Secretary and Director
Gabe Hall-Rodrigues is a native of Phoenix, Arizona with a diverse musical background which informs all his artistic endeavors. He is an active performer and has played concerts all across the United States and in areas of Brazil. In 2010 Gabe won the United States Virtuoso Championship presented by the American Accordionists’ Association. In the following year his jazz accordion group Ocottrillo was invited to perform at the American Accordionists’ Association annual conference. In 2014 Gabe spent a year in Brazil studying music organizations and playing with local musicians in the town of Recife. Most recently Gabe toured the U.S. and recorded with the folk rock band Jared and the Mill. Gabe enjoys playing with anyone and everyone and believes that collaborating with other musicians is the key to creating meaningful art and building artistic relationships. He has had the opportunity to perform and record with many artists and performing groups in including the Paradise Winds Chamber Ensemble, Jump Jive and Wail, The Salt River Brass, Som Brazil, The Samba Project, world renowned tuba player Sam Pilafian, and former French horn player of Boston Brass, J.D. Shaw.
Gabe has taught private lessons and in Arizona school systems for the past 10 years. He currently teaches music at Gateway Academy, a private k-12 school for children on the autism spectrum. Gabe attended Arizona State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy in 2011. He returned to Arizona State University to earn his master’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance in 2013 and studied under award winning pianist and composer Mike Kocour.
Gabe has presented workshops at the American Accordionists’ Association and the Frank Marocco Accordion Event highlighting the use of the accordion in music therapy as well as elements of jazz language and harmony for accordionists. He is a Petosa artist and was featured in 2014 in their monthly newsletter. Gabe has studied accordion with Ilmar Kuljus and is currently studying with Frederich Deschamps.