I am a composer for advertising and film, a performer and educator. Throughout my career, an all-consuming passion for music has inspired me to explore many areas of the world of music.
After graduating Mannes College of Music with a degree in composition I worked as a senior staff writer for David Horowitz Music Associates, one of the leading music production companies in New York. During my tenure there I composed, arranged, orchestrated and conducted music for over 1,000 spots. My eclectic background enabled me to compose music in all styles from large orchestral works to rock, pop and jazz for top shelf clients such as American Airlines, Mercedes, Visa, Pepsi, GE, KFC, Lincoln Mercury, FedEx, Met Life, John Hancock, and Verizon among others. I received numerous awards such as AICP, Clio, Effie, and Mobius as well as my music being featured at Cannes, the Superbowl and at the Paley Center for Media.
I performed on guitar with artists as diverse as Blue Lou Marini from Blues Brothers fame, for crowds numbering in the thousands, to Glen Branca, one of the most influential composers in New York's new music scene. I played with the prestigious Yale Jazz Ensemble who's members included, among others, the saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom. I was in the house band for The Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center as well as being one of the first guitarists to play in The Bang on a Can All Stars. I worked for Phillip Glass as well as playing guitar, bass and keyboards on spots with world class studio musicians. I recorded and collaborated on numerous independent folk, roots and alternative rock projects.
I composed original scores for independent film projects including, the electronica textured September 12th, winner, Best Feature, Longbaugh Film Festival, Portland and the chamber strings orchestred Minor Motion Picture, Official Selection at SOHO International Film Festival. I arranged the the NBC affiliate, WRCTV News theme, composed an original score for the promotional film for NBCUniversal produced by Duotone Audio Group, as well as contributing music for PBS, AMC and the Discovery Channel. The listing of works for independent film can be found on this Imbd page.
I have been a frequent invited lecturer to high school, university and continuing education adult audiences. Among these are seminars at Turtle Bay Music School, The Human Condition through Classical Masterpieces and at the Museum of Biblical Arts, American Music: The Unanswered Question with vocalist Vaneese Thomas, trumpeter Glen Drews, and guitarist Jack Cavari. I conducted a seminar, Composing Music for Advertising for the graduate composers of Dr. David Schober, Associate Professor and Director of Aaron Copland School of Music. I created, implemented and taught a ESL/Civics curriculum at CUNY/Kingsborough, using traditional folk music, spirituals, and songs from the American songbook to teach English to a Chinese, Russian and Latino senior demographic.
I have written various works on music topics including, a listeners guide to: A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Russian Easter Festival Overture by Rimsky-Korsakov and Trio n. 4 op. 90 Dumky by Antonin Dvorak, for the compendium Spirto Gentil, published by Rizzoli, 2011. I collaborated in creating and producing an educational podcast "The Raindrop", which explores the Prelude for Piano, Op.28 no.15 by Frederic Chopin from music, historic and cultural perspectives.
In recent years, as well as continuing to compose for advertising I have been involved with sacred music, music for dance and theatre. I composed the hybrid electric/acoustic score for Adam Danced, (2015), choreographed by Jamel Gaines' Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn. I produced and composed for Psalms(2016), a collaborative effort for choir and chamber orchestra with Andrew Bloch, founding partner of Humanworldwide, David Horowitz, Gabrielle Vanoni, Assistant Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music, Argentinian composer Sebastian Modarelli and Timothy Dusenbury. The multi-media event Fatherhood, created, produced and composed with pianist/composer Christopher Vath, for chamber ensemble, singers, narrator and recorded audio was premiered January, 2018, at the Manhattan Pavilion.
I have an extensive music library available upon request.