Noodles

Noodles first started lessons at the Cleveland Music School Settlement in Ohio at the age of 3. Later  At the age of 7, he moved to Chicago and continued his studies at the Wheaton College of Music  At 14, he moved to the tri-state area and continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-conservatory.

During college, Noodles completed his music education at the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the 2nd chair cellist of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra Richard Weiss and the internationally renounced music professor Richard Aaron.  From this, he gained the knowledge of music performance, improvisation, music theory, and songwriting.  Throughout his entire education, Noodles had studied extensively with 12 different music professors.

Noodles has been classically trained in cello and saxophone performance via the Suzuki Method.  He’s also learned piano based music theory at every conservatory he’s attended.  He learned much of his vocal style from his mother via Gospel tunes. Noodles gains inspiration primarily from Rhythm and Blues artists, as well as pop artists like Michael Jackson.

Over the years, he’s picked up Trumpet, Flute, Upright Bass, and has DJ’ed Trance, Drum and Bass, Jungle and Funk under the alias “Carlos Majick” across a handful of nightclubs and underground venues in Cleveland.

However his main passion is for the Cello.  Throughout his life, he’s had the opportunity to play with classical greats like Itzhak Perlman, Issac Stern, Emmanuel Ax and his mentor, Yo-Yo Ma.  His first ‘performance’ with Yo Yo Ma was back stage at the age of 5 at Cleveland’s Blossom Summer Music Festival during the 4th of July.  His second performance with Yo-Yo was at a recording Studio in NYC, after a master class at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts where they played a privately recorded duet of “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens.

Towards the end of his Pre-Collegiate education, he played on national television as a silhouetted cellist, co-starring as guest talent with the East Harlem Violin Choir during their performance of “Music of the Heart” with N-Sync and Gloria Estefan.  This event was aired live as a part of VH1’s “Concert of the Century” in 1999.  He was able to get this opportunity due to his reputation: for 5 years prior to this event, Noodles was accepted as the youngest professional music teacher at the Elizabeth Morrow Summer Music Festival in Englewood, New Jersey, by teachers at the Manhattan School of Music for 5 consecutive years.  At this festival, his job was to tutor othe advanced young musicians (11-13 years of age) during an intensive 2 week program.  At the time he started, he was 13 years old.

His symphonic experience is also quite diverse.  He was and still is the youngest addition on record to the DuPage Youth Symphony Orchestra in Illinois at 8 years old, when the minimum suggested age was 16.  He was 1st stand in the Bergen County Youth Symphony in New Jersey, 6 years later. During his Sophomore year of high school, He performed Elieie by Gabriel Faure as a guest soloist with the New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra, composed solely of high school seniors.

The pinnacle of his symphonic experience is performing as 2nd stand Cellist for the New York Youth Symphony; resident performers at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York.  His participation was limited to the 1999-2000 performance season, due to his graduation from high school and admittance into college. However, he appears on the front page of the application flyer for the symphony’s 2000-2001 season.  He has also played intermittently with Symphony Parnassus in San Francisco.

As his playing style allows him to easily create a harmony and his main talents lie in his ability to play by ear and accompany by feel, he has not made any solo musical debuts… Yet. Instead, he’s made music along-side independent artists like Chiquor (Chill-Out/Latin Jazz/Ibizia Trance Songwriter and Guitarist Ben Evenchik), 7 Arrows (experimental Drum and Bass artist Eugene Shoshtaev), a special late night recording with Fluke, lead guitar for ‘With Sexy Results,’ as well as countless unlabeled recordings with various piano trios, string quartets, symphonies and piano sonatas across the country.

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