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I began playing music at age 8, initially beginning with piano and then moving onto double bass a few years later. After participating as principal bassist in several Onondaga County, Area All-State, and New York All-State orchestras through NYSSMA, I chose to study music at Ithaca College. In 1999, I launched my own personal website (before blogs were cool!) and was also a member of the piano and saxophone-based rock band, Thanks Mr. Brown. The band received high local acclaim throughout Ithaca from 2000 to 2003 notably for their "original, Billy Joel-meets-Presidents of the USA-in-Ben Folds' basement tunes" [Miller, Jeff. "A Funky Town." Ithaca Times 21 Feb. 2001].|
After graduating from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in music performance on the double bass, I began work on my first album, "Workin' For The Man". Released in 2005, the endeavor is a piano-influenced, musical biography of sorts; full of catchy tunes, earnest heartbreak, and even a song dedicated to Natalie Portman. With the album released, I then moved to Rochester, NY and Boston, MA, respectively, until returning to my hometown of Syracuse, NY in the Fall of 2006.
As a proud member of AFM - Local 78, I perform regularly as a professional bassist throughout Central New York with various theater groups, performing arts organizations, jazz ensembles, and orchestras. You can also find me playing upright bass in the folk-alternative band, The Grey's. Aside from music, I was briefly a restaurant columnist for The Eagle Newspapers in Syracuse and from 2008 to 2012 maintained a local Syracuse dining blog called Pulled Into Syracuse. I also maintain a local urban planning blog called Salt City Critique.
In October of 2013, I released my second album, "So Far Upstate". The album is a collection of piano-based rock and pop songs that I wrote over a span of two years. All tracks including vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, and violins were recorded by me at my home studio in Downtown Syracuse. In March of 2014, "So Far Upstate" was nominated for Best Pop Album by the Syracuse Area Music Awards. The album is currently available for listening and purchase at iTunes, Spotify, and CD Baby.