Bands for Hire ~ Instrumental

Dan Lippel


Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called a "modern guitar polymath" (Guitar Review), enjoys a diverse career that ranges through solo performances, chamber music, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and improvising contexts. He co-founded and directs New Focus Recordings, an independent label dedicated to documenting new works. Lippel has been the guitarist for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2005, new music quartet Flexible Music since 2003, and eclectic indie group Mice Parade since 2004. Highlights of his solo performance calendar over recent seasons have included the premiere of Dai Fujikura`s Sparking Orbit, an electro-acoustic work written for him with the SWR Experimental Studio, at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, a concert of solos and chamber music at Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland sponsored by the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, recitals for the Triangle (N.C.) and Phiiadelphia Classical Guitar Societies and Ft. Worth Guitar Guild, and solo works on concerts with ICE in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Manaus (Brasil). Lippel has worked with many eminent composers on their solo repertoire, including Mario Davidovsky, Nils Vigeland and Ursula Mamlok. As a chamber musician Lippel has performed in venues on four continents including the Macau International Music Festival (China), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Itau Cultural in São Paolo and Teatro Amazonas in Manaus (Brasil), the Sibelius Academy (Finland), and the Acht Brücken (Cologne Philharmonie) festival in Germany, as well as Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York`s Lincoln Center. In addition to ICE and Flexible Music, Lippel has been a guest with many other ensembles, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Con Vivo Jersey City, Classical Cafe, as a guest performer/curator with Red Light New Music, as well as at the Monadnock, Cooperstown, Newburyport, and Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festivals. Lippel co-founded New Focus Recordings with composer Peter Gilbert in 2004 to release recordings with maximum creative control. His recordings have garnered him critical acclaim from Gramophone, American Record Guide, Classical Review of North America, American Record Guide, Guitar Review, Music Web International, Sequenza21, and several other publications. In addition to New Focus, he has recorded for Kairos, Bridge, Albany, Centaur, and Starkland. Lippel is an active performer in non-classical contexts as well, having performed solo sets of his own music for amplified classical guitar and effects at Tokyo`s O-Nest, Paris` Café de la Danse, Krakow`s Unsound Festival, and the Knitting Factory in New York. As a member of the eclectic indie group Mice Parade, Lippel has appeared on the Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Sydney Festival (Australia), Bestival (U.K.), as well as on numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and he has recorded five albums with the group on the Fat Cat label. As an educator, Lippel is particularly interested in demystifying the contemporary repertoire for guitarists, and the guitar for composers. He has given guitar masterclasses at many institutions including the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Syracuse University and guest lecture presentations to composition departments at the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Davis, and Manhattan School of Music. He was on faculty at Bowling Green State University in Ohio teaching classical guitar from 1999-2001. Lippel received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of David Starobin. Lippel`s former teachers include Jason Vieaux, John Holmquist, David Leisner, Stephen Aron, and Nicholas Goluses, as well as summer studies with Ricardo Iznaola and Sharon Isbin.

Steve Bergman


Pianist Steve Bergman delivers beautiful classic standards and wonderful songs that are dear to our hearts.

Composer and Performer

Steven’s passion for music is life long. He has composed, recorded and marketed over a dozen original CD’s. His children’s lullaby’s, adult relaxation nd meditation music has been distributed all over the world. He has performed on both coasts, Hawaii, Mexico and Europe.

Steven also loves his work as a wedding and special events photographer here on the Monterey Peninsula.

Ben Rosett & Henry & Paul


Ben Rosett transforms the acoustic guitar into an instrument of depth and space, with intricate melodies and soulful chord progressions. With skillful use of delay and looping pedals, he goes beyond the role of a guitarist and delivers a solid musical act on the heels of Andy Mckee and Owen." It turns into a dynamic duo when Henry joins Ben, and add a little side of Paul Owen`s harp playing and the room starts to sizzle. -- Ben Rosett Drummer of Strawberry Girls Owner of Spirit Vision Studios

Jackie Pierce


Jackie started learning classical violin at 9, when she inherited her grandfather’s violin. Many years later, fate took her on a trip to Scotland, where she played in a pub session on the Isle of Skye, and fell in love with the music. She plays with The Reel Deal, rock/blues with the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club House Band, and Irish jigs and reels with her recent collaboration, The Angel’s Share. She is a lawyer/ mediator, organizer of Celtic concerts at St. Mary’s By-The-Sea, and is indebted to her husband, Mike, who insisted that they stop for a pint in that pub…

Jimmy Robinson


Jimmy Robinson has been recording and touring for over 40 years. He has received critical and audience praise for his unique virtuoso approach to the guitar, and his rich compositional skill. He has opened concerts for John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu Orchestra Chick Corea’s Elektrik Band Jeff Beck Bela Fleck And The Flecktones Adrian Belew Bill Bruford And Patrick Moraz The Steve Morse Band The Dixie Dregs Allen Holdsworth Tuck And Patty Stevie Ray Vaughn Johnny Winter John Mayall The Glenn Phillips Band Hugh Masekela Spyro Gyra The Neville Brothers John Fahey Charlie Byrd Billy Cobham John McLaughlin Trio He has toured the world with appearances at: The Acoustic Franciacorta and Madame International Guitar Festivals both in Italy, The Gutarrenzauber Festival, Gros Rohrheim, Germany The Zihuatenejo International Guitar Festival, Zihuatenejo, Mexico The Big Green Cardigan Festival in East Sussex, England INGUITAR Festival, Switzerland The Brilliant Strings Concert Series, Los Angeles, California The TACH Cultural Festival, Reno, Nevada ProgDay, Chapel Hill, North Carolina Pan Am Jazz Festival, CanCun, Mexico Jazz Encuentro, Guatemala City Festivale Internationale, Lafayette, La. Malaga Fest, Mobile, AL The New Orleans French Quarter Festival The Crooked Pines Guitar Show, Atlanta, Georgia and over 25 Years at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Jimmy first made a name for himself playing electric guitar and leading the psychedelic rock/blues band Ejaculation (yes, you read correctly, it was 1968, after all...) at the Free Concert weekly series on New Orleans Riverfront.. He went on to front The Progrock band Laugh In The Dark in the 70’s, and in 1975 founded the celebrated instrumental rock fusion band Woodenhead. Woodenhead performs today, and is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a special performance at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May, 2015, as well as releasing a recording of new material, a live concert from New Orleans’ famed Tipitina’s and a reissue of their entire, remastered catalog. He also founded the New Orleans Guitar Collective Twangorama, with guitarists Phil deGruy and Cranston Clements, and later The New Orleans Guitar Quartet. Jimmy studied classical guitar and composition at Loyola University in New Orleans and The Eastman School Of Music in New York. He combined these elements with his electric experience to forge the solo acoustic style that he now tours with. His third solo cd is set for Spring, 2015 release.

Robert McNamara


Robert McNamara Bio For more than 3 decades, Robert McNamara has been known as a well-respected performer, educator and author. Robert specializes in solo fingerstyle guitar, a style which enables him to play anything from classical to jazz to pop. He uses a nylon-string acoustic guitar which projects a very warm, intimate tone. Robert has played literally hundreds of weddings, corporate receptions, and other special events all over the Monterey Peninsula. Robert is also the Director of the Monterey Peninsula Academy of Music. He is a member of the Music Faculties of Monterey Peninsula College, Santa Catalina School, and Robert Louis Stevenson Upper School. He performs extensively in the area and also takes part in the Cultural Ambassador program for the US State Dept. He has performed and taught in Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon, Morocco, Colombia, and in 2005 became the first American musician to perform in Libya in the last 30 years.

Mello Cello


Mello Cello started his intensive classical music studies at the age of 6 at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow. By the age of 8, he played his first recital at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Having studied the cello for 18 years, including being offered a full scholarship at Julliard at the age of 9, and studying ten years under the direction of Maestro Yuli Turovsky, Mello took a 12-year break from music only to return with a voracious appetite for `the groove`. A lightning-quick music imagination, coupled with technical ability Russian music education commands, made Mello Cello a highly desirable member of any ensemble. To date, he has participated in over 400 jam sessions, morphing with styles of over a thousand musicians. In Chicago, Mello was baptized by the legendary Billy Branch at Buddy Guy`s Legends. Mello appeared on Billy`s "Blues Shock" album as a Blues Cellist, a historic first. Today, Mello Cello is exploring primarily in `groove`, or `Why do you involuntarily tap your foot to some music`? There is mystical power in groove, and it is Mello`s mission to unravel its secrets, if only a little bit, all the while making some hypnotic and emotionally-engaging music.