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Oyster Bay Grad Releases Single

Gianni Paci of Oyster Bay recently released his first single, “Goodbye,” and has been steadily making his name known and voice heard across the airwaves.

Produced at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove by Eren Cannata, the electro-pop artist is exploring a new sound as a solo artist.

“‘Goodbye’ is an introduction to my new sound, which features a contemporary-pop spin on the more retro-minded songwriting I honed under my old pseudonym, The Pine Hollows,” says Paci.

The song is catchy with a danceable beat, indicative of his songwriting style. His songs are about relationships - platonic and romantic- though he says Paul McCartney is his “hero.”

“I’m not really a second-person narrative type of writer...I could never do what he does,” says Paci. “For me it’s always about what happened; I write to figure out I’m feeling...it’s a cathartic thing.”

Paci, who graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 2010, says he was actively playing music in high school, participating in the talent shows and playing in the jazz band. He started playing guitar at age 11, an instrument that he picked up as a result of his sister’s lack of interest.

“She got a guitar for Christmas one year, but never learned how to play. I picked it up out of her closet and started taking lessons,” he recalls.

As a senior in high school, he joined the chorus and chamber singers, and started writing songs the summer before starting college at New York University. He entered school with an undeclared major, and after taking music classes during his first two years, decided on musicology at the end of his sophomore year.

“Once I started taking classes, there was no way around it,” he says.

Before recording his latest songs as a solo artist, he finished two full-length albums as a member of The Pine Hollows. He heard about Cove City Sound Studios through a friend and called them up to discuss the project last April, and enjoyed recording so close to home. He recorded 10 songs between June and October last year, and is still shopping around for a label and trying to figure out the best way to release and promote his songs. He hired his bass player and drummer for the recording at Cannata’s suggestion, who he says has also been giving tips on promotion.

“Richie has been a huge help this past year,” says Paci. “He and the rest of his team have been invaluable.”

Paci performs regularly in NYC at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos and Arlene’s Grocery. He will be doing an acoustic show at Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington on March 21 at 7 p.m. and will be part of the SUNY Oswego showcase on April 25.

His live shows vary depending on the venue; some are just acoustic sets with him and his guitar in a more intimate setting, while those on a big stage are “more exciting” with an electric band backing him up. He had the opportunity to open for Cannata at last summer’s Downtown Sounds in Glen Cove, which led to meeting the concert series host Joe Manfredi, who happens to be the station manager for SUNY Old Westbury Radio. With his help, Paci has gotten airplay for his song on college station. “Goodbye” is currently in rotation on SUNY Oswego Radio as well, and both schools will be hosting him for an on-air interview and acoustic performance in the coming weeks.

He graduated in January and has decided to focus entirely on his music. With his parents and friends, he says he has a great support system.

“This is my time to do this 100 percent; Eren Cannata told me, ‘Fake it ‘til you make it’ and I think it will work.”

To listen, visit giannipaci.com.

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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