Curriculum Vitae William Newman

Guitarist/Composer/Music Instructor

Profile:  Work as a Professional Guitarist and Music Teacher for over 25 years.  Vast experience in Jazz and Brazilian Music.  Also trained in classical guitar and Brazilian percussion.  Taught large groups to individuals in this time period.  Also experience in administration and curatorship.  A published author of “Guitar Atlas:Brazil” – Alfred Music.  Early training was in film and photography so there is expansive understanding of the interconnections of the arts.  A long time Brooklyn resident and New York native, my interaction with various populations has continued to this day.  Fluent in English, Portuguese with knowledge of Spanish. Compositions range from large ensembles to solo guitar and piano. Skilled in Sibelius, Protools, Photoshop and other programs.

As Composer (list of composed works given on request)

 Recordings (both composer and participating instrumentalist)

 May 2016  Release of Solo Guitar Recording

 January 2012  Release of CD of original music with sextet.

 November 2011  Completion of 6 Original Choros Recording with acoustic quintet

 May 2006  Completed CD of original music for sextet

 January 2004  EP(extended play recording) of original music within Brazilian Genres


Presentations of Original Music

August 2018   Presentation  of Orchestral Work “Elegy for Hayward Peele” at UNIRIO  public university of the Arts Rio de Janeiro

May 2018   “Joan”– 5 minute reduction of the Carl Dreyer 1927 classic  original film editing and original music  at the Feirstein School of Media  Brooklyn NY

May 2017  “Hayward has a gun/”Goodbye Bro” – Quartet presentation at Brooklyn Conservatory Brooklyn College

December 2016 “Chegada”  – trio of Violin, Viola and Cello presentation at Brooklyn Conservatory Brooklyn College

September 2010  3 hours of original music live with interview on WKCR Radio New York (I participated as a performer as well)

August 2008 3 hours of original music live with interview on WKCR Radio New York  ( participated as a performer as well)

June  2008   Presentation/Concert of Original Music to MacDowell Fellows

Residencies awarded

June – July 2008  at MacDowell Colony for Composition

July – Aug 2007  at MacDowell Colony for Composition

August 2006       at “Yaddo” for Composition

 as Curator

2011 – 2018  Brazilian Music at the Cornelia Street Cafe – scheduling and presenting of  Brazilian performers for this NYC cultural institution.  curation of 2 festivals a year  Summer and Winter – Brazil night at least once a month

2017 –  Curator of Jazz and Brazilian Festival for NYU community Development


August 2007 – interview and playing on PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer

 As Author

2001-Wrote the book Guitar Atlas: Brazil with 5 original Compositions and all original etudes/exercises published by Alfred Music with International Distribution. Distribution since July 2002 (still in print).

Led or co-led groups at the following cultural venues and Museums  (United States and Brazil)

2018  Triboz (Jazz venue) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Billy Newman quartet

2011 -2018 Cornelia Street Café (NYC) with Billy Newman Sextet

2010 -2017  Performances with Rogerio Souza Group

2015   Ernesto Nazareth Celebration  CUNY Grad Center with Rogerio Souza

2014   Kennedy Center with Corina Bartra Afro Peruvian Ensemble

2011  Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (NYC) with the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble

2010-2012  Cornelia Cafe with the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble

2008  MacDowell Colony  Peterboro, New Hampshire  concert of original Choro

2007  Escola de Musica  Florianopolis, Santa Catarina Brazil

2006  Bronx Library Performance Center – Billy Newman Trio

2005 Museum of Modern Art with the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble

2004-2005 Central Park Festival with Brooklyn Brazil Bop

2004  Joe’s Pub with Brooklyn Brazil Bop

2004-2005 Jewish Museum (New York Choro Trio, Billy Newman Trio)

2003-2004  92nd Street Y Jazz Trio shows in winter and Fall season

2001     Queens Libraries performance series (a season of shows)

2004, 2005  The Jewish Museum  duos and trios
2000-2004,2012,2015,2019 – The 3rd street Music Festival 
2000-2004 – Bloomfield New Jersey Harvest Festival (4 successive years)

 2000  The Guggenheim Museum “Worldbeat” series (12 performances)

 2000   Conservatory of Music of Pernambuco (Recife) Brazil 

1999 The Brooklyn Museum of Art performed in the First Saturdays Program

1998   Museum of the City of New York

1997   Museo del Barrio

As Teacher

2011 – 2016  Brazilian Guitar Master Classes – New York City

2010  Brazilian Instrumental Workshop – New York City

2007 Jazz workshop in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil   

1995-2006  Staff at the American Institute of Guitar specialist in Brazilian and Jazz

2004-2005  Brazilian Guitar Workshops at American Institute of Guitar

2000  Workshops in Conservatorio Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil

1996-2000  Guitar teacher at Harbor Conservatory

1993 – Present Teaching Privately


Master of Music Composition – Brooklyn College  completed 2018     Composed chamber music, chamber orchestra, concert band, Clarinet and String Quintet, Percussion ensemble, Jazz ensemble etc….    picked up technology skills working in CAC (computer assisted composition), Protools , creating ensemble mock-ups,  short film with music score

BFA in Jazz Performance –   City College of the City of New York  completed 2013   besides studies in  Advanced arranging,  required jazz piano, history, electives included work in Western European music such as Advanced Counterpoint with (David del Tredici), and Classical theory

School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1980-81   extensive study of  Cinema and Photography with studies of Woman and Film, Film Theory, The American Avantgarde     degree not completed 

SUNY Purchase   –  freshman film program  1978-79

 Private Studies:

2004- 2009  during month long trips to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  – lessons with  Rogerio Souza and Marcelo Goncalves – 7 string guitar techniques

1995-2004   Dennis Koster – Classical and Flamenco Guitar Techniques

1992-93       Vanderlei Pereira –  Brazilian Percussion and concepts

1987-89       Dennis Sandole –  Improvisation and Composition  (in Philadelphia – the famed teacher of John Coltrane)

1985            Hal Galper –     Jazz Improvisation