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. 


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.


Romero’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound.    From the sophisticated rhythms of Brazil to hard bop, Romero is a guitarist who’s comfortable in any musical setting.  He is an uncommonly gifted soloist, improviser and accompanist to vocalists.  

Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Paquito D’Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, and Cesar Camargo Mariano… among many others.   He has also established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Trio Da Paz, a Brazilian jazz trio Lubambo formed with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca,



Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 27 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was recently voted once again into the 2016 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls.

one of the most joyous feels around. –Pat Metheny

Dave’s new CD “Eight Track II” went to #2 on the JazzWeek Radio chart staying on the chart for 20 weeks and received 4 Stars in Downbeat. “Messin’ with Mister T”, available here, is a celebration of the man he worked with for over a decade — Stanley Turrentine, “Mister T” — with ten of the greatest tenor sax players on the scene today. It went to #1 on JazzWeek Radio and stayed in the Top 50 for 20 weeks and received great reviews including 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat magazine.

one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years. –Village Voice 



Eskenazi’s diverse musical background in jazz, world and orchestral music, along with a highly collaborative spirit and many years of experience as a performer has earned him a solid reputation as a creative film composer, arranger and producer.

Dario’s most recent original scores for film include the Argentine films “Vino Para Robar” and “Mi Primera Boda”, the American drama “The Last New Yorker” and the Spanish dark comedy “Que Parezca Un Accidente” starring Carmen Maura and Federico Luppi.  He composed additional music and orchestrated for “Un Cuento Chino” starring RicaFarrell rdo Darin and arranged and orchestrated the main title for the 2009 drama “Triage,” directed by Oscar-winner director Danis Tanoic and starring Colin Farrell and Paz Vega.  

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1962, Dario received an early classical musical training in his native country. He moved to the United States in 1985 to attend Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a major in Film Scoring.  In 1990 he established himself in NYC, where he begain playing and touring with many jazz, latin and brazilian artists.  In 1995 he joined the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet. During his eight year tenure with the Cuban saxophonist, he toured extensively around the world playing in the most important venues and festivals such as Montreux, Nice, Montreal, Northsea, JVC, etc.  Dario recorded several award-winning albums with Paquito among them “Live At The Blue Note” (2000) , winner of the 2001 Latin Grammy Award for Best Jazz Album.

Dario is a former member of the Caribbean Jazz Project led by vibraphonist Dave Samuels with whom he recorded 5 albums including “The Gathering”, Grammy Award Winner for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2003.  He also played, toured and recorded with such great artist as Andy Narell, Ruben Blades, Gato Barbieri, Hiram Bullock, Romero Lubambo, Mongo Santamaria, Jon Lucien, Dave Valentin, Tito Puente, Hendrik Meurkens, Rosa Passos, Leny Andrade, Dianne Schurr, Dori Caymmi, Joyce Moreno and Herbie Mann among others.   As an arranger and producer,  Dario has helped bring to life such diverse projects as Peruvian folk singer Carmina Cannavinno and Spanish pop star Olga Román.   Dario serves as Assistant Professor in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music. 



Fernando Saci


Fernando Saci is an accomplished percussionist, producer, arranger, composer, and educator based in New York City since 2011.   Throughout his career, he has performed and recorded with renowned artists including samba, bossa nova and jazz greats Dona Ivone Lara, Leci Brandão, Almir Guineto, Nilson Matta, Kenny Barron, Leny Andrade, Steve Wilson, Harry Allen, Grechen Porlato, Anat Cohen, Duduka Da Fonseca, Paul Lieberman, Mario Adnet, Moacir Santos, Mark Walker, Oscar Stagnaro, Alexei Tsignov, Fernando and Sergio Brandão, Alberto Netto and R&B singer Cherryl Pepsii Riley.  

Originally from Campinas, Sao Paulo, Saci demonstrated a passion and natural talent


for all things percussion at a young age.  first learned to play various percussion rhythms from family and friends. At age 7, he began his formal studies at the community center Casa de Cultura Tainã. where he quickly mastered his craft and soon began teaching various percussion instruments.   In 2002, after playing professionally for several years, Saci was selected to study at one of the most respected musical conservatories in Brazil, Conservatório Dramático e Musical “Carlos de Campos” in Tatuí, São Paulo. Specializing in  jazz and MPB percussion and graduated in 2005, going on to explore many other genres of music.  




Hot off the press!   Scott Robinson has been nominated by the Jazz Journalist Association for 2018 Best Multi-Reeds Player and for Player or Instruments Rare in Jazz!    

Multi-instrumentalist (what horn doesn’t he play) Scott Robinson and his unusual reed and brass instruments have been heard with a cross-section of jazz greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, including with Maria Schneider (a regular in her big band, Ron Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Frank Wess, Anthony Braxton,  Ruby Braff, Roscoe Mitchell, and the list goes on. Primarily a tenor saxophonist, Scott once placed directly below the great Sonny Rollins in the DownBeat Readers Poll.   As a composer, his works range from solo performance pieces to chamber and symphonic works.  Scott releases highly adventurous music on his ScienSonic Laboratories label, and his Doctette (celebrating pulp adventure hero Doc Savage) gave what The Boston Globe called “the most ,,, =delightful set” of the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival.