John Tabacco is an American composer, singer-songwriter, engineer, multi instrumentalist, and graphic artist. He is co-founder of SA3 (a proprietary analog to digital conversion technology for sound and video) and has engineered / mixed and mastered music for the past 30 years. He is the CEO of It Iz What It Iz Music Publishing (SESAC), which currently holds over 600 songs in its catalog. His music background consists of extensive study of orchestration with noted 20th century composer John Lessard, harmony with the late electronic music maverick Bulent Arel, and composition with Stony Brook University professor Peter Winkler. He received a BA in Music from Stony Brook University in 1983.
Besides crafting over thirty CDs of original music, Tabacco sometimes sings lead vocals with The Ed Palermo Big Band, Stealin’ Dan 2 and plays drums, and sings with the Beatles Magical Orchestra, and the Beatle’s tribute band Mostly Moptop.
When not vocalizing or recording he plays host to a free form college radio show mysteriously entitled CLAM RADIO on WUSB, 90.1fm, Stony Brook University.
Like an unfolding musical diary / puzzle, Tabacco’s music and art are constantly being re-worked, juxtaposed and intertwined. His style is a melding of pop, jazz, rock, r&b, avant-garde, aleatory, and neoclassical sprinkled with a good measure of absurd humor.