Paiste Artist Since
„I prefer to meld different styles -- orchestral, electronic, folk -- and Paiste cymbals provide the balance of bright and dark tones that I need to play with versatility and nuanced precision whether I'm in the studio or on stage.“
Music is a lifetime endeavor for me. From my early beginnings in opera singing at age three and choral singing ever since, to piano lessons starting at age seven, and even bass and guitar in my teenage years. It wasn’t until my first drum lesson in March of 1998, though, that I felt a part of an instrument. Throughout my 25 years drumming, I have been sharpening my chops and getting as technically sound as possible. I believe that perfection in drumming is always something that we can strive towards, but something that is rarely attained. But that won’t stop me from trying. I trained in jazz, funk, and rock drumming at the New Jersey School of Drums and Percussion with Steve Decker & New Jersey High School for the Arts with Radam Schwartz for several years before moving on to study under Alejandro Lucini in Latin and jazz drumming at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. In 2008 I met Judah Dadone, the leader of Freelance Whales in Queens, NY, and I joined as drummer, percussionist, and vocalist. We toured extensively from November 2009 - September 2013, playing well over 200 shows and dozens of festivals in the US, Europe, and Canada. Our sophomore album, Diluvia, was released on October 9, 2012 on Mom+Pop/Frenchkiss Records.
Sizes: 20", 22"
Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.