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Michele Ramo

MICHÉLE RAMO (pronounced: Me-KEL-ay) is an 8 string nylon fingerstyle jazz guitarist, jazz violinist, jazz mandolinist, composer and educator who specializes in bringing American Swing, Brazilian, Gypsy and Latin rhythms together in his playing, as well as composing and arranging for the guitar. A classical-jazz crossover artist in the truest sense of the word, Ramo has a unique and sought-after ability for blending his classical and jazz worlds into his writing, teaching and performance.

Ramo is a self-taught guitarist whose formal training and higher education is in violin studies. Ramo always maintained his guitar playing alongside the violin and while working in orchestras. He attended guitar master classes in Italy with Aliro Diaz, and in the United States with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Charlie Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass & Baden Powell.

RAMO born on May 5th, 1964, grew up in the small Sicilian village of ‘Costiera’, located on the southwest coast of Sicily near the fishing port of Mazara del Vallo.

He began violin studies at 13 and at the age of seventeen received his first professional contract with the Italian State Symphony opera orchestra “Orchestra Del Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He earned a Master's degree in violin from the music conservatory of Caltanissetta. Ramo toured Europe with the International Mediterranean Youth Orchestra �"“Le Juness Du Mediterranee”. In 1985 he was contracted with “Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana” and worked as Concert Master with “Orchestra Filarmonica Del Tirrreno touring Italy.

After five years in various Italian State Orchestras, Ramo left the orchestra job and moved to the United States in 1987 to pursue his work as a composer and instrumentalist in Jazz.

Ramo’s jazz festival performances include: The North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Molde Jazz (Norway), Fano Jazz (Italy) Montreal Jazz, Ottawa Jazz (Canada), Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Freiburg (Germany), Paris, Ile Del Re, Souillac, (France), Montreux- Detroit Jazz, Burlington Jazz, Arkansas Jazz (USA), Cork Jazz (Ireland), Barcelona, Madrid (Spain), Republica de Andorra, Athens, Corfu, Corintos, and Patras (Greece).

Ramo has performed/toured or recorded with: Clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, Violinist Regina Carter, Sax player James Carter, Pianist Arturo O'Farrill, Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Drummer Roy Brooks, Bandoneon great Peter Soave, Accordionists Art Van Damme, Eddie Monteiro, Frank Marocco and with guitarists: Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Mundell Lowe, Howard Alden, Martin Taylor, Al Caiola, Les Paul, Gary Potter, Jorge Morel, Gilbert Biberian, Carlos Barbosa- Lima, Wayne Wright, Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno, Rodney Jones, Patrick Sussois.

Ramo has Recorded 15 Albums as Leader,

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“Michéle Ramo’s guitar playing is outstanding and he is a composer to be reckoned with!” ~ guitarist Charlie Byrd
Primary Instrument

Guitar, 8-string

Location

Detroit

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Master Degree from Italian Music Conservatory. Ramo Music School / Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Viola and other string instruments. www.RamoMusic.com

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

A Cigar & A Scotch

Self Produced
2014

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A Cigar & A Scotch...

Self Produced
2014

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Oh Lady Be Good

Moonboat Records
2006

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Ramo

Moonboat Records
2005

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I Didn't Know About...

Moonboat Records
2005

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