WhorlWood is a dynamic acoustic project that tests the “boundaries” between traditional, roots, jazz, and world music. They featured original music composed and arranged by Michael George Gonzalez. The group is comprised of some of Finger Lakes best acoustic musicians including SAMMY Award winning artist Perry Cleaveland (mandolin + fiddle) and Dan Lopata (string bass). This music player features original music performed live at Port 100.
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Michael George Gonzalez
Michael George Gonzalez is an experienced guitarist, composer, and vocalist. After two decades of performing and teaching throughout the United States, he returned to his Finger Lakes roots in 2014. He is the founder and lead instructor Ostaga Music School. Michael is a busy performer in music and theater, averaging 200+ performances a year. An active songwriter that performs as a solo artist, and with original music projects like WhorlWood. Michael is also a music advocate. He works as the founder and director of the Finger Lakes Independent Music Association (FLiMA).
Perry Cleaveland is a SAMMY Award winning mandolinist who also adds lead and harmony vocals, fiddle, lead guitar and clawhammer banjo. Born in Louisville, Kentucky Perry emigrated to Syracuse, N.Y. and grew up in a household that hosted many bluegrass luminaries during his formative years. In his High School years, and continuing later, he began playing in a number of New York State Bluegrass bands including: Hard Times, Pleasant Valley, Bristol Mountain Bluegrass, Rosewood, John Rossbach & Chestnut Grove, The McCarthy Paisley Band, and Lost Time. He has performed for festivals, colleges, clubs, private parties, corporate events, arts centers, schools, town concerts, PBS/NPR affiliates: WCNY, & WXXI, and New York State Council on the Arts-sponsored events, including Arts in Education series’ under the auspices of Young Audiences of Rochester.
His innovative mandolin playing keeps him in demand as a recording session player throughout New York State having played on projects by many regional Bluegrass, Old Timey and Folk artists such as: Joe Davoli, Maria Gillard, John Cadley, Ted Lambert, John Stevens, Joe Lamay & Sherri Reese, Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand, Jim Clare, Northwater, The Atkinson Family, Lisa Bigwood, Rebecca Colleen & the Chore Lads, Meyer & McGuire, Brian Coughlin, The Cool Club, Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz and those bands as previously listed. Perry recently shared a CD release with Syracuse, NY singer/songwriter: John Cadley, as well as, The Cool Club. He will soon be initiating a recording project with Rochester NY’s fabulous Roots acoustic band, “The Crooked North” and is concurrently working on a project of his own original melodies and musings.
Dan Lopata has been musical all of his life starting by playing trombone in 4th grade. He was playing electric bass by the time he was 12 and accompanied a few musical ensembles in high school. Entering Ithaca College as a Bass Trombone Major in 1987 Dan enjoyed the college atmosphere a little too well and then took up a career in warehousing and distribution while continuing to play electric bass in a number of bands. Most notably The Mysterious Blues Band which played regionally and opened for many great bands from Room Full of Blues, to Rick Derringer, To Joe Bonamassa. Dan also toured with the Chris Beard Blues Band for a short while, where he really enjoyed playing the Chicago Blues scene.
He returned to college in 2007, Graduating from Nazareth College as a Double-Bass Major in Music with a concentration in Music History, and is currently working at Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music.