Billy Newman

Solo guitar (jazz and Brazilian)

BillyNewmanBilly Newman’s musicality, virtuosity, sensitivity, and versatility on guitar are nothing short of awesome. How often do you find a guitarist who can play a full evening solo and never run out of material or style? Whether performing American jazz standards, or material from his vast Brazilian repertoire, or popular or classical favorites, Billy is the epitome of guitar excellence.  He performs solo, as well as with his Brazilian ensemble and his jazz ensemble.

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Billy’s background includes studies in classical and jazz performance, composition, theory and improvisation, as well as percussion, with some of the finest, including Dennis Koster, Vanderlei Pereira, Tiberio Nascimento, Dennis Sandole, and Hal Galper.

Today, in addition to performing, he is a teacher himself, at the American Institute of Guitar, as well as giving private lessons in Brazilian guitar, jazz and improvisation.

He has lived for several periods in Brazil and returns regularly to Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife to perform, research and study various forms of Brazilian music (from samba and choro, to northeastern rhythms like frevo and baião), with masters like Hermeto Pascoal, Roberto Sion, Rodrigo Lessa, Rogerio Souza, Carlinhos Leite, and many of Brazil’s top contemporary ensembles.

In 2002 he spent several weeks researching and sitting in on choro performances in the clubs of Rio with Rogerio Souza, Celsinho and Ronaldo do Bandolim among others.

Performance:

Cultural venues and museums:
Guggenheim Museum “Worldbeat” series (with Rob Curto)
The 3rd Street Music Settlement concerts (Quartet with Rob Curto)
Bloomfield Harvest Festival (3 successive years)
Queens Libraries performance series
Played cavaquinho with the Julliard Orchestra for the Summergarden Series of the Museum of Modern Art
The Jewish Museum (duo with Vanderlei Perreira)
Conservatory of Music of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil)
The Brooklyn Museum of Art “First Saturdays” program
Museum of the City of New York
Museu del Barrio

College performances and talk/workshops:
Brooklyn College (duo with violin: music of Bach, Piazzolla and Gnatalli)
Columbia University (duo with classical vocalist: show on Iberian and Iberian-influenced music)
Marymount College (duo with Rob Curto)
St. Josephs College, Brooklyn
City College of New York

With dancers:
P.S. 122 Dancespace: solo guitar for Brazilian Tap Dance
Fred Darsow Dance Company at The KITCHEN
Bill T. Douglas Dancers with Billy Newman Quartet at Douglas Dunn Performance Space

Other:

Billy has performed solo and with ensemble at numerous New York City clubs and restaurants, including Blue Water Grill, Park Avalon, Club Tatou, China Club, B. Smith’s, and many more.

He is highly sought after for private and corporate events

He has participated in many performances for the New York City Parks Department and the Brooklyn Arts Council including Central Park, Governors Island, Marine Park, Prospect Park, Coney Island Boardwalk

He regularly performs for children’s shows throughout New York with singer/storyteller Alison DeSalvo (music for children, folksongs from around the world)

He regularly performs in shows for Hospital Audiences Inc. (HAI) throughout the New York City Shelter System, mental hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes

In 2001 he participated in the Gospel/Jazz Broadway Performance with singers and choir in a musical for Organization to Stop the Violence against Children

From 1997 to 2000 he had a regular solo guitar gig at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre

In 1997 he performed frequently at the Internet Café performance space with his Brazilian Jazz Trio

Composer/Author:

Soundtrack to short film by Dwight Smith “Now Run and Tell That”

Author of “Guitar Atlas: Brazil” with 5 original compositions and all original etudes/exercises, published by Alfred Music with international Distribution.

Author of many original compositions performed in shows at Izzy Bar, 92nd Street Y, Brooklyn Museum, 3rd Street Music Settlement, Den of Cin, many more.

A CD of original music is in production.

Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
Phone: 212.724.2400
E-Mail: music.inquiry@cantaloupeproductions.com

Solo:

• Refem de Solidão:

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• Caboré:

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• Sons de Carilhões:

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Brazilian Ensemble:

• Canto de Ossanha:

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• Loro:

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Jazz Ensemble:

• Like Someone In Love:

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• There’ll Never Be Another You:

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