Marc Jacoby

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Artist Statement

Education:     Cornell University, B.A. Liberal Arts,    Ithaca, NY       May 1982   Experience: September 1990-present: Marc the Music Man,   Childrenâ??s Musical Enrichment    Specialist, Performer and Educator, greater NY metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs   *Full time performance and enrichment programming for children of all ages, venues of varying sizes from 5 to 500 persons *Presentation of songs and stories of various cultures and significant periods of musical history through the use of guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukelele,  percussion instruments, flutes,keyboard and harmonica, and of course voice *Evolving client base of children with special needs such as Autism, speech and language delays, and other developmental disabilities *Responsible for 500% growth in business income over a 19 year period, including all marketing, networking and client contact and communication   September 2006-present: Co-founder of Rockmitzvah, see www.rockmitzvah.com, a band which integrates young teens into a real rock and roll performance experience   June 1986-September 1990: Pilgrim Souls, Columbia Recording Artist, Columbia Records, NY, NY   *Lead Guitarist and co-songwriter *Released two full length albums/CDâ??s over a four year period *Toured the nation for three years as a main act, and as an  opening act  for nationally recognized rock and roll artists *Released an MTV video which was directed by the son of Bob      Dylan, Jesse,  and aired for two months on â??120 Minutesâ??, a well     respected  alternative video compilation             May 1984 - June 1986:   Performed and composed music in NYC as a struggling guitarist for too many bands, while maintaining a day job as a Consumer Marketing Consultant for two pioneering Music Video concerns, Video Arts International (VAI), and DCI Music Video.  VAI specialized in operatic and ballet re-releases of previously recorded broadcasts, and DCI was/is an instructional music video company.     October 1990 - present: Collaborator with songwriter Chris Merola as a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, slide guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin) and    background vocalist in the following musical incarnations   *Rain Deputies-hailed as Westchesterâ??s best independently released band in the mid-90's, Rain Deputies released two self-produced albums and was invited to perform at SXSW (South By Southwest), the southâ??s hippest gathering of new bands, and at CMJ, New York Cityâ??s annual week of important new talent in the college listening world.  CMJ (College Music Journal) picked Rain Deputies as a â??hot pick of the weekâ?? during this time     *CMG- Cropduster Recording Artist, The Chris Merola Group performed regularly throughout the greater NY metropolitan area at various venues, including the South Street Seaport  Summer Concert Series, and the Hoboken Summer Outdoor Concert Festival, and released two albums     *Tumbleweed Mile-this trio is the most current group performing  the songs of Chris Merola, with a recently released CD entitled â??Paint the Morning Goneâ??     Recordings: this partial list includes only those recordings made commercially available through national or independent distribution outlets     *Pilgrim Souls, â??Is This All of Usâ??, Columbia Records 1988 *Pilgrim Souls, â??Untitledâ??, Columbia Records 1989 *Rain Deputies, â??Rain Deputiesâ??, Deputy Dog Records 1992 *Rain Deputies, â??Live Acousticâ??, Deputy Dog Records 1992 *Rain Deputies, â??Live from the Bayouâ??, compilation release from the Bayou 1993 *Chris Merola Group, â??Straight Answer in a Crooked Townâ??, Cropduster Records 1999 *Marc Jacoby and Dan Dan the Story Man, â??Barry the Skinny Kneeâ??, Dan and Trudy          Regan Foundation, We Care About Kids Series, 1999 *Marc Jacoby and Dan Dan the Story Man, â??Henrietta the Beautiful Treeâ??, Dan and   Trudy Regan Foundation, We Care About Kids Series, 1999 *Marc Jacoby, â??Hanukah 2002', independently released 2002 *Marc Jacoby, â??Hanukah in Song and Storyâ?? independently released 2003 *Tumbleweed Mile, â??Paint The Morning Goneâ??, Yonder Records 2004 *Astral Knot, â??Unititledâ??, Minmaster Studios, due for release in fall 2004 *AM Gold, â??Untitledâ??, Minmaster Studios, due for release in fall 2004 *Marc the Music Man and Friends, 2005, children's CD *Indian Lake, summer 2007, solo acoustic family music

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