About Stephen

Specializing in violão brasileiro (Brazilian classical guitar), Stephen Guerra is a band leader, accompanist, composer, arranger, and educator based in New York City. He performs at music clubs, cultural centers, universities, and guitar societies around the United States and has shared the stage with Rogério Souza, Duo Violão, Ami Molinelli, Tiago do Bandolim, and Regional de NY among others. He spent years studying Brazilian guitar and choro in Rio de Janeiro with legendary brothers Rogério Souza and Ronaldo do Bandolim (of Trio Madeira and Época de Ouro) and continues to visit regularly. Some of his published work includes: the album Choro in the Time of Bossa Nova with Duo Guerra/Morrow, Suíte Rio de Janeiro with Guitar Chamber Music Press, 10 Brazilian Choros Arranged for Classical Guitar Solo with Mel Bay, and a popular YouTube channel. Stephen has a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. He has published various research articles about rhythm and meter in Latin-American African-diasporic music and has taught music at UMass Amherst, Northern Arizona University, Rutgers University, and Yale University.