Primary Instrument: Flute
Geni Skendo is a contemporary flute & shakuhachi player fluent in jazz, classical, and Japanese traditional music idioms. Originally from Albania, Geni came to the United States in 2002 to further his musical studies. Prior to leaving Albania, he performed with the Albanian National Folk Ensemble, various symphonic orchestras, and jazz bands.
Upon his arrival in the US, Geni began to study jazz flute and the Japanese five-hole flute known as the shakuhachi, completting a Masters Degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory with a focus on jazz flute and shakuhachi performance.
Geni has performed with the Violent Femmes • Bob Moses• Matt Marvuglio • Allan Chase, Joe Morris, Jerry Leake, John Lockwood, Bob Gulioti, Bob Nitscke • Felice Pomeranz • Dave Clark • Elena Zoubareva • David Fiuczynski • Mark Walker • Sal Difusco • Joe Hunt • Dave Harris • Jerry Beaudin • NewPoli.
Geni's recording credits include CDs with Joe Morris, Dave Fuze, Newpoli, and Elena Zoubareva. As a bandleader, he released two CDs: “Portraits: Contemporary Duets for Shakuhachi & Piano and “Stella,” a global jazz album. In 2009, he published an instructional shakuhachi play-along book that teaches traditional Japanese Minyo folk songs, Geni is currently working on a woodwind book with exercises derived from Messiaen modes. Publishing date spring 2011.
Elena Zoubareva , Allure (Self produced, 2009)
David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, Kiff Esspress ( FuzeLicious Morsels, 2008)
Newpoli, Newpoli (Beartones, 2008)
Geni Skendo and Dominik Wania, Portraits: Shakuhachi and Piano (GeniMusic, 2008)
Geni Skendo, Stella (GeniMusic, 2007)
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