Ed Stephenson & The Paco Band

Ed Stephenson is a Raleigh-based Canadian guitarist and Alanna recording artist whose virtuosity extends throughout the classical Spanish, flamenco, and flamenco fusion genres. He has performed throughout North America as a soloist, a member of the North Carolina Guitar Quartet and the Paco Band. His numerous return engagements with the North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh Symphony, North Carolina Theatre, North Carolina Bach Festival, and concert series at universities and colleges in the southeast, have established him as one of the region’s most sought after performers. His versatility is reflected in his discography: Kypoyka – Ukrainian Children’s Songs and Stories, Winter Branches – North Carolina Guitar Quartet (Liscio Recordings) (1997), Ino Live – Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (Liscio Recordings) (2011), Esencia – Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (Alanna Records) (2012), A Paco Band Christmas – Ed Stephenson (2013), and Rosamaria – Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (Alanna Records) (2015). The Classical Voice of North Carolina praised his Esencia album: “It has all the characteristics and virtuosity of traditional flamenco guitar but falls outside – or perhaps expands upon – the limited traditional flamenco harmonies and structure. You find influences such as bossa nova or Latin, rock, jazz, swing and salsa, and others.” Stephenson's most recent CD, Rosamaria, was recently completed with the Paco Band and was released in April 2015 under the Alanna Records label. 

In addition to his active preforming career, Stephenson was awarded the North Carolina School of the Arts "Teacher of the Year Award" in 1995 and is on the music faculty at Meredith College. Born in Toronto, Stephenson came to North Carolina to study with Aaron Shearer at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Stephenson performs throughout North America not only as a soloist, but also as a member of the North Carolina Guitar Quartet, where he plays an integral part in commissioning new works for this genre. The Quartet's most recent project includes the recording of Voices From the Garden by David Kechley, now available on compact disc under the Liscio label. Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band is a Spanish music and Nuevo flamenco ensemble, performing original compositions and music by Paco De Lucia, Ottmar Liebert, Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados, Chick Corea, Joaquin Rodrigo.

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