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Gina Sobel is a natural improviser. A virtuoso on multiple instruments (flute, sax, voice), she exudes energy and excitement in her live performances and is sought after as a soloist with national and international performers. In her own music, Sobel combines diverse genres to unite elements of funk, jazz and American folk music into a fresh and compelling sound. Sobel is the bandleader of Choose Your Own Adventure, a high-energy funk band featuring a brilliant group of musicians, and she partners with drummer Joey Antico in the lo-fi jazz/funk outfit Gold Sounds. She is active in genres across the spectrum, ranging from hip hop to bluegrass and everything in between.
Sobel’s improvisation and style is so compelling that she is in high demand across a massive range of genres. Over the last couple years, Gina has recorded, collaborated and performed with artists including: Emancipator (down-tempo electronica), Rickie Simpkins (bluegrass), Jeff Coffin (jazz), Parachute (pop), Cory Wong of Vulfpeck (funk), Darryl Davis (boogie woogie), John D’earth (jazz), Flory Jagoda and Susan Gaeta (Sephardic), Dopapod (funk/electronica), Wytold (contemporary chamber music) and McKinley Dixon (hip hop). Recently, Sobel has played Red Rocks Amphitheater, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club and the Richmond Folk Festival. In 2018, she completed both the Strathmore Artist in Residence program and the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship. She has a number of her own releases, most recently a self-titled single by Gold Sounds.
I strongly believe in building the curriculum to best suit the student. If a high school student is prepping for college auditions, the lessons will feel very different from an adult student who wants to learn guitar just for fun. I'm passionate about finding the right direction for each individual student, and I love teaching through songs, especially if they are songs that students bring to the table. I'm fun and relaxed but serious about practicing and working towards goals that we set together based on the needs and wishes of each individual student.
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