I am a trumpet player, composer, producer, and audio engineer.
I studied at SUNY Potsdam, The Berklee School of Music, The Eastman School of Music, and graduated from Indiana University. Early on my teachers were Diane Mathie, Paul Famiglietti, Allan Dean, Jim Hynes, Cecil Bridgewater, Vincent Penzarella, David Baker, Phil Wilson and many others.
During my 35+ years of playing trumpet I've crossed an array of genres, including Classical, Funk, Punk, Reggae, Jazz, Off-Broadway, Klezmer, Soca, West African, South African, Gnawa, Haitian Vodou, R&R, R&B, Blues, Big Band, Avant Garde, Freejazz, Industrial and more. I've been called a "tone scientist" by some, for my creative use of electronic effects, mixed with explorations of trumpet sounds.... and others have said I "wield a metal witching rod" because of the entrancing effect I have on my audiences.
I've performed on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the clubs and raves of New York City's underground, as well as festivals and venues around the world. From 1995 - 1998 I wrote, recorded and produced Le Collage C'est Fou!!, a project which fused West African, Carribean, Funk and Jazz. Le Collage was at the vanguard of the worldbeat movement in NYC. Le Collage collaborated with notable artists Jojo Kuo (Fela's drummer), Everton Sylvester, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen and Hassan Hakmoun.
In 1998, I premiered "Electric Meg" at the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. In this incarnation I have played with numerous ensembles in NY and around, and produced "Out da Concrete", an as-yet-unreleased collaborative project with Daniel Carter, George Makinto, On Ka'a Davis, Peter Lewis, DJ Firehorse and ZOD.
Performing Credits: Butch Morris Conduction, On Ka'a Davis and the Famous Original Djuke Players, Le Collage, Mammals of Zod, Mahjoun, MAC, Bicycle, Hassan Hakmoun and Zahar, Arrow and the Mutli National Force, Metropolitan Klezmer, NYC Reggae Collective, Klezka, La Troupe Makandal, Global Warming, Inviolate, The Leisure Class, Kit McClure Big Band, Mem Nahadr, and more.
Engineering Credits: Sussan Deyhim, Graham Haynes, Hassan Hakmoun, Daniel Moreno, On Ka'a Davis, Kid Lucky, and The Vision Festival.
2009-2010: With On Ka'a Davis and the Famous Original Djuke Players, we published 2 albums in 2009: Seeds of Djuke on the LiveWired label and Djoukoujou! on Tzadik and performed at the Sardinia Jazz Festival. My playing was also released in 2009 on Mem Nahadr's Eclectic-Is-M, also on the LiveWired Label.
Current Events: FRACK ATTACK was released in February 2011. I'm currently composing a solo album, due out in 2012.
Other Stuff: I was submerged in the art life of NYC's Lower East Side (LES) from 1987 - 1994, where I lived and breathed creative energy, meeting performance artists, musicians, dancers and painters from all walks of life. From 1994 until 2001, I lived between the LES and Brooklyn, and then moved to Newark NJ, where, over the course of 8 years I was the architect of a 12,000 sf live/work loft for artists, which was home to notable artists including Jasme, Naked Albert, Sufi David, Tom Terrell, Brian Marsella and Ben Sheppard.
During this time I produced the SONIC MUNDI music festival, hosted frequent after-hour jam sessions, art shows, raves, the Lovesphere Festival, and helped artists get from Point A to Point B.
In 2008 I moved to the Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County, NY, where I pursued my passions of music, design, motherhood, sustainability, and organic gardening, and became a multimedia activist engaged in the fight to stop the gas industry from destroying our environment through unregulated process hydraulic fracturing ("hydrofracking").