Love Letter to a Sister City

Off Monroe Ave memorycity

The digital age claims yet another small city, one that was built on traditional photography and the use of film as a medium. I can only hope that Rochester NY. can stay vital in some way without Kodak.

Growing up in Buffalo during the post industrial decline (late 80’s-early 90’s) and having Rochester as a sister city was nice as it was still pretty happening as far as shows and culture etc. We used to drive the 90 min or so to check out the handful of great record stores along Monroe Ave. when we only had 1 or 2. We were always blown away by the strength and vibrancy of the local music and art scene and we always met interesting people and would often end up catching a local band we never heard of and spending the night with hospitable folk who were just as interested in us as we were of them and what they were doing. I even briefly dated a gal who’s dad had won a Nobel prize for his work in the discovery of the ‘Quark’. This same person also turned me on to the existentialist writer Sartre and other fundamental writers and thinkers such as Camus and Hesse etc. when I was still 16 or so. Just some of the fond memories of a city that contributed to who I am and what interests me today.
RIP Kodak and Long live Ra-cha-cha!!!


A great day to create some sounds.

Full Moon SF 6/12/14

The Moon from Oakland 6/12/14

So it’s Friday the 13th and the moon is full and that’s kinda like a holiday. My favorite thing to do on holidays is to make music. In addition to playing in a proper band that rehearses regularly and plays out at least twice a month.I have been making experimental music under the nomme de noise “Alphastare” I usually work alone but when the stars and things align I am sometimes able to collaborate with some wonderful people. Today I will be going into the studio with drummer/percussionist/artist/sound artist Jon Weiss. This will be the first time we’ve gone in to record in at least a year. we’ve done a few sessions so far and they have turned out really well, there is plenty of raw material to further manipulate and combine with other sounds.

I generally work in a hands off manner, where I let the sounds dictate the direction of the piece, with minimal manipulation. I’ll also add other outside sounds to render the original sound in a completely different hue. Working with another person and their perspective is exciting for me as they perceive the sounds from a different place and can take it somewhere I wouldn’t have thought of. It’s especially exciting to work with someone who operates on a pro level, it really makes me a better performer and I always learn something new in the process.

There are other exciting things in the works for both Alphastare and my band Andalusia Rose including vinyl releases and summer shows. Stay tuned, it’s time to go make some noise.