Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Jamie Balmer, classical guitarist

A dedicated musical collaborator and insightful soloist, Jamie Balmer has toured extensively with fellow guitarist Joe Ricker as half of the visionary guitar ensemble Duo Orfeo. With Orfeo, Jamie has also recorded several critically acclaimed albums. Notable among these are 2012’s I sing the body electric, praised by one reviewer as “a milestone record” and featuring world-premiere arrangements of music by Cage, Satie, Silvestrov, Mompou, and Arvo Pärt - with the latter composer collaborating in the arrangement of his Spiegel im Spiegel for two electric guitars. Jamie has premiered new works for guitar duo by Joel Roston and Thomas Schuttenhelm, and he teamed up with kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson on the multimedia performance installation Machines. Jamie has also performed with clarinetist Ismail Akmuradov, archguitarist Peter Blanchette, and dancer/choreographer Ilya Vidrin. These wide-ranging collaborative experiences have provided an important creative complement to Jamie’s work as a guitar soloist.

A graduate of Hampshire College, where he received the Alan Garely scholarship, Jamie's studies with Phillip de Fremery - a student of Andrés Segovia and devoted curator of his legacy - remain a wellspring of inspiration for his work as a musician. That work incorporates teaching as a corollary to performance, and Jamie has given music workshops and masterclasses at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Endicott College, Stratford Academy, Shippensburg University, and the Annapolis Key School. He maintains a large teaching studio in greater Boston and is on the music faculty of the Solomon Schechter School of Boston.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Jamie
Job Title/Position: 
Guitarist
Physical Address: 
20 Woodlawn St
Dedham, MA 02026
Last Name: 
Balmer
Phone: 
6174624101

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Solo / Recital
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Chamber
Music - New
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Events Per Year: 
25
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Boston Classical Guitar Society
Connecticut Classical Guitar Society
Education: 
BA, Hampshire College, 2005

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
1-2 armless chairs
Fee Range Minimum: 
$600
Fee Range Maximum: 
$6,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
2

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Music
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$300
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,000