Paul Jared Newman, a native of Manhattan, New York, has been a guitar player since his early teens. His first gig was as on-stage guitarist at the famed Judson Poet’s Theatre, in The Love Cure, one of the first rock musicals created in New York. An awakening to classical music and the Spanish guitar occurred soon after, and in recent years flamenco has deepened his involvement with Spanish music.
Ongoing performing affiliations include: guitarist/arranger with SEGUE, a classical Spanish and flamenco ensemble with violinist Sarah Geller and flamenco dancer Eva Conti Alegria; Flamenco y mas with dancer Deirdre Towers and friends, presenting a mix of Spanish classical, flamenco and excursions into Jazz and Blues.
Current and recent residencies include: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Performing Artist with Healing Arts Initiative (HAI); Guitar Accompanist, Ballet Hispanico; Accompanist for the legendary Aileen Pasloff’s Spanish and Flamenco classes at Bard College; Accompanist for noted maestros José Molina and Mariano Parra in NYC; Teaching Artist, New York City Center Arts in Education Program.
Recent performance/composition credits include: Guitarist/actor: Este Nuestro Espacio dance theatre piece by Silvia Siller, Poet’s Den Theatre, New York; Composer/on-stage guitarist: Re:turn, multimedia work by Dagmar Spain, Kraine Theatre, NYC; Guitarist: Under Fire, New York Musical Theatre Festival; Theatre at St. Clements; Composer/on-stage guitarist: The Phantom Lady by Calderon, Soho Repertory Theatre, NYC; Composer/guitarist, Choreographers On The Edge with Compania Flamenca Librada, Byrdcliffe Theatre, Woodstock, NY; Guest Artist, Música en las Montañas festival in Las Alpujarras, Granada, Spain.
Jared has composed and recorded the music for two dance films by Deirdre Towers: (Black) Light, danced by Katherine Crockett of the Martha Graham Company; and Banished, featuring baroque dancer Caroline Copeland, in which he plays the vihuela (Spanish lute).
Recently performed compositions include: Sonidos Sombreados (guitar & string orchestra); Ecos de la Petenera (clarinet & piano); Caras del Prisma (guitar, strings & percussion); “por la noche me llaman . . . “ (violin & piano, commissioned for performance March 2013 by the Orfeo Duo).
Jared is also a music book author and editor whose publications include: A New Anthology of Falsetas for Flamenco Guitar, Bold Strummer, Ltd. 2009; Classics for the Guitar; Karamar Publications, Hauppauge, NY 1996; editor: The Keys to Flamenco Guitar series by Dennis Koster; AIG Publications, New York 1992 –4; arranger: Five Women Composers for Guitar; Mel Bay Publications 2004; Ernesto Nazareth: Brazilian Tangos; Mel Bay 2001. He holds a Masters in guitar performance from SUNY Stony Brook, a BA in Music from UC Berkeley, and an Advanced Level Certificate from Taller Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain.
A nephew of the Sicilian-born artist Remo Farruggio, whose paintings appear on these pages and are in the collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian and many museums worldwide, Jared is the son of ballet and show dancer Leonora Brouner (1919 – 2007), and medical artist/inventor Paul Newman (1917 – 2001).