Marc Huberman live at Brendan's at the Elms
Music: Marc Huberman's original work "Catch the Mouse"
recorded live at Brendan's

January 3, 2010

Local "Finger-style" Guitarist Debuts at Brendan’s at the Elms in Ridgefield, CT

Marc Huberman of New Fairfield, CT makes his first appearance at Brendan’s at the Elms in Ridgefield, CT on Sunday for brunch.

Marc Huberman is no stranger to the local music scene having performed in various coffee shops and restaurants throughout the area.  Marc has been very focused on giving back to the community in the form of charitable work. Marc feels that “As a working musician, even though it is a business for me, giving back and doing charitable work is very important.” For example, in May, he is performing at the third annual Spirit of Hope Foundation event for Liberation House, which provides services for substance abuse problems and psychiatric disabilities. Marc has also performed for the Wyatt Foundation raising money for research on a cure of Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, and the Relay for Life for Breast Cancer awareness. Outside of doing a lot of charitable events, he also works on other special functions, music festivals, and private events including the “First Night Danbury” event last week.

Having mastered a unique “finger-style” guitar method, Marc describes himself as an adult contemporary musician. The thirty-nine year old guitarist has been playing for over twenty-five years. When Marc was fourteen, his father borrowed a guitar from a friend at work to see if Marc was interested. Since then, Marc has grown into an accomplished acoustic guitarist creating a unique musical experience incorporating a vast variety of influences, which he describes as “World Music.”

He feels that he has developed a form of acoustic guitar music inspired by mixed genre with touches of Classical, Jazz, New Age, Asian, African, and Middle Eastern influence. Marc took one formal music theory class, however he felt that the music theory course didn’t really translate to his work or help him as a performer. He says that the best thing that had helped him as a performer was to study many different types of music on his own and playing his guitar with other people. He graduated from Western Connecticut State University where he received a degree with a B.A. in Communications/Theater and Media Arts - Cum Laude. He feels that this education helped him to develop his musical career from a business and marketing standpoint.

Marc Huberman played with many different kinds of musicians ranging from classic rock, blues, jazz, and folk music. Which he describes as “a lot of mixed bag music.” He originally started playing in coffee houses and open mics. He says that he “sort of got his chops together” there and got used to and acclimated to performing in front of crowds. He learned to “read a room,” keeping the volume and type of music appropriate. For example, at the Brendan’s at the Elms, a dining environment, he did not play real heavy, hard music, but more classical and jazz oriented ambient background music. For Marc, his performance depends upon the type of venue and audience he is performing for.

Marc Huberman and his 15 year old Martin acoustic guitar has also performed at the Georgetown Saloon in Georgetown, CT as host of their Tuesday Night Acoustic Open Mic Nights. He has also performed locally at the Southwest Café, Bailey’s Backyard, Bernard’s, the former Gail’s Station House in Ridgefield, CT, and a variety of other venues in the Northeast. This includes venues like the Cutting Room, Kenny’s Cast Away, and the Baggot Inn in New York City. Marc has performed many times at the Ridgefield Playhouse. He has opened for David Sanborn, Clarence Clemens, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (a swing band), the Temptations and John Waite.

Over the last two years, he has become involved with providing music for yoga classes. He helped develop "Acoustic Asanas," which was originally developed in 2006 by Yoga Teacher Aline Marie and Marc Huberman as a moving meditation to live music. He helps to create a “live organic yoga class” where he will follow the instructor “to a tee.”  When the instructor goes through a meditation, he will slow down, speed up or stop according to the variations and timing of the workshop. Marc can now be found performing with Gloria Owens co-owner of YogaSpace in Brookfield, CT. Their plan is to offer this workshop to other studios throughout Connecticut and beyond.

Marc Huberman was raised in the Bronx, NY and had moved to Fairfield County Connecticut as a teenager, but have never lost my New York mindset...frequenting the city quite regularly.” After a few years of working in the corporate business world, Marc started to perform as a professional musician in 2002. More information about Marc Huberman and upcoming events can be found at marchuberman.com. The afternoon was a complete success at Brendan’s at the Elms, and they would like Marc to return.

-Bill Winn