Arnie Sainz Co is a student at San José State University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, with a dual emphasis in Music Education and Jazz Studies. He currently performs with the SJSU Jazz Orchestra and Symphonic Band, as well as coordinates the Music Educator’s Workshop Ensemble (M.E.W.E.). Arnie has been under the instruction of Dahveed Behroozi for jazz piano, Dr. Frank Levy for classical piano, Dr. Aaron Lington for Jazz Composition, and Dr. Diana Hollinger for Music Education. He has performed venues throughout the North America and Europe including Carnegie Hall, the North Sea, Montreux, Umbria, and Monterey Jazz Festivals – all under the direction of Keith Johnson from El Cerrito High School – and currently, performs with jazz groups all around the South Bay as a freelance musician. In his free time, Arnie composes music, performs with his jazz group TEHYA at venues in downtown San Jose, and enjoys photography.
Amir has been playing Piano since he was just two-years-old. Before his Piano lesson, he was able to play full pop songs on his father’s Yamaha PSR70 keyboard. He began lessons at age 6 with Jane Sherman, learning basic notation, fingering and different playing styles. After just 2 years, Ms. Sherman determined that she had taught Amir all she could, and recommended him to Ray McIntyre, a classically-trained Pianist who taught private lessons out of his home. Amir mastered the works of Beethoven and Bach while with McIntyre and slowly made the transition to Jazz Music under Martan Mann. During his instruction with Mann, Amir also became the lead Pianist in Monta Vista High School’s main Jazz quartet. During his Senior year, Amir won 1st place in both the Monta Vista school talent show as well as a district-wide award, performing instrumental Piano pieces.
After graduating High School, Amir began composing music for many artists around the Bay Area and released several instrumental songs of his work, some of which are available on iTunes. He’s also been recognized for his contribution to Silicon Valley based company, NEC Electronics, of which he provided original music for many of their company wide events and presentations.
He recently released a piano instrumental of the Iranian classic, “Golden Dreams (Khabayi Talahi)”. You can listen to that track and download it here!
Diana Rey has played piano since she was four, and her love of music has since expanded into bass guitar and vocals. She’s been featured on keyboards/piano in a variety of projects and she’s played piano at notable venues such as NAMM 2015 in LA, The Hard Rock Casino in Tahoe, and the Fox Theater in Redwood City.
In addition to her love of music and teaching, Diana loves working with kids of all ages. She enjoys figuring out how to best teach and encourage each individual student to shine in their own way. Students can expect to learn how to read music, sightread, understand music theory, learn a repertoire of different musical genres, memorize chord progressions to play in an ensemble, and figure out what direction to go in future musical endeavors.