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The Giosa Brothers Featuring Frank Varela and Rudi Weeks

April 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Morgan Giosa is a blues guitarist and visual artist from Windsor, Connecticut.  From an early age, Morgan was raised around music and the arts. Many of Morgan’s friends and peers are gigging musicians. As  such, Morgan has naturally discovered his own passion in blues guitar and the visual arts through this  frequent exposure to creativity. 

A self described “old soul”, Morgan feels his music is most rooted in inspiration from the electric  psychedelic blues of the 1960s (artists such as Michael Bloomfield and Jimi Hendrix are among his  favorites), as well as influenced by the greatest electric bluesmen of all time (particularly B.B. King  and Albert King, two of his favorite musicians). 

Morgan is on the autism spectrum, and has completed a documentary with his local public access TV  station, Win-TV, about the trials and triumphs experienced in his unique life, with an overwhelming  emphasis on and showcase of Morgan’s achievements in the realms of music, visual art and technology. More information on this film can be found at the following links: outsidetheboxdocumentary.com or  www.facebook.com/outsidetheboxdocumentary 

Frank Varela attended Berklee School of Music and is an accomplished guitar player and composer. Early on he was awarded a scholarship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been favorably reviewed in nationally renowned “Jazz Improv” Magazine and he has played and composed music for six published CD recordings including 2 Mystery Feet CD’s. The first one, entitled “Walk the Walk” includes performances with jazz guitar great Larry Coryell. Frank also had the opportunity to record with drummers Lenny White (Miles Davis, Chick Corea) and Joel Rosenblatt (SpyroGyra) on the latest release entitled “Upstream”.

Frank has also performed and recorded with such greats as Jimmy McGriff, Max Roach, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith and Windham Hill Grammy winner, violinist, Darol Anger. He released a CD of original music under his own name entitled “Grandma’s Revenge”.

Frank Varela also has a solo DVD, “Rare Footage” where he plays guitar and bass simultaneously.”

Alex Giosa is a drummer/percussionist from Windsor, Connecticut. He is currently a substitute  drummer for the Broadway show, Hamilton: An American Musical. In addition, he has performed at the Kennedy Center in  Washington D.C., playing the drum kit for their Center Stages production of In The Heights.To this day, Alex has performed in over 40 local and regional musical theater works.  Alex is  also employed by Anadrés as a drum tech and audio engineer, where he has worked on tracks for Bob  Ezrin and Raul Midon. 

Alex became interested in the drums at an early age and began studying rudimental snare drum at age  6. By the time he was in high school, Alex was playing with his school’s wind ensemble, orchestra,  marching band, jazz band, his own rock band, his town’s summer theater, and studying audio  engineering. Alex attended CREC’s Center for Creative Youth on the campus of  Wesleyan University and studied in the community division of the Hartt School of Music before  enrolling in Western Connecticut State University as a classical percussion major.  

Alex is incredibly grateful for the support from his family, his wife, and his dog, Sammy. He’d also like to thank everyone who has taken the time to teach him the craft of music, including Freddy Bocchino,  Larry Malon, Rich Shonty, Dr. Murray Mast, Frank Hooper, Noah Baerman, Gene Bozzi, Doug Maher,  Brooks Kay, David Smith, Patrick Smith, Tommy Dest, Idalberto Perdomo, and Andrés Forero.”

Rudi Weeks has been a professional musician and teacher of music for over fourty five years. He has performed with such 60s greats as The Contours, The Crests, and Ronnie Spector, and Folk and Bluegrass legends Tom Paxton and Tony Trischka. He also toured internationally with the Dirty Dancing Concert Tour.

His extensive freelance performance and recording experience includes projects with over thirty ensembles, performing styles that range from classical, big band swing, jazz, Latin jazz, to world beat, R&B, funk, and rock.

He served as a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Performing Arts Division and as an adjunct bass faculty member for Amherst College. He currently teaches at Holyoke Community College Music Department, Downtown Sounds in Northampton MA, Guitar Center in West Springfield and at his home. He is a 20yr veteran of the popular Motown group Souled Out (currently called Center Stage)/ Magic of Motown/ Motor City Magic, and a 26 year veteran of the highly acclaimed Andean influenced world music group, Viva Quetzal.

Details

Date:
April 23
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Venue

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT
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Phone:
(860) 347-4957

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