Spring 2015

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.

Brian Metreyeon

Brian Metreyeon (USA)


Brian Metreyeon is a 1999 Graduate of Musician Institute’s Guitar Program and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from California State University, Chico in 2002.  While at Musicians Institute he studied privately with Brett Garsed and Dan Gilbert, learned from Scott Henderson, and played extensively in numerous styles, such as Funk, Fusion, Acid Jazz, Jazz, and Rock. While working towards his degree at Chico State University he studied classical guitar and gigged extensively throughout Northern California with the Funk/Rock/R&B band Soul Maze.

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STEVE ZERLIN USASteve Zerlin (USA)


Steve “Z-man” Zerlin is a brilliant and versatile bassist, fluent in many styles. He is accomplished as a jazz musician on both electric and acoustic bass and is well versed in Eastern modalities having adapted the bass guitar to perform nuances of Indian music. He has toured India, Europe and extensively throughout the USA and performed with many top artists including Dennis Chambers, Carl Filipiak, Jack DeJohnette, Paul McCandless……

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Ed DeGenaro Germany

Ed DeGenaro (Germany)


Multi-Platinum certified Ed DeGenaro has worked on “both sides of the glass” for the last 30 years. 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. Besides his experience as a well known Fusion guitarist, staff composer at Warner Chapell and recording artist for EMI, Atlantic and Atco records…

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Natalie John USA

Natalie John (USA)


Natalie John is one of the finest young talents to emerge in recent years in the highly competitive and world class New York Jazz scene. A native of Marin County, California, Natalie was classically trained at a very young age. She was soon drawn towards Jazz and joined the music program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where studied with such luminaries as Russ Ferrante, Shelly Berg, Alan Pasqua, Bill Watrous and others.Natalie was awarded the prestigious John Coltrane Foundation Scholarship……

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Karina Colis Mexico

Karina Colis (Mexico)


Karina Vazquez Colis is truly one the world’s most promising talents in New York City. In addition to her skills as a drummer and percussionist, she is also an accomplished singer. Her musical work is characterized by a diversity of rhythms and styles, combining the roots of various European and Latin/South American traditions with elements of Jazz, Afro Cuban,Fusion and Pop…

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 Sreyas Narayanun India

Sreyas Narayanun (India)


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 three octaves, his musical ideas of earned a special place in the innumerable rasikas…

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Umayalpuram Mali India

Umayalpuram Mali (India)


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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Carolina Calvache Colombia)

Carolina Calvache (Colombia)


Carolina is a New York City based pianist who has played and collaborated with musicians
such as Antonio Sanchez, Jaleel Shaw, Michael Rodriguez, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Ludwig Afonso, John Elis, Linda Oh, Hans Glawishing, Rodrigo Recabarren, Ross Pederson, Petros Klampanis, Uri Gurvish, Roman Filiu, Rodney Green, Ricky Rodriguez, amount others.
Her Debut album Sotareño, released on Sunny Side Records in 2014, reflects her traditional roots from Colombia with elements of modern jazz….

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Ujjayinee Roy India

Ujjayinee Roy (India)


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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