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May 2, 2014

Young musician starting career on a good note

JOHNSTOWN — Kevin Pribulsky of Richland Township is a young musician about to make his debut in Johnstown.

Pribulsky, 20, will perform Friday at Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johns­town.

He has a part in two of the groups that will be playing, In Search Of and Obscurite.

The other two groups performing will be Cats in Congress and Tusk, Her.

“In Search Of is post rock, and Obscurite is me playing guitar and my friend, Christian, reciting his poetry,” Pribulsky said.

Christian Wyrwas also plays with In Search of. The two are friends and began sharing their interest in music this year.

Pribulsky and Wyrwas would like to play at music halls in Pittsburgh for the fun of a bigger venue, but chose Venue of Merging Arts because of its acceptance of original music.

“We’re going to project some of my photos on the wall during our set,” Wyrwas said. “We want to bring art where there is no art.”

“It’s going to be a good night,” Pribulsky added.

The obscure type of music Pribulsky and Wyrwas play is more popular on the Internet and in Europe.

Only a handful of bands perform it.

Pribulsky began studying piano at age 9 and is self-taught on guitar and drums.

He was taught classical music on piano and added more contemporary music near the end of his studies.

Pribulsky began writing music at age 15, composing the movie soundtrack for a potential book he plans to write.

“I’d have scenes in my head,” Pribulsky said. “I started the book when I was 10 with my cousin. It’s medieval with knights. I also drew some character pencil sketches for the book.”

He said the drawing and writing parts of his art fell by the wayside after 2008 to 2009.

Pribulsky has recorded several albums of his original music at his Richland home.

“The first album was done in May of last year, then I finished the second, and I’m about half-done with the third,” he said.

His music is available for free download on the Internet.

Pribulsky also has written some Christian songs.

He attends Emmanuel Baptist Church, where he has played for many years, and also plays at Flood City Church.

“I think my biggest audience was when I played piano for Rally in the Valley three or four years ago,” Pribulsky said. “I played worship music with Emmanuel’s youth band.”

He has played with other bands at Pitt-Johnstown.

Pribulsky has done some video game soundtracks for friends, and his dream is to compose music for movie soundtracks.

When not in school or creating music, Pribulsky works as a bagger at Market Basket in Richland Township.

He is the son of Chris and Susan Pribulsky.

The family is rounded out by two dogs, Molly, a husky-hound mix, and Murphy, an English cocker spaniel Both are very vocal, but nonviolent, when their home turf is invaded by outsiders.

Born and raised in Johns­town, Pribulsky went to kindergarten at Richland, but was home schooled for grades 1-12.

He attended Penn Highlands Community College, where he received an associate degree in general studies, and now attends Pitt-Johnstown, where he hopes to obtain a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in music.

Pribulsky hopes to find employment in business management or conflict resolution after graduation.

“I guess I’ll have to go wherever I have to to find work, as long as I can work on music on the side,” he said.

Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.

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