John T. LaBarbera
John T. La Barbera
is a composer, arranger, guitarist, mandolinist, and author whose
expertise in Italian traditional music has made him a valuable resource
for both film and theater directors. Awarded for his extraordinary role
in the transmission and translation of Italian oral traditions from The
Italian Oral History Institute, La Barbera is recognized as a pioneer
in reviving Southern Italian folk music and one of the first
transcribers of it in America. He is the author of the first and
foremost Italian mandolin book Traditional Southern Italian Mandolin
and Fiddle Tunes, and Italian Folk Music For Mandolin with Mel Bay
Publications and currently on their best sellers list.
Awards and Commissions: The Jerome Foundation, Lincoln Center for the
Performing Arts, The Martin Gruss Foundation and the New York State
Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, ASCAP. Film scores include the
Academy Award Nominated feature documentary: Children of Fate (1992)
nominated for best Documentary feature in the 1994 Academy Awards and
winner of the 1993 Sundance Film Festival; Finding The Motherload:
Italian Immigrants in California, (2014); Sister Italy (2013); Sacco
and Vanzetti (2006), won the 2007 John E. O’Connor Film award, the
annual prize for the best historical film awarded by the American
Historical Association; Pane Amaro (2006), won critical acclaim in both
Italy and the U.S.; Tarantella, (1995) starring Mira Sorvino and La
Festa (1995). He appears together with legendary singer Jimmy Roselli
in the Italian and American film about the Neapolitan song, Neapolitan
Heart- Cuore Napolitano (2002). Off-Broadway composer and musical
director credits include: Souls of Naples, starring John Turturro.
Original folk operas include: Stabat Mater: Donna di Paradiso; The
Voyage of the Black Madonna; The Dance of the Ancient Spider and The
Adventuers of Don Giovanni and Pulcinella.
He holds a M.M. from William Paterson University and a B.M. from The
Hartt School of Music. He is currently an adjuct professor at the
Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey and artist in residence
at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (Katonah, NY). His music
has been recorded on Shanachie records, Meadowlark, Rounder Records,
Lyrichord Disks, Ellipsis Arts, and Bribie records.
Highly regarded UK mandolinist Marc Woodward was born in New York in
1961 and grew up listening to a mixture of American folk music,
Sinatra, and the British blues boom of the '60s. He started playing the
mandolin in his early teens and studied with Tommy Jackson, a regular
London sessions mandolinist, contemporary of Hugo D'Alton and an ex
member of Troise's Mandoliers.
He started performing in public at the tender age of fifteen,
frequenting the numerous folk, jazz and blues clubs in Kent, Sussex and
London. One club "La Tepide" was run by an early hero of Marc's, the
late bluegrass mandolinist Andy Townend of Orange Blossom Special and
The Echo Mountain Boys fame.
By the age of seventeen, while still at school, Marc was performing
seven nights a week with his musician father, appearing at venues
ranging from upmarket places such as The Connaught Rooms in London, The
Grand Hotel in Brighton and Henley Regatta, to nightclubs in Belgium,
Dutch Hotels and Florida Tiki bars!
In 1986 Marc moved to the South West where he has become an established
performer at clubs, art centres, theatres and festivals. He has worked
with such luminaries as John Renbourn, Wizz Jones, Peter Rowan and the
late Jo Ann Kelly, has supported Paul Jones and Dave Kelly (The Blues
Band), Hank Wangford, Ralph McTell, The Oyster Band, Edward II, and has
taught mandolin workshops with Simon Mayor and Nigel Woodhouse.
Marc currently performs in various ensembles including his own jazz
quintet Bluemando (see below), and fronts a bluegrass band "The
Bluegrass Flyers" who have played at major UK bluegrass festivals
including Edale and Didmarton. Much of the material they perform has
been written by Marc.
Marc has recently released his long-awaited first CD Bluemando - which
features an eclectic mix of blues, jazz and original music and songs,
and follows up on the considerable interest raised by his performances
on the Comando CD projects (available through mandolincafe.com). Marc's
unique and assured style in many genres reflects the wealth of musical
influences he has encountered.
Bluemando, Marc Woodward
This first solo CD includes three tracks previously released in the US
on the Co-mando mandolin compilation CDs, some evocative original songs
and a number of sparkling blues numbers that show why Marc has become
renowned as the UK's leading blues mandolinist. A must for all lovers
of the mandolin and the blues!
'A musician at the top of his class.... As a mandolin player you might
be listening to every note thinking "How does he do that?" Don't. Pour
yourself a whisky, put your feet up and just absorb Marc's relaxing
rhythms. Recommended.' mandolinking.org.net Dec.2003
As director of CCMC, the New England Mandolin Ensemble and Boston Mandolins,
draws on both improvisational and composed musical forms. August is an
Emmy-award winning composer, mandolinist and guitarist with more than
25 years of performance and composition experience in varied styles. He
has performed and presented clinics in Germany, Italy, England, the
Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States. He maintains a regular
schedule of private and public performances spanning classical, jazz
and traditional folk styles, and has appeared at local, regional and
international festivals and conferences including the Joe Val Bluegrass
Festival (Boston), the Classical Mandolin Society of America, the International Association of Jazz Educators, the J.D.
Crowe Bluegrass Festival (Kentucky), and the European World of
Bluegrass (Czech Republic).
August is a Professor of Ear Training
at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he teaches Ear Training
and the New Acoustic Music Ensemble. He has previously taught Berklee
classes in improvisation, harmony, arranging, sightreading, and private
lessons in mandolin. Education: Master of Music, Boston University, major in Music
Education. Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of
Music, Summa cum Laude, major in Jazz Composition. Master of Music Education, Boston University.
Shana Aisenberg is a prize-winning mandolinist as well as a nationally
acclaimed acoustic multi-instrumentalist; composing, playing and
teaching diverse styles from traditional Appalachian, Celtic and
New England contradance music to eastern European Klezmer,
Balkan, Scandinavian, bottleneck blues and jazz. Shana plays a
wide array of stringed instruments including mandolin, mandola,
bouzouki, mandocello, acoustic guitar, lap steel, fiddle, 5
string banjo and fretted dulcimer.
performed concerts, coffeehouses and festivals nationwide, and is
a popular workshop teacher at some of the nation's best-known
acoustic music camps. Shana has recorded 5 solo albums, most
recently Metamorphosis and Desert Winds and has
produced, engineered and played on over 30 recordings by other
acoustic artists, three of which have won Indie Awards from
NAIRD. Shana has composed music for PBS documentaries, written
guitar and mandolin instruction books for Mel Bay Publications
and numerous other musicians have performed and recorded Shana's
tunes. In 1981 Shana was a triple winner at The Walnut Valley
National Flatpicking Championships, Winfield, KS in fingerstyle
guitar, mandolin and fretted dulcimer.
Woods grew up in a musical family, and began studying piano
at the age of 5. Beverly has been performing professionally since
1972, with an eclectic and ever-growing collection of acoustic
instruments, including mandolin, bouzouki, hammered dulcimer,
tsimbl, piano, accordions, 6- and 7-string guitars, autoharp,
fretted dulcimer, folk harp, concertina, nyckelharpa, tenor
banjo, and hurdy-gurdy. She has studied the traditions of these
instruments extensively, and has a natural and accessible way of
making them understandable to students.
many years a well-known street performer in Boston, Beverly now
performs mostly in New Hampshire with her partner, Shana Austen,
and in various ensembles. Beverly also provides music for film
and multimedia presentations, festivals and events of all kinds,
New England contradancing, and international folk dance, and is a
popular workshop leader. Beverly has released a number of
recordings, most recently Balance On Air with hammered
dulcimer player David Neiman.