From the Shore
Introducing Rick Balestra: 'From the Shore' By Paula Meseroll 'From the Shore,' Rick Balestra's first CD, is the result of his long-standing passion for jazz guitar. A mix of five original tunes, plus Rick's interpretation of such jazz standards as 'My Foolish Heart' and 'You the Night and the Music,' the CD showcases Rick's professionalism, originality and musicianship. Rick has devoted his life to the study, instruction and performance of music. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education at Syracuse University and a master's degree in classical guitar performance at Ithaca College. He shares his knowledge, talent and expertise with students at the State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego College, where he is an adjunct professor of jazz and classical guitar, and as an adjunct professor of jazz guitar at Hamilton College and Colgate University. Highlights of his performance career include appearances at the Syracuse Jazz Festivals, Oswego's Harborfest, the Glenora Wine Jazz Series, and the Rochester Cornhill Festivals. Rick is the originator, organizer and driving force behind the Jazz Guitar Festivals held the past two years at SUNY Oswego and he performed there with his group, 'Spaces.' The festival has attracted such internationally known artists as Gene Bertoncini, Peter Leitch, Club Django and John Ambercrombie. Rick also had a featured spot as a soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra's Pops Orchestra. Although 'From the Shore' is Rick's inaugural CD, it's not his first foray into the recording studio. His guitar virtuosity and creativity have been much in demand by many of Central New York's finest musicians for studio work.