Elegant but powerful, The Albatross is a high performance cover band specializing in the best popular music styles from the last half century.
Formed in 2017 as a collaboration between longtime friends and veterans of the international cruise ship scene Ian and Sean, the aim of the group has been to provide the highest possible musical entertainment for all occasions.
Joined by New York scene mainstay Nicole on vocals and keyboards, and Los Angeles based drummer Andre, Albatross Air can provide the perfect accompaniment for your event or venue.
About the members:
Ian (guitar, bass, vocals) is an Ohio based musician, arranger, and composer. He received a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 2006 and was named “Cincinnati’s Best Guitarist” by East Side Vibe Magazine in 2010. Ian has studied privately with guitar legends Pat Martino and Scotty Anderson and has shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Jeff Healey, Will Ray and Robert Lockwood Jr. recording his first album of original material with Grammy award-winning producer Jim Gaines. From 2012-2016 Ian worked as houseband guitarist with Princess Cruise Lines and as Fleet Arranger with the company from 2016-2018.
Sean (piano/keyboards, harmonica, guitar, bass, and vocals) is an experienced pianist, musical director, arranger, and orchestrator. He has traveled the world as a pianist and bandleader for various cruise lines, including Cunard, Crystal, Princess, and NCL. While earning a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, Sean performed with the Capital University Big Band at internationally acclaimed jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, and Umbria. When on land, Sean works in NYC as an accompanist for Inside Broadway and for Walker Clark Studio, with students on Broadway, national tours, and tv/film, and is currently orchestrating a Broadway-bound musical based on Finnish Folklore. Sean and Nicole have been performing together since 2002.
Nicole (vocals, Moog bass, keyboards) is a New York City based singer, actress, and producer. She has performed around the world on Regent, Princess, and Celebrity Cruise Lines.Theatrical highlights include BC/EFA’s 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, The Wizard and I chorus for Stephen Schwartz with the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall,and most recently performing as a soloist with Banda Sinfónica de Montevideo (Uruguay) in Wonderlust Theatre Company’s Memory: Los Musicales de Andrew Lloyd Webber. She also works regularly in NYC’s busy tv and film industry.
Andre (Drums, Percussion) is a Los Angeles based musician and has been playing drums and percussion since age 1. He has traveled the world performing and studying a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, classical, and traditional West African music. His eclectic musical interests led to a collaboration with International Franz Liszt Piano Competition winner Rudolf Budginas on his album “Ambient Romance.” As a student at the Bob Cole Conservatory in Long Beach he had the opportunity to accompany the award winning vocal ensemble Pacific Standard Time. He continues to perform actively with cruise ships, local theaters, and co-leads his experimental band Three Rooms.
Sheila from Columbus OH: “Really fun to watch. Extraordinary musicians. Versatile on so many instruments.”
Walter from Newark NJ: “I was bowled over by the many different styles, from jazz to blues, rock, and even country.”
Mike from Chatham NJ: “You guys are tremendous! I think you guys appeal to such a huge swath of people. Great music,performed really well by very attractive musicians. Big winner!”
Caroline from Indianapolis: “If I closed my eyes, I couldn’t tell the sound of the covers from the originals.”
John from Columbus: “The individual and combined talents of this group are phenomenal! What a super fun party, dance, listening and all around event band. Their professionalism is apparent and I highly recommend them.”