AER Alpha Branco Stoysin

Branco Stoysin, south London resident guitarist, composer and tutor. Born in the university town Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia, and entirely self-taught, Branco began playing guitar at the age of 15 and very soon found a love of jazz and Brazilian music, influenced by Joe Pass, Charlie Parker and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Soon, Branco was being featured at a number of jazz venues and festivals in his home country and appeared at the largest festival „The Days of Jazz“ in Novi Sad.

At 18 he prolifically started composing sensual music of great beauty with Sunny dispositions and gathered 100’s of tunes till the present. He is largely inspired by the Sun, and influenced by Jazz, Yugoslav traditional folk, World, Brazilian and classical music. The interest in these compositions led to recordings for radio and TV Novi Sad. Following this, Branco formed his „Sad Nova Trio“ whose success led to numerous concerts and broadcasts on TV.

As an avid reader of the Sherlock Holmes series, he began to hanker for a different life and wider musical opportunities. In the early 1990s he set off to England with little more than his guitar and has since become a fixture on the London and UK music scene, actively composing and performing solo, in various duos and with his new trio featuring the elegant Leslee Booth on 6-string contra-bass and imaginative Buster Birch on percussion. Branco composes and plays sensual music of great beauty, coloured by many world influences.
After Branco‘s very first solo-gig at the Peter Ind‘s „Tenor Clef“ Jazz-Club in London, back in 1993, Branco with his new and consistent trio has performed at many top venues such as Arts Centres: The National Theatre foyer, The Royal Albert Hall-Ignite, Norwich, Colchester, Cardiff, Windsor, Eastbourne UGT; Festivals: London Jazz Festival, City Of London, Ealing Jazz Festival, Oxford Jazz Festival, International Guitar Festival of GB Wirral, Ards International Guitar Festival of Co Down N. Ireland, Rural Touring (NRTF-Devon) and an endless list of Clubs such as: Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, The Stables Theatre Milton Keynes, High-Places as: The Landmark Hotel London, The Royal Commonwealth Society, Royal Automobile Club ...

Branco has also appeared with his trio on Sky TV „Arts World“, BBC Radio 3‘s „In Tune“ programme and is regularly featured and a favourite on Sarah Ward‘s show on Jazz FM/Smooth FM.
Branco is a qualified teacher and teaches at Goldsmiths and City Lit Colleges of London guitar and jazz guitar in his unique, passionate and enthusiastic way by passing that enthusiasm and love for the guitar to his students, thus enabling them to really play the instrument. Six critically acclaimed albums and live DVD have been released on Sun Recordings label.

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