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Isaac Lausell

Isaac Lausell, Associate Professor, Director of Jazz Studies


Since 2012, Dr. Lausell has led the guitar program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music. At SIU, Lausell teaches courses in classical and jazz guitar, jazz ensembles, oversees the guitar area, performs and composes music for the jazz ensemble in residence the New Arts Jazztet.

As a recording artist and clinician Dr. Lausell is active teaching and performing across the U.S., Latin America and Europe. He is the founder of the SIU International Guitar Festival and teaches every summer at Festival Suoni D’Abruzzo, in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

As a writer Dr. Lausell has developed methods for jazz improvisation and for classical guitar technique. His approach combines lute, classical and electric guitar technique along with modal, tonal and post tonal music theory models. His writings integrate various academic disciplines such as ethnomusicology, history, physical training and visual arts.

Dr. Lausell has played with artists such as the Altgeld Chamber Players, Ray Anderson, Ignacio Berroa, Coco Freeman, Kenwood Dennard, Ricky Encarnación, Jon Faddis, Frank Gambale, Eddie Gómez, Rick Latham, Eric Mandat, Matt Margvulio, Charles McPherson, Paoli Mejias, Fidel Morales, Zvonimir Tot, Marcello Pellitteri, Marco Pignataro, Proyecto EVIF, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Bill Smith, Oscar Stagnaro, Norbert Stachel, Stony Brook Baroque Players and Douglas Worthen.

Isaac Lausell Office: OBF 211