I was born and raised in Woodstock, NY. When I was five years old I started playing the cello, and my love for music has only grown since then. I now play guitar, piano, recorder and percussion; sing, write songs and compose. I am a member of the groups Levanta, Celeste, Bossa Boreal and Sonark Trio, and I perform solo. I have recorded cello on many albums, including Strangers, Simone Felice; From the Violent Banks of the Kaaterskill, Simone Felice; In a Moment, Karl Berger; Unto the Garden, Cantor Robert Michael Esformes; Onism, Photay; Payne's Grey Sky, Payne's Grey Sky, and COLORS OF RESISTANCE, Eco-Music Big Band. My latest project was the much anticipated debut self-titled album Levanta, released November 11th of 2018, including a composition of mine, Floating in Time. I have toured in Europe, and performed in the Hudson Valley and New York City areas with various groups from orchestras to rock bands to a jazz big band. Plans for 2019 include recording a debut solo album: Infinity is One, and a debut album with Celeste: Home. Look for a gofundme for the latter.
Over the last four years I have developed my talents as a teacher, starting with a group of school students from the Lidskjalf Co-op School, a Waldorf-based homeschool intiative in Woodstock, NY, teaching singing, recorder and piano. Since then I have taught private lessons on the above-mentioned instruments as well as cello, guitar and music theory. I also teach cello at Primrose Hill Waldorf School in Rhinebeck. My approach to teaching is, although technique and discipline are extremely important, if a sense of play (we do play music after all!) is not developed, as well as enthusiasm and creativity, then making music will become boring and rote. I teach children and adults, from beginner to intermediate, personalized to the needs and interests of each individual.
My musical studies started with cello, recorder and percussion at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, NY, as well as singing in choruses, playing all four recorders (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) in recorder ensembles and cello in orchestras. I privately studied Cello, Piano and later guitar during my time at Mountain Laurel. While at Onteora Public High School in Boiceville, NY, I was part of a locally successful reggae/rock trio, The Paper Planets, in which I co-wrote songs, played guitar and sang. I continued playing cello in the Onteora High School orchestra. After high school I studied cello and guitar in SUNY Ulster County Community College's music program, followed by a year in CUNY Brooklyn College's music conservatory, where I met Fred Ho, who would be my teacher and mentor for a year before he passed from colon cancer in the Spring of 2014.
My hope for the future of my musical career is that I can leave many people, young and old, moved and empowered to establish their own healing relationship with music, whether it is by singing, playing an instrument, or by simply being a good listener.