Jeff Fineberg

Jeff Fineberg is a keyboardist and author of the keyboard book "Polymetric Puzzles".  He has extensive experience playing synthesizers, piano, harpsichord, organ and computer-based virtual synthesizers (such as Absynth, Reaktor, FM8, etc.).  He also utilizes computer programming as a tool for music performance and composition.  His music genre interests include progressive rock, classical, jazz-rock fusion, electronica and experimental approaches – among others.

He has played in a number of ensembles, focusing primarily on composition as well as improvisation.  He also pursues solo efforts, exploring various interests such as improvisation, composition, recording, and experimenting with temporal aspects of music, such as polymeters and polyrhythms. 

Jeff's genres of interest include areas such as Progressive Rock (Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Genesis, Gentle Giant, etc.), Jazz-Rock Fusion (Jeff Beck, Return to Forever, Jan Hammer, etc.), Popular bands (Police, U2, Led Zepplin, etc.). From a solo perspective, he has and continues to study piano works from periods such as Baroque, Classical, Impressionistic, Jazz and Contemporary.

He began organ lessons (using a Magnus chord organ) with Karl Koch at the age of 12. After 2 years of lessons with Koch, he later took lessons from Jim Wozniak, a well known Buffalo Jazz and Blues Organist. Key skills that were obtained from Wozniak was an importance of music theory as it applies to performance, in addition to improvisational techniques and most critically, left hand bass.

As part of his college educational experience at the University of Buffalo, Jeff studied piano from Livingston Gearhart and attended several other classes, including electronic music, music theory and also Media Studies courses, such as Digital Arts, and Video Production. In addition to creating video and digital arts works as part of the curriculum, Jeff completed his BA degree via an Independent study, producing a video “Computational Affliction” with Tony Conrad as advisor. The music for the video was created by Jeff, Shaun Stevenson, and Gary Boch.

Jeff later returned to University of Buffalo for a Masters Degree in Computer Science. This experience has helped both in his career in Information Technology and with music production and composition.

Jeff’s instrumentation initially utilized organ (Hammond) and later migrated to the usage of synthesizers (Moog, Roland and virtual types), piano, dulcimer and computer generated sound, including both pitch and text-to-speech usages. In 2007, he became acquainted with Computer Music techniques utilizing Csound. The techniques utilized are both real time for performance and programmed. In addition to playing in Crystal Radio with John Fatta, Jeff also composes and continues to work on piano technique, in addition to the current exploration of Computer Music. He is currently working with Gary Bock on a project “Admin Zero” which utilizes improvisation and compositional structures to create music to transcend normal musical existence.

Gary Bock is a Western New York area guitarist. Since the late 70's he has played in a wide variety of groups recording and performing everything from classic and modern rock through progressive rock, jazz fusion, experimental and improvisational genres.

In the 80's Gary studied the instrument with guitarist Chad McLoughlin in Ithaca, N.Y. Chad has worked with such notable musicians as Mike Stern, David Torn, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, David Sancious and Ricky Nelson and is currently the guitarist for the Mahavishnu Project.

In the late 80's Gary founded the Prog/Pop band Art In Transit, who signed with the One Eye Records label and recorded the album 'Where To Now?'. In the early to mid 1990's he performed and recorded with the improvisational group Quintet, who would often stage multimedia events at art installations and movie theaters, creating live improvised soundtracks to silent films as they were being viewed. Legendary films Nosferatu, Metropolis, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to name a few, were performed by the band. Quintet released 2 self-produced recordings, 'Live At Hallwalls' and 'I was told there'd be no math'. A couple years later, after the departure of vibraphonist/engineer Mike Klein, Quintet morphed into the band Gazeuse. Gazeuse signed to the international Humble Lion Music label (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and globally released the album 'Pet Anxieties', which was a self-produced studio recording that blended improvised music with written works. The album received critical acclaim in Europe with many positive reviews in various publications in the UK, Italy, France, Germany and Belgium. The album also gained recognition within the underground/progressive music scene that had begun growing in the U.S. during the mid to late 90's.

Since Y2K, Gary has been performing, recording and involved with various group and solo projects. In 2006 his band Random Order independently released a CD of original progressive rock material. Random Order continues to perform in the Western New York area, occasionally dedicating entire shows to the music of 70's era King Crimson. Haarm, an improvisational side project of Gazeuse, conceived in the 90's by Gary and artist/poet/musician Alejandro Gutierrez, has recently been released by Playing It By Ear studio and is available on Bandcamp.

Gary's latest side projects include an improvisational recording and performing collaboration with keyboard wizard Jeff Fineberg called Admin Zero, as well as a solo project called A Seasonal Ghost, which you can find on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Gary Bock