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Az Samad About the Educator

San Francisco Bay Area guitarist-composer Az Samad's music has taken him to festivals and venues in the United States, Austria, United Kingdom, Singapore, and Malaysia. Az has performed/recorded with Grammy winners Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca, singer-songwriter Tara Linda, guitarists John Stowell, Stuart Ryan and Teja Gerken; world music ensemble Bogofusion; electronic jazz-funk group Planet Loop; and string jazz ensemble JazzMine.

As an educator, Az has been on the faculty for Berklee College of Music's Summer Guitar Sessions, and a co-teacher for the Guitar Fundamentals class at San Jose State University. In addition to his musical outreach work at SF Bay Area schools with Sonart Group, Az has taught workshops at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT; Culturefest in Pipestem, WV and The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA.