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John Peitso: Music Director & Lighting Designer, Ensemble

John Peitso has collaborated with Double Edge for over 20 years as music director, performer and lighting designer, and moved in 2016 from Boston to Ashfield to join the ensemble. He is currently a musician for Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro, which premiered in March 2018 at Peak Performances at Montclair State University.  In 2017 he worked on the Ashfield Town Spectacle, for which he is responsible for all musical events, including the parade. Peitso was lighting designer and lead musician for The Grand Parade, composed by Alexander Bakshi, which toured internationally, and co-adapted and created the music with Micaela Farias Gomez and Manuel Uriona for Once a Blue Moon and its subsequent tours to Boston and Springfield. He performed and co-created with Double Edge as early as the 1990’s in Keter and Relentless and has, in recent years, developed the musical components of Double Edge’s work in performances.

Peitso was also the Music and Technical Director of the Charlestown Working Theater for 24 years, holds a BA from Boston University School for the Arts, and is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.