Sammy Perez was first exposed to music at the age of three while falling asleep to the songs from his parents record collection. It wasn’t until attending a small church in his hometown of Albuquerque when Sammy was finally able to play in front of a crowd. Growing up, he developed a deeper connection with music and enjoyed learning other instruments and expanding his overall ability.
In 2010, he headed to Los Angeles to study at the world-renowned Musicians Institute under the guidance of Scott Henderson, Carl Verhayan, Allen Hinds, and many other greats. Since graduating Sammy has been constantly invested in recording and producing for many artists as well as freelancing for bands in Los Angeles and Albuquerque. He’s currently the lead guitarist for Sony signed artist Guordan Banks – who himself has been featured with artists from John Legend, Meek Mills, Lelah Hathaway, 50 Cent, Keisha Cole and others.
Sammy is also Ryan Montano’s guitarist of choice – having recorded and played on his latest single “Honey Girl” which is currently #15 on Billboard. He also had the opportunity to play on one of the nations biggest Jazz festivals The “ Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Florida.
Sammy is very passionate about the music he creates and the industry. He see’s it as an ever evolving art and isn’t afraid to adapt. He strives to keeps a balance between the past tradition of Jazz, Pop, Rock and RnB. While still pushing towards new progressive music, sounds, instrumentation and approaches.
Here’s some of his performances:
Carla attended the Berklee College of Music and finished at The New England Conservatory of Music. She studied composition with jazz great George Russell and contemporary composer William Thomas McKinley. She graduated with academic honors and a degree in music.
Carla was the vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, & lead guitarist for Earthwurm, a group that recorded 2 independently released studio CD’s, Sex & Anxiety & Blank The Same. “I Wait For You” a track off “Blank the Same”, was chosen to be featured on a compilation called “Octaves Beyond Silence” featuring Ani DiFranco, Sarah Mclachlan & The Indigo Girls. For 3 years Carla played the Chappman Stick for the off-broadway sensation, The Blue Man Group. She was the 1st female band member of the NYC show and the 2nd female in the entire company.
Carla has performed & toured as a lead vocalist and a back ground vocalist for many artists, such as: Danny Vaughn (Tyketto/Vaughn), The Party Dolls, Richie Canatta ( Billy Joel), Allison Miller (Annie DiFranco, Natalie Merchant & Brandi Carlile), Sheryl Bailey, Lucy Arnez, The Newyorkettes and many Vegas style tribute acts.
Carla still takes an occasional lesson and her teacher is the private vocal coach for Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and many Broadway artists.
Carla and her husband PJ are the writing team known as “The Alphabet Astronauts” who write music for TV, Film and original artists.
Pj studied jazz performance & music theory at City College in New York City. Some of his mentors include Joe Giglio, Vic Juris, Alex Skolnick, Metal Mike Chlasciak, Oz Noy & Greg Harrison. Pj has toured the globe with such artists as: Tyketto, Danny Vaughn, Brother Love, Jon Jones, The Bobby Lynch Band, New Power Soul & Garden State Radio. While with these bands Pj has shared the stage with: Motorhead, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Don Felder, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Kris Allen, Barenaked Ladies, 3 Doors Down, Michael Franti, & Joe Piscopo.
Pj has recorded numerous recordings & promotional videos and has been a featured artist online with Guitar World Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine & Premier Guitar Magazine demonstrating numerous efx pedals from: Maxon, TWA, Guyatone, Emma, Providence & HAO.
Pj has also been a featured artist for the past 5 years at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim California & is proudly endorsed by- ENGL amps, Marshall amps, Music Man Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings, V-picks, EMG pickups, Gator Cases, Godlyke Distribution, Providence, Maxon, Guyatone, Emma, TWA, HAO, Get’m Get’m Straps & Loxx strap locks.
Andreas Farmakalidis is a professional performing musician, published musical author as well as educator with national as well as international touring experience.
He is primarily known as an electric bass player. He was fortunate enough to record with notable musicians such as Grammy award winning guitar player Marty Friedman, Megadeth, aika (J-pop top10), Neilaproductions, among others. In addition, he supported many well known artists and he has shared the stage with the likes of Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, WAR, Greek X Factor and super idol artists among many others.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music as well as a MA degree from Brandeis University . In addition, Andreas is a Rotterdams Conservatory alumnus, where he was studying Jazz bass Performance as well as Music Pedagogy. Moreover, he has a performance grade degree in piano from Trinity College in the UK.
Lastly, Andreas is a staff writer for the renowned bass magazine. His First music book, which is published through academic publishing, focuses on observations and analyses in the music of Ornette Coleman. His second book (hip hop bass lines), which is going to be published through bassline publishing, came out in 2012.
Andreas is available for private lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Alexis Stone Lopez
Beginning & Intermediate Guitar
Alexis was born in August 1984 in Modesto, CA. Shortly before graduation from high school, she decided to audition for the first season of American Idol. So at 17, she skipped school just before finals to drive more than 300 miles alone to Los Angeles for a 40-second audition. Although competing with more than 10,000 Idol-hopefuls, she made it all the way to the final Wildcard competition, before leaving the show.
After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music interests. She attended Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA, where she studied Linguistics and Music, and then went on to earn a full scholarship to the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.
Alexis has been working in recording studios since she was 14 years old, not only as an artist and studio vocalist, but also as a recording engineer and a producer. Although her primary focus has been on her education, she has also managed to tour with several major acts at venues including MGM Grand, Cal Expo, Universal Amphitheater, and other major locations across the U.S.
She is currently back in the studio full time, working to complete a volume of songs, to draw from for her upcoming album.
Alexis is Available for Private Lessons Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.