I've played for almost 50 years. I started playing ukelele at 8 after seeing friends of my mother playing guitars.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
My parents took me to an outdoor show with The Baja Marimba Band and Al Hirt, somewhere around 1968. I remember being very impressed by Al Hirt. I had never seen anyone do improvised solos like that.
What gear do you use?
I play a Chapman Stick with 10 strings. It's a tapping instrument with five bass strings and five melody strings.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
I had many influences over the decades, but the one constant has been King Crimson. I first heard them when I was about 13 and was immediately drawn to their vibe. I was in a rock band and the drummer brought the first KC album to rehearsal. It changed my whole outlook on what it meant to be in a 'rock' band.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I perform my own music, usually with a sax player and a drummer or hand percussionist. I've known the sax player since 1977. We've played together in many situations over the years.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Danny Carey. I love his combination of power, rhythmic sophistication, and creativity that infuses his music, all while maintaining solid time and a very satisfying groove.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
I've performed in theaters and some outdoor shows with audiences of around 2500 people, and in bars with just a bartender and a waitress in the room. Probably my most memorable performance was playing electric bass in a pit rock ensemble performing Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" with a full choir and string orchestra.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
The Beatles - Abbey Road. Practically every track is a masterpiece in songwriting, production, performance, and recording.
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