Started my professional career in music at the age of 13, have developed a wide range of experience as a drummer, multi hand percussionist, and as an educator.
Featured artist on over 400 commercially recorded works and have been produced by major as well as independent record companies. My drumming and percussion activities have included recording and performing along with several independent, as well as major, artists and producers. Some of my major credits are as follows:
TDK Tape, General Electric, American Seating, Metro Ford, Paula Deen "LIVE", Food Network's Farmhouse Rules, Roop Verma, George Jinda, Minu Cinelu, Jamey Haddad, Steve Gorn, Artie and Happy Traum, Scott Petito, Vinnie Martucci, Mike DeMicco, Chuck Lamb, Richard Crooks, Warren Burnhart, Tony Markales, Bridget Ball, Chris Shaw, Mike Jerling, Larry Coryell, Matt Smith, Cindy Cashdollar, Larry Hoppin, Josh Colow, Larry Packer, John Sebastian, Garth Hudson, Rory Block, Robbie Dupree, Nick Brignola, William Gallison, Amy Fraden and Leslie Ritter, Ed Wool, Livingston Taylor, Jorma Kaukonen, John Doyle, John Kirk, Diane Zeigler, Abby Newton, Ellen MclLwaine, Jerry Marotta, Layne Redmond, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, Kim and Reggie Harris, Magpie, Pete Seeger, Ade Knowles, Ralph Gordon, Wycliff Gordon, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Laurel Masse, Eric Weissberg, Mike Marshall, Bela Fleck, Tony Levin, Pete Levin, Ken Lovelett, Gus Mancini, Cathie Ryan, Camille West, Four Bitchin Babes, Stuart Duncan, Anne Hills, Cindy Mangsen, Priscilla Herdman, Nenad Bach, Aaron Hurwitz, Dan Duggan, Peggy Lynn, Edward Villella & The Miami City Ballet, Paula Deen LIVE, Ringling Bros. & Barnum, Bailey Circus, Hartford Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Dayton Symphony, Greenwich Village Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Catskill Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Sloan Wainwright, Mark Dann, Ronny Simkins, Sally Van Meter, Debra Dobkin, Bob Malone, Hue Cox, Scott McPherson, Jody Grey, Paul Orpheno, Eddie Krammer, Paul Antonell, Joel Moss, Charlie Eble, Adam Rothberg, Jeff Townsend, John Platania, Mark MacKenna, Bruce Molsky, Jeff Tyzik, Stu Kuby, Gordon Elliott and many more.
Currently my performance schedule includes working with Kevin McKrell; a mix of Irish/Celtic/Folk/Pop/World influence, Maria Zemantauski; Flamenco / Classical Guitarist, The Bernstein Baird Ensemble; Mix of Jazz, Latin and Classical styles, Seth & The Moodymelix; Children and Family, Warden & Co.; Rock, Franklin Micare; Adult Contemporary, Golfstrom: European Pop 30's thru 60's and beyond, Celtic Vocalist; Cathie Ryan, Elizabeth Woodbury - Kasius & Heard; World Jazz, Blue Moon; Americana Roots, Gus Mancini & Sonic Soul: Improvisation, Fuego Sonora; Early Swing / Choro, Sonny & Perley; Brazilian / American Songbook and GeoBEAT; Mix of Brazilian, and Jazz
Blessed to have the support from the following: Udu Drum Inc., LP Music Group (Percussion & Hardware), Remo, Inc., Calato Co., Inc., Fredrico Percussion, Rhythm Tech, Amedia Cymbals, Shakka Shakerz, Michael Thiele Hardwood Drums, Ken Loveletts American Percussion, Creative Percussion and Impact Cases. I play Frank Giorgini's Udu Drums exclusively. My involvement with the aforementioned companies have included workshops, performance, professional representation, product review and field testing. In 1997, Impact released a new full line of world percussion instrument cases with which I was principally involved in regards to design and size consultation.
Education has always been very important to me—both sharing and receiving. This has resulted in the formation of an educational program guide which includes group involvement workshops, lectures, master class, and individual instruction. The environment for me and my educational offerings runs the gamut—from toddler-age children to senior citizens, from day camps, schools, universities, community-based programs to working with professional music therapists and educators. The focus for me has always been to get the participants physically involved by playing the different instruments. I currently signed a licensing deal with Community Learning, a company that develops enrichment program curriculum. I have just completed a 15 week course based on my program "Making and Playing Percussion Out of Found Objects". It includes a Teachers Guide, Student Workbooks, World Map and all the Materials so that up to 20 participants can make 5 percussion instruments themselves that highlight the two basic families of percussion as well as the four elements of percussion. There is a DVD so that participants can be shown 3 different rhythms and the individual steps so that they can offer a public performance. The DVD was developed in such away that the Teacher does not have to come to the class as a musician. This tool makes it possible for anyone to teach the course.
With the many opportunities that exist to create a supportive role within the music industry, I have developed and started my own commercial business. The objective of my company is to design and manufacture custom stands for percussion instruments as well as custom design work for other instruments. I have been awarded three U.S. Patents to date, with additional applications being prepared.
My current product line includes:
The "How To" of Udu, An Instructional Book/Audiophile Package and Instructional DVD. These outline techniques (basic to advanced) for performance on the entire family of udu drums available. The DVD is manufactured and distributed worldwide by Alfred Publishing.
Percussion Instruments made out of Found Objects, A Workbook, Audiophile, Educators and Home Schooling Parents Reference Guide, Video. DVD will soon be available. The focus of these items outline several different projects that create percussion instruments out of found objects in ones environment as well as how to use this format to explore music, science, math, and humanities etc. These products are currently being distributed directly and through several different retail stores on the Northeast.
SoftPAW™ Performance Stands
Udu Drum — Twelve different stands are designed and available to support all of the currently available Udu Drums made by either Frank Giorgini, Udu Drum, Inc. or LP Music Group.
Earth Drum — Two different size racks are designed and available to support a total of six separate Earth Drums (3 on each rack). These drums are those manufactured by RPT Studios, Troy, NY.
Through Community Learning; a 15 Week Course including all course materials for up to 20 participants in the course kit entitled "Playing with Percussion"
Solo Audio Recordings
"Percussive Voices", a rhythm music-based recording which features nine compositions highlighting several different percussion instruments from around the world, from udu drums and earth drums to congas and djembe to found objects. This recording is available both in a general audio format (typical CD format) through Hudson Valley Records or a commercial / industrial sound library format through Gene Michael Productions. For commercial license, contact Gene Michael Productions directly.
"Divers Elements", a mix of solo pieces and duet pieces. The simple premise of this project was to create a body of music based on trading ideas with another person or coloring with a friend. One of us would record a musical idea then the other would respond to it. This idea of "call and respond" continued until it was obvious that the piece had evolved and made a statement. Simply put "we did not know where it was going, but we knew when it was complete". Very exciting process to experiment with. This recording is both available in the retail market as well as the commercial / industrial market through Gene Michael Productions. For commercial license, contact Gene Michael Productions directly.
"Art of Udu", a tribute to the udu drum this recording currently is only available as a commercial / industrial sound library format through Gene Michael Productions. There will be a typical CD format soon released as well as individual song downloads through several different online sources.
"uduboy" an enhanced cd celebrating my 25th anniversary of my work and ongoing love affair with the Nigerian Side Hole Pot Drum affectionately known world wide as the udu drum. With special permission from many very special and very talented friends I put together a collection of commercially recorded releases that highlight very diverse ways that I was able to present the udu drum to support their music. I also have a special addition featuring a movie that highlights my timeline and my contributions in supporting the udu drum.
"In Motion" a collection of pieces that integrate the organic sounds of world percussion and drum set supporting electronica, loops, pads, waves, and high quality samples manipulated into original compositions inspired for and by dance, dancers, aerobic dance and choreographers. The cd is laid out with no time between selections and a nice time frame to warm up to build up to an intense workout and down to a nice cool down period. I listed beats per minute in hopes that the user can develop their workout on the graduations in tempo if they so chose.
"An Evening with A Percussionist" an enhanced cd of my invitation by Caffe Lena's executive director; Sarah Craig to take center stage at the famed caffe to not only perform on a variety of percussion instruments that I have used over the decades there, but to also share the backstory of the instruments and to invite the audience in by teaching them different hand techniques and my concepts using percussion instruments as a means of coloring. Highlight for me was most certainly seeing and hearing everyone practicing their hand technique and rhythms on their tables as well as creating their own percussion instruments using sugar packets. This all culminated into a group improvisation honoring the late great Brazilian percussionist; Nana Vasconcelos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan%C3%A1_Vasconcelos by creating our interpretation of the Amazon Rainforest.
In 2013 while attending the international LEGO Convention "Brickfair", Chantilly, VA I designed and built the first ever LEGO Snare Drum. After completing it at home, I them completed the remaining of the drum set elements including Bass Drum, Mounted Tom and Floor Tom. In Jan of 2016 it was featured in Modern Drummer Magazine a leading global magazine featuring drums and percussion from around the world. Also in 2016 I gifted the second ever LEGO Drum Set to the international drum and percussion organization's PAS (Percussive Arts Society) Rhythm! Discovery Center & Museum's permanent collection, Indianapolis, Indiana. My LEGO Drum set has also been on display at one of USA's oldest art museum's, The Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, NY.
It is very important to me to pass on as many good things as I can to help share, support, encourage, and even inspire those who come into contact with me.