Billy Newman has played JazzBrazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 16 years. He has actively taught both fingerstyle and pick guitar for the last 12 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music and currently available. He now offers online lessons via skype as well as in his private studio. Playing credits include many museums and clubs in the NY area including Museum of Modern ArtMuseum of the City of NY and an extended stay at the Guggenheim museum in the Summer of 2000. Also he has been in the Brooklyn Museum concert series with his group Afinidades Bronx Libraries Brooklyn College and the Jewish Museum in trio and duo setting with great Percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. He has performed in Brazil as well most recently in the South of Brazil in April 2007 receiving TV and radio coverage. He has also done workshops and performed at the Conservatory of the state of Pernambuco. In August 2004 he performed weekly at Rio Scenarium in Rio de Janeiro. His Band Brooklyn Brazil Bop has played at Joe's Pub as well as Central Park Festival. His band the Brazilian Acoustic ensemble performs periodically at 'Barbes' an important performance space in Brooklyn NY. 2007 he gave a successful jazz workshop and concert in the city of Florianopolis Brazil. Billy has been awarded 3 prestigious composer's residencies 2006 - Yaddo and 2007 - The MacDowell Colony. He was featured on the PBS newshour during his residence at MacDowell. 2008 he was awarded another MacDowell residency and followed this with a 3 hour appearance presenting his compositions live on WKCR Jazz Radio Billy regularly plays in many venues around NY in Jazz trio settings as well as with Brazilian vocalists and instrumentalists. He also specializes in solo guitar and can double on percussion(pandeiro) and cavaquinho. Recently in 2007 Billy was often found playing solo at the St. Regis has been performing in 2005-2007 with his bands The Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble and Brooklyn Brazil Bop. Billy just completed a CD of his original music. He has also embarked on a study of the 7 string guitar and is now playing this instrument in the group 'The Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble'.
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