Marisa Gariano includes played with several bands in Los Angeles, and then moved into business, managing hotels and running several educational institutions and education advocacy organizations. She moved into education big time as the CEO and Co-founder Vita Nova Arts and Mosaics School with her husband Rodger Gariano. But that wasn't enough. So she co-founded her own school of music, the Paramount Academy of Music in Los Angeles - it was a perfect fit. Her fascination of the impact music has on the development of the brain and its long lasting effects is a perfect mathc for training the next generation of rock, rap and pop stars.
She was joined in this adventures by Carl Restivo. After graduating from New York University with a B.A. in Film Production & Music Production, Carl was introduced to Wyclef Jean. They bonded instantaneously and began writing, producing, and recording songs for Wyclef's album The Preacher's Son, resulting in the song "Linda", that they wrote together, which also features Carl on guitar and co-lead vocals.
At the request of founder Paul Green, Carl accepted the Music Director position of the new School of Rock in Hollywood, CA. Carl served as Music Director for 5 years, and directed young musicians age 7-17 in over 100 shows. During his time as MD of The School of Rock Hollywood, Carl was asked to join the band Satellite Party by Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction) and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme). Restivo served as Music Director, bassist, and backing vocalist of the group, which performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Carson Daly before touring across Europe, UK, and USA. But the lure of Paramount was too much and now he is the music director. And as we will discover in the interview, he brought a lot of friends with him, friends you have probably heard of.