- Formed in New York City by Irish guitarist Damien Kelly and American flutist Jessica Lipstone, Redbrick Duo brings a fresh approach to the guitar/flute combo.
- Redbrick Duo creates a welcoming and casual environment through their performances, enticing audiences of all musical tastes with their sheer virtuosity and musical sensitivity.
- The duo incorporates a wide range of genres into their program, from classical to world music, as well as their own arrangements and premieres of new works.
- Advocating for the continuation of music education in schools, the group works with young audiences in outreach settings. They perform works that nurture, inspire, and excite the younger generation by playing both familiar music and standard classical repertoire.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jessica Lipstone began playing the flute at the age of 10. In her last few years of high school, she studied with the assistant principal flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Catherine Karoly, whom she continued to study with throughout her college years. In 2014, Jessica earned her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Thomas Robertello. While attending the Jacobs School, she won the James Pellerite Flute Orchestral Excerpt Competition, as well as played principal flute in numerous orchestras and opera orchestras. She has participated in orchestras conducted by David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Timothy Muffitt, and has worked in chamber music ensembles coached by violinist Roland Vamos and guitarist David Leisner. She is currently a Masters student at the Manhattan School of Music under the instruction of Marya Martin, and is an active freelancer and teacher in New York City.
Irish guitarist Damien Kelly began his guitar studies with Marion Hyland at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He completed a BA in Applied Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2009 and an MMus in performance in 2010 studying with Dr. John Feeley at the DIT Conservatory of Music. In 2014 he was awarded a scholarship by Manhattan School of Music to take part in their professional studies program, where he studied with Mark Delpriora. He was also awarded the Segovia-Augustine award of excellence at Manhattan School of Music, given to one graduating guitarist each year. He has won many national competitions in Ireland and has also won numerous awards and scholarships from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Damien has given solo recitals in Kings College, Cambridge, the Irish Embassy, London and the American Irish Historical Society, NYC. He has also performed at master classes given by Fabio Zanon, Manuel Barruecco, David Russell, Berta Rojas and the LA Guitar Quartet. In 2008 he performed before James Galway in the National Concert Hall, Dublin as part of the RIAM’s platform series. In Ireland, Damien taught at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and Dundalk Institute of Technology. He is currently the Music Department Head at the Smith School, NYC. His debut EP ‘Jolt’ in collaboration with Irish composer Ciaran Farrell went to number one in the iTunes classical charts in 2011. In 2012 he released a full album ‘New Frontiers’ under the same collaboration, which is frequently played on national radio.
Find these and more of Redbrick Duo's recordings on our YouTube channel.
Click on the thumbnails below to download full-size sample programs for various concert settings
Check out these tracks from our debut album, released in October 2015.
Redbrick Duo performs in a variety of community settings including schools, retirement homes, hospitals, and religious institutions. The duo tailors their program to suit particular audiences, providing arrangements of popular tunes while introducing listeners to more standard repertoire. The duo creates an interactive setting for young audiences, encouraging them to participate in the musical learning experience. Along with providing musical education for students who may not otherwise have access to a school music program, Damien and Jessica also can coach ensembles and teach on an individual level.
May 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm Irish Immigrant Cemetery Staten Island, NY February 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm CD Launch American Irish Historical Society 991 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY June 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm Sandford Parish Church Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland June 3, 2015 at 9 pm Kaleidoscope Night Odessa Club 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2, Ireland For more information visit www.kaleidoscopenight.com May 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm Dublin Guitar Night at JJ Smyth’s 12 Aungier St. Dublin 2, Ireland http://www.jjsmyths.com/ Or check out the Facebook page May 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm The Embassy Series Delegation of the European Union 2534 Belmont Road, Washington, DC 20008 Click for more details April 15, 2015 at 7 pm American Irish Historical Society 991 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Click for more details March 11, 2015 at 10 am Calabasas High School 22855 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA January 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm Westchester Meadows 55 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY January 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm Marble Collegiate Church 1 W. 29th St. New York, NY December 10, 2014 at 11:30 am Corpus Christi Parochial School 535 W. 121st St. New York, NY December 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm Temple Shaaray 250 E.79th St. New York, NY
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