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Music

In anticipation of new releases my 1996 CD is now available for download and purchase at Bandcamp.

Fingerprint is a musical tour of the world through the strings of my guitar. It is a collection of music inspired by folk and popular idioms from around the globe. It features Variations on a Mongolian Folk Song, Samba di Locomoco, and the Spooky Blues, as well as music ranging from Venezuela to Spain to Japan and Turkey.

Re-released December 23, 2016

Bio

Guitarist Jay Kauffman has performed to critical acclaim on stages from New York to San Francisco to Shanghai, and is a published coomposer whose works have been featured on National Public Radio.

As a classically trained musician and teacher with graduate degrees from the Juilliard School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory, he is committed to translating the principles of technical and musical mastery into plain language and practical suggestions for guitar students of all levels and all stripes. He’s been on the faculty of the prestigious Bowdoin Music Festival as well as the Western Connecticut State University.

His compositions have garnered much praise, and combine a high level of guitar wizardry with a fluid, expressive, and richly varied compositional technique.

His music is published by Tuscany Publications and distributed by The Theodore Presser Company, as well as by Les Productions D’oz Awards and Performances

He has been awarded numerous fellowships and scholarships, and has won top prizes in several national and international competitions, including ASTA, MTNA, and the Arts America Auditions.

He performed his New York Debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as the only winner in guitar of the 1994 Artist’s International Competition.

He has performed throughout North America, concentrating on the Eastern and Midwestern United States. His work as an Artistic Ambassador for the now defunct United States Information Agency brought him performing throughout China, Korea, Taiwan, and Mongolia, as well as in India

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