Originally from Long Island, New York, William Hart Strecker
has been writing songs and performing for most of his life.
In the 1970’s, his group New Hope released a single,
which lead to touring the US. Always a step away from stardom
however the group eventually disbanded. Bill Strecker and
the country rock group Zanzibar were then managed by Albert
Grossman, manager of Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin. After several
years, Bill put together the Bill Strecker band, a blues and
jazz group. After 3 years he again went out on his own, this
time to record and play in England. After a year abroad he
returned to the U.S. and left professional music behind. In
1998, after a near fatal accident, Bill decided to get back
into professional music.
Since putting together his new band ‘William Hart Strecker’
in 2001, Bill has been composing new music and refining his
sound at some of the top clubs in New York City.
Ken Rich has recorded as a bassist with Lou Reed, David Byrne,
Laurie Anderson, Shabba Ranks, and Deborah Harry amongst many
others. Film credits include "Whipped" directed by
Peter Cohen, "the United States of Poetry" directed
by Mark Pellington, and "Sex, Drugs, and Democracy"
directed by Jonathan Blank. Ken was a 10 year member Babatunde
Olatunji's band until his recent passing last spring. He continues
to do live shows with Hugh Pool, Julia Darling, Rene Lopez,
William Hart Strecker, and his own band Miami Relatives, and
has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia,
and the Middle East. Ken has written music for HBO, VH1, Macy's,
the NBA, and the WNBA. Ken Rich has produced/arranged and engineered
for Larry Coryell, Tracy Bonham, Julia Darling, Morley, Mike
Errico, Ivy Markaity, Jake Stigers, Bari Koral, Rene Lopez,
Miami Relatives and Harland amongst many others. He is a graduate
of Oberlin College with a degree in philosophy.
In a musical career spanning over thirty years Chris has performed or recorded with Paul Simon, Janet Jackson, Julia Darling, David Johansen, William Hart Strecker, Gladys Night, Ron Carter, and several of the maybe not-so-well-known but greatest sidemen ever to grace some of the most important hits of the 20th century from Motown to Stax in dives, biker bars, major venues, and some pretty cool places all over the U.S. and Europe. Chris has also performed as a featured on-stage soloist in several Broadway shows including Riverdance, Movin’ Out, and the Grammy-award winning Smokey Joe’s Café. His composing credits include music for NBC’s The Ainsley Harriott Show, where he was also amember of the live house band, Livin’ It Up with Ali and Jack, Inside Edition, Guiding Light, The Jane Pauley Show, and Oprah, in addition to contributing substantially to music libraries in use on major U.S. networks and all over the world. He also played saxophone on the soundtrack for the movie “Taxi” and can be seen and heard performing in the movie “Mona Lisa Smile”. In addition to being a versatile and seasoned saxophonist, he also plays several other woodwinds, guitar, keyboards, harmonica and other things. As a performer, he has played saxophones, ethnic flutes, hand percussion, and harmonica on several National Geographic and Discovery television specials. Chris has also recorded for commercial clients such as AT&T, Arby’s, Nextel, and eBay, appearing on-screen intelevision commercials for eBay. As a singer/songwriter Chris produces his own music and co-writes and produces with other singer/songwriters writing fresh and creative lyrics and non-cliché and sometimes endearingly cliché chord changes and melodic lines at the small but mighty Woodshed Studio in Patterson, New York where he also makes an excellent cup of strong coffee and occasionally throws a ball for the dogs.
(drums and percussion)
Frank Vilardi's performing and recording credits include Susanne
Vega, Rosanne Cash, Jewel, Shawn Colvin, and others.
Drew Zingg recording credits include David Sanborn, Michael
McDonald, Steely Dan, and others.
Wieczorek (aka G. Wiz)
Greg Wieczorek (aka G. Wiz) lives in New York City & plays
and records with Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts,
The Autumn Defense (featuring John Stirratt and Pat Sansone
of Wilco), Greg Dulli of the Twilight Singers/Afghan Whigs,
Jenifer Jackson, Rene Lopez, Mike Napolitano, Nervous Cabaret,
The Honorary Title, and Teddy Thompson. He also writes and
produces for Telescope which began in 2004 as a collaboration
between Greg and multi-instrumentalist Dave Rosser (New Orleans).
The two released their debut self-titled record in Feb. of
After meeting Ken Rich in 2002, Greg met William Hart Strecker
and contributed some percussion tracks to "All This Dreaming".
He continued to play live with the band and went on to record
on the upcoming release.
John Putnam is a native New Yorker who has performed and or
recorded with artists such as Madonna, Jimmy Cliff, Southside
Johnny, Cher, Johnny Winter, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis,
Jr., Darlene Love, Richard Shindell, & The Brilliant Mistakes.
He also composed music for the HBO Documentary Film, "Methadonia."
Andrew Sherman brings nearly two decades of extraordinary
musical expertise to his role as Founding Partner and Lead
Composer at fluid. Among Mr. Sherman’s many achievements
is winning a Clio Award for his work with Mercedes.
Prior to fluid, Mr. Sherman worked with fluid co-Founder
David Shapiro at Shapiro Music in Boston for seven years,
producing commercials for notable clients including Red Stripe,
Adidas, New York Lottery and Mercedes. His collaboration with
Mr. Shapiro included co-composing the score for the independent
film “Game Day” starring Richard Lewis and written
orchestrations for campaigns with Goodby Silverstein for SBC
Mr. Sherman’s compositions have been recorded on numerous
major labels and have garnered him a Latin Grammy for his
production and writing on Nestor Torres' instrumental album
"This Side of Paradise.” Mr. Sherman’s additional
production credits include: co-producing one of Entertainment
Weekly's picks for the best albums of 2004, Joseph Arthur's
"Our Shadows Will Remain;" producing "You're
So True” from the Shrek 2 soundtrack; and a variety
of albums for New York singers and songwriters.
Mr. Sherman’s theater writing career began in 1998
at Moonwork, New York, where he composed the scores for musical
versions of Shakespeare's What You Will and Midsummer Night's
Dream and Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology,
among others. Off Broadway he composed the score for Debbie
Does Dallas and produced the original cast CD.
Prior to launching his career as a composer, Mr. Sherman
toured as a sideman for eight years, accompanying Dizzy Gillespie,
Brian McKnight, George Duke and Mariah Carey - to name a few.
As a performer, Mr. Sherman had a brief recording career as
half of the hip hop jazz duo Bread and Butter.
During his spare time, Mr. Sherman composes for The 52nd
Street Project, a charitable children's after school theater
program in Hell’s Kitchen. He also works on theater
scores, including two for off-Broadway playwright Christopher
Mr. Sherman graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1989.
He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where he continues
to perform with his band, The Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout.