Julie Geller Jewish Musician and Artist Coach

THE BEATING HEARTS

In 2016, I was seeking a more realized sound. Singing solo sometimes felt like a sketch rather than a whole composition. I was yearning for a more complete sound. A deeper experience. And I knew that with a band would come more possibility and collaboration. I also knew it had to be the right players.

Fortunately, I found them. 

Julie Geller and the Beating Hearts
David Ross, Piano

David Ross (Piano, Vocals)

David Ross has strong musical roots and began piano lessons at age 6. His credentials include four years of classical percussion, a year of classical voice, and a bachelor’s degree in musical composition from the University of California as well as a Certificate of Songwriting from UCLA. David writes and performs his own music, which has been played across the world, and has arranged, directed, accompanied or performed in over 100 musical productions and ensembles at myriad organizations for participants age 3-93. He also runs his own piano studio for kids and adults, melding positivity, creativity, technology along with his love of music into a distinctive learning experience. David is a big Boston Celtics fan and believes “to truly inspire is to live”. If he could claim any musical piece as his own it would be “Symphony No. 9” by Beethoven. Input y

Ben Cohen, Bass

Ben Cohen (Bass)

Starting with piano lessons at 5, Ben cut his teeth on Scott Joplin’s ragtime piano songs (thanks to the popularity of the movie “The Sting”) before also taking up guitar and bass in high school. In addition to a hopeless case of musical instrument acquisition syndrome, this training allows him rare opportunities like being guitar sideman for jazz violin virtuoso Andy Stein when he comes to Colorado; or playing accordion in the DCPA's production of Indecent, These days, Ben plays harpsichord and lutes for Semplice Baroque, electric bass and tuba for Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe, and accordion for his own klezmer band, the Klez Dispensers. By day he’s an appellate lawyer. Ben can think of no greater artistic genius than Stephen Sondheim. "A Little Night Music" is still his favorite.

Andreas Schmid, Drums

Andreas Schmid (Drums) n

Andreas hails from Switzerland and started with the traditional Basel drum when he was 9. He developed his individual sound through studies at New York’s Drummers’ Collective, pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and receiving a master’s in music education at the Zurich Conservatory. Andreas also studied the cajón at the Taller Flamenco in Seville. He’s performed across the US and Europe, and has studied under renowned teachers such as Joe Hunt, Jamey Haddad, Ian Froman and Marcello Pellitieri. Andreas is inspired by silence, passionate about the Ambri-Piotta hockey club (clearly my favorite) and would, if he could, claim Sting’s “Fields of Gold”, as his own. n

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Julie Geller Jewish Musician and Artist Coach

THE BEATING HEARTS

In 2016, I was seeking a more realized sound. Singing solo sometimes felt like a sketch rather than a whole composition. I was yearning for a more complete sound. A deeper experience. And I knew that with a band would come more possibility and collaboration. I also knew it had to be the right players.

Fortunately, I found them. 

Julie Geller and the Beating Hearts
David Ross, Piano

David Ross (Piano, Vocals)

David Ross has strong musical roots and began piano lessons at age 6. His credentials include four years of classical percussion, a year of classical voice, and a bachelor’s degree in musical composition from the University of California as well as a Certificate of Songwriting from UCLA. David writes and performs his own music, which has been played across the world, and has arranged, directed, accompanied or performed in over 100 musical productions and ensembles at myriad organizations for participants age 3-93. He also runs his own piano studio for kids and adults, melding positivity, creativity, technology along with his love of music into a distinctive learning experience. David is a big Boston Celtics fan and believes “to truly inspire is to live”. If he could claim any musical piece as his own it would be “Symphony No. 9” by Beethoven. Input y

Ben Cohen, Bass

Ben Cohen (Bass)

Starting with piano lessons at 5, Ben cut his teeth on Scott Joplin’s ragtime piano songs (thanks to the popularity of the movie “The Sting”) before also taking up guitar and bass in high school. In addition to a hopeless case of musical instrument acquisition syndrome, this training allows him rare opportunities like being guitar sideman for jazz violin virtuoso Andy Stein when he comes to Colorado; or playing accordion in the DCPA's production of Indecent, These days, Ben plays harpsichord and lutes for Semplice Baroque, electric bass and tuba for Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe, and accordion for his own klezmer band, the Klez Dispensers. By day he’s an appellate lawyer. Ben can think of no greater artistic genius than Stephen Sondheim. "A Little Night Music" is still his favorite.

Andreas Schmid, Drums

Andreas Schmid (Drums) n

Andreas hails from Switzerland and started with the traditional Basel drum when he was 9. He developed his individual sound through studies at New York’s Drummers’ Collective, pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and receiving a master’s in music education at the Zurich Conservatory. Andreas also studied the cajón at the Taller Flamenco in Seville. He’s performed across the US and Europe, and has studied under renowned teachers such as Joe Hunt, Jamey Haddad, Ian Froman and Marcello Pellitieri. Andreas is inspired by silence, passionate about the Ambri-Piotta hockey club (clearly my favorite) and would, if he could, claim Sting’s “Fields of Gold”, as his own. n