Summer 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.

Fabio GodevaFabio Gouvea (Brazil)


Guitarist and acoustic guitarist, Fabio Gouvea started his professional musical career in 2002, at the age of 22, year in which he joined the famed Trio Curupira, and has played and worked with this group since then. Pursuing an intense and prolific musical journey alongside drummer Cleber Almeida and pianist Andre Marques, Trio Curupira has recorded three CDs, the third of which was nominated for a Latin Grammy, besides appearing on numerous festivals in Brazil and abroad. At the same time, Fabio Gouvea was able to establish a solid career for himself in the Brazilian instrumental music scene by sharing the stage with such great artists as Hermeto Pascoal, ….

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Alex Kautz (Brazil)


Known for his sensitivity, musicality and touch, Alex has found a unique musical voice as a result of his passion for jazz, world music and his natural Brazilian influence. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Alex first went to Berklee College of Music to study a Degree in Professional Music and them moved to NY to study a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance in Queens College. Since his arrival in NY Alex has had the opportunity to work with many great musicians such as Tim Ries, Robert Rodriguez, Mike Rodriguez, Paul Bollenback, Phil Dwyer, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Magos Herrera, Helio Alves, Leonardo Cioglia, Mike Moreno, Roland Guerin among others.

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Ed DeGenaroEd 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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Magos Herrera (Mexico)


Born in Mexico City, the deep and captivating performer, Magos Herrera is considered one of the most beautiful voices and the most active vocalist of the contemporary Latin American jazz scene.

 The grammy nominee for best vocal jazz, Immensely popular throughout Mexico and Latin America, a dazzling accomplished singer-songwriter known for her beguiling rhythmic scatting…

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Felipe Brisola

Felipe Brisola (Brazil)


Originally from São Paulo, bassist Felipe Brisola initiated his musical studies at ‘Conservatório Dr. Carlos de Campos’ in Tatuí, earning his degree in Brazilian Popular Music/Jazz in 2005. In 2007 he was invited to join the faculty at the ‘Conservatório’, teaching acoustic and electric bass classes until the present time.

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S.KarthickDr. S. Karthick (India)


One of the most recognizable ghatam artists in the world today, Karthick has earned an international reputation for his path-breaking work in Carnatic music and in Crossover music. He studied for many years with the legendary ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram. Karthick has performed and recorded with every major Carnatic artist, done sessions work with film composers like A.R. Rahman, Harris Jayaraj and others, and done numerous collaborative projects with French Pianist Ariane Gray Hubert and others…

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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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