TAP FACULTY

We are proud to announce that Felipe Galganni will teach tap dance at SMJ’S Bar Harbor program this summer.

Under the direction of  SmJ’s Artistic Director, in collaboration with Felipe, tap dance participants will have opportunities to work with other members of our faculty listed below, providing a rich musical experience designed to further develop tap participants’ skills. 

FELIPE GALGANNI

Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Galganni started his training in dance and theater at the age of 10. Mentored by Heather Cornell (Manhattan Tap), Felipe moved to New York City in 2010 to further his education in tap.  Since then he has had the honor of working with such great names as Tony Waag, Max Pollak (Rumba Tap), Chikako Iwahori, Lynn Schwab, Ray Hesselink, Michelle Dorrance, and Derick K. Grant. He has also studied under the master Brenda Bufalino and recently performed in one of her newest works.

In the nearly 15 years of his career, Felipe has given tap dance lessons at the “top”  schools in Brazil, as well as worldwide for such well-known studios as Tap Dance Foundation, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center in New York City.  He is also honored to be auditioning and teaching the summer program of the Joffrey Ballet School in Miami, FL.

Felipe  has worked as a choreographer in shows and movies. Revealing the unique Brazilian influence in his expression of tap dance, he also develops his own work with his own  company in New York City.  Regarding his piece Fuga, The New York Times writes, “…Felipe Galganni juxtaposed the precision of tap with the curvaceousness of capoeira, the Brazilian martial art. As two crouching, cartwheeling capoeiristas and six tappers wove through one another to Baden Powell’s ‘Berimbau,’ their musicality was contagious.”

Felipe has performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Joseph Papp’s Public Theater (Joe’s Pub), The NY Summer Stage, The Citigroup Alvin Ailey Theater, The Cotton Club, The Metropolitan Room, The Bronx Museum, The New York City Center, Lavo NYC, Arlington Club, and others. As a Team Leader of New York’s Tap City festival, Felipe was interviewed by NBC Channel 4 in 2014.

BRIAN LYNCH 

Mulit-Grammy© Award Winning trumpeter Brian Lynch brings to his music an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience. A honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he received wide acclaim during his long tenures with Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri and straight ahead master Phil Woods. He has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson; Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince. As a bandleader and recording artist he has released over 20 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging, and has toured the world at the helm of various ensembles reflecting the wide sweep of his music.

Professor of Jazz and Studio Music at the Frost School Of Music, University of Miami, Lynch has has conducted clinics, workshops, and residencies the world over, including at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Harvard University, Dartmouth University, Michigan State University, Senzoku University (Japan), Yamaha Artist Services Taipei and Moscow, and the Rotterdam Codarts University. 

Voted Trumpeter Of The Year and recipient of the Record Of The Year Award by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2017, Lynch’s talents have been also recognized by top placing in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls (#3 Trumpet Critics Poll); as well as feature stories and highly rated reviews for his work in the New York TimesJazz Times, and Downbeat. He has received multiple Grammy Award nominations – the latest in 2016 for his Madera Latino project- and garnered a Grammy win in 2006 for Best Latin Jazz Album; He is also the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer.

HARRY ALLEN 

Gene Lees writes, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, ‘My technique, Al Cohn’s ideas, and Zoot’s time.’ The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in … Harry Allen.” 

Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, rio da Paz,  Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others. 

Harry was born in Washington D.C. in 1966, and was raised in Los Angeles, CA and Burrillville, RI. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1988 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City. 

YOTAM SILBERSTEIN

This versatile guitarist’s wheelhouse runs the sonic spectrum, including Brazilian, world music, blues and bebop. Silberstein’s showmanship wowed the Kennedy Center’s 2011 production, “Ella!” which featured Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Dr. Billy Taylor and Janis Siegel. In Addition Yotam has applied his talent to composing music for film and in 2015 he received the  Sundance Time Warner award for film scoring.

Yotam has earned his place among the jazz elite by collaborating with such luminaries as James Moody, The Heath Brothers, Roy Hargrove, George Coleman, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Paquito D’rivera, Christian McBride, John Patitucci, and many others

As artistically gifted as he is technically proficient, Silberstein is featured on a wide variety of critically acclaimed releases including “Resonance” and “Brasil” on the Jazz Legacy Productions labelJohn Patitucci‘s new trio album “Irmaos De Fe” and Monty Alexander’s Grammy-nominated “Harlem-Kingston Express Live!” among countless others.

ADRIANO SANTOS 

Adriano Santos was born in São Paulo, Brasil in 1966. Part of a new generation of Brazilian drummers, he 
he began his drum studies at the age of twelve at Zimbo Trio Music School (CLAM) i his hometown.  In 1988, he moved to Boston to sutdy at Berklee College of Music where he acquired his B.A. in film scoring. 
Moving to New York in 1995, Adriano started his Masters Degree at City College of New York where As a professional, he has performed with top international artists such as Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Leny Andrade, Bebel Gilberto, Romero Lubambo, Antônio Adolfo, Helio Alves, Claudio Roditi, Nelson Faria, Leo Gandelman, Paulo Moura, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Jared Gold, Yotam Silberstein, Ray Vega, David Binney, John Pizzarelli, Slide Hampton, Harry Allen, Bill Charlap, Monday Michiro, Vic Juris , Cliff Korman, Santi Debriano, Dave Pietro, Vana Gierig, Eumir Deudato, Lisa Ono, Eilee Ivers, Paul Winter and the Boston Pops, to name a few! 

Mr. Santos has produced publications in specialized drum magazines and has released a book throughDrummers Collective NYC (where he is part of the faculty) called, “Afro-Caribbean & Brazilian Rhythms for Drum set”. 

JULIAN SHORE 

Pianist Julian Shore is known for his “deep maturity as a composer and bandleader” (DownBeat) and has been called “a pianist/composer who beyond the obvious elegance of his playing, has a clear sense of the bigger artistic picture” (Peter Hum, Ottowa Citizen). His work as both a versatile sideman, and experienced bandleader has JazzTimes calling him one of the “leaders of the young jazz piano scene.”

From Narragansett, Rhode Island, Shore grew up listening to his father playing Bach on his home piano and would often sing along as a toddler. After starting piano lessons at a young age he began studies with famed educator Hal Crook as a teenager. Shortly thereafter Shore was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. During his time there, under the mentorship of Danilo Perez, he performed in the Panma Jazz Festival, learning from Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade, John Patitucci while there.

Since moving to New York after graduating from full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Julian moved to New York shortly, and had his first serious performing experience with acclaimed singer Gretchen Parlato- touring the US and internationally with her band, including the Stockholm Jazz Festival. Since then he has become one of the most in-demand pianists in New York, appearing as both leader and sideman at historic venues like Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, and jazz festivals around the globe. He has had the opportunity to perform, tour and record with musicians such as Theo Bleckmann, Gretchen Parlato, Chico Pinheiro, Don Braden, Sara Gazarek, Ferenc Nemeth, Gilad Hekselman, Dayna Stephens, Noah Preminger, Ben Monder, John Hollenbeck, Mark Giuliana, Petros Klampanis among many others.

As an educator Shore remains active in a variety of settings. He was an artistic consultant for Herbie Hancock’s Master Class for masterclass.com, as well as transcribing and notating hundreds of pages of Herbie’s piano performance for the course. His teaching credits include piano instruction at the New School University, as well as celebrated jazz education programs like the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Samba Meets Jazz and masterclasses and lectures around the globe.

His most recent record “Which Way Now” was released in early 2016 and features Gilad Hekselman, Dayna Stephens, Aidan Carroll, Colin Stranahan and a slew of guests and configurations. His debut record “Filaments” which features Kurt Rosenwinkel, Noah Preminger, Tommy Crane, Phil Donkin, and others was released to critical acclaim in 2012..