I currently curate a regular series of Live Music & Wine Pairings with a local band of Berklee College professors. Together we decide on a program of songs and while they master the tunes, I learn as much as I can about the music and its history and select a full array of wines that fit the bill. When the lights go down it's a pairing like no other, creating sense memories of familiar sounds and brand new tastes in the exciting environment of a rock show.
Late 2018 - Steely Dan & Allman Brothers "Dualism & Re-Interpreting Conventions"
Early 2019 - Santana & The Eagles "Defining the California Sound"
Summer 2019 - Doobie Brothers & Toto "Textures & Orchestration"
Though this program has a home at City Winery, it is available for integration into any event in custom capacities, with live and recorded solutions.
2017: The GuitArchive Project is a unique production bringing together local guitarists, culinarians, fresh farmed ingredients, and the artisans of the Infinite Pop collective to invigorate a room of listeners with the sounds, sights, smells, and tastes of different genres of guitar music. We curate a unique experience designed to help contextualize the variety of guitar artistries through a local lens. In 2017, each performance was specifically paired with an inspired small plate dish by Chef Carl Helgersen of Otro Cinco using locally-sourced ingredients from Mark Pawliww of Farm to Fork 101 to create a social dining experience inundated in art.
2016 & 2017: Mardi Gras Downtown "Parade Crawl", is a hybrid staged and mobile production; a New Orleans-style brass band-led bar crawl. Featuring rising jazz artist Melissa Gardiner's 8 piece marching dance band Second Line Syracuse, we brought an audience from a fully outfitted venue to a select number of restaurant and bars to enjoy Mardi Gras inspired hors d'ouevres and drinks while we celebrated with beads, noisemakers, and call-and-response group singing.
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2017: Hosted a series of listening parties to showcase local music recorded and released throughout the year by a number of artists in the burgeoning music scene. Each artist representative (bandmembers, producers, engineers) presented 1-2 songs and spoke to a dining audience about the process and the pieces.
2015 - 2018. The Open Jam Party is a series of regular musical meetups. Musicians are encouraged to gather in a welcoming environment to spontaneously create music together in rotating groups for the sake of growth, idea exchange, and networking. Sometimes the jam is colored by a featured guest artist, but it is rarely defined by genre or players. For three years the Alto Cinco Open Jam Network grew to an online community of 237 regional musicians and became "a major asset to the restaurant in bringing in business" and "fortify[ing it] as a musician's hot spot".
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