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Ross G. B.

Ross G. Bielanski is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and audio engineer/producer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Spending most of his youth growing up in Atwater, Mariposa, and Cathey’s Valley, California, all near the serene natural wonder of world-famous Yosemite National Park, Ross started and led his first band at Mariposa County High School as an Honors English project. That band would later develop into Asopriam with fellow Mariposan Bret Wice as the other core member who would bring his soaring guitar playing, witty songwriting and old soul rock and roll spirit to the table. Over the years, Asopriam would release numerous made-at-home albums (mostly out of print but there are handfuls of copies out there!) and play all over the West as well as a mini-tour in Germany. Their last project, WARNINGS, recorded in Germany, may be found on CDBaby and ITunes.

Asopriam albums are as follows:
- Faith, Hope, Love and Suntea (1998)
- Drive (1998)
- Pick Up These Moments (1999)
- Neusongs (2000)
- Plasticine and Passover (2002)
- Numbered by Satellite (2002)
- Warnings (2004)

Asopriam has been featured on the Mariposa County Arts Council’s “Music on the Green” Concert series and the core members of the band have played under other name incarnations at premiere Los Angeles venues such as the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and the House of Blues on Sunset Strip. In the years since 2004 (the post Asopriam years), Bret and Ross have reunited several times including a roof-top gig at the historic Tioga Hotel in Merced, California. The last “official” Asopriam show occurred on July 17th, 2009 in Mariposa at “Music on the Green”.

In 1999, Ross graduated from The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the United States Air Force. Throughout his years in the Air Force as a communications engineer, Ross brought his musical talents and lust for life to every place that he lived and travelled. In Las Vegas, he wrote and recorded with the lovely Latoya Holman. She has the voice of an angel and Ross worked diligently to help her get her songs and other-worldly singing to tape. The tracks from the various Las Vegas sessions in 1999 remain some his favorite work he has recorded. The pair played coffee houses around Vegas, performing with several friends in 1999 and 2000.

After moving to Montgomery, Alabama in 2000, Ross helped form the cover band PipeDream with core members Si Sexton and Caleb Cowart. PipeDream went on to become a popular act around the Montgomery bar scene and frat party college circuit. Also during this time, Ross was very involved in perfecting his acoustic songs and performed at such bars as Flora-Bamas and small time open mikes from Biloxi to New Orleans.

In 2002, Ross moved to Stuttgart, Germany. Shortly after arriving, he met California native Travis Rochelle after Ross was spotted wearing a Grateful Dead - San Francisco T-shirt at the base gym. Their friendship and love for music and life would grow over the years and end up as the canvas for many musical projects, ideas and travels. At the same time, Ross also met fellow Defense Information System Agency co-workers Lance Mathysson and Aaron Unger. They formed a band called Brusworn and was loosely based upon open-ended jamming, experimentation, embracing live performance and letting go of the drudge of day-to-day office life – no two performances every really sounded the same. Travis soon joined the band and brought a foundation to the band that set the stage for solid heart-felt performances about life overseas, brotherhood, being in uniform, and living life to the absolute fullest. Brusworn played numerous shows throughout the Stuttgart area during 2003 – 2005. Their last performance occurred in September of 2005, just two days before Ross returned to the United States.
In the summer of 2004, Ross was deployed to the Middle East country of Bahrain. While here, he wrote and recorded demos for the album FEAR FOR SALE, which he would later fine tune and record with a full studio band back in Stuttgart, Germany. The collection of songs is a concept album and a loose painting about the experiences overseas and the spiritual journey and questions that one concerns with war, life and service.

Also while in Germany, Ross and Travis recorded a one-off project as Newspeak called “Free Air and Water”. This album contains some of Travis’s most intimate work and some of Ross’s most challenging guitar playing. Ross also produced a punk record for Travis called “Forced Aggression” which hopefully will be available as a CD or downloadable at some point in the future. The tracks are heavy and straight up in-your-face! Ross also produced the record SAMMY TERRY LOVES YOU for fellow Brusworn singer/songwriter/drummer Aaron Unger. The album felt like an extension of some of Brusworn’s tighter work and Ross quite enjoyed assisting helping Aaron make the record. Sammy Terry Loves You is available on as well as downloadable from ITunes.

In September of 2005, Ross moved to Centerville, Utah. During 2005 and 2006 his friendship with Bret Wice was rekindled after being away for so long and Ross began supporting Bret’s band Moon In Leo as a guitar player and recording engineer. In December of 2006, after he separated from the Air Force, Ross and Bret moved to Los Angeles to focus on making music and getting his band Moon in Leo some positive response. They played the Derby, the Key Club, the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, the Rainbow Room, The House of Blues on Sunset and other venues. It was an exciting and challenging time for the band. Moon in Leo was also booked to tour Europe and the Mediterranean in the Fall of 2007 as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment Featured Program. Bret was injured in a horrible argument and accident weeks before the tour was set to start off. After reviewing already established commitments and a bit of soul searching, Ross decided, with consultation from Bret, to continue on with the tour as a solo act. Setlists were reworked and Ross took the band on the road to perform a combination of Asopriam material as well as selected tracks from Fear for Sale and his album in-progress at the time.

After the tour, Ross took a break from live performance but continued writing and recording of his next album, DOORS AND MORNINGS. This album was a combination of newly recorded material, material written in places from Joshua Tree National Park, California to New Zealand, as well as tracks that had been recorded over the last four years that were itching to be made public. DOORS AND MORNINGS was released in the summer of 2009 and may also be found on ITunes and CDBaby.

In 2010, with the mixing skills of Bret Wice, Ross helped Mariposa friend Kristi Spurlin produce her late husband Guy Spurlin’s recordings from Tanzania, Africa. The album, sung by The International Evangelism Outreach Choir, is a collection of spiritually moving songs and was made to help raise money for a clinic in the Tanzanian village of Sakila.

In February of 2013, Ross wrote and recorded the experimental album BEFORE THERE WAS MUSIC THERE WAS SOUND. Fusing acoustic folk, electric sound-scape, edgy poetry, postmodern antics, unique vision and a minimalist band-free approach; this album is an introspective examination of the 21st Century Experience.

Ross is currently working on two projects. WONDER EAST WANDER WEST is a collection of unreleased songs recorded in Germany between 2003 and 2005. The second as-yet-untitled collection of songs are solo acoustic performances. Both of these albums will be available in the summer of 2013.
In addition to music, Ross is also interested in photography, painting, music collecting, spectacular food, concert-going, snowboarding, surfing, hiking, biking and traveling.