Eclectic Instruments, Composer

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I have a large collection of eclectic instruments and hope to play one or many on your next recording!

I am a Greek-American composer/instrumentalist with over 20 years experience playing and recording on film and commercial sessions in NYC. My main instrument is jazz/pop piano but I have a studio full of interesting toys that I would love to record for you using gorgeous sounding BURL converters and a variety of excellent mic pres (Neve, Grace, Manley, API) and excellent mics (Lawson, Neumann, vintage Telefunkens, Coles, Earthworks, Royers). Having worked in commercials I am extremely quick and can usually turn around overdubs in a day (see pricing). Can sight-read, or play to your MIDI. If you would like an example of an instrument you don't hear in the demos just ask!

INSTRUMENT COLLECTION
Hammer Dulcimer
Mountain Dulcimer
Harmonium (23 key)
Hohner Accordion (2-octave)
Balafon in C (2.5 Octaves from F to C)
African Harp (2 octave, tunable)
Autoharp
Melodica (soprano and tenor)
Yamaha Disklavier Upright (same as U1)
Yamaha C5 baby grand
Ukulele (bari and soprano)
Blues Harmonicas in 12 major keys
Kalimbas (3 types, C, G, and D all sort of pentatonic)
Greek Bouzouki (6 string)
Djembe
Bongos (LP)
Handbells
Windchimes, Sleighbells, Various Triangles
Toy Piano (Jaymar, 2-octave)
Various fifes, panflutes
Glockenspiel (2-octave toy-style)
Shakers, Tambourines, Claves, Guiro

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Interview with Toyroom

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I am playing Sandouri (the Greek version of the Dulcimer) on an independent film shot in Greece.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Analog outboard, digital inside. I wish I had time for tape but I don't

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: I work alone in a quiet space.

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: I haven't done a gig on here yet but I'll let you know if it comes up!

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: Sometimes people think because I am Greek that I won't be able to play jazz like an American but this is nonsense.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: I try to establish expectations very quickly, to make sure they are getting exactly what they want. Do you need this mixed or mastered? Will you need alternate takes? Is there a click?

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Give me shot! I don't have huge film credits but I can really play and can make your songs sound great.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: Does the computer count? I guess a loaded up UAD Apollo with every UAD plugin, a piano, a guitar, and a Roland Jupiter 8.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: My mother was a music teacher and her side of the family can all play by ear. They taught me at first and then I had other teachers. I went to a conservatory in the states and then moved to NY where I met lots of session players and became one.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Eclectic

  23. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  24. A: Before you drown an instrument in processing try getting the right mic position.

  25. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  26. A: Anything!

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: I'm very fast.

  29. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  30. A: A unique perspective of having grown up on both Greek and American music.

  31. Q: What's your typical work process?

  32. A: Send me a guide track and a stem of the part you want played (a MIDI guide is a plus too) and pick your mics/pres and I will get it to you ASAP.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: I have a nice collection of mic pres- A neve 1073DPX (the stereo neve), a Manley Dual Mono, an API channel strip, and a Retro Instruments Powerstrip. These go into my Burl Mothership converter. Mostly I provide dry stems for someone else to mix but for some additional money I can give you a slick mix of these parts as well.

  35. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  36. A: In the film world I love Thomas Newman's music and Basil Poledouris. Music in general I love jazz and pop.

  37. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  38. A: I overdub instruments from my large collection on their tracks. I either replace their MIDI or read the chart.

Terms Of Service

Up to 2 revisions. Stems (if applicable) included. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back! Turnaround is 2-days, $50 extra for 1-day or same-day turnaround.

GenresSounds Like
  • Eclectic
  • Thomas Newman
Gear Highlights
  • Burl converters
  • Neve
  • Manley
  • Grace
  • API and RETRO mic pres/compressors. Matches Coles 4038s
  • Vintage Matched Telefunken KM84s
  • Neumann U87
  • Royers
  • Earthworks TC25s.
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