Jerry was born in a mining camp in North Dakota, abducted by his Latvian aunt, and raised by a gypsy troup in Eastern Europe. He was taught piano by a blind, one-handed troubador. The one hand had eight fingers, however, making for interesting technical possibilities, and fostering an inventive approach to music. Jerry composed his first symphony at the age of four months. This is his 237th CD and, unfortunately, the only one to survive the disastrous Ixtla firestorm. Jerry has recently performed his concerto for steam calliope with the Transylvanian Balalaika orchestra.