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Brooklyn, NY
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Portrait of ManoReza
Musician-Composer Mano was born in D.C. but raised in New York City. Mano's love for music developed early and his mind quickly became a warehouse of melody and song. His formal introduction to music came by way of a beginners guitar class in high school. It was not long before Mano and his friends formed a band. Exchanging ideas and influences, Mano began to fuse his many influences into a distinctive style. Prince, James Brown, Parliment Funkadelic and others were part of a collection that also included The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Police. Mano's guitar style was greatly influenced by guitar players who were themselves students of the old blues masters. The influence of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Gilmour and Eric Clapton can be heard in his playing. Mano's band eventually became Smoov Earth, the creators of alternative funk. Smoov Earth played in many New York clubs, including the legendary CBGB's and the West End Gate. Smoov Earth had a great live sound and always moved the crowd. Mano wrote and co-wrote many songs with the band. He played rhythm and lead guitars with a rotating group of great musicians for over a decade. Now on his own, Mano's personal mission is to be part of a revolution in independent music. He plans to be part of a growing movement among musicians to bring songwriting, musicianship and freedom back to the music industry. He is a strong supporter of the independent creation and distribution of music. Mano is the onwer of ManoReza Music, an independent music publishing company ( Mano offers soulful and thought provoking music along with real musicianship.