Edward Stephenson (Edvard Stefanyshyn) is a Raleigh, NC based Canadian guitarist and Alanna recording artist. Ed’s virtuosity includes Classical Spanish, Flamenco, and Flamenco Fusion genres. He has performed throughout North America as a soloist as well as an active member of the North Carolina Guitar Quartet and the Nuevo Flamenco ensemble the Paco Band. He has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh Symphony, North Carolina Theater, North Carolina Bach Festival, and the Raleigh Ringers, along with his concert series at universities and colleges in the southeast, have established him as one of the region’s most sought-after performers.
His versatility is reflected in his discography: Kypoyka – Ukrainian Children’s Songs and Stories, Winter Branches – North Carolina Guitar Quartet (Liscio Recordings, 1997), Ino Live – Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (Liscio Recordings, 2011), Esencia – Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (Alanna Records, 2012), A Paco Band Christmas – Ed Stephenson (2013), and Rosamaria – Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (Alanna Records, 2015).
The Classical Voice of North Carolina praised his Esencia album saying, “It has all the characteristics and virtuosity of traditional flamenco guitar but falls outside – or perhaps expands upon – the limited traditional flamenco harmonies and structure. You find influences such as bossa nova or Latin, rock, jazz, swing and salsa, and others.” His most recent CD, Rosamaria, was recently completed with the Paco Band and released April 2015 under the Alanna Records label.
Bookings provided by Jazz Entertainment
Concierto de Aranjuez
Raleigh Symphony Orchestra
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC (2014)
Living Arts Centre
Toronto, Ontario (2013)