Musical Ambassadors

Musical Ambassadors are the essence of IGE Music and Art Immersions. IGE honors Ambassadors for unusual commitment over careers to musical, educational and broader communities. These eminent master musicians embrace cross-cultural, multi-genre collaboration as they contribute to the dynamic synergism at the core of the Immersion experience. It is around Musical Ambassadors, against the backdrops of historic Venice, Italy and now, magical Barcelona, Spain that Immersions coalesce and unfold. Ambassadors orchestrate Immersions as they perform in rehearsed and spontaneous ensembles.

Below is a list of past and present musical ambassadors.

John Kadlecik
John KadlecikSinger, Songwriter, Musician
John Kadlecik is a singer, songwriter, and musician who can play most string instruments but is primarily known for being a guitar-slinging sideman to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur.
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Peter Rowan
Peter RowanGrammy Award Winner, Singer, Songwriter
Grammy-­‐award winner and six-­‐time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-­‐ songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring.
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Tim Bluhm
Tim BluhmSinger, Keyboardist, Producer
Best-known as the lead singer and songwriter of California band the Mother Hips and keyboardist/guitarist/producer for Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Tim occasionally collaborates with other artists.
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Scott Law
Scott LawGuitarist, Songwriter, Vocalist
Multifaceted artist Scott Law is an accomplished guitar master, songwriter, vocalist and solo recording artist operating at the very highest level of his craft. Law is a fearless improviser circulating with legendary Bluegrass, American Roots, Rock and Jamband luminaries.
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Ross James
Ross JamesMulti-instrumentalist, Songwriter, Singer
Ross was a founding member of the band American Jubilee, and has shared the stage with many greats including Phil Lesh, John Scofield, Chris Robinson, Warren Haynes, Stanley Jordan, John Mayer, and more.
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Arthur Steinhorn
Arthur SteinhornDrummer
Arthur has his undergraduate degree in Percussion from the University of Maryland. During the late 1970’s and early 80’s Arthur performed with various east coast regional touring bands, the most popular being Milton Freewater.
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Fillipo Arlia
Fillipo ArliaPianist, Conductor, Soloist
Filippo Arlia is an Italian pianist, conductor and soloist. He has performed as a soloist and conductor with the most prestigious orchestras in Italy and abroad.
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Olga Suarez Paz
Olga Suarez PazVocalist, Tango Dancer
Olga Suarez Paz is a talent of tango who been praised by the critics for the “high quality” of her dancing and “stunning vocal performance” (Mike Telin, Cleveland Classical).
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Leonardo Suarez Paz
Leonardo Suarez PazSinger, Tango Maestro
Leonardo is known for his uncommon talent as a singer, a career he began at the age of 6, a tango dancer and an artist.
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Nikki Bluhm
Nikki BluhmSinger, Songwriter
The richly layered sound forms the ideal foundation for Bluhm’s remarkable voice and resonant lyrical gifts.
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Martino Coppo
Martino CoppoMandolinist, Vocalist
Starts playing virtual guitar at age 5, on a tennis racket, and more seriously (albeit self-taught) at age 13.
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Caroline Pearsall
Caroline PearsallTango Violinist
Caroline’s curiosity and fascination with new timbres and techniques on the violin led her to working with prestegious contemporary music groups.
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Yale Strom
Yale StromViolinist, Composer
Yale Strom is a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities.
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Elizabeth Schwartz
Elizabeth SchwartzVocalist
Elizabeth Schwartz is an internationally renowned klezmer vocalist, performing with Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi and as a solo artist.
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Paolo Bonfanti
Paolo BonfantiMandolinist, Vocalist
Born in Genova, Italy in 1960, Paolo started playing guitar in 1975 after studying classical piano. He graduated in music semiotics at University of Bologna.
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Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi
Veronica Sbergia & Max De BernardiVocalists, Multi-instrumentalists
Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi passionately play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20’s and 30’s.
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Christine Brebes
Christine BrebesViolinist
A native to California, she began her musical journey with the piano at age 5 and the violin at age 8, and was recruited as her church organist at 12.
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Roberto Bongianino
Roberto BongianinoAccordionist, Multi-instrumentalist
Roberto Bongianino is an Italian accordionist and multi-instrumentalist (bandoneon, guitar, bass).
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Cesare Chiacchiaretta
Cesare ChiacchiarettaAccordion, Bandoneon
Born in Chieti, Italy, Cesare devoted himself to the study of the accordion at a very early age, later taking up the bandoneon.
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Enrico Corapi
Enrico CorapiDouble Bassist
Enrico Corapi received his bachelor’s degree in double bass and II level with highest honors from the Conservatory “S. Giacomantonio “of Cosenza.
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