Feb 26 2008
I am an artist, musician, audio engineer, arts advocate, journalist, poet, and photographer.
As an artist I’ve worked in a variety of media, including acrylic paints on canvas, sound-powered kinetic sculpture, ceramic sculpture, multi-media including site specific installations of various sense elements, performance art, and fine art photography.
I have a varied musical history, including playing bass in several bands, choral singing, solo instrumental performances, and a variety of collaborations and one-off projects. I’ve played a variety of instruments with varying levels of proficiency. I maintain an on-line collection of recordings, some which go back nearly 40 years.
As an audio engineer I’ve worked in a variety of academic, studio, and live sound contexts using analog and digital recording equipment. I’ve recorded jazz, rock, classical, choral, orchestral, hip-hop, and experimental projects. I’ve acted as a producer for a number of artists, assisting with song writing, arranging, studio scheduling, and post-production.
In the late 90s I co-founded LongBeachCulture.org and, since then, have acted as Executive Director for the free on-line Arts & Culture portal. This has afforded me the opportunity to discover and connect with a wonderfully diverse sampling of creative individuals and groups, create opportunities for local artists to showcase their work, present in-depth interviews, and provide a dynamic on-line calendar that artists and performers can use to promote their events. It has also provided a forum to advocate for municipal support of the arts.
My role with LongBeachCulture.org led to my participating as a featured columnist for LBPost.com. I’ve also served on the boards of The 2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space, and the East Village Arts District.
In the late 80s I started doing interviews for the Union Newspaper, a student-run weekly funded by the Associated Students of CSULB. I also wrote previews and reviews of Long Beach Symphony concerts for the Gazette Newspapers. With the founding of LongBeachCulture.org, I started interviewing local artists, something I continue to enjoy.