Creating New Music For The World

Upcoming Gigs

10
DEC

McCallum Theatre

  • Palm Desert CA
  • 8:00pm, Saturday
It's a hometown Holiday celebration as Jimi FITZ, aka CV 104.3's Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald gathers together with Penny Unniversity and more of the Valley's best talent for an evening of hits and Holiday treats.
23
FEB

Desert Willow Concert Under The Stars

  • Palm Desert CA
  • 6-9 pm, Thursday
On select Thursday evenings this season from 6:00 to 9:00pm, we will play host to some the Coachella Valley's premier music acts, featuring sounds varying from classic rock to the smooth sounds of contemporary jazz. Our Music and Dining Under the Stars events, feature extravagant buffets, exclusive wines, and top-notch live music all set into the majestic vistas provided by our outdoor terraces and clubhouse.

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Music

Over A Glass Of Wine

Sound Tapestry

Free Love Hippie Flower Girl

Dance With Me (Single)

Videos

About

Creating new music for the world was a must in order to classify the intermingling styles of Jazz, Fusion, Latin, and Global rhythms in their songs. Penny Unniversity's sound (the Unniversity in their name is intentionnaly mispelled for strategic reasons) is full of catchy melodic instrumental hooks and grooves that allows their music to not be limited to either age or genre. Music is emotion, and it should translate - without words - the true feeling of the song. There are no language barriers in instrumental music. No politics, no biased points of view, or rhetoric. There is only the compilation of notes brought forth with skill and unity to produce an experience for the listener as well as the player.
Guitars

Michael Anthony Gagliardi

Born in Etobicoke Ontario Canada ,Michael started his music career by being banished from High School band. Motivated by music, he took a bus to the Santa Monica Pier in California and slept under it. Within 8 months his band was headlining the famous clubs along The Sunset Strip. Writing and playing guitar in Penny Unniversity gives this endorsed guitarist the freedom to roam the range of music styles and be creative. Passion and expression drive Michael to remain focused in the music industry despite it's hardships. His motto: "In The Music Business expect to give 150% and receive 10% ,if you don't like the numbers , you don't love it! "No real musician is ever in it for the money".   Email Michael
Basses

Ted Alan Walker

Born in the town of Kennewick Washington then moving to Billings Montana and at the age of 7 moved to Salt Lake City. Watching his cousin's band practicing in the basement of his uncles house, he sat in total amazement and awe. The low notes of the Bass guitar captured his soul. He received his first Bass at the age of 10 (a Vox teardrop his father purchased at a local pawn shop). Moving to the Coachella Valley, he started playing with a high school friend and began playing all the clubs around town then joined his brothers band Uphoria in the 80s. Ted became a FOH freelance audio engineer touring with major audio companies, while still playing bass whenever he could. He slowed down from road life to raise a family of 6. Ted joined up with Michael to do a project, not wanting to play clubs but to write music that had substance to it, relating to the good things in life and beautiful places in the World. That's when Penny Unniversity was born. "I feel Blessed to share my life in a musical partnership with Michael".   Email Ted
Keys

Anthony Patler

After graduating high school in Palm Springs, CA. Tony moved to L.A., where he quickly landed his first major recording gig, collaborating with the songwriting hall of famer, Lamont Dozier. In addition to co-writing several songs, he arranged and played drums, bass, guitar and keys on various albums. During the same period, he also co-founded and played with the underground funk band General Caine, recording a number of albums. In '84 Tony began touring and recording with Chaka Khan, eventually becoming her music director. From this, he went on to record and tour with many well-known artists including Michael McDonald, Janet Jackson, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, Was Not Was, George Michael, ABC, Michael Jackson, Rick Astley, Paul Young, Solomon Burke, and Smokey Robinson. Patler's credits also include film soundtracks and co-writing songs for Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan & LTD among others.
Drums

Jose 'Louie' Rodriguez

Born in Los Angeles, Jose "Louie" Rodriguez was raised in Palm Springs CA where he learned to play the drums, becoming part part of his parent's church worship team which also lead him to learn piano and bass, later becoming the Music Director. He became a part of his church organization's state band, while traveling around the state of California and other states. He also became the lead drummer for a local christian artist. He returned to school to learn music theory and studied latin jazz and became a part of the drum line at a local community college "ELAC" under the direction of music professor Jesus "Chuy" Martinez. His influences were and still are drummers like Alex Gonzalez, Chris Colemen, Rex Hardy Jr, Calvin Rogers and many more gospel drummers and bassists like Andrew Gouche, Robert "Buddy" Lewis, and Bryant Siono among others. Louie is now the Music Director for his local church Centro Libre Cristiano "CLC" and the most recent member of Penny Unniversity.
Percussion

Rene Almodovar

Rene was born in Glendale, CA, and grew up in the Los Angeles area. Since Rene's mother was a promoter, he was able to meet many talented musicians such as Earth Wind and Fire and Dizzy Gillespie, sparking his interest in playing music at a young age. Rene played the drums for many years, but at age 16 he decided he wanted to play the congas which was not easy. Once he mastered the basics, he felt that this is what he was meant to do. In high school, Rene started playing percussion with many local bands. In his senior year, he began to play professionally, landing gigs with Jazz Crusaders, El Chicano, Jermaine Stewart, Bill Clayton Orchestra and many more. Rene withdrew from the music business for a while to raise a family but after a performance at the Joshua Tree Music Festival in 2007, Rene decided to start looking for a permanent band. After a few years of searching, he saw an ad stating that Penny Unniversity was looking for a percussionist and found it was a perfect fit.
Violins

Bobby Furgo

Bobby toured and recorded with such artists as: Leonard Cohen, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood, Pat Boone, Love and Rockets, Grant Lee Buffalo, Dolly Parton, Freddy Fender, Gene Pitney, Hank Tompson, James Burton, Jim Dickinson, Wanda Jackson among others and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Jay Leno's Tonight Show, The Royal Albert Hall and played on the Grammy winning movie The Wonder Boys.

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Contact

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