BA Berklee College of Music
MA University of Massachusetts
Introduction to Songwriting
What Were the Blues? 1920-1960
That High Lonesome Sound: Bluegrass 1936-1972
Guitarist/songwriter Geoff Farina has spent the past 25 years performing his original music across the US, Europe, and Japan, and his large discography has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. He has composed film music for festivals in the US and Europe, shared the stage with esteemed artists such as Michael Zerang, Taylor Ho Bynum, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Alan Sparhawk, and is a founding member of the Tenco Award-winning Roman folk group Ardecore. At home in Chicago, Geoff performs the classic American solo guitar arrangements of Blind Arthur Blake, Elizabeth Cotten, Norman Blake, John Hurt, Clarence White, and Doc Watson, often using period instruments from his vintage guitar collection. Geoff is one-half of the old time duo The Last Kind Words with mandolinist Kenneth P.W. Rainey, and he performs Scott Joplin’s music with The Great Crush, a group led by pianist Marc Riordan.
Geoff’s music technology articles for Tape Op Magazine have been anthologized in Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording. Geoff and his wife Caterina Mongiat Farina recently translated Umberto Eco’s classic Italian style manual How to Write a Thesis into English for MIT Press.
Geoff earned a BA in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music and an MA in English Composition from the University of Massachusetts, where he wrote his thesis on the history of analog music synthesis. In New York, Geoff studied privately with Guggenheim Fellow Roswell Rudd and guitar virtuoso Ben Monder. In addition to DePaul, Geoff has taught at Colby College, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Maine.