Bear is a songwriter, improviser, composer, promoter and dreamer. He began his musical career as a songwriter writing mostly politically charged acoustic rock. In his high school years, Bear began throwing festivals and promoting music. The annual Beartopia Music Festival began in his backyard with an eclectic collection of local acts.
Upon his acceptance to Oberlin, Bear put together the group Magellan's Flying Ship which performed at various local venues as well as the Tribeca Rock Club in New York City. During this period of time Bear began studying Sitar in the Gayaki (Vocal) style focusing on Alap (Improvisation) with honorable Guruji Hasu Patel, one of the few great female Sitarists.
In the fall of 2005, Bear left the US to live and study in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he met Lucas Garzoli and formed The International Morrones Experiment who performed throughout various locations in Argentina. They played a variety of blues influenced rock and wrote songs with lyrics mixed in slang Castellano and English.
Upon returning to Oberlin, Bear met some very talented eclectic folk musicians and began The People's Republic of Gefiltestan. Over the next year this act came to win a significant following across the Midwest and East Coast. Gefiltestan played venues including The Knitting Factory, Harvest Fest 2006, Hampshire College, Ramapo College, and Wheaton College, to name a few. In addition, Gefiltestan recorded an EP at Kawari Studios in Philadelphia which featured such tracks as "Milton's on the Run" which was runner up in Relix's Jam Off competition.
During this time Bear additionally devoted much time to his studies of North Indian Classical Music and began playing regularly with Tabla maestro Jagdesh Sookhdeo. The duo played at various venues including Cleveland City Hall in the presence of the mayor and several congressmen.
Bear graduated from Oberlin and moved to New York City in the summer of 2007. He now resides there and is currentl