Geri Rizzo, Flutist and Singer
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Singing "Where is Love"
Elke Hirsh, piano - Geri Rizzo, flute

Originals by Geri Rizzo

1 -  Original Ballad/Holiday:  "Christmas Without You"
                 (by Geri Rizzo, BMI © 2004)
2 - "
Soledad" - flute solo, an original by Geri Rizzo, BMI
3 - "
Jolie" - flute solo, an original by Geri Rizzo, BMI
4 -  "
You're My Angel" - flute solo, an original by Geri Rizzo, BMI
5 - "
Sun Rising" - flute solo, an original by Geri Rizzo, BMI
     

Geri was singing long before she was a flute player.  She has fond recollections of her Mom singing Big Band music around the house, preparing for her gigs with a local Big Band in upstate NY.  Geri began studying voice when she was nine and performed in high school musicals and church choirs all her life.  Vocal studies started at an early age with Helen Farina and  later with Broadway singer, Claudia Aaronson.   Geri has a two octave range and can adapt her voice from classical, to Broadway to country to rock!  It was a tough call to decide whether to major in flute or voice at the New England Conservatory of Music where she had a full scholarship, so she majored in flute and minored in voice.  Her maternal relatives from England abound with singers, artists and theatre performers. 

In the 90's, Geri was MC/Singer with the Nevele Resort House Band in the Catskills, NY singing jazz standards and playing flute, bringing  greats such as Julius La Rosa on stage.  Broadway music wise, she  performed as lead (the "Queen", an alto lead) in Iolanthe and was featured in the Mikado with the Hudson Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society in Poughkeepsie NY at the Bardavon Theatre.  More recently she  has performed with professional choral group Doug Murdock Meistersingers in South Jersey, performing classical and Broadway, and the Cape Chorale. She has also performed in several clubs such as Mimis in  NYC to Sloppy Joe's in Key West and on the stage at Yasgur's farm.  Her repertoire is vast, from classical, to jazz standards, and generic music - i.e., Italian and Irish and more.  Gifted with perfect pitch she can play anything she hears once.

Rock and Roll?  Yes!  Presently she is an area club and party favorite with her classic rock and more duo, "Leather and Lace", with guitarist John Oelkers, website here.


As a composer/songwriter, Geri has written several ballads, "You're My Angel"; "Soledad"; "Jolie"; "If You Were Mine", and "Christmas Without You", available here (with the exception of "Soledad and If You Were Mine"):  www.cdbaby.com/artist/rizzo

In 2003, Geri formed the highly successful wedding and corporate ensemble service,
Magic Flute Wedding Musicians.

"As long as it's music, it doesn't matter what the genre - bring it on!", Geri quips..  A woman of many musical hats!                                                          

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