Category Archives: Electric Guitar

Henry Rensch

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bass Performance/Jazz Studies, University of Michigan
  • Master of Music, Bass Performance, Western Michigan University
Henry Rensch is a multi-instrumental performer, educator, composer, and engineer from Kalamazoo, MI, and has been working in the west Michigan area for over 10 years. Rensch received his Masters degree from Western Michigan University in 2017, and holds undergraduate degrees in both jazz studies and electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.While at UofM, Rensch studied with world renown jazz bassist Robert Hurst. He also received instruction from eminent jazz veterans John Clayton, Christian McBride, and many more. At WMU, he served as graduate assistant, providing dedicated bass lessons to students ranging from undergraduate seniors to non-majors at the request of professor of both jazz and classical bass, Tom Knific. He also performed onstage with an incredible array of jazz legends including Rufus Reid, George Garzone, Terrell Stafford, Billy Hart, Jimmy Cobb, Peter Erskine, Chico Pinheiro, and Ed Simon.

An accomplished doubler on electric and double basses, Rensch is in demand in the Kalamazoo area, and has enjoyed being part of a wide variety of performances and recordings in jazz, folk, prog-rock, hip hop, avant-garde, funk, country, and numerous other genres. He has performed numerous times with American Idol finalist Matt Giraud, and has been the sole bassist for the local Dan Willenberg Trio, which performed weekly at Kalamzoo’s The Union Cabaret and Grille for over 3 years. He is an alum of the award winning WMU-based Latin jazz ensemble, Mas Que Nada, and the Nashville-based piano rock trio We Know Jackson. Rensch co-founded the commercial music practicum ensemble Groove Lab, and is the host and bandleader for a new performance series at Rupert’s Brewhouse. In addition to musical performance and education, Rensch is also a skilled audio engineer who has worked on numerous performances and productions, provided instruction in audio engineering, served as graduate assistant to the WMU Multimedia Arts Department, and enjoys building and repairing audio equipment in his spare time.

Also posted in Faculty, String Bass | Comments closed

Alfredo Balcacer

 

  • Master of Music, Music Performance/Jazz studies Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Music, Music Performance with a certificate in guitar pedagogy, Utah State University
  • Studies in Music Performance, National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Alfredo Balcacer is a guitarist and educator from the Dominican Republic, currently living in Kalamazoo, MI. He graduated with a degree in Music Performance from Utah State University, and a masters degree in Music Performance at Western Michigan University. After coming to the United States, he has studied with Corey and Mike Christiansen, Fareed Haque, Tom Knific, Pat Martino, Bryan Baker, Fred Hamilton, Ed Simon, among others.

Alfredo has performed in the USA, Brazil, Canada and the Dominican Republic, and taught guitar privately for 8 years back in his home country, both in high-schools and at his private studio. Besides being a former member of the award-winning groups such a Gold Company Vocal Ensemble, USU Jazz Orchestra, WMU Jazz Orchestra and Mas Que Nada Latin Group, Alfredo is also a recipient of scholarships by the Dominican Republic Government, Utah State Caine College of the Arts and WMU Department of Music.

For the past 10 years, Alfredo has performed and collaborated with many artists such as Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Corey Christiansen, George Garzone, Peter Eldridge, Cedric Dent, Jeremy Siskind, Deborah Brown, and Tom Knific, among others. As attendee to many masterclasses, he has performed with John Scofield, Chico Pinheiro, Julian Lage, Peter Bernstein, Steve Kovalcheck and Philip Catherine.

You can see Alfredo perform here and here.

Also posted in Acoustic Guitar, Faculty | Comments closed
  • Music Instruction for All Ages & Abilities

     

     

    Our Mission:
    … to provide individualized music instruction in a positive and supportive atmosphere to all persons regardless of age, ability or income.

    Epic Center, Suite 12
    359 S. Kalamazoo Mall
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    269 / 345-6664

    Online Payments

    email

    sign up

    volunteer

    map

     

  • Upcoming Events

    October 21:
    Student recital
    Sunday, 2:00 pm
    First Presbyterian Church

    November 17:
    Student recital
    Saturday, 2:00 pm
    First Presbyterian Church
     

    Follow us on Facebook

  • Mailing List Signup

    Stay up to date with Crescendo!