Happy New Year, folks! The reason I have seemed a little absent from social media lately is because I was in Brazil for New Years visiting some friends and family. Even though I did not travel with any of my instruments, it seemed that everyone I visited was able to scrounge up a guitar or a keyboard for me to play! I had so much fun playing at several New Years parties and cookouts that it was very hard to leave! Not to mention that the weather was infinitely better there! Next time I visit Brazil, I will have to make sure I bring some of my own gear with me!
But now I am back in the U.S. and I have been looking forward to playing for all of you! I will be performing at The County Cork Wine Pub in Eldersburg, MD on Friday, February 2nd at 8:30pm, so please come out to see me! I am working on my schedule, so please keep an eye on the PERFORMANCES page as I will be updating it pretty regularly! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
DECEMBER 13TH, 2017
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! I just wanted to post a quick update before the holidays to let you all know about a couple of things!
Firstly, my apologies to everyone that was planning to come and see me last Saturday, December 9th, at the County Cork Wine Pub in Eldersburg, MD. There was a bit of snow that day and the pub closed early that night, so my performance was canceled. But never fear! I am working on rescheduling! ALSO, I will be playing NEXT Saturday, December 23rd at Mad City Coffee in Columbia, MD, so if you are free that evening, please come hang out and enjoy some tunes! I will have CDs and download cards for sale as always, and I may even play a few holiday tunes!
Next, I wanted to bring your attention to some of my tunes playing on Jango Radio. It is a free online radio service with only one audio ad per day when you sign up, so if you have a profile with them, please become my "fan!" You can log in with Facebook and write comments about me or my songs! I would be very appreciative for the support!
And LASTLY, I wanted to share with you guys a short little cue that I made recently just for fun entitled "Second MInd." It is available for licensing on Jingle Punks if you like it! OH, and also for my fellow Christmas enthusiasts, please enjoy my uncompromising rendition of "O Christmas Tree" and don't forget to "like" and subscribe to my YouTube channel!! Thanks, everyone!
NOVEMBER 8, 2017
Well, hey! Sorry it's been awhile since I've posted an update. October was a busy month and I have been working a lot on promoting my new album FOR THE MOST PART. I promise to post an update here at least once a month, but if you want to keep up with what's happening as it happens, your best bet is to like and follow my FACEBOOK page as well as my INSTAGRAM and my YouTube channel. I update those very frequently!
A few weeks ago, I did a radio interview with Elvy Lopez on her program Indie Jamz at WJHM102JAMZ on Tuesday, October 17th. She also spun my song "Daydream" after the interview. The interview played on their local radio station in Orlando, FL and globally on their TuneIn Radio channel. It was a lot of fun to talk to her about my new album and I plan to post the audio from that interview as soon as they send it to me so that you can all hear it!
Also, I wanted to share with you a couple of recent reviews that have been written about my song "Daydream" from For The Most Part. Paul Weyer from A&R Factory wrote THIS REVIEW about the song, asserting that the song will "absolultely entrance you." I hope you feel the same way! Burak Gundogdu from Heavy Metal T-Shirts (a.k.a. Metalhead Community on social media) wrote THIS REVIEW calling it "a very successful composition, really, with so many elegant ideas and nuances with many different effects and instruments." Furthermore, Burak called the track "simply beautiful." Many thanks to both of these awesome writers for their kind words! I rely so much on people sharing my music and expressing their thoughts about it. If you have heard my album or any of my music and want to write about it on your blog or social media page, please let me know so that I can post your comments here!
Otherwise, please keep your eyes to the PERFORMANCES page to see where I'll be playing next! I will hope to see you!
OCTOBER 4, 2017
This past weekend, I played at a private party and had a fantastic time! I don't play parties often, but I have such fun when I do that I am starting to think it might be a cool thing to do more frequently. If you are having an event this fall and you need live music, please feel free to CONTACT me! I am always eager to play, and I happily take song requests!
Also, I wanted to let you know that I will be playing at The County Cork Wine Pub in Eldersburg, MD on Saturday October 14th from 8:30pm until around midnight. I am super excited for this gig, so if you are near the Eldersburg area that weekend, please come hang out with me and hear some tunes! If you cannot make it to that gig, please keep your eyes on the PERFORMANCES page of my website, as I often update it without necessarily updating the home page! I want to see you at a show soon!
Lastly, I want to remind everyone that my album, FOR THE MOST PART, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more! Please visit the STORE section of my website to check it out if you haven't already!
Also, if you have heard it and you like, please do me a huge favor and leave a review on any of the aforementioned sites! It would mean so much to me! Thank you for your support!!
SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
I had an awesome time playing at Kelsey's Irish Pub and Restaurant this past Saturday, September 2nd! Big thanks to everyone who came out to support me, and especially to those of you who bought a copy of my brand new album, For The Most Part. You are all awesome! CDs will be available (with download cards) at all of my shows from here on out for $10 dollars each, so please keep your eyes on the PERFORMANCES page as I am always working on my schedule.
For those of you who do not live in Maryland, or do not want to wait until my next show, please visit the STORE section of my website to purchase your copy of the album! I am now just waiting for CD Baby to finish delivering the album to all of their online partners and they are moving fast, so keep checking! The album is already much more widely available for downloading, streaming, and/or ordering a physical copy. The STORE section of my website lists all of the outlets where the album is or soon will be available, so you can go pick your favorite digital outlet, and I will update that list frequently as the album becomes available on different services! If you already have your copy of the album, I would love to know what you think of it! Please follow me on social media for more frequent updates and to share your thoughts with me!
Also, I wanted to remind everyone about my book, A Concise Music Theory Text For Guitar Players, and let you know that while it is always available for purchase in the STORE, it is also now back in stock at Mike's Music in Ellicott City, MD! So, if you live in Ellicott City and want to buy it today, you can swing by!
AUGUST 23, 2017
I said I'd let you know when my album was available digitally and as of today, you can download or order it on CD Baby!
Visit the STORE section of my website to order or download your copy today!!!
AUGUST 19, 2017
WHAT! The physical copies of my album are officially HERE!
I am now just waiting for it to be available digitally! I am hoping that I will have download links to share with you guys next week. As soon as that all goes through, I will post updates everywhere, so please keep your eyes peeled for that!
Also, if you want a physical copy, I will be selling them for ten smackers (i.e. dollars) at my next show at Kelsey's Restaurant in Ellicott City, MD on Saturday, September 2nd, from 9:30pm-1:00am! Or if you happen to bump into me before then, I'll try to make sure I have a few copies in my car at all times!
JULY 31st, 2017
Hey! So, this summer has been a lot of fun so far. This past weekend, I played at Mad City Coffee in Columbia, which was a lot of fun. I even had some surprise collaborations take place! Earlier this month, I played at Kelsey's Restaurant in Ellicott City. A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to hang out with me at those events! At the moment, I am working on the ol' schedule, so please keep an eye on the PERFORMANCES page, as I sometimes update that page without writing a full-on update on the home page. Also, if you have a party or an event coming up and you need some live music, please contact me! I am always excited to play!
More importantly than that, I also wanted to let everyone know that my first full-length album of 10 original songs is officially DONE! I am working on releasing it soon, and my plan is to have it available to purchase online within the next couple of weeks! I am super stoked for you all to hear this music that I have been working on, so please check my site regularly and follow me on social media so that you can be in the know! I will likely be posting something about it next week. Until then, my friends!
JUNE 23rd, 2017
In the words of Spider-Man, "Hey, everyone!" This will be a quick update. If you follow me on social media, you know that this week, I released a NEW SONG with an accompanying slideshow/video on my YouTube channel! The song is called "Daydream" and the lyrics are about Princess Leia's solitude during her captivity on the Death Star. Please give it a listen and let me know what you think!
JUNE 13th, 2017
Well, HEY! This summer is going to be a busy time for me as I have MORE new music coming your way very soon (if you haven't checked out my new original song "Shorter Sooner" from the last update, please scroll down and watch the lyric video!), but ALSO, I have several performances coming up!
Last Friday, I was very pleased to perform at El Carbonazo Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD, with the amazing Brazilian singer and awesome shaker player, Natalia Assunção!
We will be playing together again this Saturday at a private event, but fear not, as we will be playing in public again on Friday June 30th at T-Bonz Grille and Taphouse in Ellicott City, MD. We will be sharing the evening with Steven Filer and his awesome One In The Chamber Music project.
ALSO, I will be back at Kelsey's Irish Pub in Ellicott City, MD, playing solo acoustic from 9:30pm-1:00am on Saturday, July 8th! Please keep an eye on the PERFORMANCES page to stay up to date! I sometimes add to the performances page without updating the home page, so please keep your eyes peeled for more gigs!
MAY 1st, 2017
May has certainly arrived quickly! Firstly, I would like to say thank you to everyone who made it out to The Cellar at Chef Paolino Cafe in Ellicott City this past Saturday, April 29th to see me play a few solo acoustic sets. I had a lot of fun playing there, and I hope to be there again soon! Please always remember to keep an eye on the PERFORMANCES page to know when and where I will be playing! If you want to get invites and notifications about my live events, please don't forget to follow me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM. I am always posting on those platforms, so please check me out there. Here are some pictures from last Saturday at The Cellar! Click on the pictures for full size!
Additionally, I said I was going to give you guys a song from the album that I am currently working on today. As promised, here is the lyric video for "Shorter Sooner," a song I wrote and recorded in late 2016. The video was taken on my phone (safely mounted) while I was driving down Route 100 toward Ellicott City, MD. Keep your eyes peeled for the time-lapse effect!
I hope you enjoy the song and the video. If you do, please let me know what you think and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel! There will be more new music coming very soon!
Thank you all for your continued support!
APRIL 14th, 2017
OKAY, so I realize that I have been vaguely referring in my recent updates to some new music that I have had in the works for several months. I am very happy to let you in on a few details about this project now: I am recording my first solo album of ten original songs! Seven of the ten songs are finished now, so I will be posting a couple of them one at a time leading up to the release of the full album. The first song, with an accompanying lyric video, will be posted on my website and various social media outlets on May 1st, 2017. I have been spending a LOT of time working on these songs, and I am very proud of how they are turning out. I am very anxious for you all to hear them and let me know what you think!
In the meantime, here is a cover I recently made of "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones (originally written by Jesse Harris). I hope you enjoy! Also, a music promotion Instagram page called District Da Capo recently reposted one of my Instagram posts, which was very kind of them! Check them out if you don't already know about them! And if you are a musician who likes to post videos of yourself playing on Instagram, start tagging them in your posts and maybe they will repost you too! They have almost 11k followers!
MARCH 20th, 2017
Happy first day of spring to everyone! Since it is officially springtime now, I am getting very anxious to start releasing new songs to you that I have been working on since October of last year. I have a cool video in the works for one of the songs at the moment, and I will be releasing it soon, so please keep your eyes peeled for that!
In the meantime, I have been having fun recording some cover songs for my YouTube channel! Please go there and "subscribe" to keep up with all of the fun videos I will be posting, and of course, to be the first to see the rad lyric video for the upcoming original song! Also, please head over to my Facebook page and "like" it so that you can get up to date notifications! For now, here is a video of a cover song (originally by The Who) that I recorded last Friday! It is a ukulele tune from The Who By Numbers album released in 1975! Let me know if you enjoy!
MARCH 10th, 2017
Hey! A short update today-- I just wanted to let you guys know that I have launched a music-specific Facebook page. Please CLICK HERE check it out and give it a "like" and a "follow" to stay up with everything I'm doing on Facebook!
Also, I am hosting an Instagram giveaway of my book, A Concise Music Theory Text for Guitar Players! If you are on Instagram, please CLICK HERE to visit my Instagram, check out the post, and participate in the giveaway!
Last but not least, if you are in Ellicott City this Sunday and wanting to check out some music, there is an open mic night at The Cellar and I might be swinging by around 5pm to play a few tunes (wink wink)! See you guys soon!!
FEBRUARY 21st, 2017
Hello! I have been working this year on some new music that I hope to release to you in the springtime. It is a collection of songs that I am hoping will be suitable for an album. It is likely that I will be putting a song or two up on this site before everything is officially wrapped, so please keep your eyes open for that!
Also, I would like to add that my book, "A Concise Music Theory for Guitar Players" is still available through Amazon! I have been getting a lot of great feedback about this book, and having used it as a tool for teaching music theory to my own private guitar students, I can tell you that it really does work. Please take a moment to visit the STORE section of my website and check it out! If you use it and you like it, please feel free to leave a review of the book on Amazon!
Lastly, I would like to add that I have an ongoing contract with the online music library company Jingle Punks and they have worked to place my music with several very exciting clients. If you are a video producer or advertising specialist (especially if you prefer to obtain music for your videos through online music libraries), please check out my profile with Jingle Punks to hear some of my cues! I also offer custom music services, so if you are interested in original music for your videos or other projects, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com! I am always excited to collaborate!
JANUARY 14TH, 2017
Happy new year! For my first update of 2017, I have some new music for you to (hopefully) enjoy. This is a short piece for electronics entitled "Lumens" which was written with the distinction between brightness and dimness in mind. Let me know what you think! ---->
DECEMBER 14th, 2016
Hello everyone! As promised, I have posted some new music on my MUSIC page with an accompanying YouTube video! Please check out the music/slideshow/video and let me know what you think! Please don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you enjoy!
DECEMBER 7th, 2016
So, I definitely should have shared this with you guys on my website (I did post it to my Facebook page for those of you who are my friends) when it happened, but unfortunately I have been super busy and have not had much time to sit down and write an update... BUT an awesome website called Composers' Circle recently featured some of my music on their website/Facebook page. Please check out the November 19th feature of my electronic piece Permanent Current HERE and be sure to show support for all of the other fantastic artists that are featured on their page while you are there.
Thank you for checking in consistently with me and please know that I will be posting some new music for you all to hear next week.
NOVEMBER 7th, 2016
Hey there, internet! I am just writing to say a big THANK YOU! to everyone who came out to see me at Kelsey's Irish Pub and Restaurant this past Saturday, November 5th! It was a fun night, and I am very excited to go back and play again soon! Keep an eye on the PERFORMANCES page of my website to see when I am playing next. Here are some pictures from the event!
Also, if you have not read my new BLOG post entitled "Opinions on Music," please give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments section! I am always eager to hear new thoughts on the subject of musical criticism!
Lastly, the collaborative project that I mentioned in my last update has begun rehearsing and recording demo material! I wish I could share some of the music with you, but it is still in development... HOWEVER, I will definitely have some more substantive updates on this for you all soon. Please stay tuned!!
SEPTEMBER 21st, 2016
Hello to everyone! It has been awhile since my last update, so I just wanted to check-in quickly and let you all know two exciting pieces of news! Firstly, I am currently working on writing and recording songs for a new collaborative project with some friends. My attention has been primarily focused on that, which is why I have not had much news to share with you as of late. I am very eager to share news about this project with you, so check back periodically to hear more details!
Secondly, my next solo acoustic performance at Kelsey's Irish Pub and Restaurant is going to be Saturday, November 5th at 9:30pm until 1:00am. If you had fun last time, please put this on your calendar and make a plan to come out and enjoy!
Also, don't forget that my book, A Concise Music Theory Text for Guitar Players is available on Amazon and (if you live in Maryland) at Mike's Music in Ellicott City! Please visit the STORE section of my website for all the important details about how to get your copy!
Last but not least, I have a new BLOG up on the subject of arguing on the internet... something we all see too much of in an election year. But please check it out and let me know what you think in the comments section!
JULY 5th, 2016
Hello, hello! I hope everyone had a relaxing and/or exciting Independence Day weekend! I had an excellent time Saturday night (July 2nd) playing solo acoustic sets at Kelsey's Irish Pub and Restaurant and I wanted to say an enthusiastic "THANK YOU!" to everyone that came out to see me play! It was a great night. Check out some pictures from the event!
Also, I wanted to remind everyone that my book, A Concise Music Theory Text for Guitar Players is currently available through a variety of digital distributors as well as by special order at your local book retailer! If you are interested (which I hope you are), please check out the STORE section of my website for more information!
Last but certainly not least, don't forget to swing by my YouTube channel from time to time! I'll be posting videos from gigs and whatnot, so just in case you are unable to attend, you will still be able to see/hear some of the performance! And you certainly don't want to miss high quality videos like THIS ---->
JUNE 22nd, 2016
Hello again! I am very excited to be sharing some big news with all of you today-- I have authored a book! It is an instructional music book specifically for guitarists, aptly titled A Concise Music Theory Text For Guitar Players. I wrote it in 2014 to use with my studio of guitar students, and after it proved to be a useful tool in the classroom, I decided to publish it. I am very excited to announce that it is currently or will soon be available through Amazon, Amazon Europe, the CreateSpace e-store, and by special order at your local book retailer! Please visit the STORE section of my website to read more details and order your very own copy for $10.99!!
JUNE 13th, 2016
I just wanted to post a quick update and remind everyone that I will be playing at Kelsey's Irish Pub in Ellicott City, MD on Saturday July 2nd from 9:30pm until 1:00am. Please come out and say hello!
Also, I wanted to mention that I recently had a great time playing in a few performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Oregon Ridge Dinner Theater in Cockeysville, MD. Big thanks to Andrew Auburger and the Baltimore Actor's Theatre for inviting me to play. Be sure to check out the Baltimore Actor's Theatre website!
Lastly, I have some big news in the works, so please stay tuned for that in the next month or so!
APRIL 4TH, 2016
Had an awesome time playing some solo acoustic sets at Kelsey's Irish Pub in Ellicott City, MD this past Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a great night! Click on the thumbnails below to see the full pictures.
Additionally, I am happy to announce the creation of my YouTube channel! To visit, please CLICK HERE. Several of the videos are live footage from this past Saturday, so please don't forget to "like" and "subscribe!" Keep an eye on the PERFORMANCES page to see when I'll be playing next. Hope to see you all soon!
MARCH 17th, 2016
Last night, Carroll Community College put on a concert featuring some of my music for solo guitar, my piece The First Voyager for string quintet, and some original music by a friend of mine and fellow composer, Zach Thomas. The performances were truly thrilling and it was a pleasure to hear my music performed by such outstanding musicians. Stellar playing by Eric McCullough, Lauren Rausch, Nicholas Bentz, Jaclyn Dorr, Lavena Johanson, and Yoshiaki Horiguchi! Special thanks to Elijah Wirth at Carroll Community College for all of the time and effort he put into organizing and promoting this concert!
January 23rd, 2016
This weekend saw a pretty remarkable blizzard on the east coast. So, what do you do when you're snowed in your apartment all by your lonesome? Make some music, of course! This is a brand new piece (composed and recorded TODAY) entitled "Snowdrifts." Please listen and enjoy! (Note: The picture was taken from my apartment window moments before posting this!)
December 15th, 2015
Had a fun time last Tuesday (12/8/15) visiting the Maya Angelou Academy and See Forever Foundation in Laurel, Maryland! Had a chance to perform at their "Music Fest" event and answer some questions about the guitar! Special thanks to Chelsea Kirk and Aracelis Johnson for inviting me to play!