Brian Moran

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Musical Styles: Brazilian, Jazz, R&B/Pop, Flamenco, Classical, Blues

Instruments:Guitar (6 and 7 string, steel and nylon string,pick and fingerstyle), Cavaquinho, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Bass

Song List: Click HERE to see a complete song list

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Brian Moran is available for exclusive private events, as well as public concerts. To check pricing or to hire Brian Moran, Contact Jay Siegan Presents here

Notable Facts: Brian's instructional articles have been published in Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He currently plays with Grupo Falso Baiano, Jorge Alabe and Grupo Samba Rio, and as a leader and sideman in various other jazz, blues, and world music groups.


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Equally at home in both jazz and latin guitar styles, Brian Moran is one of the Bay Area’s more versatile and accomplished musicians. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1998, Brian has made the San Francisco Bay Area his home, where he maintains an active performance and teaching schedule.

Brian Moran began his study of the guitar in 1987, beginning with rock guitar, and later focused exclusively on jazz for 10 years, in which time he led the Blowout Sextet, composing and performing original music and releasing the CD “The Supporting Theory” to rave reviews. Since 2001, Brian has dedicated much of his time to the study of 7 string jazz guitar, Spanish and Brazilian guitar, Brazilian cavaquinho and bandolim; and includes classical, Brazilian music, and flamenco in his diverse repertoire. He was nominated as a “Latin Jazz Guitarist of the Year” in 2011 by Latin Jazz Corner. He is a founding member of the Bay Area’s “Grupo Falso Baiano”, a project dedicated to Brazilian choro and samba music.

He has traveled to Spain and Brazil three times studying with Choro Rasgado guitarist Alessandro Penezzi and Marco Bertaglia, author of O Violao de 7 Cordas. In Feb of 2007 and Feb of 2008, Brian attended the 3rd and 4th annual Festival Nacional do Choro in Sao Paulo state, where he studied with some of  the top choro musicians from Rio and Sao Paulo.

Notable work includes performances with Brazilian guitarists Romero Lubambo, Alessando Penezzi and  Ricardo Peixoto, jazz guitarists Bruce Forman and Mundell Lowe, Jovino Santos Neto, Harvey Wainapel, Jorge Alabe, Alessandro Penezzi, Ted Falcon,  actor/improviser Timothy “Speed” Levitch (Waking Life, The Cruise), and many others.

He has lent his talents as a recording artist to many projects, produced music for the openings of photographers Annie Liebowitz, Ruth Bernhard, painter Robert Bechtle, performed at the San Francisco, San Jose, and Healdburg Jazz Festivals, SFMOMA, LACMA, appeared on television and in theatre, and has composed and conducted for numerous other projects including The Alamo, and The Dallas Museum of Art. Bruce Forman calls him a “thorough musician who has spent a great deal of time assimilating the wealth of Jazz history and has found a wonderfully personal way of expressing himself”.


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