I had an amazing time performing in Philadelphia with soprano Alicia Hall Moran after a panel discussion on the book “The Meaning of Michelle” (Obama). It was about Michelle Obama’s impact on multiple writers and the panel featured essayists Veronica Chambers, Benilde Little, Alicia Hall Moran, & Damon Young and was broadcast nationally on CSPAN’s Book TV. It was an honor to be among such great company. 

I had an amazing time performing in Philadelphia with soprano Alicia Hall Moran after a panel discussion on the book “The Meaning of Michelle” (Obama). It was about Michelle Obama’s impact on multiple writers and the panel featured essayists Veronica Chambers, Benilde Little, Alicia Hall Moran, & Damon Young and was broadcast nationally on CSPAN’s Book TV. It was an honor to be among such great company. 

As a performer, you are a curator of culture. You choose which composers get lifted up, and whether or  not they should all be men. It is an awesome responsibility. Recently, a lot of brilliant people have trusted me to convey their most personal and sincere musical thoughts. And so, to kick things off,  Duo Noire is headed to St. Louis to premiere new works written for us by the truly inspiring composer/performers Clarice Assad and Dr. Courtney Bryan. We’ve been working SO hard because they’ve written the music we’ve always wanted to play. I hope the wider guitar world will embrace it. Amen. HERE WE GO! #courtneybryan #clariceassad #stl #classicalguitar #duonoire

As a performer, you are a curator of culture. You choose which composers get lifted up, and whether or not they should all be men. It is an awesome responsibility. Recently, a lot of brilliant people have trusted me to convey their most personal and sincere musical thoughts. And so, to kick things off, Duo Noire is headed to St. Louis to premiere new works written for us by the truly inspiring composer/performers Clarice Assad and Dr. Courtney Bryan. We’ve been working SO hard because they’ve written the music we’ve always wanted to play. I hope the wider guitar world will embrace it. Amen. HERE WE GO! #courtneybryan #clariceassad #stl #classicalguitar #duonoire

At Avaloch Farm Music Institute performing excerpts from Clarice Assad’s fantastic new piece written for Duo Noire. Can’t wait to premiere this in its entirety!

At Avaloch Farm Music Institute performing excerpts from Clarice Assad’s fantastic new piece written for Duo Noire. Can’t wait to premiere this in its entirety!

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Giddy after having my first jazz guitar lesson with the amazing musician/human Rale Micic. Gotta “open up my ears” and “build a vocabulary.” Baby steps. #neverstoplearning #jazz #buyhisalbum

Giddy after having my first jazz guitar lesson with the amazing musician/human Rale Micic. Gotta “open up my ears” and “build a vocabulary.” Baby steps. #neverstoplearning #jazz #buyhisalbum

Playing the unplayable.

I have made this mistake many times. I have played things that are not playable. You know, trying to prove that I could play more notes than other guitarists could. And then, at one point, you realize that “really, is that so important for me to show?” As you get older, at least for me, it’s much more about the beauty.



At the very beginning, it was the sound of the guitar. Then at one point, you realize that it’s more than the sound, that there’s music that’s even more interesting… But then you realize at one point that there is another level, it can become art.

Guitar Coop Interview with Manuel Barrueco Pt.3. (Youtube)