Sulynn Hago is a guitarist, composer, and improviser whose playing spans from the heavy, fast energy of metal and noise bands to the dynamic subtleties of blues, jazz, classical, ambient, and experimental guitar. As a guitarist for 18 years, Hago's performance experience encompasses both intimate and mass settings from DIY tours around the country to international shows and festivals. An eclectic and adaptable guitarist, Hago seeks the challenge of playing, improvising and/or writing guitar in as many styles and musical atmospheres as possible, preferably on a classical guitar or an electric guitar rigged through a chain of effect pedals.
Within the Tampa music scene, she has played live mostly in punk bands, such as Ink and Sweat, New Bruises, and Feral Babies. In 2012, her band Feral Babies received Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay Awards for "Best Local Punk Act" and "Best Local Metal/Hardcore" while her other projects--Ink and Sweat and New Bruises--have received numerous accolades for their recordings and performances. In 2015 Hago was picked among 400 applicants as touring guitarist for punk/metal band Propagandhi. For this accomplishment, in 2016 Hago received the "Best Embedded Local" award from Creative Loafing. Currently, Hago continues to tour with Propagandhi and writes and performs with Tampa post-punk band Career and experimental duo Whelks. Hago also performs solo improvisational sets of ambient guitar during yoga classes and the occasional classical guitar repertoire of Villa-Lobos, Bach, Giuliani, etc.
Always seeking more knowledge and development on the guitar, Hago considers herself a lifelong student of the instrument. Throughout her 18 years of playing, she has studied with with many instructors of a variety of styles. Several of them include Jazz Virtuoso Tom Quayle; University of South Florida Jazz professor LaRue Nickelson; Players School of Music instructor Peter Mongaya; South African guitarist Derek Gripper; and Director of Education of the Tampa Bay Guitar Society Thomas Coffey. Being an instructor herself, much of the knowledge she has attained has also been self-taught through performance experience and persistent study and exploration of the instrument. Some of her influences include Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Derek Gripper, Heitor Villa-Lobos, David Gilmour, Angus Young, Jeff Parker, Baden Powell, Andres Segovia, Johnny Marr, Yngwiee Malmsteen, John Frusciante, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kirk Hammett, Tommy Iommi, Hubert Sumlin, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, among many others.
When she's not writing, practicing or performing, Hago teaches individual lessons in various styles of Acoustic, Electric, and Classical guitar as well as advanced technique and theory from her home. A guitar instructor since 2009, Hago's goal is to share her knowledge of the instrument and performance preparation to anyone who wishes to play and write music with the guitar. Visit the guitar lessons page for more information.