Abel Beja

Teacher, Musician, and Artist in Ericeira, Portugal

Abel Beja

Teacher, Musician, and Artist in Ericeira, Portugal

Born & raised in Jamaica (Queens), New York, I was fascinated by music early on. As I grew up listening to all kinds of groundbreaking musicians from the 50's, '60s & '70s, it was bands like Led Zeppelin, the Who, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC that inspired me to start playing the electric guitar at the age of 14.

For the next several years I honed my chops as a lead/rhythm guitarist, studying privately with renowned instructors/session musicians such as Ron Zabrocki (Berklee School of Music, Guitar World Mag) and Peter Greenfield (Musicians Institute, Mechanics of Metal Series) while playing the NY/NJ club circuit with several local bands.

I began my classical guitar studies in 1992 under the tutelage of Stanley Solow and Bill Zito at the Aaron Copland School of Music, where I also studied voice, and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree. Eventually, I began tutoring guitar students in various styles of music, while returning to the stage as a singer, guitarist, and/or bassist with several different projects.

In 2000, I joined Primitive Reason, a Rock /Ska /Funk /Reggae /Cross-over band from Portugal with whom I've toured internationally and recorded several albums and EPs. A subsequent move to the Old Country inspired me to explore several ethnic stringed instruments with which I've since written and recorded with including the Guitarra Portuguesa and Viola Terceirense (Portugal), Sitar (India), Bouzouki (Ireland), and Mandolin (Italy).

Since 2009, I've been a classical guitar instructor at the Óbidos Academy of Music (Portugal) and began coaching singer/songwriters to help develop their craft both instrumentally and vocally. Meanwhile, I keep busy as a freelance live/session musician, producer and custom-order songwriter.

Having spent the past couple of years completing a Master in Music Education (Guitar Concentration) degree, I’m looking forward to heading back into the studio to prepare several new projects to be announced shortly...

  • Work
    • Professional Musician, Teacher
  • Education
    • Aaron Copland School of Music @ Queens College, New York
    • Piaget Institute @ Almada, Portugal