Billy Dean and Ben Verdery build a musical bridge between Hip Hop and Classical Guitar. Together they create a new sonic world. About Ben Verdery Professor of the guitar department at the Yale University School of Music since 1985 and Artistic Director of 92nd Street Y’s Art of the Guitar series since 2006, Benjamin Verdery is hailed for his innovative and eclectic musical career. Since 1980 he has performed worldwide in theaters and at festivals, his tours regularly taking him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has recorded and performed with such diverse artists as Andy Summers, Frederic Hand, William Coulter, Leo Kottke, Anthony Newman, Jessye Norman, Paco Peña, Hermann Prey and John Williams. As a recording artist, Verdery has released over 15 CDs. His latest include Happy Here (2011), with William Coulter, First You Build A Cloud (2007), a collaboration with Andy Summers and Branches (2007), a solo album featuring arrangements of Bach, Mozart, Strauss and Hendrix. His recording, Start Now won the 2005 Classical Recording Foundation Award. About Billy Dean: Olivia McClendon aka Billy Dean is a musician, rapper, visual artist and creative entrepreneur. Born and raised in Harlem, her musical career began at the age of eight playing congas in an Afro Caribbean percussion ensemble. She appeared as a spoken word artist twice for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Plays in LA, a production sponsored by Montblanc and NBC to benefit Urban Arts Partnership. Billy has performed at The Bowery Poetry Club and The Bleecker Street Theater in NYC. Billy won the 2009 Naglar Arts Scholarship after producing and writing the score for the documentary "In My Shoes" about teen homelessness in New York City. Billy graduated from Smith College in 2014, with a degree in Cultural Psychology. During her time at Smith she performed music accompaniment for the play For Colored Girls; was a featured artist in an MFA thesis called Blue Ridge to the Bronx merging Appalachian dance styles and hip hop. Her style and musical predilections range from Run DMC to Mozart with influence and inspiration from a variety of art forms.