Just a little bit about me.
I was born in 1959 in N.Y.C. My family had lots of love for music and a wide variety of musical tastes, so I grew up listening to Classical, Rock, and the Pop styles of the 60s and 70s. During the 70s, I was also exposed to jazz and began playing the guitar. There were some fantastic guitar players during that time and plenty of great music from which to grow and learn.
After graduating high school, I attended Berklee College of Music for two years. It was an exciting time for a young musician and such a phenomenal period of intense playing and learning. I made many friends, some who went on to become very well known artists.
My adult life began in the early 80s. I relocated from Boston to San Francisco and so began my professional musical journey. The climate in the Eighties and well into the late Nineties was such that one could make a decent living without being an international star. Club gigs were prevalent and students were eager. Music stores typically all had teachers, too. Live music was an integral part of everyday American society and entertaining in the evening while composing or working our your music during the day was a rich lifestyle.
One particularly exciting and engaging era for me was the collaboration with Atma Anur, Steve Schwab and my brother, Jeremy Leber. It was a fantastic time of intense creativity and musical collaboration which has been a rare event in my life. That band was called Unity and I cannot stress enough how uplifting a time that was. Truly inspired writing and performing!
These are such challenging times for professional musicians. I was very fortunate to have lived at the tail end of an era when live music was truly an important expression of our culture. There were no video games or cell phones or reality TV shows. There was honor and merit in being an accomplished musician in the same way that a quality athlete is looked up to today. I am still composing and practicing and hope to improve my skills in other areas to facilitate getting exposure for my current band, Jolomy.
All the very best to you,