Life Is a Roller Coaster Enjoy the Ride.
I am 29 years old and I have been playing music for about twenty-two of those years. I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and I still live there. At age seven I started taking piano lessons until age ten when I started drum lessons from Gary Rutkowski at Community Music School. I played drums and percussion in the grade school band at Bennett Park Montessori School and then the concert band and swing choir at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (directed by James Deiotte and Marcus Deveso) during the years of 1995 and 1999. We played at Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, and we toured Boston, Massachusetts where we played many concerts including Faneuil Hall. In 1998 I played drums in a jazz band called Jazz Mileage with Sherrie Morris and played several shows at venues including The Langston Hughes Institute, The Festival of Trees at the University at Buffalo, Kleinhans Music Hall, and Shea's Performing Arts Center. I also played drums for numerous rock bands including Trigger Finger which played out frequently at venues in Buffalo such as The Backstage Pub, The Showplace Theater, The Sideshow, The Funhouse, Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, and Club Meltdown in Hamburg. We also opened for Hoobastank and The Lost Prophets at Cloud 9 in Buffalo. Another band I played drums and percussion in was called Urban Underground, which played at Showplace Theater and Stimulance Coffeehouse. I played for a short period of time with Leah Prentiss as a percussionist, playing bongos and djembe. I performed with her at Nietzsche's. For the last four years I have been mainly concentrating on melodic instruments including piano (with lessons from Joe Brancato), guitar, harmonica, and vocals. I took drum lessons for several years with Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Lou Marino, and have continued to play and practice drums and percussion. I have written about sixty original songs totaling over 4 hours of material. Between the years of 2004 and 2010 as a solo artist, I have performed at various venues including: Coffee &, Café Allegro, The Coffee Bean, Higher Grounds Coffeehouse, Caz Coffee Café, Broadway Joe's, The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, The West River Music Festival 2010, Buffalo's City Hall (for the March Against Child Abuse - April 2010), Art Brutale, The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2010, as well as Spot Coffee for a special event given for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October of 2004. I also made an appearance on the Greg Sterlace Show on Public Access Television in the Spring of 2006. My first LP is entitled 'One is too many... a thousand is never enough,' released in 2006. My second LP is entitled 'Life is a roller coaster... enjoy the ride,' released in 2008. My music has innumerable influences, and has been compared to the likes of Cat Stevens and Jack Johnson. The style is folk rock for the most part with some blues and ballads. The content of the lyrics ranges from personal struggles and conflicts to social and political commentary to love and desire. I have been teaching guitar and keyboard lessons to children ages 4-13. I have been signed to an all digital record label called zoomoozik.com. I am very excited to have the opportunity to present my music to people in any capacity. I feel it is a gift I have been given which I have an obligation to share with the world. It may just help someone, like so many other artists' music has helped me in my life. I am pleased to connect with anyone especially through music, which is one of the main forms of spiritual expression for me.