How long have you been playing?
Re Bio:... Frank Stratton is a New York Based Professional Pianist, Arranger & Composer. Educated at THE BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC (’74) and HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY (’77).
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Re Bio:... His background includes comprehensive studies in pianoforte, arranging & composition. Influenced by such jazz greats as Chick Corea, Joe Sample & McCoy Tyner, his original music bridges the gap between Jazz Fusion, Film & Multi Classical. He is currently a BMI Artist and a member of Local802.
What gear do you use?
Re Bio:... Frank, in the past joined forces with Prof. Herbert A. Deutsch (Composer, Author, Educator and MOOG Synthesizer co-developer with the late Robert Moog) in one of the first Multi-Synth Ensembles called “KITCHEN SYNC”. The Deutsch/Stratton collaboration led to a compositional joint venture for ‘MULTI GRAVITATIONAL AERODANCE’.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Re Bio:... While at Hofstra, Frank was a recipient of the 1976 'DOROTHY HOAG FELLOWSHIP' for advanced studies in Electronic Music & Composition. He was recently presented both theGOLD STAR AWARDand DEPARTMENTAL AWARD at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Center, New York, where he entertained weekly!
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Re Bio:... His music can be heard on national TV and Radio representing products for JERGENS®, Discovery Communications, Procter & Gamble and SPIKE-TV. As of recently, "laser drops" for AVON® and Proactiv® (Guthy-Renker). In the New York City area, he has composed incidental and program music for WNYC (NPR) & WBAI (Pacifica Communications).
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Re Bio:... Last year in the northeast region he framed audio spots for General Mills and their affiliates and worked as a consultant with the staff at Time Warner Cable Media Sales. As of late, a number of his archived compositions have been requested and forwarded as soundtracks to a group of extremely talented animation film makers presenting their work at this years up and coming 2012 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Re Bio:... Franks' current discography contains over fifty compact discs of original music. Portions of his compositional output are posted nationally and internationally on the World Wide Web and he has on many occasions, been voted 'Top Latin Jazz Artist’ on SONY'S ACIDplanet.com.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Re Bio:... Frank can be heard monthly on 'COASTAL MUSE', a Podcast featuring Frank in New York and long time friend and associate, Vocalist and Entertainer John Petino in San Francisco. Coastal Muse is available for streaming and download on Apple's iTUNES as well as the program website: CoastalMuse.com