Adam began playing guitar in 1980 and has also dabbled with bass, keyboards and drums over the years.
Since 1995 he has been a student of Guitar Craft and worked with New Standard Tuning for guitar in guitar
circles in North and South America.
At one such circle in 1995 he had the opportunity to test drive a participant's Chapman Stick. He was fascinated by the possibilities of touchstyle techniques. As opposed to traditional guitar techniques where one hand frets notes and the other is used to pick or pluck the strings, with touchstyle one creates sounds by merely tapping the strings on the fretboard. Since a second hand is not required to pick/pluck, this affords the player the freedom to use both hands to play independent and interlocking guitar and bass parts. Adam started exploring the world of touchstyle when he bought a used Stick in February of 1997. In 1998 Adam switched to 8 string touch guitars custom built for him by Mark Warr of Warr Guitars which allow him access to a wider range of sounds and techniques. Adam's Warr is an 8 string instrument with the full range of a bass and guitar played wth the touchstyle techniques. Adam has studied touchstyle techniques with Frank Jolliffe, Trey Gunnand Markus Reuter and organized TapTech seminars for touchstyle musicians in the late 90's.
From 1996-2002 Adam organized concerts in the Baltimore area with artists including past and present King Crimson members Tony Levin, Bill Bruford and Trey Gunn as well as David Torn, Michael Manring, California Guitar Trio, Europa String Choir, Deus ex Machina, Anekdoten, Present, Thinking Plague, Happy Rhodes, Djam Karet, Annie Haslam (Rennaisance) and Daevid Allen (Gong) just to name a few.
Adam's current Dark Aether Project performance setup:
...and additionally in the studio:
Photography by Jeff Kushner