Breaking Out in Song

Music is a human birthright; everyone should be free to spontaneously lift their voice. Its purpose is to deepen what can be said in words, or to express the ineffable. Done right, it also creates connection between people, even as it moves ours hearts, minds, or hips. And since music occurs in time, it loses some of its potency if the music-makers aren’t fully in the here-and-now. So let’s make some music—right here, right now.



Amado learned Circlesinging and related forms of Vocal/Choral Improvisation directly from the source: Bobby McFerrin and members of Bobby’s group Voicestra. Amado co-leads monthly community circlesinging events with his partners in the group VoiceExchange, hold weekly practices for Vocal/Choral Improvisation at Radford University, and holds workshops and singing events throughout western Virginia. Learn More

The Daily Song Project

One hour, alone with a looping app on an iPad. No preconceived ideas at the start of the hour—just finding the sounds that are right for that time, and following them, layer after layer. Within the hour, a finished song—with all of its imperfections intact. Five days a week, nearly every week for two years; thereafter, whenever the demands of graduate studies in music allow the time. At nearly 400 songs and growing, Amado’s Daily Song Project is a testament to the power of a daily practice. Learn More

Composed Works

Amado has composed pieces for: choir (accompanied and a cappella); solo voice and piano; voices and winds; voices, piano, and contrabass; and solo piano. He’s conversant in both chamber music and colloquial styles. Learn More

Vocal Performance: Jazz, Blues, and more

Amado is a dynamic soloist with an extensive repertoire of jazz and blues standards. Whether in an intimate duo setting with a pianist or guitarist, or fronting a 4-piece electric band or 24-piece jazz orchestra, he brings a funky sensibility which is somehow not-at-all at odds with his sonorous lyric baritone. Learn More