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Guitarist and Composer Mateo Lugo was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1984. He received his degrees in Jazz Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music in 2008. In 2009 he traveled to Kolkata to study under slide guitar master Debashish Bhattacharya, versing himself in the Indian classical music tradition. In addition to his work as lead guitarist in several projects, he has collaborated with choreographers and dancers including Anna Halprin, Lisa Wymore (UC Berkeley), Kara Davis (project Agora), and former Batsheva dancer Arkadi Zaides. Currently he cultivates a series of his own dance/performance art pieces in collaboration with dancer Benjamin Jarrett, and pursues a Graduate Degree in Composition at Mills College working closely with Zeena Parkins and Willie Winant.