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Jack Hertz & rizorkestra

from Fog Music Live 1 by Various Artists



from Fog Music Live 1, released October 20, 2014
Jack Hertz

Jack Hertz has been playing, composing and recording for more than 30 years. His first experience with sound began with analog reel machines, microphones, percussion and a Casio VL-Tone. His first true synthesizer was the Alpha Syntauri digital synthesizer that was was hosted by an Apple IIe PC. The steep learning curve exposed him to a universe of concepts nearly a decade before others. Later, he was introduced to Yamaha's DX7 and the vast capabilities of FM synthesis that he has been working with ever since.

Jack finds all aspects of creating sound fascinating. From the early percussion instruments to the present day hardware and software innovations. Generally, Jack is searching for a sonic middle ground between the real and the artificial. Utilizing computers, synthesizers, found objects, field recordings and digital effects. He designs his own instruments and effects with unique characteristics that create spaces and atmospheres a listener can explore.

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Based in Los Angeles and currently roaming the California coast and deserts performing music, collecting musical instruments, photographing the pacific ocean and the sun in the sky, and always planning cheap, sensible meals.

Original gypsy-jazz guitarist/six years - with bay area chanteuse Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Likkers

Guitarist and kazooist - four tours with Dan Hicks and the Xmas Jug Band

Jazz vibraphone/percussion with bay area jam band "vinyl" - including their live fri/sat night double cd recorded at the great american music hall in San Francisco (guests including Bernie Worrell, Rob Wasserman and Huey Lewis)

Guest-co-host 11 years "RDuck Show" - live improvised electronic music FRSC 101.3FM Santa Cruz

Studied orchestral composing and conducting under a grant from the Claremont colleges in Los Angeles.

Music score for the feautre-length comedy "Sex Tax" currently pending release by national lampoon writen/produced by David Landsberg (Cosby Show/Love Boat)

More than twenty independent releases of solo piano improvisations and American roots music on guitar - 2014 new album "Sunnyside Session: Happy in my Life" co-produced with the legendary Bruce Bromberg (two time grammy winner and 2014 inductee as producer to the blues hall of fame)

Feature article in the Coachella Valley Weekly -

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