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MICHAEL KERNICKY

Within a year’s time of my high school graduation, I was enrolled at the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA, majoring in Music Performance with an emphasis on Jazz Studies. I studied there from January, 1991, until December, 1992. Attending UArts helped me appreciate and understand music in ways I couldn’t have previously imagined. I was, and still am, quite fascinated and involved in music theory, ear training, jazz theory, jazz improvisation, and composition. 

During my last semester at UArts, I was growing more and more enamored with the idea of continuing my collegiate studies in New York City. I proceeded to audition for the Manhattan School of Music. To my amazement, I received my acceptance letter not long thereafter (still have it archived in a scrap book) and was informed that my private instructor would be the great John Riley. As a result of some unfortunate circumstances, I never ended up enrolling, though the accomplishment of being admitted is one that I am very much proud of.

 

I was first introduced to longtime Steve Vai band member Dave Weiner in early 2004, and have been playing drums along side in various capacities ever since. In addition to numerous performances throughout the United States, I contributed the drum track for the song Other Words For Beautiful found on Dave's 2010 release, On Revolute

After meeting Dave, we both were introduced to bassist Rob Smith, and have been jamming/rehearsing/gigging as a fusion trio for the last few years. This instrumental project - titled Visible At Night (V@N) - is currently rehearsing new music in anticipation of our debut studio recording, as we are aiming for its release sometime later this year (2015). 

My affiliation with Dave then led to me meeting Favored Nations guitarist Rob Balducci, whom I have played numerous shows with, including a performance at NAMM 2013. I was fortunate to have contributed the drums tracks for Castle In The Air, Step Into Liquid, and Ruled By The Moon - songs that can be found on Rob's latest release, 821 Monroe Drive

As of January 2016, I have become the full-time drummer for Countdown To Ecstasy, a Philadelphia-based Steely Dan tribute band.

 

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