Leon Portelance
CONTACT

SEEKING

Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Drums, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Other, Other Percussion, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright bass, Violin, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass.

ABOUT

I am a songwriter/producer with 45 years experience playing in bands and recording studios. I would like to form an original super group of really seasoned, talented players. ("Super group" is not meant to be egotistical, I believe in setting goals high; the only limits are the ones we impose on ourselves.) I am not hung up on age, but to be compatible, I think the 40 to 60 range would be a good rough guideline but there are exceptions to everything. Basically, musicians who like me, have played for many years (decades), have developed their own style and are mature/stable enough to be past the party, alcohol and drug scene. Songwriting abilities a big plus. Impeccable timing and pitch, no out of tune guitars or flat vocals, no out of control egos, guitar wars or playing too loud. Just really good solid, in the groove music: rock, pop, blues, jazz, country rock maybe even some contemporary Christian but not tied to any one genre.

And while some select covers might be fun, this would primarily be an original band. I am not interested in just being another bar band. Been there, done that. Think of a modern combo of the jazzy chops of Steel Dan, the musicianship of Little Feat and The Band, the originality of Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd with the driving rhythms of the Doobie Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Add to that the lyrics, concepts and production of Sgt. Pepper's and Dark Side of the Moon, you get the picture. Solid, tasteful but experimental, fun and serious at the same time. I would like to find a drummer, bass player, lead guitarist and sax/flute/harmonica player and hopefully everyone can sing well. Good three part harmonies are a must! Also it would be nice if we could do an acoustic set.

I play keyboards, synths, lead, rhythm and acoustic guitar. I can also play bass if the bass player plays other instruments. I have a great rehearsal/recording space in Corning; think of Tom Petty's Mojo space only I don't have anywhere near that much equipment yet. I work weekdays, so I would like to get together one or two nights a week or a day on the weekend to jam and see if we connect.

Interested? Get back at me. Hopefully you'll have some recordings or demos of stuff you've done over the years. I do. No BS, if we click we can see where it goes, if not, move on.

Also I am always looking for good session players for recording projects and film work. Drums, percussion, bass, guitar, sax, flute, harmonica, fiddle, cello, accordion and all kinds of vocalists.

Screen name:
Leon Portelance
Member since:
Mar 11 2012
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
40
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Beatles, Stones, Who, Doors, Cream, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Janis, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Santana, Doobie Brothers, Dr. Hook, Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, Little Feat, Leonard Skynard, Eagles, Little River Band, Eric Clapton . . . many more.

Instrument experience:

Bass Guitar:
Expert
Keyboard:
Expert
Piano:
Expert
Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Lead Guitar:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Expert
Background Singer:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

'55 Gibson Les Paul gold top, Fender Strat, Gibson Dove acoustic, Yamaha classical guitars; Yamaha 88 key electric piano with syntn modules; Dean Markley, Fender Champ and Fender Bassman amps; 24x8 Mackie mixing console; various mikes & stands. I have a complete home studio based around Logic Pro on a Mac Pro.

MUSIC