This Is My Story, and I'm Stickin' To It

My Musical Life:

I have always been fascinated by the way music sounds and the way it works. In my humble opinion, music should be and integral part of every person's life whether they are performing it, listening to it, or both.

I have been playing guitar since the age of 14 and started playing in bands by the age of 19. In my early twenties I picked up bass guitar as well. Along the way I began to delve in computer based composition and music creation using Finale, Reason, Cubase, and Pro Tools.

In the early 2000's I was a proud member of a band called The FOBES. We performed throughout the Tri-State Area leaving a trail of perplexed expressions and/or big smiles in our wake. In 2003 we recorded a full 9 song CD at Uptime Studios in NYC with the one and only Sammy D'Ambruoso at the mixing board.

In 2007 I had the amazing opportunity to live in Singapore where I was fortunate enough to meet the incredible sitar player/teacher, Ustad Sharafat Khan. During my studies I gained insight to the workings of Hindustani (North Indian) music and of the extremely challenging technique of the sitar. I was lucky enough to be able to travel throughout Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Vietnam and India where I was exposed to and enlightened by the music of these cultures.

I have had the pleasure of being a guitar and music teacher in various settings for the better part of 15 years. I truly enjoy watching my students grow and forge a deeper appreciation for music over the course of their studies. My goal is and always has been to get my students to the point where I cannot teach them anymore. I look forward to making new musical friends in the future.

Musical Influences:

I listen to a wide range of musical styles and artists. I love Jazz, Funk, Soul, Blues, Rock, Classical, Reggae, World Music, and Electronic Music, to name but a few. Most importantly I love music that is honest and from the heart.

There are so many artists that have had an influence me that I could write a book, but I won't put anyone through that. Here's the condensed version, in no particular order: Frank Zappa, Thenolious Monk, Stevie Wonder, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Mahavisnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, Parliament/Funkadelic, Sly Stone, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Mr. Bungle, Bob Marley, Captain Beefheart, Jimmy Smith, Bjork....OK I'll stop there.

I would be remissed if I did not mention my teachers as being a major influence on me as well. I'd like to express my profound gratitude to Louis Romao, Phil Forbes, and Ustad Sharafat Khan. Through their patience and knowledge, I have been able to grow musically and personally. - Copyright 2011

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