is the founder of “Amazonas,” a series presented at Carnegie Hall since 2010, with a serious interest in raising awareness of environmental damage worldwide. He will perform the Villa-Lobos Guitar concerto at Carnegie Hall on May 25th, 2023. He was “Don Quixote” in the Musical “The Man of la Mancha” by Musical Theater Heritage. His passion for the work of Federico Garcia Lorca made him collaborate and write music for many Lorca. “La zapatera prodigiosa,” his score and collaboration with Grupo “Artificio Theater” led to rave reviews and awards, and more recently, he conceived and directed “Asi canta Federico,” a musical theater portrait of the life and work of Federico Garcia Lorca.

At age five, he began playing cello at the National Conservatory of Music in Bogota. He holds a BM and a Master of Music degree from The Manhattan School of Music in NY, where he graduated in classical guitar, composition, and orchestral conducting.

An accomplished educator, he has given master classes and conferences at distinguished universities such as Columbia University, the Mannes College of Music in New York, NYU, The Berkley School of Music, the French Alliance in Cartagena Universidad del Norte, Bellas Artes in Barranquilla, the Eafit University in Colombia. Campos dos Goytacases in Brazil, the University of Jakarta, Indonesia, and Redes 2025 in Tijuana, Mexico, and Sookmyung College of Music in Seoul, Korea, and others.

He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Latin American Chamber Music Society of New York and the Artistic Director at AZLO productions. www.nilkoandreas.com

CHRISTINE GROSSMAN, VIOLIST

Born to a musical family and raised in New York City, Christine Grossman began playing the violin at the age of five, piano at the age of ten, and viola at sixteen. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in viola performance from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang. Past teachers also include Roberto Diaz, Karen Ritscher, Patti Kopec, Isaac Malkin, and Dorothy Roffman.

Before moving to Kansas City, Ms. Grossman previously held positions with the Pacific Symphony in Southern California, Delaware Symphony, and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. She has also performed as a substitute violist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Grossman was formerly in the California Quartet, based in San Diego. Other performances and festival appearances include the Portland Chamber Music Festival (ME), Laguna Beach Music Festival (CA), Great Lakes Music Festival (MI), Festival Mozaic (CA), Emerald City Music Festival (WA), Breckenridge Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and Missouri River Festival of the Arts in Boonville, MO.

Ms. Grossman served as the Principal Violist with the Kansas City Symphony from 2008 until 2019. She enjoyed several solo appearances with the orchestra, including Berlioz’ Harold in Italy, an arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody featuring solo viola as Freddie Mercury, and most recently, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, with Concertmaster Noah Geller.

Ms. Grossman was the viola professor at the International Center for Music at Park University in Parkville, MO, from 2013 until 2019. She continues to teach violin and viola privately in Kansas City.

In January 2018, Ms. Grossman was featured as an “Artist to Watch” in KC Studio Magazine. Recent collaborations include performances with Ensemble Iberica in Kansas City, Ecco Chamber Orchestra (based in New York City), and the Nu Deco Ensemble in Miami, FL.

Matt Hopper and Charles Gatschet, Jazz guitarists In Concert

Matt Hopper and Charles Gatschet Duo Live In Concert

Matt Hopper is a guitarist based in Kansas City. A passionate performer and music educator, Matt has been performing music professionally for 20 years in jazz, rock, and Brazilian styles. With a vast repertoire of jazz and pop standards as well as his original tunes, Matt works in a wide variety of settings. From solo guitar performances to full bands, Matt’s music sets a tone that brings people together.

Matt started playing guitar at 12 years old. At 17, he began studying jazz guitar under Danny Embrey. Then, at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, he studied jazz guitar with Rod Fleeman and classical guitar with Douglas Niedt. Matt is now a mainstay of the Kansas City music scene and teaches private guitar lessons to students of all levels and ages.

Kansas City guitarist Charles Gatschet started guitar lessons at age 11 with Rich Andrews and later studied with Steve Cardenas, Rod Fleeman, and Danny Embrey. Gatschet also studied theory and arranging with John Elliott and classical guitar with Douglas Niedt. Gatschet writes, “I came to KC in my teens looking for the remaining Kansas City be-bop culture, and I found them. Claude Williams, Step-Buddy Anderson, Carmel Jones, Richard Ross, and many other great Kansas City musicians welcomed me, hired me to play with them, and treated me with respect. For that, I am very grateful. I consider myself to be a jazz guitarist from KC.”

Aleia González and Dr. Ramiro Miranda – Classical Guitar and Violin

Guitarist Aleia González and Violinist Dr. Ramiro Miranda, both originally from Paraguay, team up to give us an exciting afternoon of music!

Aleia González holds a Master of Music degree in guitar performance from UMKC. As a performance artist, she is constantly seeking opportunities to collaborate with singers and instrumentalists of the Kansas City area. Part of this personal initiative include performances for the Casual Concert Series of the Kansas City Guitar Society, participation in new music concerts by fellow UMKC composers, and collaborations with ensembles such as KC VITAs. Similarly, she always tries to include the music from her home country, Paraguay, in her concert repertoire. Currently, education plays an essential role in Aleia’s musical life: she teaches guitar at Washburn University, Rockhurst University, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Americana Music Academy, and Palen Music Center.

A native of Asunción, Paraguay, Dr. Ramiro Miranda is on the faculty of Emporia State University.

Miranda came to the United States to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance at Pittsburg State University. Miranda holds Master’s degrees from Illinois State University in violin performance and orchestral conducting, and a Doctoral in Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including first place in the Rosa Mistica violin competition in Brazil in the year 2000, and a grant from Illinois State University’s Friends of the Arts for a full production of Igor Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale. He gives recitals and lectures for string teachers and students in Paraguay, and oversees the exchange of international faculty with Escuela Musical Miranda, one of the top music schools in Paraguay. Ramiro has appeared with orchestras, chamber groups, and as a violin soloist in the United States, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Ramiro has conducted several orchestras at the collegiate level, including the recent performances of Mark Adamo’s acclaimed opera “Little Women” and Mozart’s “Cosí fan Tutte” with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Opera program, and youth orchestras in Kansas, Paraguay and Argentina.

Michael McClintock and Adam Schlozman, guitars with John Currey, percussion

Jazz Guitarists Michael McClintock and Adam Schlozman with Percussionist John Currey in concert!

Michael McClintock graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City Music Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in classical guitar performance in 2006. At the Conservatory, Michael studied under the classical guitarist Douglas Niedt. Since then, Michael has performed with an independent Flamenco group, Alma Flamenca, which played in the Kansas City area and toured throughout the Midwest. He has performed with Kansas City jazz masters such as Shay Estes, Rod Fleeman, Matt Otto, and Stan Kessler and with Ensemble Iberica playing music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and the colonial Americas. And Michael and his wife, Dálida T. Pupo Barrios, created their cultural project, “Cubanisms,” trying to spread the Cuban culture in the USA

Adam Schlozman is Adjunct Instructor of the UMKC Conservatory Jazz Guitar and Rhythm Section Lab. He is a guitarist from Kansas City, MO, where he performs in many facets of the city’s music scene spanning jazz, funk, hip-hop, and electronic music. After attending the UMKC Conservatory, he began regularly performing and recording with Kansas City talents Eddie Moore, Brad Cox, Marcus Lewis Big Band, and The Project H. Adam has played with legendary artists Bobby Watson, Benny Green, Bill Cunliffe, and Joe Chambers. Adam is also a freelance session guitarist and his work can be heard in the 2019 documentary Big Fur, as well as in the 2018 horror film Cam on Netflix.

John Currey holds an undergraduate degree in music from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He earned his master’s degree in percussion performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He taught for more than sixteen years for the Conservatory’s Community Music & Dance Academy. In addition to his directing duties with Marimba Sol de Chiapas marimba band and his World Worship Music suite of ensembles, John was an Original Cast Member for KC Union Station’s Sticks of Thunder, is percussionist for Kansas City Brassworks, he plays cajon and percussion for the Flamenco dance and music ensemble FlamencKCMO, is a member of Tri-Percussion, he plays drums/percussion for Ensemble Iberica, is timbalero/percussionist for Cubanisms salsa band, and is drummer for classic country’s Slim Hanson and the Poor Choices