Christopher Caliendo
World Music Trio
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Christopher Caliendo

Composer, guitarist, conductor, teacher and publicist Christopher Caliendo has written over five hundred classical/world music compositions, some of which comprise his American Tangos, American Gypsy, Chamber Jazz, Classical Jazz and World Music collections. He has appeared at numerous festivals in residence, including the prestigious Sunflower Music Festival where an evening of his world music compositions was performed live on NPR radio. His unique blend of musical styles within the classical school has attracted a considerable following.

A student at New England Conservatory with a B.A. from Lowell College of Music, Mr. Caliendo was the recipient of the Henry Mancini Award for Film Composition and was invited to study at U.C.L.A. where he earned his Master of Arts Degree with the highest honors in Theory/Composition. Other awards include the Artin Arslanian Scholarship for Humanities, a decorative scroll from the City of Los Angeles for outstanding gifts as a composer, guitarist, pianist and teacher, and the Peabody Grant for Scholarship. In 1992 Christopher became the only American composer in Vatican history to be twice commissioned for the Vatican's Encounters of Sacred Music Festival held in Rome, Italy. His sacred two hour musical drama "The Mystic Saints" was the direct result of those commissions.

His film composition resume includes prime time TV for the CBS network's legendary series "Dallas" and for the award winning series "Paradise", where he received an Emmy nomination for his work with composer Jerrold Immel. He has worked as a silent film feature composer for both SONY and Turner Classic Movies and most recently became the first composer in motion picture history to re-score a major motion picture - the restoration and re-release of Sam Peckinpah's epic Western "Major Dundee". The New York Times calls it, "a vastly improved musical score." In 2007 Caliendo was called upon again by MGM to create a two scores - music for the introduction to the complete set of John Ford films on DVD, and a new score for John Ford's epic masterpiece "The Iron Horse", about which Director/Producer Nick Redman wrote, "Christopher's music for "Becoming John Ford" is, quite simply, perfect. It sums up beautifully, in its wonderful, deceptively simple phrases, everything we feel about this great director and his films ... it is the coming together of two artists, Christopher, and Ford himself, their collaboration reaching rapturous harmony.

For years now, the core of Christopher’s personal writing has been concentrated on World Chamber Music for flute musicians. It embraces a wide variety of peasant cultures, comprising Tango, Gypsy, Flamenco, Samba, Spanish, African and Arabic influences. His journey has been to combine these idioms into a new synthesis and his latest recording “Caliendo World Music Hits” encompasses this work. Renowned musicians, Flutist John Barcellona and Cellist Armen Ksajikian are featured on the recording and on tour with Christopher.

"America's next Gershwin"
– Vatican Press, Rome.

John Barcellona - Flutist

John Barcellona is the Director of Woodwind Studies and Professor of Flute at CSULB and flutist with the internationally acclaimed Westwood Wind Quintet (recordings on Columbia, Crystal, and WIM). the Quintet is currently recording the complete 25 Quintets of Anton Reicha. The third CD was released on the Crystal label in September 2006. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Flute Association. John has collaborated with composer/guitarist Christopher Caliendo on several performances this past year, culminating in the release of Caliendo World Music Hits in August of 2007 along with cellist Ian Flatt.

An active freelance musician in the Southern California area, he has played Principal Flute with the Pacific Symphony, the Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Joffery and the San Francisco Ballet. Studio credits include recordings for Disney such as the motion picture The Newsies. His solo album, Is This The Way To Carnegie Hall (with Calvin Smith, horn) was nominated to the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a Grammy award. He was also a member of the Moyses Duo, with the late pianist, Louis Moyses.

John is also active on the masterclass/recital circuit and has collaborated with many prominent flutists including Julius Baker, William Bennett, Michel Dobost, and many others. He is the designer of the Kori Flute (along with help from CSULB Instrument Technician, James Long). The Kori Flute introduced the Barcellona Model. He has been design consultant for the A.D. Geoffrey, Natuski, and Maramatsu Flute Companies. This summer he was guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival for the 25th consecutive year and made his second appearance at the International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janero, Brazil. He received his B.M. from Hartt School of Music, M.A. from CSULB and D.M.A. from USC. His principle teachers were Harold Bennett, Carl Bergner, Roger Stevens and John Wummer.

Armen Ksajikian - Cellist

Armen Ksajikian began his professional career at the age of 12 with the National Philharmonic of Abkhazia in the former Soviet Union. Since his arrival in the United States in 1976, he has established himself as a vital contributor to nearly every aspect of the musical life of Los Angeles. He is admired for his artistry and beloved for his generosity and wonderful sense of humor.

Armen has performed as principal or soloist with the Los Angeles and Opus chamber orchestras and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among others. He has toured New York and Europe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Japan and Brazil with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has also played with most symphonies in the Southland and with the orchestras of many international ballet companies, as well as the LA Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In addition to performing in master classes with Jascha Heifetz, Armen has worked with such notables as John Cage, John Adams, Henry Mancini, John Williams, Chick Corea, Randy Newman, The Manhattan Transfer, Counting Crows, Scorpions, Incubus and System of a Down. He also finds time to teach promising young cellists.

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