José Guzmán is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Jazz Guitar Performance. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, he collaborated with the folkloric ballet, ELMYRBA, on cultural trips to Egypt and Europe representing Puerto Rico. He currently teaches at the University of Illinois Springfield. As a composer, he scored music for short films for film festivals and arranged music for Puerto Rican songwriter Ivelisse del Carmen’s album, Amor y Tierra: Ir para regresar. As a jazz guitarist, he recorded Dimijtre Vasiljevic’s Accidental Nomad. released on Rope a Dope Records.