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Composer / Guitarist, Crispin Catricala received a B.A. in Music Composition from SUNY New Paltz (82) and a M.S. in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose (93). He began playing the guitar at age 13 and performing at age 17 with numerous groups including Steel on Steel, Crazy Fingers, Emilio Dabul and The Babahasens and National Biscuit. Crispin co-founded the regional celebrated world beat ensemble Pangaea (92-07). The 15-year-old ensemble known for mixing equal parts Reggae/Caribbean Funk, Afro/Cuban and Jazz Rock into a high- energy performance has shared the stage with musical artists such as Hugh Masakela and Richie Havens. Members of the Pangaea have included: Dave Casner, Ray Harper, Mike Paradis, Farley Presely, Sheldon Taylor, Howard Underwood, Danny Whelchel, Brian Melick, Butch Gage, Maliki Johnson, Dave Macs, Garland Nelson as well as many other special guests. In addition, Crispin was with the music faculty  at Ballston Spa Middle School as teacher and jazz band director for over 25 years. Currently Crispin is performing solo as well as with several projects including Geo/Beat: a duo world jazz project founded with vibraphonist Dave Casner that often is augmented by friends to form larger ensembles and The Stone House Trio formed with his two sons Francesco (drums) and Leonardo double bass).

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