Jeff Fineberg has played in a variety of ensembles which have included genres 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 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.
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