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Gene Bertoncini and Melissa Stylianou

Union Arts Center

Friday, September 8, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Gene Bertoncini and Melissa Stylianou

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General Admission Sep 8, 2017 $20.00 $1.99

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Native New Yorker, Gene Bertoncini, appears with vocalist Melissa Stylianou with music from American Song Book and some Brazilian repertoire, as well. This duo makes beautiful music together, with sparkling rapport and originality.  Don't miss this intimate celebration of jazz!

“It seems that only beautiful sounds emanate from Gene Bertoncini’s guitar.” — The New Yorker

"(Stylianou) settles into a spellbinding groove that advances her to the forefront of contemporary vocalists, rivaling the storytelling élan of Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon." --Jazz Times

Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme. The Washington Post proclaimed his solo appearance in New York City the best jazz concert of 1999. His cd, “Someone to Light Up My Life” which features his own arrangements of the compositions of the great bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, won international raves. Brazilian critics' and listeners' polls also named him the best acoustic jazz guitarist. Bertoncini honed his professional chops as a member of the Tonight Show band during Johnny Carson’s tenure, and he has worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michael Legrand and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In addition to an active performing and recording schedule, Gene teaches at the Eastman School of Music and William Patterson University.  Gene was nominated as the best jazz guitarist of the year ('09) by the New York Jazz Press Association. On January 20th, 2017, Gene Bertoncini received a distinguished award from the University of Notre Dame honoring his achievements in the performing arts.

"Bertoncini belongs on the short list of guitarists who are equally unique and versatile...a superb stylist."  -- JazzTimes

Jazz singer Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts from her native Toronto to her adopted home of New York City, from intimate club residencies to top festival stages.  The New Yorker has described Stylianou as “an affecting jazz singer with a taste for choice material,” and her previous albums have seen the vocalist put a personal spin on songs from Björk and Joanna Newsom to Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, not to mention her own lovely original compositions.  Stylianou has had a residency at 55 Bar in Manhattan’s West Village since 2008, and has also long been a member of Ike Sturm’s ensemble Evergreen, singing original jazz settings of sacred music at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan. She has been the featured vocalist with Gregg Bendian’s Mahavishnu Project, dedicated to performing the music of John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Stylianou has sung on the most prestigious stages, from Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, Blue Note, Birdland and Jazz Standard to Smoke, Sweet Rhythm, Iridium, Cutting Room and Cornelia Street Café. Having earned a glowing reputation among the most discerning audiences, critics and peers, she has performed with such top jazz talents as Matt Wilson, Joel Frahm, Anat Cohen, Bruce Barth,Gary Versace, Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas, Pete McCann, Chris Lightcap, Cameron Brown, Linda Oh, John Hart, Keith Ganz, Mark Ferber, Orlando le Fleming and Gene Bertoncini, as well as with Helen Sung’s Sung With Words project, Joe Phillips’ large ensemble Numinous, Premik Russell Tubbs’ Bangalore Breakdown, the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra and the David Schumacher Group. Stylianou also teaches Music Together classes to young children, as well as voice at the 92nd Street Y.

“Melissa has it all – a gorgeous instrument, superb musicianship and great taste.” - Grammy-nominated pianist, Fred Hersch

 

Doors open at 7pm with beer and wine for purchase. Advance price tickets on sale until 12pm the day of the performance.  Free parking is available at the municipal lot at Depot Square (no permit needed).  Quincy Hall at Union Arts Center is not handicapped accessible.

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Union Arts Center
2 Union Street
Sparkill, NY 10976

Friday, September 8, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)


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