is Ben Johnson and Steve Mullins, performing a mosaic of classical, flamenco, and original guitar music. With six music degrees between them (one for each string of the guitar) they bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the concert stage. Ben currently serves as the Head of the Classical Guitar Department, Director of Classical Guitar Ensembles, and Professor of Music Theory at Colorado State University in Pueblo. Steve teaches ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he also earned his doctorate, with a dissertation on Spanish flamenco. He also teaches at Metro State University.
Their repertoire includes the challenging Tango Suite and other works by Astor Piazzolla, along with works by Rodrigo, Gnattali, Hermeto Pascoal, and the original flamenco-inspired compositions of Dr. Mullins. Duo Mosaico is also pioneering the use of high-strung and low-strung guitars to expand the range of a guitar duo (by nearly an octave), creating a truly unusual and satisfying mosaic of sound.
Duo Mosaico performances often include appearances by professional flamenco dancers (such as Maria Vazquez, Sali Gutierrez, and Jeanette Trujillo), dancing to original compositions and classical masterworks.
I remain in awe of your compositions. You guys nailed some really great pieces, the Rodrigo was awesome………the Piazzola was really musical and masterfully played.
Dan Fairchild (Dan & Diane’s Concerts)
Complex, passionate yet sublime, sweet and melodic. Mature and accomplished.
Dennis Benjamin Portland Oregon
Heavenly! This is a good demonstration of why the guitar is shaped the way it is.
Donlyn Arbutnot Colorado Oral Historian and Fine Artist
Segovia claimed to have “rescued the Spanish guitar from the noisy hands of the flamenco players.” We, on the other hand, want to rescue the guitar from the placid gentility of the conservatory; restoring the passion of flamenco.
(Steve Mullins Duo Mosaico)