Electric guitar player, composer and producer (Shwesmo, HAGO, Distorted Harmony), Berklee graduate Yoel Genin AKA Shwesmo is known for blending musical styles such as Jazz, Fusion, Progressive Metal, Electronic and Middle Eastern music.
Born and raised in Israel, Yoel started his musical endeavors through learning the piano, drums, and then guitar. As a young musician he already conquered the big stages of his home country in various festivals and also performed in Europe. He recorded albums with Progresive Metal band Soul Enema, and Rock band Between Falls.
Yoel’s hunger to expand his knowledge and led him to the famous Berklee College of Music, where he won the Tad Dameron and Alex Ulanowski awards in composition, and studied music towards the challenging and prestigious Bachelor Degree in Jazz Composition.
Since then Yoel has performed with, and arranged for world-class artists like Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Serrano, Idan Raichel and Carmen Lundy. As part of the Berklee Indian ensemble, he arranged for, and performed with some of the biggest Indian artists such as Raghu Dixit, Vijay Parkash and Shankar Mahadevan, in the US and India.
Yoel has also been a music educator for over 13 years, as he taught guitar and music theory to hundreds of students.
Nowadays Yoel is the official guitarist of Prog-Metal band Distorted Harmony, and leading his own group HAGO - their debut self titled album has gained a lot of attention and amazing reviews in the Prog-Metal world. He has lately started his solo project "Shwesmo" incorporating his past influences such as Metal and Middle Eastern music into an electronic music context. He is also performing and recording with various artists worldwide, such as the Berklee Indian Touring Ensemble, Dashina, ARP and Anakdota, and endorsed by the unique OD guitars.
Every music student has different needs, every student has different goals. Yoel's teaching envolves a deep understanding of these in order to customize the lessons, make each student reach their goals, in a personal and unique learning experience.
With 13 years of experience teaching guitar, music theory and production, Yoel has lesson plans for students at any level, and any age. From beginner to professional, from 5 to 105!