As a highly trained professional, with over twenty years of performance expertise, Vito Genna has been playing guitar since the age of twelve. His studies included classical guitar with William Zito and flamenco guitar with Dennis Koster and earned his degree in Music from Hofstra University. Vito also has extensively studied flamenco culture and continues to explore various flamenco palo/forms as well as cante, baile and toque of which traditional flamenco is based upon.
Vito has developed a core repertoire of his own music for flamenco and classical guitar. His original compositions are based on the traditional flamenco forms such as rumba and buleria, as well as other Latin influenced styles such as tango, salsa, and clave rhythms. Vito’s repertoire also consists of more traditional Spanish guitar compositions from well-known composers as well as popular favorites from Jazz, Latin and Classic Rock and which Vito arranges with a touch of flamenco aire.
Vito performs both as a soloist, with Flamenco dancers, and with Latin percussionist as a duo called Fuerza Flamenca. Most recently Vito has been working percussionist Chris Howard and Flamenco dancers Lisa Adele Nazli, and Leslie Carmen and together they form Fuerza Flamenca Cuerdo which combines true flamenco elements of dance, guitar, and percussion. Vito also performs with a variety of local musicians such as Anna-Maria Villa, vocalist and notable Saxophone musician Julian Herrero among a few. Vito is working on a Jazz/Flamenco project where elements of flamenco and Jazz comingle to produce a unique tapestry of exciting and unique musical elements.
Vito has performed at many locations and events in New York City and Long island. He has performed at many events such as; the Belmont Park Corona Lite Latin Festival, The Long Island Hispanic Network, Queen Sophia Spanish Institute, and has performed for prestigious jewelry designer Carerra y Carerra and various NYC fashion week events to name a few. Vito can be seen performing at many venues in NYC Tri-State areas. Vito’s music can be purchased on his web site at www.vitogenna.com or at cd baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/vitogenna.
Lisa Adele Nazli: Flamenco Dancer
Lisa Adele Nazli has extensive performing and teaching experience. Her dance education began at an early age with the study of ballet, tap, and jazz. She has also performed, studied, and taught modern, African, Latin, ballroom, Middle Eastern, Spanish dance and flamenco. Lisa specializes in flamenco and Spanish dance and has studied with Jose Molina, Neli Tirado, Omayra Amaya, Eva Lucena, Sebastian Castro, Victorio, Chavela, and Maria Loreta. Lisa performed for eleven years with Eva Lucena’s company, Alborada Spanish Dance Theater. she has also performed in various venues in and around New York City and Long Island, independently.
She has performed with several dance companies, including the Hudson Valley Dance Theater, Dondines Dancers, CW Post Concert Dance Company, and Alborada Spanish Dance Theater of New Jersey. Lisa is an English as a Second Language teacher and a New York State certified dance teacher, working daily to bring dance and flamenco to children and audiences of all ages. Lisa can be contacted at email@example.com.
Leslie Carmen: Flamenco Dancer
Leslie Carmen was born and raised in Brooklyn from parents of Puerto Rican descent that enjoyed watching fiery flamenco on TV and in NYC venues, and they passed down this passion to her. She has studied flamenco off and on for over two decades with Jose Molina, Jorge Navarro, and Maria Loreta of Sol y Sombra Dance Company. She has performed in various venues on Long Island and has taught flamenco to children ages 5-13 in Westbury. The passion of sharing this riveting dance form with audiences at weddings, parks, nursing homes, libraries, schools, and restaurants continues as she joins Fuerza Flamenca.
Chris Howard: Percussion
Chris is an educated percussionist in the best possible sense. Formally taught and a devotee of musical styles of every corner of the world, from ancient times to the cutting edge present, he has been working constantly, on a plethora of bandstands and in countless recording studios, for the better part of two decades. Chris lives his professional life by the truism that the bare bone elements undergirding all music, the building block materials of color, rhythm and timekeeping, always carry through, whatever the musical genre and style.Chris Howard brings all his accrued wisdom into his own progressive jazz trio, The Blur Division. At the same time, he is a regular presence with such disparate musicians as the award winning singer/songwriter Rupert Wates, the Billboard topping Four Celtic Voices, the rumba flamenco of Jason and Elysa Hochman, the neo-funk/hip-hop of Lee, the crossover country/rock of the Katie Pearlman Band, and the exploratory hard rock of Under Radio, among many others. Chris brings a world of knowledge along with instruments from around the world to a wide array of musical assignments. His playing is respectful of his forebears, always in the moment, and for all the surprising fusions he can bring to a gig, invariably appropriate to the music he is propelling forward, whatever the circumstances.
Julian Herrero: Saxophone
Julian was born and raised in Spain where he studied classic music at the Real Conservatorium de Música in Madrid. He lived in Italy, Portugal and traveled extensively to South Asia and Latin America. All these experiences have obviously influenced him and his music. Currently he lives in Babylon, New York and continues to cultivate his music sensibility in the Latin Jazz atmosphere.
Anna Maria Villa is an Italian-born, singer and entertainer performing Jazz, Standards, Swing, the Great American Songbook and Pop. She also sings International Classics (sung in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French)