Elio DeLuca, center, with Danielle Geihs, and Jake Liman
Elio DeLuca, A01, began playing piano at age five when his parents
succumbed to his entreaties to acquire his grandfather's green upright
piano. DeLuca's parents, Helen and Eugenio DeLuca, E58, were reluctant
to let the well-worn instrument into their Wellesley, Massachusetts,
home, but they gave in when the instrument's beautiful woodfinish
Still, a trace of green remains. In addition to his dual degree
(English and composition through the New England Conservatory program),
the senior recently released Green Upright Piano, a CD of original
jazz compositions. Building on a newfound yen for engineering and
producing has also led him to form his own independent record company,
While he admits "there's no guarantee of success in the music business,"
he's banking on Tufts talent, including senior Jake Liman, A01-
"he's the everything guy, from roadie to assistant producer"-and
Brandon Keim, A99, graphic designer.
Dedicated to "the finer points of life, such as a deep groove,
an organic source, a pristine sound and the right attitude," the
Telepathy label has appealed to a variety of artists and has already
produced five CDs, many with Tufts connections.
DeLuca recently produced albums for folksinger Sara Shansky, J00
(Stamp Mileage) and for the pop rock group the Danielle Geihs Band,
with lead singer/songwriter Danielle Geihs, J00. (Hiding Places
will be released this winter, followed by a Northeast tour.)
Telepathy also recently released The Limbic Trip, an "electric
jazz fusion" album from sophomore Mike Sempert and the band Ellipsis,
which includes sophomore Dan Blake on saxophones. Telepathy Records'
reach extends to international jazz drummer Pheeroan Aklaff and
Michael Cain, an accomplished pianist and producer. Brooklyn Water
is the first album from Aklaff/Cain to be released on Telepathy.
"I'm glad to have this opportunity to get their work out there,"
says DeLuca. "It's a major release for Telepathy since it's our
first real nationally distributed album, and we're booking a three-city
U.S. tour followed by two weeks in Europe."
Tufts' location, according to DeLuca, is perfect for innovative
musicians. "Boston has it all-a music scene with every genre and
style, lots of radio and press, huge collegiate audiences, and plenty
of bands," he says. "You have to be the one who wants to succeed
more than anyone else."
Until Telepathy Records gets on solid footing, DeLuca must be a
master juggler to keep up with school and keep Telepathy active.
He tries to find time to play piano for his jazz ensemble, the Elio
DeLuca Module, and to continue to make new contacts. A flexible
schedule, lots of coffee, many dedicated artists and friends, and
some "how to succeed in business" books are helping DeLuca accomplish
his numerous projects. "This is what I want to be doing with my
life," says DeLuca. "But it's supporting something I believe in:
the vital work of talented artists." For more information, visit
www.telepathyrecords.com. -Carolyn Ellis