Reverend Doctor D
“The Right Reverend, Doctor D”, Chicago blues veteran with an imposing 7-foot frame. He’s destined to become a legend, if he isn’t one already.
Ivankovich understands what it’s like to be the underdog. Achieving All-State and All-American honors as a hoops baller and shot-caller, Ivankovich was one of the most highly recruited players in the States. With over 500 scholarship offers, he decided to play for Northwestern University while working towards his BSM/MD in the prestigious Honors Program In Medical Education. Then . . . disaster. A horrific knee injury ended his dreams of playing for the NBA and the Yugoslavian Olympic team.
With newfound time on his hands, he listened to his heart and turned to music for inspiration, transitioning from classical violinist to fire-breathing blues guitarist. Within months, he was playing on-stage with some of his musical heroes. Ivankovich went right to the source of the blues on Chicago’s South Side. He jammed, performed, and recorded with Chicago legends, Eddie Taylor, Homesick James, Snooky Pryor, Lefty Dizz, Johnny Dollar, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Dion Payton, Magic Slim, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Including a stint as bandleader for legendary bluesman, Otis Rush.
At the Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street, he befriended and made a lifelong connection with players that he would eventually tap for the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Names like “Killer” Ray Allison, Jerry “Bam-Bam” Porter, Johnny B. Gayden and Roosevelt “Mad-Hatter” Purifoy. While a student at Northwestern, WNUR-FM, one of America’s premier non-commercial stations broadcasting from the University, took note. While trying to find the classroom for “Intro to Geography”, he took a wrong turn. It turned out to be all too right, bringing him to the door of the WNUR on-air studios. The music director lamented that the Blues Show needed a host or faced cancellation. Fate dropped that opportunity right in his lap.
The name, Daniel Ivankovich, didn’t have the right ring for Chicago blues, so he created the on-air personality, The Right Reverend, Doctor D. “Out Of The Blue” became the premiere Chicago blues program and was syndicated in over sixty markets. This led to on-air stints at commercial outlets WCKG-FM in Chicago and WQHT-FM in New York. He worked as producer and program developer for MJI Broadcasting in New York. He strides into hospital lobbies in a sweet black leather cowboy hat and goatee. He understands the pain his patients suffer, having personally undergone thirteen knee surgeries himself. Because of this, a unique ride was necessary for comfort as well as street credibility while navigating the rough & tumble streets of the ‘hood’.
Dan Ivankovich is a well-known public figure. In March 2010 he was featured on the American Spirit segment in Katie Couric’s CBS evening news in addition to numerous segments in both print and broadcast media. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, he traveled to Haiti on his own expense to treat the countless victims pulled from the rubble, taking special interest in the spinal cord injured patients he found laying in makeshift tents. Through a series of miracles and moxie, he cut through mountains of red tape and personally escorted two such patients, Bazelais Suy and Josette Delisca, back to the States for top-notch care, a feat that was covered by newscasts all over the country and will soon be documented in an international story by the Associated Press.
Several documentaries are currently in the works chronicling his life story and humanitarian missions. With all of his variable expertise, there is a connecting thread. Whether squeezing a blue note out of his six-string, preaching on the day’s relevant social issues, or wielding a scalpel with skill and precision, the street rules his reality. Dan Ivankovich does it all with a street-savvy hipness and honesty, integrity that’s nearly extinct in today’s climate of inequitable health care policies, greed, corruption, and injustice.
He’s bluesman, healer, shaman & philosopher, and, as Bo Diddley said about Ivankovich’s blues alter ego, The Right Reverend, Doctor D, “one of the craziest %$#@! I’ve ever met. He ain’t from this planet.”
Gabriele “Dr. Zero” Cerruti is born in Turin (Italy) in 1974.
Since he was a child he has a passion for music: he starts playing piano at six and guitar at thirteen; finally at seventeen he chooses to play bass.
In 1992 he forms the first band with some High School’s fellows; he begins to write his first songs with italian lyrics, influenced by the favourite artist’s sound of that time: the italian rocker Luciano Ligabue.
In 1993 he enters in the first School’s Musical Contest with the song “Danzando nel Buio” (“Dancing in the Dark”); he ranks fourth, but he collects consents of audience and critic. In the same year he starts a collaboration with some local Christian artists; he writes the song “La mia risposta sarà Sì” (“My Answer will be Yes”) for the musical “Don Bosco: una Sfida” (“Don Bosco: a Challenge”) and all the songs for the musical “La Pelle di Dio” (“The Skin of God”) in 1994.
In 1995 he forms the first cover band with University’s friends, with which he plays the greatest hits by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Skid Row; however, the Grunge’s influence (Alice in Chains, MotherLoveBone, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog) and 70’s KISS’ Hard Rock push him to write songs with english lyrics: “I Forgot”, “Leap” and “Shame” are the most revealing songs of that time.
In 2001 with two of same University’s friends he forms CoffeeDregs, a PJ Harvey cover band; although there are great potential, the project has short life: CoffeeDregs disband after recording a Promo CD.
Years pass and he plays in bands of less importance, but the music is always existing in his life; even the songwriting gains substantial depth: lyrics now approach environmental and social issues: the most revealing song of that time is “Permanent Disaster”, written on 27 December 2004, the day following the Sumatra’s Tsunami.
In 2006 he discovers the American Christian Music; artists like Audio Adrenaline, Switchfoot and tobyMac, are considered like all those who have influenced his music and give new energy to his songwriting.
At beginning of 2008 he finds continuity and starts playing with assiduity: Cover The Top (2008-2009), AllTimeIsGone (2009-2010), MotorMouse (2010-2011) and Blaine (2011); the more exciting experience is with MotorMouse, cover band of great impact that plays 70’s Hard Rock (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, KISS, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Thin Lizzy).
The desire to engage in a band’s project that features unreleased songs finally comes in July 2011, when he becomes Wheels’ bassist, Hard Rock band with whom he records an EP entitled “Big Snake”; but in this day, 14 october 2011, the dream is shattered.
And now… plans are planned: he decides to search a new band and to rearrange the songs written over the years, with the aim to share his music and to hear the feedback of other people.
In this day, 25 november 2011, all his dreams come true: in the Thanksgiving day God gives him a gift; after a session he was hired by rock band named Hangover. Alberto, Alice and Diego are his new adventure mates.
SPEAK YOUR MIND UP: C’MON, BABY, FREE YOURSELF!
Steamgunk is a steampunk-inspired glitch-electro project. Though electronic music at its core, the style and concept rest mainly within glitch-electronica, industrial, and a heavy ambiance. Steampunk is a genre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and technology based on steam power of the 19th century. Fressed electronic music for the newced contraptors, oiled gizmologists, and steampunkaneers.
Born from boredom and an appreciation of glitch electronica, an affection for old science fiction films, noir, steampunk culture, and a shameless infatuation with b-movie horror films. Inspired by light ale in summer nights, dark stout on winter days, men with beards, theater seats with cupholders, the 80’s, and my old 8-bit life. Past projects include Set Prometheus Aflame (late 2008 to early 2011) and Cyan Roddington (early to late 2011).