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Guitarist Kevin Harding earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jazz Studies from VCU’s Department of Music. He has played in clubs in Chicago, Boston, Ottawa, Berlin, Zurich and Vienna. In 1997 he was a guest performer at the Eighth Festival de Guitarra in Lima, Peru. He has played on six occasions at the Kennedy Center with the Great American Music Ensemble and, with that group, has played a two-hour, live, international radio broadcast from National Public Radio studios in Washington.
In 2002, he spent three weeks in the Gambia, West Africa living with the family of Alhaji Papa Susso and studying the Mande kora, a spiked harp-lute. In 2005 he lived for two months in Rio de Janeiro where he studied with guitarist Bilinho Teixeira. In 2003 Harding, along with vocalist Laura Ann Boyd, founded the local Brazilian music group Quatro na Bossa. He is currently a member of the music faculty at VCU and the University of Richmond.