Giving back to the schools and working with student musicians

It seems like spring is finally here, and we've switched from the cold and dreary to the warm and sunny!

Over the past few months, I've gone into many schools around Long Island and presented electric violin workshops. In these workshops, I demonstrate looping using a number of Top 40 hits, many of which I also have on my YouTube Channel. In a matter of minutes, I have the entire orchestra playing multiple lines of "Get Lucky" and sometimes students will even get up and solo. Here's just a little sample of me looping with the Riverhead HS Orchestra!

After doing many of these workshops, I've learned a lot about what students are doing in their school orchestras. I even was lucky enough to do a workshop with my middle school orchestra conductor's orchestra, which was truly special; we talked about how crazy it was seeing things come full circle.

These workshops have inspired me to continue building my program and begin reaching out to schools across the United States. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I've already begun having multiple requests to come back next year at many of the schools I've presented at so far. Here are a few pictures with the students from these workshops.

Performing for Schrieber HS

A post-workshop photo with Schrieber HS

Selfie with Commack HS!

A funny group photo with Sachem North HS

If you are interested in having me at your school for an electric violin performance/workshop or know of any schools who you think would be a great fit, please e-mail me at I'm looking forward to working with many more schools in the forthcoming school year!

You might say I'm a little "Happy"

Well, it's been awhile since my last post, but I'd say there's definitely a bit to talk about now!

Over the past few months, I've been consistently putting up about a video a week. These have ranged from some violin loops, to live string trios, and, most recently, a violin, guitar, cello, bass, quartet rendition of Pharrell's "Happy!"

This most recent cover has gone viral and, as of this post, has almost 170,000 views and was just featured on Good Morning America an hour ago! I was so excited when I heard about it. Nothing feels better than seeing your music on television for millions of people to see.

In the near future, I hope to make even more music with this group. I will have a live show featuring some loops and covers with these folks at Ella Lounge in NYC on April 16th at 9pm. I'd love to see you there. It should be an absolute blast!


America's Got Talent and Good Morning America!

Well, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind.  

First, I had the opportunity to play violin on America's Got Talent. I performed with many of the finalists including Branden James, Cami Bradley, Forte, and the eventual winner, Kenichi Ebina.

This was my first experience doing a live T.V. performance and it was in front of a packed house at Radio City Music Hall (about 7,000 people); it was exhilarating. I even got a little face time! :P

Nick Cannon and I, just chilling ;) 

Nick Cannon and I, just chilling ;) 

For the Finale, I also got to play with Josh Groban and Il Divo, which was unreal. Below is the video of Josh Groban and Forte singing together. You might be able to pick me out in the back if you look carefully...

Just yesterday I performed on Good Morning America with Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox. Scott creates "throwback" covers of popular tunes, often in the style of ragtime, 40's jazz, and swing. I've performed on a few of their YouTube videos including this bluegrass cover of Ke$ha's "Die Young." When he called and asked if I wanted to join them on GMA, I said absolutely!

Rocking out on GMA!

Rocking out on GMA!

Good Morning America was a completely different, yet just as enjoyable experience from America's Got Talent. The only part that wasn't as exciting was waking up at 4 AM, but one must make sacrifices. They did feed us nicely in the green room, so I shouldn't even complain :)

Our performance was completely live, but it was interesting to see how things were put together. While we sound checked, we rehearsed 25-30 second clips to create "bumpers" before commercial breaks. These were tweaked on the fly and I was impressed how they ended up fitting perfectly.

All in all it was wonderful to see everything go so smoothly and I hope this is just the beginning of great things for Postmodern Jukebox. I'm looking forward to future performances!

The video below shows the 3 song medley we performed in its entirety. 

Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox Live on Good Morning America

That's all the TV stuff for now, but in the meantime I've got a performance this Sunday, 9/29 for Art Walk 2013 in Northport, Long Island. I'll be playing some instrumental covers of pop tunes outside of Heartichoke with my guitarist Bryan Mulholland from 1-4pm! Hope to see some of you there. All of the information is below.