michaellemma

Michael Lemma

           

Classical Guitar and Mandolin

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World View Mandolin & Guitar Duo: the repertoire includes familiar world music: Italian, Russian, Celtic, Latin American, Klezmer, as well as classical arrangements. Perfect for festivals or something different for your special event. Click here to see our repertoire, sound files, and photos.

Flute & Guitar Duo: The repertoire consists of classical arrangements, Latin American (bossa nova, Brazilian, tango), and a few standards. The duo compliments the atmosphere at weddings and cocktail parties. Click here for a repertoire listing.

Special Projects: poetry readings, ethnic/folk festivals, and more. Availability includes guitar, mandolin, or bass guitar.

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Email: michaellemma@yahoo.com


Professional Biography

Michael Lemma counts himself fortunate to have a life in music- teaching, performing, listening, and helping others reach their goals. He is grateful for the gifts that music lends to humanity and truly believes it can affect the lives around us. He has been Director of Music at a New Jersey magnet high school since 1994 where he established the nationally-recognized music program. He earned a Master of Arts degree in music from Columbia University and Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Keene State College (NH). Michael is an active guitar and mandolin artist who has performed in numerous venues- highlights include Vivaldi's Mandolin Concerto in C with the North Jersey Philharmonic and Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children for Hunter College. Michael also presents educational clinics promoting the value of plucked string music in school music programs. His workshops have been enthusiastically received at organizations such as American String Teachers Association, Classical Mandolin Society of America, and MENC The National Association of Music Education.

Michael was a member of the New York Mandolin Orchestra (1999-2004), Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra (1999-2009), Director of National Guitar Workshop campuses throughout the United States (2002-2007) and a juror for Concert Artists Guild International. He is the founder and director of the New Jersey Guitar & Mandolin Society.

Michael's students have been accepted to all levels of local and national honors ensembles, and study music at the nation's top universities. He has adjudicated for All-State Band/Orchestra festivals since 1994 and was Educational Adviser to the North Jersey Philharmonic, where he collaborated on projects that foster appreciation for classical music. He has received grants from Plucked String Foundation, Classical Mandolin Society of America, and NJ State Council of the Arts. His book "Vivaldi Concertos for Mandolin" (MB20677) will be available November 1, 2009. Michael Lemma strongly believes in the value of music education and has dedicated his life to the profession.

 


Schedule

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March 13-15, 2009. Providence, RI. Music Educators National Conference. Workshop Clinician sponsored by MENC.

March 18, 2009. 6:00-7:30. Hackensack. N.J. Guitar & Mandolin Society. Guest artist Vicki Genfan.

April 2, 2009. Chester, NY. Bodles Opera House. With Southpaw (music of Bob Dylan and contemporary folk music).

April 20, 2009. 6:00-7:30. Hackensack, NJ. Meeting Director for the N.J. Guitar & Mandolin Society. Guest artist Vic Juris, guitar.

April 28, 2009. 7:00. Ensemble Prestige with exceptional student musicians, guest artists, avocational adults (solos, duos, chamber ensembles). All funds benefit UNICEF.

May 1, 2009. Wayne, NJ. Private event: Canto music for flute and guitar.

May 9, 2009. 3:00. Performance with Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra. 67th Annual Concert.

May 12, 2009. Montclair, NJ. Guitar Night 2009 at Trumpets Jazz Club. Sponsored by N.J. Guitar & Mandolin Society.

May 24, 2009. Warwick, NY. Bob Dylan Tribute at Warwick Winery. With Southpaw (music of Bob Dylan and contemporary folk music).

May 29, 2009. Bergen Community College. Workshop clinician at The Bergen County Teen Arts Festival.

June 6, 2009. Philadelphia area. Private Wedding. World View Guitar & Mandolin Duo.

June 27, 2009. New York City. Tavern on the Green. Private Wedding. World View Guitar & Mandolin Duo.

June 29-July 9, 2009. Hackensack, NJ. Guitar 101. Middle school students learn all facets of playing the guitar. [course full- see link for wait list]

July 13-July 23, 2009. Hackensack, NJ. Guitar Builders. Middle school students build electric guitars. [course full- see link for wait list]

July 28, 2009. Kean University. Mandolin Clinic #1 for ASTA Chamber Music Institute. American String Teachers Association (NJ).

August 4, 2009. Kean University. Mandolin Clinic #2 for ASTA Chamber Music Institute.

August 23, 2009. Roundtop @ Catskill Mountains, NY. With the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra. Altamura Center for the Arts.

September 11, 2009. 4:30. World Trade Center Memorial @ Overpeck Park. 9-11 Ceremony with Governor Corzine as honored speaker. With student ensemble

September 21, 2009. 6:30-8:00. Hackensack, NJ. Meeting Director for the N.J. Guitar & Mandolin Society. Guest artist Threefifty Duo.

October 3, 2009. Marlboro, NJ. Samvera Restaurant. 100 year old birthday- private event. World View Mandolin & Guitar duo.

October 13, 2009. 6:30-8:00. Hackensack, NJ. Meeting Director for the N.J. Guitar & Mandolin Society. Guest artist Patrick Appello, discusses evolution of guitar technique.

November 7, 2009. New York City. Classic Car Club of Manhattan. Private Event. International music for flute and guitar duo.

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Demos

Cool remix based on El Choclo by Alex at Global Remix.

Pacoca (Brazilian choro)

Swingtime (light jazz)

El Choclo (tango)

Balkan Tune

Neapolitan Dance

Vivaldi's Mandolin Concerto in C (with the North Jersey Philharmonic)

Sounds of Bells (guitar solo)

Variations on Les Folies D' Espagnole (guitar solo)