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Jacob Seyer is a classical and finger style guitarist established as an accomplished performer, instructor, and active composer and consistently seeks to share new ideas about the rapidly growing repertoire of the guitar. A native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Jacob Earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance at Southeast Missouri State University. In the Summer of 2015, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of a Master of Music Degree at the University of British Columbia under Daniel Bolshoy.

Jacob began his teaching career to students of all ages in 2011 at his home town in Missouri. Since then, he has gained traction in Washington State and in Vancouver as an enthusiastic instructor with a strong specialization in classical and finger style technique, open to students of all styles and ability levels.


Tom Gamble (M.Music)

First Prize, Northwest Classical Guitar Competition (USA), 2016

Master of Music, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2016

Bachelor of Music with Honours, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, London, 2014

First Prize, Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition (UK), 2014

Tom Gamble is an award winning young musician who is rapidly gaining a reputation as an exciting and versatile artist. Born in the suburbs of London UK he began performing from age 13 where he was inspired and encouraged at a local festival held by famed Australian steel string guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. He quickly developed an impressive technique and understanding for music, arrangement and composition. Throughout his youth he continued to perform frequently often opening concerts for internationally renowned artists such as Martin Taylor and leading various ensembles and projects.

Tom studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London under tuition of Graham Anthony Devine. While at Trinity he was awarded first place in the “Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition” adjudicated by Errollyn Wallen and Pete Churchill. He graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music (with Honours) degree. Subsequently he was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies in Canada at the University of British Columbia under tuition of Dr Daniel Bolshoy. He graduated in the spring of 2016 with a Master of Music degree.

Tom has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America including the Queen Elizabeth Hall (with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in “Debut Sounds”), The London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, The 2012 Olympic Games, The London Acoustic Guitar Show, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, The Vancouver Orpheum, Smalls Jazz Club NYC and many more.

Tom was first prize winner at the 2016 Northwest Classical Guitar Competition in the USA. He gives regular solo and chamber concerts throughout Europe and North America. His playing has been described as “intense, exciting, spontaneous and engaging”.

Tom is also an active and busy composer and arranger of film, TV and library music.

Luis Medina

Luis Angel Medina Rodriguez was born in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico, and began his formal studies in guitar, music theory and ear training at the age of fourteen. At the age of fifteen, he enrolled in the Music Diploma at the University of Guadalajara. He moved to Canada at the age of 17 and since, Luis has been a very active component to the guitar community in Vancouver. He finished the Diploma in Music at Capilano University where he studied guitar under Stephen Boswell. While at Capilano, Luis won the yearly interdisciplinary performance competition for the two years he was there. He was asked to perform at TEDx held at Capilano University. Currently, he is concluding his studies in the Bachelor of Music program at UBC majoring in guitar performance under the guidance of acclaimed guitarist Dr. Daniel Bolshoy.

Luis is also faculty of the Kaslo Guitar Festival as Ensemble Director. He is heavily involved with the Vancouver Classical Guitar Society organizing events and directing the guitar ensemble. Outside of the guitar world, Luis is involved with at A Little Music Night Orchestra as lead percussionist where he has led rehearsals and conducted at concerts. Luis is passionate about teaching and aims to inspire others by sharing his love for music and the benefits of music in life.

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