Dedicated to my mother, who spent most of her most joyous years living as a creative artist. She has been an inspiration in my life not only creatively, but also in influencing my own ability to just live, no matter how hard things get. I like to think of...
I've been studying and playing music since the age of eight, beginning on trumpet and percussion. But it was the discovery of a Guild archtop jazz guitar in the basement of my family's Philadelphia home that would change my life forever. The guitar in all its forms has been my musical companion ever since.
As an avid student of all things musical, I've merged my background in jazz and classical music with a fascination for the sounds of non-Western cultures. I compose and arrange for varied jazz ensembles, for my world fusion ensemble Some Sort of Angel, and for the classical and jazz guitar.
The 2010 release of Between Silence: Poems For Solo Guitar is for me a collection of pieces akin to haiku or sonnets, or the Sufi poems of Rumi and Hafiz. I always strive to create what feels right and honest to me, having learned through experience that it is counterproductive to work toward everyone liking you. You have to present who you are with grace, sincerity, and open feeling. Because at the end when the music is shared, it will be the immediacy of this feeling that the listener will experience.