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Geoff Farina

BA Berklee College of Music
MA University of Massachusetts

Courses Taught
Introduction to Songwriting
Introduction to Lyric Writing
What Were the Blues? 1920-1960
That High Lonesome Sound: Bluegrass 1936-1972
The Anthology of American Folk Music
Experimental Music in Chicago

Guitarist/songwriter Geoff Farina has spent the past 30 years performing original music in the US, Europe, and Japan, and recording a large and varied discography as a solo artist and with his bands Exit Verse, Glorytellers, Karate, and the Secret Stars. He has composed and performed film music for festivals in the US and Europe, and has performed with Michael Zerang, Taylor Ho Bynum, Elizabeth Mitchell, Thalia Zedek, and Alan Sparhawk. Geoff is a founding member of the Tenco Award-winning Roman folk group Ardecore, and together with guitarist Chris Brokaw he has recorded three albums of blues and country obscurities.

At home in Chicago, Geoff performs the solo guitar arrangements of Elizabeth Cotten, Norman Blake, Clarence White, Doc Watson, Bayless Rose, Blind Blake, and other American roots guitarists. Geoff is one-half of the old-time duo The Last Kind Words with mandolinist Kenneth P.W. Rainey, and he occasionally performs the music of Scott Joplin with the Great Crush, a ragtime quartet fronted by pianist Marc Riordan.

In addition to DePaul, Geoff has taught at Colby College, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Maine, and has been invited to lecture at Columbia College, the University of Massachusetts, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and the De Provinciale Hogeschool Van Limburg in Hasselt, Belgium. His music technology articles for Tape Op Magazine have been anthologized in Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording. He 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. He has studied privately with Roswell Rudd and Ben Monder.