Nylon Wound Inc.
Classical Guitar Duo
72 Elwood Place SINY 10301
Nylon Wound was established in 2002 combining the artistry of Joseph Parisi and Gregory Askins. The duo incorporated in 2005 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3), to provide and promote Classical Guitar in various venues for public enrichment The duo performs original compositions and arrangements for two guitars in addition to the standard repertory. They have performed in various venues on Staten Island including Curtis High School, JuneFest, The New York International Choreographers Festival, Wagner College, The 3rd & 4th September Concert, NY Public Libraries, Mt. Manresa Chapel and St. Mark’s Parish Hall, NYC. They established the Neighborhood Concert Series in 2005, bringing free classical guitar performances to local neighborhood venues throughout SI without financial and locality constraints. Their first CD, “In Motion,” contains original duets they have arranged and composed. Nylon Wound was selected for the COAHSI 2004 Performing Arts Award, 2005 Premier Grant and 2006 Encore Grant. The duo also performs regularly for Musicians On Call.
Joseph Parisi has performed throughout the New York Metropolitan area including Carnegie Recital Hall and radio station WNYC FM. He has performed regularly with the Golden Attic Chamber Ensemble (SI), The Crossroads Concert Ensemble (NYC) and on other projects utilizing the guitar in unique settings. In Italy, he has performed in the Sessioni Senesi Festival while attending master classes at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music (BM), New York University (MA) & Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Diploma).
He has taught guitar and guitar ensemble at the Bronx House Music School, Musication Incorporated and privately.
In addition to performing, he has composed various works for guitar.
His composition Collage For 2 Guitars was composed for and premiered by Nylon Wound at JuneFest 2004. Soundscape for 2 Guitars was premiered by Nylon Wound at St. Marks Parish Hall, NYC September 10, 2005. His latest composition, Shades of Blue will be premiered during the Nylon Wound Neighborhood Concert Series in 2006.
Gregory Askins has performed in various venues throughout the New York Metropolitan area including Grace Church, Soho Galleries, historic landmarks, libraries and cultural centers. He was the featured guitarist at the Lake Café SINY for several years. He has also performed in theaters in Narrowsburg New York and throughout the Midwest including Steinway Hall (UT), and Babcock Theater (MT). Gregory has independently recorded five CD’s: Six String Solstice, Two Shades of Time, The Dancing Guitar and The Classical Guitar For The Touring Dancer (for ballet class accompaniment) and in 2005, A Classical Guitar Holiday also sold at CD Baby. He is a graduate of Hunter College (BA) and The University of Utah (MFA). Apart from performing and teaching guitar, he also dances and teaches ballet. His ballet, A Day In The Office - A Night In The Park, choreographed to music by Joseph Parisi, was performed by the S.I. Ballet at The NY International Choreographers Festival with Nylon Wound performing the score live.