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Benji Kaplan

Brazilian Acoustic Guitar from New York, NY - Will travel up to 10 miles
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$200 - $1200 per event
Benji is a Brazilian, jazz and classical guitarist, Vocalist and Composer from NYC. He began playing at age 11, and by age 14 was playing solo jazz, Brazilian and classical guitar performances in New York city and the greater New York area in country clubs, restaurants, recital halls and for Weddings. At 18, Benji went to Brazil to study and learn more about Brazilian music and culture, traveling to the North and South of Brazil, discovering more deeply, his love for samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, and Baiao. Upon returning to NYC he began studying at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary music where he completed his studies as a Jazz Performance major in the spring of 2007. He has since performed in venues such as Prince George Ball Room, Sweet Rhythm, Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, The Zinc Bar, Caffe Vivaldi, Smalls, and many others. In 2011 Benji released his 2nd solo album of his latest compositions entitled "Meditacoes no Violao" (Guitar Meditations) and charted # 2 on CMJ Jazz and # 3 on CMJ World music.

Reviews:

"A guitar player with impeccable technique and fluency. Meditacoes no Violao (guitar meditations) is a collection of poetic and refined compositions, played with a perfect balance of intellect and emotion".

- JazzTimes


"A New York kid with Brazil in his blood and what appears to be a lightning mind"

-MIDWEST RECORD REVIEW



Benji is equally comfortable performing in Solo guitar settings playing classical, Brazilian or jazz repertoire, singing and playing Bossa Nova, or playing Jazz standards in trio, duo or solo format, whether it be a Cocktail Hour Reception, Corporate Event, Wedding Ceremony or a Birthday Party. Repertoire includes music from artists such as Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Chico Buarque, Gershwin, Bach, Joao Pernambuco, Villa Lobos and many others
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Benji was simply wonderful! He is very talented, calm and organized. He did everything we asked for and more! He is simply the best!

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2014
Sep
19
Wedding
Montauk, NY
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2012
Aug
7
Eolo: Sicilia e Tavola
New York, NY
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2012
Jul
31
Eolo: Sicilia e Tavola
New York, NY
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2012
Jul
30
Caliu Tapas bar
New York, NY
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
2012
Jul
24
Eolo: Sicilia e Tavola
New York, NY
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2012
Jul
23
Caliu Tapas bar
New York, NY
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
All The Things You Are
Jerome Kern
Adeus America
Haroldo Barboso
Aquarela Do Brasil
Ary Barroso
Autumn Leaves
Joseph Kosma
A Felicidade
A.C. Jobim
Autumn in New York
Vernon Duke
Berimbau
Baden Powell
Body and Soul
Johnny Green
Bewitched
Rodgers and Heart
Bye Bye Blackbird
Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon
Brazilian Acoustic Guitar
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fund Raisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Benji Kaplan will also travel to Brooklyn, Hoboken, Jersey City, Long Island City, Union City, Weehawken, Flushing, North Bergen, West New York, Bayonne, Kearny, Secaucus, Staten Island, Cliffside Park, Fairview, Jamaica, Bronx, Edgewater, Harrison, Newark, North Arlington, Ridgefield, Fort Lee, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, Palisades Park, Ridgewood, Belleville, Carlstadt.
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