"Duo Cortado dazzles" - USC Graduate School
Formed in the fall of 2012, Duo Cortado consists of classical guitarists Devin Sherman and Andy Jurik. Graduate students at the University of South Carolina, Devin and Andy share a common interest of pursuing repertoire that highlights the unique qualities of the guitar duo while also exploiting unique sonic opportunities. Duo Cortado presents repertoire ranging from Latin-inspired rhythms to contemporary aesthetics to unique transcriptions not typically pursued by the guitar duo format. Enthusiastic to establish new repertoire, the duo has engaged the talents of composers George Fetner, Kevin Cope, and Zack Pentecost.
Duo Cortado was recently showcased at the 2013 Southern Guitar Festival and Competition. Additionally, Devin and Andy earned first place in the Creative Performance competition at the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Day 2013 honors.
A native of Rochester, NY, Andy Jurik initially pursued jazz before developing a passion for the classical guitar. Shortly after completing a Bachelor of Music degree at Ithaca College, Andy was employed as a musician on Holland America cruise lines where he traveled and performed throughout Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. In 2012 he earned his M.M. (guitar performance) from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. While at Austin Peay Andy studied guitar performance and arranging with Dr. Stanley Yates, won the collegiate concerto competition, and received the Outstanding Graduate Music Student award. He has performed in masterclasses with Mark Stewart (Paul Simon/Bang on a Can All Stars), Lorenzo Michelli and Matteo Mela (SoloDuo), Ricardo Cobo, and Gene Bertoncini.
Andy is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the University of South Carolina under renowned pedagogue Christopher Berg. Recent performances include the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville, NC and the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 7 Conference. In addition to Duo Cortado Andy performs with Notus Duo with saxophonist Gabe Fadale as well as with mezzo-soprano Rachel Hansbury.
Devin Sherman is a guitarist, teacher, and music collaborator. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA where he performs with a cast of unique and talented musicians including the ensembles NAT 28, Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, and Alia Musica. In addition to performing contemporary chamber music, Devin performs a variety of pop, jazz and classical music with flutist, Sarah Steranka, and the mandolin ensemble, Riversong String Ensemble.
He studied guitar with Matthew Slotkin (Mansfield University), and Christopher Berg (University of South Carolina. While at the University of South Carolina, he performed for numerous University events including the award-winning Southern Exposure new music series, USC Wind Ensemble, Collaborations in Contemporary Art (Cica), and the New Voices series featuring works by USC's composition students.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Devin is active in commissioning and premiering new music. He works closely with today's composers to increase the guitar's involvement in contemporary chamber music.