While I have been playing a variety of instruments for over the last 20 years, percussion has always been my primary focus. I grew up studying classical percussion (Marimba, Vibraphone) as well as Jazz music and incorporated what I learned into several garage bands I worked with in my youth. On several occasions I have traveled to the island of Cuba and studied congas and bata drums, as well as timbales and bongo. I even participated with Don Skoog and Alejandro Carvajal as they worked on their book "Bata Drumming." (I even appeared in one of the pictures) In addition to Afro Cuban music, I played for several years with Al Amal, a middle eastern ensemble based out of Chicago and focused primarily on the Darabukah. I have used these instruments and genres in several groups groups that I have performed with over the years. In recent years I have been programming stand alone applications in Max/MSP and have incorporated electronics into some of my life performances.