I'm a freelance bassist, songwriter and composer on the east coast. I am a Fodera and Epifani artist and a Berklee College of Music Film Scoring graduate and have a Masters degree from the Longy School of Music. I've studied jazz bass with John Lockwood, classical bass with Pascale Delache-Feldman, free music with Joe Morris, and improvisation with Peter Cassino.
The first release by my group, Evoke Ensemble, “Groove for Peace”, is a collection of my original music and is an eclectic, bass-driven musical hybrid steeped in groove and improvisation, inspired by jazz, influenced by film, with flavors running the full musical spectrum from world music to classical and beyond....
The band deliver(s) an outstanding collection of joyous instrumentals that seethe with rhythm, groove, and emotion and remind this humble scribe of early Epic releases by the late, great Jaco Pastorius. - Metronome Magazine Top Five Albums for April 2013
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Bachelors Degree from Berklee College of Music as a dual major in Film Scoring and Bass Performance. Masters Degree in Modern American Music from the Longy School of Music Of Bard College. Staff Bass Instructor at Page Music in Boston, MA My Teaching Philosophy: Making a positive difference in someone’s life is one of the greatest gifts that one can give. Some of the greatest gifts in my life were lessons learned from my first music teacher, to my professors in grad school; from my grandfather’s wisdom to my two young children teaching me about patience. I’m a lifelong student and voracious learner and these are qualities I want to be able to pass on to my students — a love and thrill for learning. I believe that the best musician is not only the best for obvious reasons, but also more so because of their innate ability to empathize with the human condition, and through their art evoke emotions within us with grace and humility. Artists who can expand their field and open our eyes, creating something new and vibrant while still paying homage to the past. I enjoy teaching because I enjoy being taught. I know the satisfaction of being able to do something that previously may have seemed abstract or distant, and it’s very satisfying and humbling to watch a student achieve their goals just like I did. I believe my desire to teach comes from my father’s appetite for learning in his life as a surgeon and scholar. His lust for learning and teaching is as alive today as it ever was. Like him, I have a desire to prepare students for the demands of today’s ever-changing industry. Certainly, technology has exponentially expanded the resources that are available, but it still takes a good teacher to be able to filter and discern the good information from the not-so-good. It’s still the face-to-face pedagogy that gives students the ability to learn from mistakes or grow from one milestone to the next; it's the time-honored tradition of passing information from one person to the other that makes students better. I was taught to learn from the masters and that’s what one of my key philosophies still is. Creating a unique voice through transcribing and performing, through taking something tried and true and adding it to your “tool kit” by making it part of your own voice, is all part of the process. Learning music from musicians who play instruments other than your own and from other genres is the key to being a well-rounded musician and, in my opinion, is one of the keys to being successful. With today’s industry, musicians must be able to play efficiently and convincingly in many diverse styles, as opposed to just honing in on one genre. Jazz alone almost defies categorization these days, as there are so many influences constantly being injected into it and transforming it from just "straight ahead"; today’s musician needs to be aware of these influences as well as the fundamentals in order to create or to work. Lastly, critical thinking and the ability to make reflective decisions as a musician on how to improve one’s own playing or ensemble playing are very important to me as a teacher, as these qualities are what was instilled in me as a student.