When I finally made the decision to study music seriously in my late teens, I entered the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and quickly realized that I didn’t know anything about classical music. In my youth, Nirvana was my Mozart. Although I love almost all forms of sound, my kinship with pop and rock music still remains a prime influence. In 2004, a few friends and I started a “new music” chamber ensemble with the idea of fusing rock and classical music. Press Play! is the fruit of that labor. Its conception marked a return to my roots as a rock musician while maintaining classical ideals of form and variation.