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The duo

Photo by Harper Shadron Photography

Giselle and Erik are an award-winning vocal and guitar duo based in Gainesville, Florida. As a duo, their style melds their roots in jazz and folk with Brazilian influences. Each of them songwriters, Giselle and Erik offer their audiences a collection of original music that pairs Giselle’s sultry voice and mellow piano with the sweet sounds of Erik’s jazz and classical guitar. 

Giselle and Erik began playing together in the University of Florida Jazz Program in 2017. The duo received a DownBeat Student Music Award (2021) in the Latin Group category at the graduate level, and they can be seen performing across Florida at venues including The Reilly Arts Center, Heartwood Soundstage, and many more.

 

Giselle Felice is a vocalist, songwriter, and creative entrepreneur from Orlando, Florida.

As a child, Giselle sang for the TV show, Barney & Friends. She grew up in the opera world, performing in 8 operas with the Orlando Opera Company. While in high school, Giselle worked with John Marsden Productions to produce her first singer/songwriter album, A Passing By.

Giselle is passionate about using music as a form of storytelling and social advocacy. She was selected as a composer for The Canales Project's Hear Her Song 2021-22 season. Giselle is especially devoted to advocating for girls and women, demonstrated in her 2021 TEDxUF talk, “I Challenge the Patriarchal Norm

One Song at a Time.”

Giselle holds a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a specialization in International Studies and a minor in Jazz Studies from the University of Florida. Through the UF Honors Program, she developed and taught two undergraduate Honors courses: Hidden Notes: Exploring Unsung Careers in the Music Industry and Social Impact of Music Entrepreneurs (co-developed/taught). Upon graduation, Giselle was inducted into the UF Honors Hall of Fame.

 

Learn more at www.gisellefelice.com

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Giselle Felice

Photo by Harper Shadron Photography

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Erik Abernathy

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Erik Abernathy is an award-winning guitarist and upright bassist with a unique style inspired by genres including Brazilian music, Hot Club Jazz, classical guitar, Bebop, rock, and blues. The breadth of his styles reflects his having played and studied with many renowned guitarists including Hot Club Jazz guitarist, Lulu Reinhardt, Brazilian guitarists, Ulisses Rocha and Yamandu Costa, Grammy nominated guitarist, Diego Figueredo, and world-renowned guitarist, Sergio Assad. 

Erik was a 2020 jazz finalist for the Wilson Center Guitar Competition and Festival and, as a scholarship winner, was invited by the Brazilian Music Institute (BMI) at Broward College to attend Master Classes and perform. As a composer/arranger, Erik’s original big band composition is currently being recorded by the University of Florida jazz big band.

 

Erik received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree with a focus in Jazz Studies as a double gator. Erik’s award-winning, senior engineering design project—an analog-to-MIDI converter for electric guitars—exemplifies his unique blend of engineering and musical prowess. 

Learn more at www.erikabernathy.com.