Dr. Matthew Bishop is a highly active performer, scholar, and educator. In concerts across the country he has offered audiences a wide range of music on guitar and lute from the 11th century to newly-composed works. He is also a founding member of Etudes.co, an online resource for guitarists. Recently Dr. Bishop has presented his research on the Weiss/Bach Sonata across the country and is currently working to publish it for the guitar, either as a solo or in a chamber setting. Currently, Dr. Bishop is a Professor at Laredo College in Texas where he teaches guitar and music history.
At 22, guitarist Matthew Rotker-Lynn, from Milwaukee, WI, is a rising star on the New York jazz scene. He started playing guitar at the age of 8, inspired by his father’s taste in music and the many recordings he was hearing around the house. As a high school student, he was a member of the Downbeat award winning Jazz Lab combo and was introduced to more challenging material in his studies with UW-Milwaukee professor Don Linke. A multi-instrumentalist, Matthew was the winner of the prestigious Wilson Center International Guitar Competition in 2015, recipient of the Jah Jerry Scholarship, the Chuck Hedges Scholarship, and the Bob Kames Scholarship for Music. He has already played with greats such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steve Wilson, Mike LeDonne, Rich Perry, Joe Farnsworth, Rodney Green, Ray Gallon, and Joe Sanders.