Having resided in the musical magic of metro Detroit, Derek has often been referred to as a “suburban nomad.” He also laid down roots to the west, in the musical hotbed of the Ann Arbor area. Known for his vocal styling, his original compositions disdain categorization but fall into the progressive folk/rock/blues vein, ...let's call it, "Midwest Americana."
Derek has performed at many festivals and venues throughout Michigan, including: The Ark, Trinity House Theater, Ypsilanti’s Crossroads summer series, BobFest (Dylan) and NeilFest (Young), and Red, Hot and Blue, which benefit local aid shelters, environmental funds and other charities. He has appeared on stage with Michigan favorites such as Chris Buhalis, Dave Boutette, John Latini, Annie and Rod Capps, Rollie Tussing III, John D. Lamb, Jill Jack, Billie Brandt, Dan Hazlett, and Dick Siegel, to name a few. He has also opened for Louisiana's Jeff and Vida, and East Nashville's Doug and Telisha Williams. Though usually a solo act, Derek has more recently often been accompanied by the dexterous violinist, Ron Ellman; and, for a more international flavor, by Kirk Kuchukian, an accomplished player of the Oud.
During the upswing of Michigan's film industry, Derek wrote, co-wrote and performed music for an as-yet unreleased film short entitled “The Pick Up", filmed on location at Pontiac, Michigan’s Crofoot Theatre (writer: Audra Lord, dir: Hugh Holesome). In 2012, he also wrote and performed all the music, and took on a principle acting role, for another independent film, “Forgiven” produced in Detroit (writer/dir: David Bark). "Forgiven" can be downloaded on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/47210416 .
He has also been an active member of Southeast Michigan's Songwriters Anonymous, a participant and performer at F.A.R.M. (Folk Alliance Regional Midwest), and a longtime supporter of Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters and the Springfed Arts organization.
Derek has helped fellow musicians in the studio with some of their projects, but has yet to release a finalized CD recording of his own. However, a solid concept is in the works and will probably be released sometime in 2014. (fingers-crossed)
Check out the "When and Where" calendar section of this site for Derek's performances.
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