BAND AFFILIATION: Portland Cello Project
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “The White Album” by the Beatles
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … A string quartet at the University of Connecticut. My dad was always taking me to that long-haired stuff when I was a little kid. Then I went to a Grateful Dead show when I was in high school (a whole other kind of long-haired experience).
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … We always had a piano in the house, so that was the first thing I played. But I got my very own cello when I was eight years old.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I played something in front of my fifth grade music class. Is that public? I can’t remember what the song was, but it was my first original tune. I think “Rain” by the Beatles was the first thing I played outside of school or in a non-classical setting.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I had a few high school bands. I think 40 Fingers was the first band that lasted more than one gig. Fern Hill (a cello/guitar duo) was the first band I was in that actually felt like something real, and we had a good run for a while. Then we morphed into Holiday Clocks, and then… um, what was the question again? All of this says very little about what I do now. So have a look-see.
“I now live in Portland, OR, and I try to get back to the northeast a couple times a year.
I recently finished a new duo album called, ‘7 in the Afternoon” with guitarist Mark Herschler. We call ourselves Broque.
I am working on a new solo CD, due out early next year. It’s my 16th album.
I have a song in the new film ‘Buck’ (in theaters now), and I’ve had a number of tunes used on the TV show, ‘Weeds.’
I compose for and play with the Portland Cello Project.
Life is good. Music is good.