Guitarist and singer born in Brooklyn New York and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico Isaac showed interest for the guitar when he was nine years old. He had his first guitar lessons with his father Luis who introduced him to gospel, rock and blues and bolero. His formal music studies started at Escuela Libre de Música de Humacao.
Isaac’s academic career includes a Bachelors degree in music performance (classical guitar) at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Professional studies in jazz performance at University of Houston and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies at University of North Texas. Currently Isaac is in his last semester at University of Stony Brook in the Doctor in Musical Arts (classical guitar) program where he studies with legendary guitarist/lutenist Jerry Willard.
As an educator Isaac has taught at University of North Texas’s community music program, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico’s popular music program, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico’s Jazz and Caribbean Music program and a jazz guitar lecture series at University of Stony Brook (State University of New York). Isaac has also taught master classes at Columbia College in Chicago Illinois, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and several other institutions. His experience as an educator has also taken him to teach in the public education system in Houston Texas, music academies and churches.
Isaac has performed in master classes for artists like Pepe Romero, Carlos Barbosa- Lima, Mark White, Oscar Stagnaro, Dale Stuckenbruck and Andrew York. He has performed with artists like Eddie Gomez, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Rick Latham, Chris Carrington, Paoli Mejias and with prestigious jazz educators like Angel David Mattos, Marco Pignataro and Gordon Vernick. Isaac studied privately with guitarists Luis Enrique Juliá, Benjamín Verdery, Fred Hamilton, Thomas Johnson, Mike Wheeler, Terry Hankins, Richard Mclure, David Leisner.
Currently Isaac has released his first solo album “Returning to the Path”, a collection of jazz pieces and songs with a Christian based message. The album shows musical influences ranging from modern jazz, impressionism, latin and modern rock. The musician is also a member of the jazz/fusion quartet Proyecto EVIF which released a self titled record last year. This recording presents a collage of pieces written and arranged by the members of the band. The rest of the band made of brilliant musicians and educators is: Jorge Vizzcarrondo on sax and electronics, Samuel Morales on bass and Freddie Burgos on drum set and electronics. Proyecto EVIF can also be heard on the “Returning to the Path” record.
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