Christian Joao is a native of the Hudson Valley and has performed, taught and recorded extensively in the area for over fifteen years. Christian began studying the saxophone and flute at a young age under the mentorship of world-class saxophonist and bandleader Harvey Kaiser. In 2004 Christian attended Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus where he studied saxophone and music theory under the great altoist Pete Yellin. Over the years Christian has contributed to a variety of musical projects spanning a wide variety of styles genres. In 2010 he toured the West Coast with reggae/rock group Synrgy. The following year he returned to the East Coast and has since worked with a number of groups including Dutchess County rock and roll cover band “In The Pocket” and the “BnC Duo.” Today Christian can be heard performing with “Upstate Rubdown” and the “Liana Gabel Four” both of which feature powerful female vocal performances accompanied by tasteful and eclectic instrumental arrangements. Christian continues to teach and record in the area and can be heard featured on recordings by indie rock bands “Breakfast In Fur” and “Wild Yaks” as well as original jazz recordings by “The Micheal Hollis Quartet” and the “Perfect Gift Ensemble.” Christian caters to students of all ages and experience levels. He teaches a variety of instruments including saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano and guitar.