"I have been a customer of Elefante Music for about five years. The thing that I mostly like about Elefante Music is that I have learned so much and have had so much fun playing the piano and guitar. I love the sound, and I have to admit I have become pretty good at playing those instruments because of the teachers. I really do like music, and Elefante has shown me that I can make beautiful music as well as anyone else."-- Lauren
Michael Andrew (Guitar) –
Michael Andrew has 20-years guitar teaching, singing and performing experience, and has taught for Bernards Township Parks & Recreation, The Pingry School, The Summit, NJ Board of Education and is an Alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. His strong areas are Singer-Songwriter material, American Standards, Beatles, Folk & Blues picking, Rock, Jazz Band, and Country. He has guided student through school jazz-band auditions and all material, as well as entrance exams to university music programs such as Thornton at USC, and Oberlin College. He is an active singer-guitarist-performer and resident of Basking Ridge, NJ.
Michele Fiorindo (Guitar) –
Born and raised in northeast Italy (Veneto region), Michele earned a Bachelors and Masters degree from The University of Padua, in 1993. Since relocating to the U.S. in 1998, he has performed classical, jazz, latin and modern music professionally in the NYC metro area, pairing up with some of the most prominent musicians in the world.
He became a NJ certified music teacher in 2006 with a Summa Cum Laude Music Education Degree from Kean University, specializing in classical guitar with Professor C. Kenniff. In addition, Michele became a member of the Andy Fusco Big Band. From 2006- 2010, Michele was the director of the guitar program at Arts High School in Newark, a prestigious school that specializes in the arts. He has since remained in the same school district, teaching instrumental music focused on guitar instruction, thanks to a partnership with Little Kids Rock, a non profit organization that provides instruments to inner city scholars. Michele has taught at Elefante Music since 2005, and he has continued improving his craft consistently through the years, participating to the Lanciano International Guitar Festival in 2013, attending workshops at Manhattan School of Music, and taking lessons from artists like John Scofield, the legendary Barry Harris, Gaelle Solal, and Kurt Rosenwinkle (among others).
Mr. Fiorindo has continued improving his craft consistently through the years, attending Workshops at Manhattan School of Music and taking lessons from artists like John Scofield, the legendary Barry Harris, and Kurt Rosenwinkle (among others).
Michele has been an established guitar performer in the music business for over three decades. Besides his successful career as a music educator, he is currently performing, collaborating, and recording with some of the most talented artists in the area. He is currently working with his jazz quartet and with the flutist Haruna Fukazawa, forming a duo specialized in traditional Brazilian music. The duo toured Italy in the summer of 2015.
Paul Krautheim (Guitar) –
Paul received his Bachelor in Music from Berklee College of Music In Boston. He has been teaching privately since 1995. Prior to teaching, Paul worked for MTV for four years.
Paul has been a co-leader and guitarist with the Swing Guitars Quintet since 2005. He has also toured with Pen Pal, an Evil Teen Records recording artist. Paul has performed at CBGB's, The Knitting Factory, Brownie's, the Crossroads Theater, and many other New York/New Jersey venues.
Tom Pietrycha (Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar) –
Upright and electric bassist Tom Pietrycha has been teaching and performing for over twenty years. His teaching credits include The Artists Collective, The Hartt School of Music and the Hartford Conservatory. Tom joined the faculty of Elefante Music in the fall of 2011. He is currently teaching upright and electric bass in all styles including orchestral, jazz, rock and funk.
Tomís performing credits are diverse. He has been a member of The Farmington Symphony Orchestra and The Connecticut String Orchestra and has performed with many jazz greats including Houston Person, Vincent Herring, Randy Johnston, Frank Wess, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Joel Frahm and the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. Tom has also played on jingles for Tide and American Express and toured with the Broadway Show Ainít Misbehaviní. Tom continues to perform regularly in the New York area.
Anthony Sanacore (Guitar) –
Anthony Sanacore has been teaching private students for nearly 20 years. He is also an active guitarist, composer, and lyricist. Anthony studied at The New School and Piero's School of Music and privately with Dave Ferrara, John Olin, Ross Barrata, Sheila Mendel, and Kevin Gallagher.
Anthony has performed as a guitarist for over 20 years. He was a member of Young and Fabulous, which performed at Woodstock and the Kiss Expo, and No Future, which played over 300 shows in the New York area at such venues as The Lion's Den, CBGB's, The Scrap Bar, Mother's, Obsessions, Connections, Love Sexy, and the Birch Hill Nightclub. Anthony performs and teaches classical, rock, blues, funk, bebop, swing, ragtime, R&B, reggae, standards, and contemporary pop.