Our beloved House Bassist lives in Broomfield, Colorado.
Pete started playing the bass in junior high school in New Jersey and played rock and jazz gigs in the Denver area throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He was introduced to Middle Eastern music in the 1990's and started playing bass in the Saltanah Ensemble performing in the Denver and Boulder area. He picked up the oud in 2003 and started attending the Mendocino Middle East Music and Dance Camp, where he studied under many great musicians, including Souhail Kaspar, Naser Musa, Yair Dalal, Scott Marcus, Yuval Ron, and Souren Baronian. He played for years with Dawn Green for Susana Del Veccio's dance retreats. Besides playing with Zuruna, Pete has also performed in the Denver and Boulder area with Yuval Ron, Rachid Halihal, the Zevk Ensemble, Meg York's Hejazz Messengers, and the Cameron Powers Project. He hosts a Turkish Sufi Sing at his home, and accompanies Iranian Sufi singer Sholeh Malekzadeh Mani. Pete is a big part of the Columbine Unity Church near Boulder, Colorado. Pete is also co-founder of Tarab Retreat, an international live music and dance event in Colorado Springs that brings together musicians and dancers that crave live music.
Pete especially loves the opportunity to make new personal and cultural connections through the gateway of music.