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Known for an erratic improvisational style and a heavy right foot.Jazz trained but seasoned in rock clubs across the North America and Europe. I am comfortable playing in a wide range of settings, from jazz, to rock, to folk and especially experimental and improvisational settings. I've been the progenitor of numerous groups including the Emo-punk innovators Junction, the infamous Delta 72, and Dischord Record's, Capitol City Dusters of whom the UK's Q Magazine said, "...Dischord has struck another vein of precious musical ore".
I've recorded and or performed with many Washington DC area musicians and bands of varying genres, just to name a few: the The Love Load, DC Improvisers Collective, Sean McArdle, Joe Lally and more.
When I build a site, I approach it as if I was a master-craftsman building a custom cabinet. I make sure all the pieces fit uniformly, sand all the corners, and make sure all the joints and hinges are straight and operate correctly. I code all by handI literally type in the HTML code without the help of software. Each page I create is a custom fit for the content.
As an artist myself, I am sensitive to the artistic needs and aspirations of others. I have been working on the web since 1996 and I have extensive knowledge of user behavior and can shape a site, balancing the goals of the client with the expectations of users.
I code with Search Engine Optimization from the beginning--taking advantage of specific tagging, editing the correct aspects to be indexed and shared easily. Also, I leverage existing networks embedded code potential providing realtime control to the content editors, such as Twitter feed embeds, Youtube video playlists, and Flickr slideshows.
My designs are inspired by graphic design artist Reid Miles who did the famous mid-century Blue Note LP covers. The power and simplicity within his work is something I try to emulate. The emotional evocation that Reid Miles could create with a single image and a limited colour and font palette is a perfect artistic challenge for HTML.
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I have been writing poetry and short fiction for as long I as I've been playing drums. I received an English degree from Penn State and have published and read sporadically since.
PoemTwits (Twitter Poetry)
Tweets by @benazzara
Creator of the Jellybot, robot jellyfish that evolved from escaped nanites that filter heavy metals from the oceans.