Breakwater.rocks presents BREAKWATER
Jonny Flaks Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals & Harmonica
Mike Bisceglia Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
Chris Mannel Drums & Percussion
Jimmy Maguire Bass
Erik Zen Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
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Jonathan "Jonny" Flaks - keyboards, guitar, lead vocals harmonica: Jonny was born into a musical family in New Rochelle, NY and spent his toddler years napping under the piano while his mother played classical music. During his middle-school years of classical training, Jon took his Bar Mitzvah money and bought his first electric piano, a Rhodes, and started playing in rock bands. After graduating from Cornell University with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in music production, Jonny hit the recording studios in New York where learned to control the high tech gear that is nearly all obsolete now. He churned out a catalog of original songs for Tamrak Music Publishing. His two-year-long "15 minutes" of fame was as organist for the New York Rangers at MSG. Jonny performed for fifteen years with classic rockers CC and Company, two years with Not (Grateful) Dead Yet and ten years with the "dance-horn-daze" tribute act, Kick Start Charlie. He is engaged to be 2nd married to Kate Clough, the creative genius behind this web site, and has two adult sons he is very, very proud of, both working in the entertainment business.
Mike Bisceglia - Electric & acoustic guitars, vocals: Jonny's cousin, Lisa's husband, Mike is best knows for being the long standing leader of Band of Brothers, and delivering benefit performances year-over-year in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Mike and Jonny co-formed Acoustic Clambake as a duo (sometimes trio) that then merged with Mike's high school buddy's listed below to form Breakwater. Mike's physical likeness to Eric Clapton is coincidental to his being inspired by the seminal rocker. Mike's influences also include Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, The Allman Brothers, Carlos Santana, David Gilmour, the Eagles and Grand Funk, to name a few.
Chris Mannel - Drums & Percussion: Chris started playing drums after switching from cello in the 6th grade. He has played with many bands through the years, all over the New York Metro area including Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Recently Chris co-formed and toured with a rock-a-billy power trio called Fat City Rockers. At the turn of the millennium, Chris built a hybrid audio and video recording studio with a mix of vintage and up to date features. This has become Breakwater’s home field advantage. Chris names Phil Collins, Carl Palmer from ELP, the late greats - Niel Peart from Rush, Keith Moon from The Who and John Bonham from Led Zeppelin as influences.
Jimmy Maguire - Bass: After a year of twangin around on a Balalaika as a kid, Jimmy started playing bass at 11 years old. In college, Jimmy joined forces with fellow Breakwater member, Erik Zen to form Net Wt. They continued far beyond college performing in Westchester, NYC and Albany. Later, Jimmy was invited by producer and lifelong friend, Joe Gauci, to record on M Renee Suaste’s debut album. In addition to jamming in private with The Schlubs, and now being a founding member of Breakwater, Jimmy plays with Hot Pizza, another rock cover band. Jimmy pays a classic 1977 Rickenbacker 4003, made popular by virtuoso bassists including Geddy Lee of Rush and the late Chris Squire of Yes.
Erik Zen - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals: Erik has a lifelong love of music inspired by his grandfather’s skill on piano and guitar. At 12 he began music lessons for piano, guitar and vocals and joined several local bands as a teenager. He eventually went on to form and lead an original songwriting band, Net Wt., popular in the New York Capitol District and Westchester County. After 10 years with the band, Erik took a pause from music to raise a family. He’s back on the scene with Breakwater as rhythm guitarist and vocalist. Erik is also an active member of the Stamford Musicians’ Group and performs with the girl-pop band Snap Crackle Pop in the Fairfield CT area.