Sylwia Kloc, who wrote the review of the recent February 2016 Herrera-Limón concert at the Americas Society, is a classical guitarist from Poland. She received her Bachelor and Master Degrees from Mannes College, The New School for Music, where she studied with Frederic Hand. As a music journalist, I’ve heard Leo Brouwer’s El Decameron Negro performed as many times at many lordly concert venues throughout the years as Dr. Seuss’ Sam has been offered green eggs and ham, with a mouse and in a house, yet Ms. Kloc’s version of the piece, performed one summer afternoon long ago in the Mannes School of Music’s humid hot box, Goldmark Hall, still resonates.
Ms. Kloc plays Renaissance lute and Baroque guitar and has worked with the renowned early music player and scholar Dennis Cinelli. In the spring of 2007, Ms. Kloc premiered and recorded “Ancient Visions,” a concerto for Renaissance lute and guitar ensemble by Terry Champlin. She was a scholar recipient for the 2006 Musica en Compostela Festival in Spain, where she studied with José Luiz Rodrigo.
Ms. Kloc teaches as a guitar professor at Montclair State University, New Jersey, and at Molloy College in New York and she also maintains a private teaching studio in Ridgewood, Queens. She is also a singer-songwriter in the New York underground folk scene. With her newly formed band, she is currently working on her début album.
“Singing and songwriting is my side gig,” Ms. Kloc says. “I started writing songs in 2013 and consider myself both a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter. I teach classical music and guitar at the universities and, in my guitar ensemble classes, I incorporate some pop/Spanish/Latin arrangements.”
Here is a Youtube video of her performing one of her catchy, original songs with her band, The Troubadours, at the Greenpoint Arts Festival in Brooklyn last year:
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