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Genil Castro

Jazz Guitar Master

Studies: Genil Castro started to play in 1981, he studied with the great Bossa Nova guitar player Sidney Barros ( Gamela). During the period of 1983/84 Genil enrolled Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California where he attended workshops and seminars by Lenny Breau, Howard Roberts, Mick Goodrick, Joe Diorio, Ron Eschete, Joe Pass, Tommy Tedesco, Larry Coryell and Moacir Santos. He also attended seminars by Joe Diorio in Brazil in 1985, 1989 and 1995. Licensed in music education by University of Brasília, Genil has a Masters Degree in Musicology, with the thesis: “What chord is that? Plurality: the creative process of resignification of melodic and harmonic structures” Performance: Influenced by Lenny Breau and Bill Evans Genil follows the tradition of the ‘electric lap piano” utilising artificial harmonics to expand the harmonic palette of the instrument. Genil played concerts, and/or recorded TV programs with João Donato, Hamilton de Holanda, Toninho Horta, Joe Diorio, Jeff Andrews, Don Burrows, Phil DeGreg, Lula Galvão, Nelson Faria and many others. He recorded the CD CircumAmbulation in 2009. Teaching: Genil teaches the following classes: guitar, history of the guitar and performance at CEP/EMB Escola de Música de Brasília since 1999. He gave seminars in various festivals across the country. Since 2006 he teaches online lessons to students from different continents. Genil Castro's approach to jazz is comfortable for any level of guitarist.  He has a unique ability to teach difficult concepts in a simple way.
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