Written by Jill Nossa, email@example.com Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.
“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.
Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00
The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.
Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.
Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00
On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.
Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.