2. The guitar: who were your first heroes and why?
Andres Segovia and Julian Bream. Two great classical guitarists introduced to me by my mother who is a classical pianist.
3. How does the US scene and Japanese jazz scene differ?
I am still very new to the Japan jazz scene but my initial impression is that the Japanese jazz scene is very diverse and that there are a lot more venues that have live jazz in Japan than the U.S.
4. Current projects?
My current project is my band Fractal Attraction. It is an original music quintet and fronts Thana Alexa on voice and myself on guitar and compositions. We have 3 albums released and will record our 4th later this year for a 2018 release. The rhythm section is Yasushi Nakamura on bass, Clarence Penn on drums, and Manuel Valera on piano.