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Lorraine Castellanos has an intense passion for music, evident in her perceptive phrasing and tone, both as an instrumentalist and vocalist. With a weighty voice and sensitive execution on the Classical Guitar, Castellanos is gaining a reputation as a dynamic musical presence in her hometown of San Diego, California.
With extensive knowledge of multiple genres of music, Ms. Castellanos derives pure pleasure when interpreting the works of great Latin American and Western European composers. Inspired by the likes of John Williams, Andres Segovia, and Berta Rojas, Castellanos has equal admiration for the great female jazz song stylists who have inspired her to sing selections from the great American Songbook, particularly Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington.
Castellanos enjoys working as a soloist, as well as a leader in a trio or quartet setting in southern California. Currently, Castellanos co-leads Besos de Coco with bassist Evona Wacinski and tap-dancer/percussionist Claudia Gomez. The group covers an eclectic range of pieces, from Latin American classics to lesser-known American standards, and also performs original compositions.
Lorraine Castellanos is available to perform at concerts, weddings, private functions and corporate events, as a solo performer or as an organizer/leader of a variety of groups. Castellanos holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance under the tutelage of Fred Benedetti. Castellanos also enjoys coaching students as well as performing for outreach programs.