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#1046300 - 04/16/01 05:56 PM Re: Introductions?
dansouth Offline
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Quote:
Originally posted by Tony:
My name is Tony Barnes of Bayonne, NJ. Just turned 40 yesterday, April 15.


Yo, Tony, Happy Birthday! Welcome to the 40's! Time for a sports car and a fling with a MUCH younger woman! YEAH!!!

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#1046301 - 04/16/01 06:12 PM Re: Introductions?
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Hi all,

I'm Mike, and I'm now addicted to keyboards And just for today, I'm gonna indulge that addiction!

I was a pro drummer for over a decade - club date, jazz, rock, etc. I also played lead guitar in some original acts, and bass in a couple of bands. But I always loved keys, especially Hammond organs. So when I got a house a few years ago and finally had space, the first thing I did was get a Hammond! I now have an A100, along w/ some other fun toys. The latest addition is a Roland JP8000, which being a retro prog- & heavy rock fan I use to emulate Minimoogs & whatnot. Check out my website:
http://www.geocities.com/coyote-1

The next addition will probably be a Yamaha P80 piano. It's light, sounds great (esp. Stevie Wonder-type tremolo Rhodes) and feels great IMO. Wish it had a clavinet sound though; then I'd be able to lose the Nanopiano. PEACE
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#1046302 - 04/16/01 07:08 PM Re: Introductions?
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Loc: Switzerland, Europa
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I'll bet you'd be good with a slice of ham on rye with a little dijon mustard. Sorry, feeling silly this morning.

- Jeff


Yo' Jefff....you're a helluva funny duck!
I'm actually a vegetarian!!
You must have eaten too many madcow patties when you were young..hehehe
Ciao from Switzerland - home of the "straight bovine" and the chocolate cuckoo clocks.....
Paul
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#1046303 - 04/16/01 08:38 PM Re: Introductions?
Anonymous
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Woah Dave, you played with Miles, I had no idea, I need to check out more of your music.


OK, I'll try to keep it short.

I'm 28 with a beautiful wife and son. I've been playing piano since age 4, took a lot of formal classical from various teachers, my mom really wanted me to be a Carnegie Hall classical virtuoso unfortunately for her I discovered Jazz in my early teens.

I took odd classes at New England Conservatory of Music and Berkelee in Boston concentrating mostly on Jazz piano.

We moved to Los Angeles in 86, I played with The LA Jazz Workshop for 2 years, it was a great experience, I got to play with Louie Bellson .

Later I spent 2 years at Dick Grove School of Music, if you don't know of Dick Grove, he came up with excellent approaches to Modern harmonization/composition, he also taught me to Arrange for Big Band and 40 piece orchestra.

I played professionally in studio and on the road with various artists for several years. Everything from Country, Pop, R&B, Jazz, etc. Did production and writing for several early 90s boy groups that never hit, did sample loops and production for several rap artists including Kid Frost, Hen Gee, Ice T, and a few others.

I got really tired of the Music Industry, the whole idea of making music for money really got to me after awhile. I got a cool day gig so that now all of the music I make is for Music, if this music is able to support itself financially great but I only play it for the love.

I also got fed up with playing synthesizers (I was really into them for a while), I don't care what anyone says I don't believe you can get the kind of feeling out of a synth that you can from a piano. This frustration led me to quit playing keys altogether for 3 years, I played electric guitar only during these years and feel I got pretty good at it.

So now I jam with my brother and nephew in a mostly improvisational experimental group we call JamFree, we only did improv for a while. We recently built a great sounding studio with 16 track 1/2" tape machine and lots of goodies. If you're in the Los Angeles area and need studio time our place is especially good for live recording but every artist we've recorded has been very happy with the results.

We just finished an album of compositions that were first conceived in improvisational shows and jams, don't really know what's on the horizon, only thing I'm sure of is we'll be playing music. Lately I've returned to keys playing a lot of Fender Rhodes and the Piano in my living room.

Peace and Love,
Steve LeBlanc

http://www.jamfree.com

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If my last name sounds familiar to you it might be because my Dad was an excellent Pedal Steel player. He was on over 300 albums from the early 60s through 1995. One of the pioneers of the Pedal Steel. The last album he was on was The Wallflowers "Bringin Down the Horse," unfortunately for the whole music world he died soon after.

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#1046304 - 04/16/01 09:32 PM Re: Introductions?
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I fried the SR-16 during a thunderstorm, I think. I always had a tendency of forgetting it was on and one day after coming home at night, smelled this awful burning electrical smell, started freaking out and one by one checked each of my babies to see if they were okay. I was delighted to find out that it was the SR-16 as opposed to one of my synths. I took the thing apart and found it to be a burnt capacitor right after the power supply but never got around to having it fixed. Too lazy/busy.

Oh and I guess I'll take Skippy to be my new name instead of Kevin. Everyone at work calls me Skippy so why can't you guys?

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#1046305 - 04/16/01 09:48 PM Re: Introductions?
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Quote:
Originally posted by JingleJungle:
Yo' Jefff....you're a helluva funny duck!
I'm actually a vegetarian!!
You must have eaten too many madcow patties when you were young..hehehe
Ciao from Switzerland - home of the "straight bovine" and the chocolate cuckoo clocks.....
Paul


Hey Paul...glad to hear the cows are less mad there in Switzerland. Personally, I think all cows should try and be happy...anger is a self-defeating emotion. So I'm hanging my shingle as "Bovine Therapist to the Stars" and curing this whole mad cow thing once and for all, mostly by prescribing Prozac. Moooooooo!



- Jeff

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#1046306 - 04/16/01 10:23 PM Re: Introductions?
dansouth Offline
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Homer Simpson says: Mmmm, Prozac burgers... :-P

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#1046307 - 04/16/01 11:03 PM Re: Introductions?
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Woah Dave, you played with Miles, I had no idea, I need to check out more of your music.

Although I was lucky enough to be able to jam with Miles a few times (once privately!), I did not play with the band on the tour - I was the keyboard tech. I'm not really much of a jazz player...I had a friend who was doing sound for the band, and he asked me to do the tour because the keyboard rigs had gotten pretty intense, so they needed someone who was familiar with them. I couldn't resist the opportunity to do a world tour with Miles Davis...

I was out with them for the Tutu tour. The band at the time was Miles, Darryl Jones on bass, Robert Erving III and Adam Holzman on keys, Foley on "lead bass", Kenny Garrett on sax, Mino Cinelu on percussion, and Ricky Wellman on drums. I teched Miles, Adam and Bobby's keyboard rigs, and Mino's electronic percussion rig.

It was a hell of an experience. I got some stories...

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#1046308 - 04/16/01 11:09 PM Re: Introductions?
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Wow, that's really cool Dave, Miles Davis has been more of an influence on me musically than any other person.

I even named my son after him:

Miles Anthony LeBlanc



That's an old picture, sorry but I'm way into my kid, it's downright embarassing sometimes

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#1046309 - 04/17/01 01:33 AM Re: Introductions?
dansouth Offline
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I see from the photo that young miles is already learning about A/D and D/A converters.

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#1046310 - 04/17/01 01:49 AM Re: Introductions?
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My name is Mike and I love computers and music. I'm 18 and started playing piano 2 years ago (kind of late, I know) because I wanted to start composing and I knew all my influences were classically trained. That changed though because I got really good (I'm not trying to brag) really quick, but I guess that's what should happen when you practice at least 2 to 4 hours a day. I never thought it would come to this, but I'm now pursuing a bachelors in music and hope to get a doctorate later in life and become a professor or conductor. I know it sounds cheesy, but for the first time in my life, I feet like I'm good at something.

I have very opinionated ideas about all kinds of music. I critique less than I actually compose because I haven't had time to get around to it. I like composing modern music for the fun of it. Some people have heard what I've written, but I like to keep things to myself. Music is very personal to me. I actually compose piano and ensemble music whenever I have free time not so that others can hear it, but to feel that I'm an accomplished musician (which I have yet to feel).

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#1046311 - 04/17/01 02:37 AM Re: Introductions?
Graham English Offline
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Registered: 02/13/01
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Loc: Somerville, MA USA
Yo, David. You have to tell some Miles stories! I absolutely love that band! I've transcribed so many of Kenny's solos from live recordings of that band. They were playing some crazy shit! But I want the gossip brother. Please?
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#1046312 - 04/17/01 02:43 AM Re: Introductions?
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...and the list continues to grow!

Murph, Barrett, Tony, Paul, Steve, and both Mikes - we'll be calling you all as Kevin from now on...

(with Aussie accent) Michael Baldwin - Bruce, Michael Baldwin - Bruce...
...sorry - I can never resist a Monty Python reference...

Also, we'd like to welcome young Miles to the forum - where's his red trumpet?

Seriously - I really appreciate you guys taking a bow. Thanks for hanging!

Murph - Jenna Jameson? I had you pegged for an Asia Carrera guy...

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#1046313 - 04/17/01 02:55 AM Re: Introductions?
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Quote:
Originally posted by dansouth@yahoo.com:
Yo, Tony, Happy Birthday! Welcome to the 40's! Time for a sports car and a fling with a MUCH younger woman! YEAH!!!


Thanks for the birthday wish. I don't have the sports car, but I already have the MUCH younger women.

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#1046314 - 04/17/01 02:59 AM Re: Introductions?
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Quote:
Originally posted by transrational:
Yo, David. You have to tell some Miles stories! I absolutely love that band! I've transcribed so many of Kenny's solos from live recordings of that band. They were playing some crazy shit! But I want the gossip brother. Please?


Kenny Garrett is a great guy, and a ridiculously talented musician - mumbles when he speaks English, but is totally fluent in Japanese. He and I climbed the snake path down the side of Masada together in Israel...

Hmmm - the majority of stories that I have from the tour are...shall we say...not necessarily fit for public consumption...

Here's a good one...we were on the bus driving from Pennsylvania to Richmond after doing a gig at the Devon Music Fair. I'm sitting up on the bus, talking to Miles at about 4 in the morning because everyone else is sleeping, and he decides that he wants to listen to Electric Ladyland. We put it on, and I make some comment about how Hendrix was totally great, and I'm surprised that Miles digs him. Miles reaches into a bag, pulls out a postcard -sized picture of Jimi, and hands it to me. I turn it over, and it's signed "Chief - thanks for everything. You're the best! Jimi." Like an idiot, I say "You knew Hendrix???" Miles rasps, "Yeah - he was a dumb muthafucker...wasted his life".

All of a sudden, I realize who I'm hanging with...major Kodak moment.

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#1046315 - 04/17/01 11:33 AM Re: Introductions?
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Loc: Pottsville, PA, USA
Lorie-33-small town in northeastern Pennsylvania where people think the internet is something you use to catch fish with. I am currently using a Korg Triton and learning guitar on my Hamer Slammer(Yeah, the explorer type). My music style is best described as wanting to hurl appliances out your window while touching yourself.

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#1046316 - 04/17/01 03:05 PM Re: Introductions?
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Quote:
Originally posted by Dave Bryce:
Murph - Jenna Jameson? I had you pegged for an Asia Carrera guy...


I can honestly say that I wouldn't turn either (or both!) of them down if given the chance. Just don't tell my wife! Now if only I could find my copy of 'Dogwalker'...
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#1046317 - 04/17/01 05:07 PM Re: Introductions?
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Loc: Marblehead,MA,UNITED STATES
Hi Guys!
I am a professional keyboard player (fulltime) and also a female! I started classical piano lessons when I was 5 and took 12 years of private lessons. I started playing in a band at 19, then took a family haitus until I was 32 (1982). Being a single mom with two kids and a low-paying office job, I went back to my first love - music. I put together a 4 pc. cover band, and from the first year, we averaged 150 gigs a year. This band was together for 10 years, then I expanded it a bit unto a show band with 7 pcs (3 female vox, keys, bass, drum and alto sax). This band is still working corporate functions, but it is an expensive group, so we do far fewer gigs. My full time job now is music director and organist at a large church, plus I have 30+ piano students, which keeps me pretty busy. I also play guitar (selftaught), and have been on the ground floor in electronic keyboards and synths since 1982. I have owned Casio, Hohner, Korg and Roland keyboards. I currently have 3 Roland boards, the JV-90, XP-10 and XP-80 workstation. The XP-10, the cheapest, is light and I use it doing school shows for the sound effects (thunder, rain etc.) I use a Roland K100 amp and also have the new Mackie 880S board and EV speakers. I prefer playing live, because that's where the money and the excitement is! But the XP-80 allows me to make great & easy sequences for break music and/or background music at church.

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#1046318 - 04/18/01 05:06 AM Re: Introductions?
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Quote:
Originally posted by dansouth@yahoo.com:
I see from the photo that young miles is already learning about A/D and D/A converters.



LMAO!
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#1046319 - 04/18/01 03:33 PM Re: Introductions?
dansouth Offline
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Marino:

> where are the pros?

I think they're lurking. They think this forum thing is uncool. But they can't stop reading it.


> I finally put all my head into composition.

Looking forward to hearing some of your work.


> I got a nice home studio but I'm not equipped to record a band at home... I'm not married (anymore)

That's why you HAVE a nice studio.


> Thanks for having the patience to read my English!

You write better than most Americans do.

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#1046320 - 04/25/01 01:09 PM Re: Introductions?
Dave Bryce Administrator Offline
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I've noticed that we've gotten quite a few newcomers to the forum recently. I'd love to have you sign our "guest book", if you wish....

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#1046321 - 04/25/01 03:45 PM Re: Introductions?
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My name is Roland Genske, I am from Velbert in Germany, this is near Wuppertal (you might know Duesseldorf or Cologne better).

I am 39 years old and playing the piano since I was 3 or so. At the age of 12 I became a Rock'n'Roll guy dreaming about a Hammond organ, but my first piece of gear was a Fender Rhodes, a real old one with ivory keys and the original 'Fender' sign on its back. I was so crazy to sell this wonderful instrument as I needed money to buy a motorbike. Well, that bike didn't live very long and I often have tears in my eyes whenever I remember my Rhodes.

I was on my way to become a professional musician but real-life came in-between. It turned out that I worked more as a synth programmer than as a keyboarder, next I found myself buying a home computer (a Sinclair Spectrum). I worked for several companies in the german music business. Perhaps the most famous thing I did those days was developing an extension for the Prophet 2000/2002 which added 8 individual analog outputs which could be independently assigned to different samples. I don't know if this was ever sold outside Germany.

Meanwhile I'm a senior software developer in a growing German software company being responsible for commercial tools and solutions all around Unix, Linux and Windows NT/2K. Looking back, I'm very happy with this development since my current occupation gives me more freedom to just play my music as I want to (financially, too) than some of my friends have who are full-time professional musicians. However, I'll probably never get the chance to gig with Lee Ritenour :-))

I never stopped making music. Actually, I play a wonderful Bechstein piano which has a MIDI OUT, works great although it lacks the pitch/mod wheels. It connects to a DAW with almost all soft synth's installed which are currently available. I'm using Cubase 5 for my compositions, being a long-term Cubase user since those Atari days.

Talking soft-synths: Since I heard a demo of the Emagic EVP (virtual Rhodes/Wurli) I desperately hunger for it to come available (this might belong into a separate thread).

Having composed a lot of music just for fun but published near to nothing, my main influences are nearly all these JazzRock fellows (or RockJazz since I really feel much more attracted whenever the rock component dominates). Although my preferences varied over the years, I always come back to Steely Dan, I simply can't resist their magic.

A last word: these forums here are so great, I've learned such a lot since I joined here. Thank you 1000times!

Roland

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#1046322 - 05/13/01 04:52 PM Re: Introductions?
Steve44 Offline
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Loc: Los Angeles, CA
I've been avoiding this thread ever since I first eyed it, feeling that I'm at kind of an identity crisis so I shouldn't introduce myself until I choose which part to introduce. Since that ended a week ago when I found out I will be graduating, I read all the posts sometime last week and decided to follow the trend of two or three others and post on my birthday. But now I'm a day late for that too..

I am Steve. 44 is my lucky number. (No, there aren't 43 other Steves.) I just turned 23 and I am just about to graduate from Brandeis University near Boston, MA with a B.A. in Music, where I have studied a lot of composition, musicology, and taken over four years of voice lessons. I am a baritone love to sing in choirs and do a little bit of solo stuff, mostly on the opera track.

But the piano is my first instrument, and I plan to return to it for serious study during the next few years, as I live at home in Northridge, CA. (Yes, technically I'm a valley boy, though I went to high school in the city.) My main focus on the piano is neither classical nor jazz performance, but rather free improvisation. I've been doing free improv for over four years now, and certainly see myself doing it for the rest of my life. I plan to increase my chops over the next few years while marketing myself so that hopefully I can give professional performances of improvisation.

I've been interested in synths since I first knew what one was.. I didn't figure out what they did until high school, where we had a nice setup of six or seven independent stations each centered around an Atari 1040 or MegaST. While this wasn't that long ago, the lab hadn't been updated much so our best sampler was an S-550 (whose OS had never been updated) and that horribly slow TX16W.. The 'best' station had an M1R, a Proteus/1 and a JV-1000. So my first introduction into synths wasn't top-notch.. there were no knobs around, nothing of particularly great interest except a pair of TX816's, too many DX7II's, a Matrix-6, and all the odd numbered Roland MKS modules (10/30/50/70). My senior year I performed an all-analog rendition of the 1984 Olympics theme with tons of nasty filterings.

Since that time, all that concerns me with synthesizers is expression - being able to create sounds that change in interesting ways over time and over the course of a phrase, and that respond well in real-time to your touch. It's very important to me to have as many controls as possible, from release velocity to breath control to multiple CV pedals and a volume pedal. My musical styles is mostly modern-classical, but I'm about to get heavily into groove based music because I want to integrate as much atonality into drum n bass as I can.
My Gear List is as follows:
Keys:
Kawai K5000S
Oberheim Matrix-6
Kurzweil PC88
Rack:
Yamaha MU100R
Oberheim Matrix-1000
(Yamaha MU90R that I'm selling)
Anatek Pocket Pedal, Wind Machine with Yamaha BC1
several Rolls RFX402p volume/panner/CV pedals
Fender Passport 250 Stereo Amp/submixer/PA
Dell 800Mhz PC with CDRW, running Logic, Sound Forge, and Wavelab

Current wish list:
Sherman Filterbank2
Korg Electribe ES-1 (sampler)
Tascam US-428
Creamware Elektra (or Nord micromodular, I'm undecided)
Kurzweil ExpressionMate

Oh, and I'll probably be working in the keyboard department at SamAsh in Canoga Park for the next few years...

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#1046323 - 05/14/01 01:57 AM Re: Introductions?
sudeep Offline
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Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 463
Loc: London, UK
Hi all, firstly wanted to say how awesome this site is, learning more and more everyday. Also how professional and knowledgeable the so called "amateurs" are!!!

Anyway my name is Sudeep live down here in Sydney Australia and am an IT consultant for Priceawaterhousecoopers, but music is my real passion. Started playing guitar at 11 (27 now) after hearing Dave Gilmour rip out one of his amazing solos. Love composing and writing my own music so took up the piano a little bit later and have never looked back!!!! playing in 2 bands at the moment, one a funk outfit, and the other a more typical rock and roll gig where i play keys and guitar. Plus writing my own stuff and my own demos.

My influences are almost every musician out there, but if I were stuck on a dessert island and i could only listen to one person all day, it would have to be Mcoy Tyner!!!

Im still in love with my PC2x though i didnt realise that the price should include another 400 bucks because of the gym membership u have to buy so u can lift the damn thing. Also just bought a Roland XP80 is just awesome.

anyway keep up the good work

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#1046324 - 05/14/01 07:06 PM Re: Introductions?
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Registered: 09/14/00
Posts: 32
Loc: Las Cruces,NM,UNITED STATES
Hi, I'm Mark Andersen. I'm 43 years old, married with four
children (all boys - my Chinese friends tell me I'm very
blessed, and I tend to agree). My oldest is 20, and wants
to pursue a career in music. My youngest is 11, and if
current interests are any indication, he could be the
next Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey. I grew up in Fresno CA,
where my mom gave me my first piano lesson when I was 5
years old. I lived in Seattle for a few years while I
was in graduate school, and in Irvine CA for a few years
after that. Currently I'm an associate professor in Fishery
and Wildlife Sciences at New Mexico State University. I
teach classes on philosophy of science/ scientific method/
scientific writing/ proposal writing, and on quantitative
population ecology, as well as a seminar course from time
to time. My research interests are conservation of non-game
animals in the desert Southwest, and applications of
theoretical ecology to the conservation of endangered
species and the management of invasive species.

I've been in a couple of different local rock bands, and
currently I play in a worship band. Although keys are my
main instrument, I can get by on bass, guitar, and congas.
I also compose what could loosely be called progressive-rock instrumentals. My musical influences include Monk, Tyner,
Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets), Emerson, Wakeman, and Jan
Hammer. I can only hope my compositions do justice to those
influences. Other players I really respect include Bruce
Hornsby, Michael McDonald, Rick Manasa (from Bob Seger's
band - I think I got the name right), Benmont Tench, Jeff
Lorber, and the late Richard Tee.

Right now I'm using a pretty minimal setup built around
my Alesis QS8.1. Between this forum and Keyboard magazine,
I'm getting lots of good information for my next gear
purchase(s). As far as chops go, I'm working on improvisational
skills, on pitch-bend technique, and on getting a convincing
electric guitar sound out of my keyboard.

cheers,
Mark A.
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#1046325 - 05/14/01 08:19 PM Re: Introductions?
SFOracle Offline
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Registered: 05/04/01
Posts: 1738
Loc: Vancouver BC Canada
My name is Don White. I live in San Francisco, but am originally from Vancouver Canada. I am 37 years old and have been playing piano since age 5, sax since age 10. It certainly seems like there are a lot of IT people on this forum. I work as an account manager/technology consultant with Ernst & Young's internal IT department, selling technology solutions to internal clients and the various related companies that we have spun off in recent years (most recently our entire management consulting group).

I currently do not have any keyboards. My piano (a huge old upright grand) is at my mother's place in Vancouver. I sneak into the rehersal rooms at UCSF (where my wife is a faculty member) to practice a couple of times a week. I play at church, and jam occaisonally with friends in a jazz/blues oriented group, but other than that not much else. I am looking to buy a good 88 weighted key controller/piano so I can practice at home, but I would also like something portable enough for jaming or performance. I have played and like the sounds of both the Kurzweil PC2X and the Alesis QS8.1, but every month, (with 2 kids and a project of a home) the money seems to go elsewhere. My wife seems to think new windows are more important that my artistic expression this month. I still play my sax (a Yamaha alto) occaisionally - my 2 year old son get's quite a kick out of daddy's "snacks-a-phone".

I've played a bit with various blues/pop/R&B genre bands in Vancouver, mostly sitting in for missing, drunk or otherwise unavailable keyboard players. My rig in those days consisted of a Rhodes 73 and a Yamaha DX7. The Rhodes got dropped off a truck and I sold the DX7 years ago.

After 10 years of putting my musical ambitions on the back burner to build a career, I am now at a point where I am looking to get back into playing more regularly.
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#1046326 - 05/15/01 09:47 AM Re: Introductions?
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Originally posted by marino:
First, it has been great browsing thru your stories. Just a question, where are the pros? I can't believe there are so few musicians here. Please understand, I'm not putting anybody down; some of my friends aren't pros and are better musicians than me... I'm surprised, that's all.
I cant speak for all of the pros, just for myself. It feels a little weird saying who I am and what Ive done...I dont want to come off like Im arrogant. Not that Im famous anyway, Im sure most of you have never heard of me, even though my name is on a few liner notes here and there. Ive never been interviewed by Keyboard, or EQ, or any major publication, although a number of people Ive worked with have.

I guess Ill briefly "unmask" myself for this thread. My name is Geoff Grace. I was born to be a musician and Ive been lucky enough to make a living at it. For my second birthday, I got a toy piano with real black keys (not just painted on) and a cheap phonograph player with a one-inch needle that destroyed records. I begged for piano lessons for years and my parents finally broke down and bought a real piano in 1965, when I was six. Later that year, on December 7th, I had my first piano lesson.

I studied classical piano throughout elementary school, but I was frustrated because my teacher refused to teach rock music or composition to me. In junior high school, I gratefully began studying all of those things and more with local Phoenix jazz legend Charles Lewis. I could write a whole story just on my lessons with Charles; he was a great teacher and mentor!

I played my first pro gig after graduating from high school in 1976. I worked with a p-funk band off and on until I graduated from college in 1980.

I was really into jazz-fusion and progressive rock while I was in high school and college, and I enrolled in Arizona State University as a jazz major in the fall of 1976. ASU had the beginnings of a jazz program at that time, formed by hiring away a few professors from North Texas State, but it wasnt developed enough for me. There were too few teachers and the professors we had sometimes cut class so they could sleep in after gigging late!

In 1978, I switched my major to composition, and in the summer of 1979, I studied conducting and orchestration at USC. For my conducting final, I got to conduct a chamber symphony orchestra and the thrill was beyond belief! We students were busy lamenting the fact that this was probably a once in a lifetime experience when our teacher proclaimed, "When Michael Tilson Thomas was a student here a few years ago, he used to hustle orchestral players to perform in a makeshift orchestra he created. Then, he would conduct concerts in the afternoons on the mall."

That was enough to inspire me. I went back to ASU for my senior year and I enlisted another composer to help me. Together, we formed a chamber symphony orchestra and gave recitals of our own symphonies during the fall and spring semesters.

After graduation, I worked in some of the top bands in the Phoenix area and then in some of the top groups in the southwest, mostly playing new wave, funk, and modern rock music. I eventually made my way here to Los Angeles where I now live. I began working here by playing piano in hotel lobbies and restaurants. After about a year, I hooked up with my first major label artist, Jerry Riopelle. Since then, it has been my fortune to work with some of the top artists in the recording industry in a variety of capacities: as a keyboard player, a programmer, an arranger, an orchestrator, and as a producer and writer. Along the way, Ive worked in some of the best studios in Los Angeles, New York, and London.

Thanks for your patience. Ive really enjoyed meeting all of you and hearing your stories! Ill wrap this up with a list: My favorite keyboard is the piano. My favorite band is Gentle Giant. My favorite composer is Igor Stravinsky. My favorite computer is the Macintosh. My favorite DAWs are Digital Performer for MIDI and ProTools for audio. My favorite time is the eternal moment of now. My favorite woman is the wonderful one Ive been married to for almost 11 years, (stage name) janedoe. We have one dog, no kids. Im very happy and lucky!
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#1046327 - 05/15/01 02:01 PM Re: Introductions?
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Cool! Very glad to see more people posting on this thread!

Greetings, feclicitations and welcome to Roland, Steve, Sudeep, Mark, Don and Geoff. I'm really glad to have you guys spending time here.

Steve, lemme know when you're back in SoCal - I figure I at least owe you lunch for the deleted post...

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#1046328 - 05/15/01 03:31 PM Re: Introductions?
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Originally posted by soapbox:
My name is Geoff Grace.


Soap - you may be more famous than you know. I HAVE heard your name mentioned in musical circles, but I'm afraid that I don't recall the context.

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#1046329 - 05/15/01 07:30 PM Re: Introductions?
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Originally posted by dansouth@yahoo.com:
Soap - you may be more famous than you know. I HAVE heard your name mentioned in musical circles, but I'm afraid that I don't recall the context.


I should point out that there is another Geoff Grace I know of who has done some work with Jefferson Starship and Pete Sears. Strangely enough, a site on the Internet combined one of his credits with two of mine and created a hybrid Geoff Grace. Even stranger, this very same site also claims that an engineer I work with died in 1990, but they go on to list many of his credits that he's acquired since then! He seems to have had an even better career after being resurrected!

This engineer and I have both informed the site of their errors, but their "information" remains unchanged. Unfortunately, record company people often access this site when they want to see what you've done. Who said that the Internet marked the dawn the beginning of the information age? Sometimes it seems more like the dawn of the misinformation age!

For my real info, you can click here . My wife, who is a great actor (her stage name is "janedoe"), has a website as well.

So Dan, when do we get to hear about you?

This message has been edited by soapbox on 05-15-2001 at 07:46 PM
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