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Carl and Joe
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KIRSCH & CARL BATTISTA
(Music and playlists below)
The true sign of success in the music business is not just the hit
record or the million-dollar deal – it’s about artistic integrity,
longevity and keeping the love for the music. With an extensive catalog
of over 100 songs,
“Kirsch” Curcio are still at it after 6-decades of musical
the neighborhood …Williamsburg Brooklyn...
Carl Battista and Joe
“Kirsch” Curcio both began playing guitar at 11 years old. They
quickly teamed up with some kids from the neighborhood in
Williamsburg Brooklyn NY and started their first bands,
in the early 1970s. The grit of the 1970s was fertile ground for these
hungry musician, playing everything from hard rock to funk music.
Churches to Greenwhich Village…
The streets were alive with music and the
times were perfect for young kids wanting to emulate their musical
hero's. They played the church auditoriums and catholic school dances
and when they finally hit their teens, they played the clubs and bars of
the New York City night life -- showcasing at some of NYC’s legendary
Greenwhich Village haunts such as Mills Tavern,
The Back Fence, and Kenny’s Castaways.
Jerry Lewis, Blondie, and more…
By 1976 while working with
The Rhythm Express,
Joe, Carl and their
Top-40 band were scheduled to headline at The Golden Nugget
in Las Vegas and performing for the Jerry Lewis (MDS telethon).
The Rhythm Express worked with some of the industry’s inner-circle names
of the day, opening for Deborah Harry (Blondie) at the
infamous Anti-Anita Bryant festival on NYC’s
Christopher Street where over 10,000 danced the night (and Anita) away.
Records at 75 Rock…
Joe began their recording
career at the ripe old age of 17 and haven't stopped yet. By
the late 70’s, The Rhythm
Express was picked up by Emerald City Records,
a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, where they were
showcased at the 75 Rock Warner Brothers studio
facility as the next big disco & R&B act.
From musical director in a headline band to
working as a Project Manager for ABC Radio and Television
network in the 00’s,
Joe “Kirsch” Curcio continued to do what he does best – work in the
music and entertainment industry! Composing program themes for
National Public Radio and special event music for the
NY Mets, NY Rangers, and JVC Jazz Festival,
and working with acts such as Marvin Hamlisch, Bernadette
Peters, New Edition, Stevie Wonder, and John Fogerty.
Carl and Joe continued to
collaborate throughout their entire careers.
Latifah, the Cat Club, Ugly Kid Joe…
In the 1990’s
Joe “Kirsch” Curcio
formed the original band
and began to play and record all original material. White Lie signed a
management deal and resumed their live performances, opening for acts
such as Ugly Kid Joe at NYC’s celebrated Cat
Club, Queen Latifah at the historic Flushing Meadow
Queens Day Festival, and Grand Master Flash at
Light, Wisdom & Sound.
pounded the NYC and surrounding area circuits, including regular gigs at
CBGB’s, and The China Club, and
received rave reviews as being “a bands band”.
Although he’s still an active guitarist playing on the Joe Kirsch/Carl
Battista tracks, Carl Battista's
interest have shifted to producing original material. Together,
Joe remain active in the
industry and on the street as a songwriters, musicians, and producers.
Recently, music legend Kenny Gamble's son Caliph was
producing a project to honor his father on his 75th birthday.
Joe put together a short
music piece and sent it over to him. It ended up as the projects lead
video on a compilation piece given to Kenny Gamble for
Carl and Joe are
currently writing and producing a number of new artists and talent for
...they were bitten
by the music bug as a young child and happy to have been infected with
the beauty of playing and producing music for all of these years...