I’m from a small town in Southwest Missouri called Neosho. After trying and failing miserably at all the sports kids seem to play in small towns, and not being the best student in the world, my uncle Mark offered me guitar lessons. Music was way more prominent than sports in the family. My grandfather was a professional French Horn player, my mother was a very good classical pianist and my uncle is a fantastic guitarist, and more importantly for me, a very patient and gracious teacher.
At the age of 17 I began studying classical guitar and this was my ticket out of Neosho and up to Kansas City where I studied guitar performance at the University of Missouri Kansas City. From there I studied Jazz, Flamenco, Brazilian and Cuban styles of music. I visited Cuba in 2013 and not only gained a fascination of Cuban music but, I gained an amazing and beautiful wife who has supported my career, written lyrics for my original compositions and has pushed me and helped me connect with the best musicians and teachers in Cuba to study with. Cubanisms is a product of those explorations, love and my last five years of study.
Music has been my passport out of my hometown to a larger city and, from there, a way to connect with different people and cultures from all over the world. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that through music I can spend the rest of my life learning about and enjoying the entire world through this one art form.
Favorite Record Store
Stick It In Your Ear
Favorite Concert Venue
recordBar and the Ship in Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Created in July 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, and still in its infancy, Cubanisms presents unique and inspired arrangements giving the band a genuine and exhilarating Cuban-Latin feel, with a wide repertoire including many traditional Cuban rhythms, as shown in their debut album “Acento Cubano.”