Fall 2014

The members of our faculty will be more than teachers. They’ll be your mentors, your collaborators, and help you work your way up in the music industry. Being experienced and talented professionals in their field—they bring a thorough knowledge of music to the classroom that comes from a rich professional background in the music industry. The coolest thing about the faculty at Sam is the melange of Carnatic music and western music that they will introduce to your musical sensibilities. You’ll find yourself transferring their influences to your ensemble rehearsals, performances, recording sessions, and gigs.

Ric FierabracciRic Fierabracci


Multiple Grammy nominee, bassist, composer and producer Ric Fierabracci has performed, recorded and run the gamut for artists like Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Gary Husband, Dean Brown, Steve Smith, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mitchel Forman, Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, Stanley Clarke, Brett Garsed, Phil Turcio,

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Parker McAllisterParker McAllister


Parker McAllister, an award-winning touring and recording bassist based in New York City, who is equally proficient on upright and electric bass and adroit in performing jazz, Latin, rhythm & blues, rock, pop, and gospel genres. Touring regularly with internationally acclaimed Grammy-nominated Sweet Honey in the Rock, McAllister is also the newest member of the

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Veronica NunesVeronica Nunes


Native of Rio de Janeiro, singer Veronica Nunes, daughter of a classical pianist, grew up in a musical environment listening to traditional Brazilian styles such as samba, choro and classical music. Since the age of fifteen Veronica has been singing and performing professionally.…

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Ricardo VogtRicardo Vogt


With a Brazilian groove that will catch anyone’s attention, Ricardo Vogt is grabbing everyone’s ears. Born in Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil, Vogt was fortunate to grow up surrounded by music. Enthralled by the sounds of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina, it wan’t any surprise at all that this young talent took a liking to Bossa Nova, samba, and the guitar…

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Jovol BellJovol Bell


Jovol Bell is a native of the city of Angleton in the “big” state of Texas. This young, fresh, soulful, and unique drummer has a sound that is just as big as the state he hails from. Jovol started playing drums at the age of 5 in church. His formal study of music and introduction to Jazz began at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas at age 18 in 1998 under the leadership of Professor Richard Birk…

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Ed DegenaroEd Degenaro


Ed first studied Cello but quickly moved on to guitar. He received a degree in performance and teaching at the German National Conservatory of Music in Nurenberg. Ed’s unique mix of Heavy Metal and Bebop Jazz styles and his masterful shredding earned him comparisons to other guitar heroes like Steve Vai, Frank Gambale and Scott Henderson…

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Sreyas NarayanunSreyas Narayanun


Sreyas Narayanun, who was earlier known as C. B. Ramanarayanan is a Carnatic vocalist of outstanding merit and has been giving concerts in prestigious concert halls in India and abroad. He is an ‘A’ grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Chennai. Blessed with a deep, resonant voice which can traverse all the three octaves with complete ease and also clearly communicate the musical ideas conceptualised, his musical ideas of earned a special place in the innumerable rasikas.…

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Umayalpuram MaliUmayalpuram Mali


He is a popular mrudhangam player who learnt from Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer and Umayalpuram Sivaraman. He is acknowledged as one of the most accommodative accompanists in the classical music scene and has played with stalwarts like Veena S. Balachandar, Thanjavur S. Kalyanaraman, Flute T. Viswanathan, T. Muktha, Thanjavur Sankara Iyer, Prof. T.N. Seshagopalan Neyveli Santhagopalan and other reputed names…

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 Scott SeeligScott Seelig


Born in the United States, multi-instrumentalist and studio-wiz Scott Seelig studied classical piano and the guitar. While attending Berklee College of Music, Scott focused on songwriting and music production. Scott spent another year in Boston playing keyboards, guitar and recording with the band “The Living Daylight” and became the live sound engineer at the..

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Ujjayinee RoyUjjayinee Roy


Ujjayinee Roy is a singer, song writer, composer and writer from Chennai, India. She has been the voice behind numerous songs in Tamil, Hindi, Telegu, Malayalam and Kannada films and has worked with the likes of A R Rahman, Illayaraja, Sajid – Wajid, Devi Sree Prasad, Yuvan Shankar Raja and MG Sreekumar among other popular music directors all over the country…

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