First Tuesdays: Postmodern Playlist
First Tuesdays with the Omaha Conservatory of Music at Joslyn Castle: Postmodern Playlist
The First Tuesdays with the Omaha Conservatory of Music at Joslyn Castle series is sponsored by Richard and Mary Parrish. Tonight's performance is sponsored by Jim and Susan Tracy.
Andrew Stickman (guitar), Kevin Sullivan (guitar), Steve Busteed (bass), Karina Brazas (soprano), Rachel Griggs (soprano), Cody Jorgensen (baritone), Ian Rode (trumpet), Kenneth Meints (trombone/brass), Mark Benson (saxophone/winds)
A house band and vocalists experimenting with today’s pop music performed in a 1920’s way. Watch as the band takes songs from today’s radio waves and transports it back to the beautiful sounds of yesteryear.
Doors open at 6:30pm, performance at 7:00. Cash bar is available prior to performance and during intermission.
About our Performers:
Kevin Sullivan - Guitar
Fifteen years of studying the guitar has led Kevin Sullivan to become an in-demand musician in the Omaha music scene.
Kevin received his degree in guitar performance at University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he studied Classical and Jazz. An artist with a vision, Kevin is involved with several projects in Omaha including Omaha Guitar Trio, winner of the 2013 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for best Jazz.
He has also earned a reputation for being a freelance musician, playing alongside Belles & Whistles, Marcus Lewis Big Band, Broadway Dreams Foundation, and many more.
Playing with many different groups and in different genres has given Kevin the ability to create custom lessons to fit the students need. His teaching philosophy: Help the student become fluent in the language of music while being comfortable expressing themselves.
Andrew Stickman - Guitar
Andrew Stickman graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance.
During his time at UNO, Andrew studied Bach, Villa-Lobos, Barrios, Tarrega, and developed a passion for Romantic Music history. In 2014, his group the Omaha Guitar Trio won an Omaha Entertainment and Arts award for Best Jazz in 2014 and 2016, and have been nominated for the award every year since their inception.
Since joining OCM's faculty in the fall of 2014, Andrew has taught group guitar lessons at the KROC center, 5th-8th grade guitar classes at the St. Augustine Indian Mission school on the Winnebago reservation, on-site Intermediate Theory classes, as well as building up his own studio. Before OCM, Andrew taught privately since 2007 to all ages and skill sets throughout Omaha.
Andrew has performed professionally at recitals, schools, Universities, weddings, funerals, hospitals, rock venues, concert halls, restaurants, musicals, salon concerts, and even living rooms, for audiences both intimate and casual, but always enthusiastic. Andrew's noted charismatic performances have spanned across several styles and genres, including rock, flamenco, classical, heavy metal, country, folk, and blues.
While studying classical guitar at UNO, Andrew still managed to teach, sat in as a studio musician for various local artists, played with multiple album-producing rocks bands, played bass in a touring pop-flamenco band with his professor Hadley Heavin, and founded the Omaha Guitar Trio in 2010. OGT has toured across the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, giving lectures and presentations at schools, teaching and hosting masterclasses/workshops, and performing recitals and salon concerts regularly. Just recently, OGT was added to the Nebraska Arts Council's roster of teaching Artists, and are now able to spread music education with the voice of the guitar to a much larger demographic.
Andrew's love of music was instilled to him by his Father, who nurtured his musical palate at a very young age. Andrew played by ear for over ten years before he was compelled to learn how to read music and study the proper technique of classical guitar.