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Guitar Faculty

Arturo Vera
Arturo Vera Associate Faculty of Guitar, Theory
Arturo Vera is a jazz and classical guitarist. Raised in Mexico City, Arturo was exposed to a variety of musical styles including flamenco, bossa nova, samba, and Latin rhythms from Cuba and Puerto Rico. All these styles enabled him to develop a unique approach and technique in the art of mastering the guitar.

Arturo began his formal training at the Manhattan School of Music in 1991, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance. During this time he also recorded his first CD with the tango group, “The New York Buenos Aires Connection,“ and landed a part in the Broadway Play “In The Summer House.“

Arturo has been an active teacher/performer in the New York area for the last 25 years.
Throughout these years, he has performed with artists like Danny Rivera and Lucecita Benitez from Puerto Rico, as well as Nelson Ned from Brazil. More recent recordings include a Spanish CD of boleros, and a jazz/classical CD entitled “The Acoustic Project.”

Today he leads his own Latin/Jazz band called “Trio La Clave,” performing with them in various venues around New York.

Arturo’s passion and love for the guitar show through in this great teacher and excellent performer.

Kazuo Nakamura
Kazuo Nakamura Associate Faculty of String Bass, Guitar
Before becoming the Principal Bass player for the Richmond County Orchestra, Mr. Nakamura has served as Vice Principal for the Bronx Symphony Orchestra.

He has great experience in both upright and electric bass with a variety of styles, including blues, classical, funk, jazz, latin, etc. Today he is most noted for his work with Staten Island’s famous chamber group Wafoo. Mr. Nakamura studied at the Koyo Conservatory in his native Japan before obtaining an Associates Degree and a Professional Diploma in Bass Performance at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music. He has gained a lot of experience in guitar and guitar ensembles. In addition to teaching at SICOM, Mr. Nakamura has taught at the HZC Summer Camp for Kids in Harlem and he continues to give workshops and masterclasses throughout the East Coast.

Erick Cholico
Erick Cholico Associate Faculty of Mandolin, Guitar and Ukulele

Erick Cholico holds a B.A. in music from Wagner College, where he played both mandolin and guitar as a music major.

Erick's exposure to traditional Italian music began at age nine working for maestro Umberto Cardone. In 1988, Erick was selected to play in “New York in Messina” performed in Messina, Italy, with a twenty-five piece music and dance ensemble. The program was produced by Eddy Davis, music director for Woody Allen, and also included the members of Woody Allen’s band.

Erick has over 30 years experience as an accomplished professional musician, and has performed on major concert stages, including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where he played mandolin, jazz and flamenco guitar, and harmonica for “Los Tres Reyes” from 1999 to 2002. He has also performed classical symphonic music with the New York Mandolin Orchestra. He has received several grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Council on the Arts of Staten Island in support of performances such as an Italian music concert featuring mandolin and a jazz orchestra concert.

Always active on the performance scene, Erick has played at such diverse locations and events such as the Italian Cultural Institute of St. John's University, the wedding of Ron Basile (producer of the Grammy and Emmy awards,) Italian-themed events at the invitation of the Columbian Lawyers Association, and local television shows. He has played music for events at the Hilton, Colonia Country Club, North Hills Country Club, and the DaVinci Society, as well as playing jazz banjo for New York theatrical events and the traditional jazz circuit.

Erick teaches guitar, mandolin and ukulele.