Brief: I started studying classical piano and music theory at the age of 8 and played in bands/ensembles throughout high school. When I moved up to LA for college, I did not find time to play in groups, though I have continued to develop my chops in jazz, funk, rock and more. I’ve been playing acoustic guitar since age 14 and most of my playing on that instrument is bluegrass-style. I’m working on my flatpicking… Anyway, it’s time to get playing again.
Skills: keyboards, acoustic/rhythm guitar, background vocals, music theory and arranging
Influences: Classic Rock, Bluegrass, Indie-Folk, Jazz, Electro, Trance, Hip-Hop, Blues, Singer-Songwriters… I take it all in.
I Play: Roland XP-30, Alvarez AD-90SDK
Back in the day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXyhwSY-cSA (we won the high school battle of the bands with this performance)
While a student at UCLA, my partner and I “conducted” an interview and profile of Professor Neal Stulberg, Director and Conductor of the orchestras at University of California, Los Angeles (which include the UCLA Philharmonia and the UCLA Symphony). Also featured are Dr. Stephen Karr and Henry Shin.
As Programming Director at Yiddishkayt, I presented Psoy Korolenko in a sold-out, standing room only show at Genghis Cohen on June 4th, 2011. His performance took the crowd on a journey through Yiddishlands real and imagined. Psoy is a lexicological prankster, comically switching between tongues and cheeks.
This deeply personal short was produced while a student at UCLA. It chronicles my inner challenges related to my Jewish identity as expressed through my facial hair.