Gaibelball: The Samples
May 2019 06

Last month, I played an especially meaningful, emotional show. It was a tribute to a friend I recently lost, Dan Gaibel, with whom I worked for two years at the Cornell University Language Resource Center. I had known Dan casually before he hired me, through the Ithaca music community, but during our time working together, he became a close friend, a mentor, and an older brother to me. In May of 2018, he was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic melanoma. He passed away on March 30th, 2019.

Many people loved Dan as I did, and even before he passed, some fellow musicians conspired to put together a tribute concert for him, which would also raise money for his family (Dan and his wife had adopted a young boy from South Korea in the spring of 2017). We called the event Gaibelball (as a nod to Dan’s favorite band, Phish), and it took place on April 28th, 2019. In addition to performing with my own bands Noon Fifteen and Thru Spectrums, I sat in with Dan’s former band, Spacetrain. My stalwart friend Joe Massa heroically learned Dan’s old guitar parts for the latter set.

In addition to singing and playing keyboards, I decided to honor Dan by triggering various dialogue samples and sound effects from my laptop, something Dan did often onstage. For this show, though, all of the samples were of Dan himself, playing guitar and talking about his music, his life, and his illness.

Many of these samples are pulled from a series of video journals that Dan recorded between May of 2018 and February of 2019. After beginning hospice care, Dan designated me “steward of his data,” which as far as I knew referred specifically to his unreleased music with Spacetrain. Almost as an afterthought (though I’m sure it was deliberate and premeditated), he also gave me these journals: “I was going to turn them into a podcast . . . do whatever you like with them . . . turn them into a music project or something.”

I hope to do more with them in the future, because what’s presented here is the tip of the iceberg. But in the immediate aftermath of Dan’s passing, I was, indeed, able to incorporate his recordings into a music project, paying tribute to the man himself. Here’s everything I used at the Gaibelball show, during the sets by Noon Fifteen, Thru Spectrums, and Spacetrain.

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Holiday Time: a brief end-of-year report.
Nov 2018 30

Happy holidays, friends.

Been a busy few months since I last wrote. Mostly because I got married! Mandy and I have been life (and music) partners for over seven years, and celebrating that, committing to sharing the rest of our lives together in front of people we love, was one of the most important things I’ve ever done. In the strange and frightening times we live in, it’s more important than ever to commit to loving one another.

I have a few special shows in Ithaca before we yell “cut” on 2018.

This Friday, November 30th, Mandy and I will be playing a duo set at The Westy (where I get to bang on their delightful old upright piano) from 7pm-9pm.

Sunday, December 9th, I’ll be playing a solo piano set for brunch at Agava, 12pm to 2pm.

Then on Friday, December 14th, I’ll be playing the first Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band set since 2015 at The Haunt! It will be a selection of my songs old and new, performed as a trio (like I did in the earliest days of the Ego Band) with the excellent rhythm section of Thomas Westcott on bass and Cooper Casterline on drums.

The show is to benefit the Ithaca Free Clinic. Next to Kin, Viva Mayhem, Hollow Choir, Strange to Look At, and Roadman will be performing as well. Perhaps I’ll even sit in with a few of them…

The show starts at 7pm; my trio will be opening the evening. Suggested donation is $10 at the door

Sunday, December 16th, Mandy and I will play another duo set as part of the Ithaca Musician’s Office Party. We’re putting together a few special songs for the occasion, which is also a fundraiser for local musicians in need. The music begins at 4pm, at Maxie’s Supper Club.Finally, Monday, December 31st, I’ll ring in the New Year back at Agava, getting funky with Thru Spectrums. I can’t wait.

I’ve been writing and working on a lot of fun projects for 2019, and I’m looking forward to sharing those with you all. Until then…


May Heats Up
May 2018 30

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Watch Noon Fifteen (and friends) perform the epic soul/rock/reggae juggernaut “Dave Coulier” from Volume 1

Hey friends! In addition to the above-mentioned new Noon Fifteen video (one more forthcoming to complete the Volume 1 video album), lots of chances to catch me playing music in the near future — both in person and in the digital domain.

Two of my projects will feature on the premiere season of a new podcast called Ithaca Is Music, which will be a combination of live performance and behind-the-songs storytelling by local artists. Subscribe to the podcast (Apple/Google) to hear the episodes when they air. If you’re in the Ithaca area, you can attend the live performances free of charge on Thursdays at 7pm at Lot 10 on Cayuga Street in Ithaca.

Thru Spectrums will perform this Thursday, May 31st.
Noon Fifteen will appear the following Thursday, June 7th.

The recorded episodes will be available a few weeks after the live performance.

This coming weekend is also one of my favorite weekends in my town, the Ithaca Festival.

I’ll kick off the festival in a duo set with Mandy Goldman at 12pm Friday, June 1st at the Bernie Milton Pavilion.
Thru Spectrums performs on Sunday, June 3rd at 5:15pm, also at the Bernie Milton Pavilion.

June and July are packed with live performances, all of which are listed on I’m spending a lot of time in the recording studio as well, so you can count on hearing about the results here, too.

Thanks as always for reading, and for keeping up with me. I hope all is well with you, too. Drop me a line and let me know what’s going on (musical or otherwise).