Bob Neft Composer, Musician, artist

Earth Cat Records Artist

My love of music began at the wee age of 4. Growing up in a family surrounded by music, I started playing the piano by ear, imitating my mom's classical playing. I also began taking Piano, Guitar and French Horn lessons and soon began composing music.

My first performed original piece was written for 6th grade graduation with artfully crafted lyrics - "why not ride in our Rent-a-Rocket, it puts plenty of money in your pocket!"

My music background is pretty eclectic, I played in my High School Pep band and Drum & Bugle Corp (yeah, I was the geek who got stuck playing the Sousaphone because nobody else stepped up to volunteer).

I was also the pianist for my high school and the University of Pittsburgh glee clubs and was awarded "Who's Who in Music among American High School Students."

One of my favorite memories was being the music director for the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh's production of "Once Upon a Mattress."

I studied music and piano performance at the University of Pittsburgh with Nathan Davis and Natalie Phillips.

I've been in numerous Pittsburgh rock bands and also backed Bo Diddley, recorded with Todd Clark and also composed several original scores for the Penn Hills Players.

Progressive Rock Duo

Co-founder of The Anagram Principle with long-time friend, musician and collaborator - Tedd Arnold

Bob Neft & Tedd Arnold

The Anagram Principle released Realm of Being in 2013 on Earth Cat Records.

Realm of Being

And, Inventor in 2015 on Earth Cat Records.

Inventor

Our third album is a work in progress

I have the utmost respect and a love affair with Nature. It is precious, fragile and should not be taken for granted!

River: Water is Life

My new song and video - River- is dedicated to the Standing Rock protesters. Those who have peacefully stood their ground and continue to defy armed forces that represent our elected government officials who are aligned with greedy corporations that have no respect for native sacred grounds nor the importance of our fragile environment.

New Album in development.

I record using:

An 27" 5k iMac - 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 3.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor with 32 GB Ram on board. Boot camp/Win10 loaded with Sonar Platinum and MacOS Sierra with Albeton Live 9 with Novation 64 Impulse controller. My interface is a M-Audio Fast Track C600 with M-Audio BX5 & BX8 monitors. Vocals are recorded using a RODE NT1-A Microphone with sE isolation panel.

I also record using Jordan Rudess' Morphwiz, Geo Synthesizer and GEOShred on my iPAD to trigger MIDI.

Keys and vintage synths: Novation Impulse 49, Ensoniq Mirage DSK, Yamaha P-80 Digital Piano, Roland XV-5050 and a white Moog Liberation

Rack of toys: - 2 Yamaha TX81Z, Yamaha SPX-90, Alesis HR-16, Alesis microsynth and JLCooper MSB-Rev2, Akai ME25S midi mapper, Furman Power Conditioner and Korg Line Mixer.

Acoustic/Electric Guitars: - Yamaha NTX70 Nylon-string, Ovation Celebrity Deluxe, Luna VISTA Bear A/E, Luna VISTA Eagle 12 string A/E, Washburn WIDLXSPLTD Electric and Ibanez SR-500 bass

1985: Radian

Radian

In the 80's, Bob composed and played keyboards for Radian - a Pittsburgh-based Progressive Rock band.

In 2015, I released first solo album - Cacophony of Life

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