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Geni Skendo is a contemporary flute & shakuhachi player fluent in jazz, classical, and Japanese traditional music idioms. Originally from Albania, Geni came to the United States in 2002 to further his musical studies. Prior to leaving Albania, he performed with the Albanian National Folk Ensemble, various symphonic orchestras, and jazz bands.

Upon his arrival in the US, Geni began to study jazz flute and the Japanese five-hole flute known as the shakuhachi, completting a Masters Degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory with a focus on jazz flute and shakuhachi performance.

Geni has performed with the Violent Femmes • {{m: Bob Moses = 9637}} • Matt Marvuglio • {{m: Allan Chase = 5656}}, {{m: Joe Morris = 9614}}, Jerry Leake, {{m: John Lockwood = 20418}}, Bob Gulioti, Bob Nitscke • Felice Pomeranz • Dave Clark • Elena Zoubareva • {{m: David Fiuczynski = 13912}} • {{m: Mark Walker = 15476}} • Sal Difusco • Joe Hunt • Dave Harris • Jerry Beaudin • NewPoli.

Geni's recording credits include CDs with Joe Morris, Dave Fuze, Newpoli, and Elena Zoubareva

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dominik Wania, Satoko Fujii, Alistair Spence And More

Read "Dominik Wania, Satoko Fujii, Alistair Spence And More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Italian saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano's latest recording is really about love--not so much the romantic kind, but more about the love that jazz musicians and fans have for enduring compositions written by the likes of Charlie Haden, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Coltrane, Dewey Redman and Don Cherry. And let's not forget about creative music's love affair ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Todd Brunel's "Vortex Live" CD and Digital Download Now Available

Todd Brunel's "Vortex Live" CD and Digital Download Now Available

The Vortex Live features some of the best moments of the Vortex Series captured live between 2007-2010. Each piece is an original work created by invited artists, with all collaborations happening for the first time. The Vortex Live features: Todd Brunel clarinets, Rob Bethel cello, Esther Viola oboe, Andrew Hickman tenor sax (tracks 1 and 4), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica: Third River Rangoon

Read "Third River Rangoon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The “Mr. Ho" of Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica is vibraphonist Brian O'Neil, who has put together a vibraphone quartet, also featuring flute, percussion and bass, for Third River Rangoon. The music, dubbed “exotica," drifts back and forth across the less than distinct border between third stream chamber jazz and classical, with hints of world music influenced by ...

NEWS: EVENT

Downtown Boston's Jazz Swarms for Jazz Week from JazzBoston

Downtown Boston's Jazz Swarms for Jazz Week from JazzBoston

Ken Field graciously shared his sense of the role of swarming. It really turns on the reappearance of music in the public square without the conventions of venue performance. “Since the earliest days of my musical career I have always been attracted to the choral and contrapuntal sound of multiple iterations of the same instrument. Decades ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Geni Skendo: Breaking Free

Read "Geni Skendo: Breaking Free" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Flautist and shakuhachi master Geni Skendo does not genre-mash so much as genre-crash, like a late-night interloper joining a lame party and livening it up with exotic sound. It's miraculous, this color he brings to anything, given the drab Iron Curtain he exited under on his flight from his native Albania, traveling to Boston, Massachusetts to ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Flautist Geni Skendo Interviewed at All About Jazz

Flautist Geni Skendo Interviewed at All About Jazz

Flautist and shakuhachi master Geni Skendo does not genre-mash so much as genre-crash, like a late-night interloper joining a lame party and livening it up with exotic sound. It's miraculous, this color he brings to anything, given the drab Iron Curtain he exited under on his flight from his native Albania, traveling to Boston, Massachusetts to ...


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