"Chepaitis is a national treasure who has yet to be recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, because a category encompassing the gonzo, musically omniverous brilliance, and beatific, introspective sensitivity of the man has yet to be invented." -Kitty Montgomery

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Stanley Chepaitis
Stanley Chepaitis
Stanley Chepaitis with Nathan Santos
Chris Bakriges, Stanley Chepaitis,Matisse Jazz
Chris Bakriges, Stanley Chepaitis, Matisse Jazz
Chris Bakriges, Stanley Chepaitis, Matisse Jazz
Teaching the Eye to Hear, Inspired by Matisse's Jazz
Litton String Quartet

Stanley Chepaitis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree as well as the coveted Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He has studied violin with John Celentano, Renato Bonacini, Carroll Glenn, and Raphael Bronstien. He has studied jazz composition and improvisation with John Blake, Bill Dobbins and Rayburn Wright. He currently chairs the string faculty of Indiana University of PA and is first violinist of the Litton Quartet. His recent performances include recitals at the Eastman School’s Kilbourne Hall and at the Academys of Music in Zagreb, Croatia and Ljubliana, Slovenia. He has recently performed concerti with orchestra by Prokofiev, Dvorak, Beethoven, Bach, Saint-Saens, as well as his own Paganini in the Vernacular for violin and orchestra. Dr. Chepaitis has recorded three CDs of original works. His latest CD, Double Take, features works by Bach and Telemann alongside original jazz compositions based on those works. He has also recently released a recording of Progressive Rock Compositions by heavy Metal drummer, Mike Barnett. Dr. Chepaitis has created an innovative, holistic approach for teaching improvisation to string players of all ages and is much sought after as a clinician. His recent clinics have taken him to Hannover, Germany, Michigan State University, Washington State University, Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland, University of Ohio, University of Oregon, University of New Mexico, Eastern Washington University, Seattle, Wilmington DE, and the Pittsburgh Music Academy. He was a master clinician for the American String Teacher’s Association’s first Alternative Styles Conference, and has since presented at ASTA conferences in Reno, Nevada and Kansas City, Detroit, Albuquerque, and Louisville, KY..

Christopher Bakriges is of Greek American decent, born in Detroit. The rich cultural firmament of Motown cultivated his taste for music as an expression of emotion, communication, and social change. Bakriges graduated with degrees in world music from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and in ethnomusicology from York University in Toronto, Canada. His teachers have included Nadi Qamar, Jimmy Giuffre, Harold Danko, Billy Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Tanjore Vishwanathan, Frederick Simmons, Oscar Peterson, and Alvin Lucier. His repertoire has forged a unique path that embodies the essence of jazz exploration, global influences and pure improvisation. Bakriges is artist in residence at two Massachusetts schools, MassArt in Boston and Elms College in Chicopee. His most recent album Transculturation, is original works with collaborations from eighteen artists from around the world. In 1990, he made his international debut at India’s Jazz Yatra Festival. He has since performed in Pakistan, Turkey, France, England, and the Czech Republic. www.bakriges.com