Join Paris Lit Up on a Thursday evening March 23rd for an open mic including poetry, prose and various instrumentalists. This week we will have the innovative Gene Ruda, who, in his own words, “will present an original set of song and word for his friends and co-creatives in the Paris Lit Up community”.
Gene Stephan Ruda is a New York City-born singer-songwriter, musician and writer of short stories and poems. With family roots in Paris and London, in 2012 Gene moved from his long-time home in the San Francisco Bay Area to live in Paris.
With a degree in screenwriting and trained as an actor at the Jean Shelton school in San Francisco, Gene has worked in the Film industry as a script reader, production assistant and producer. Subsequent careers in Silicon Valley’s high tech industry as a software developer, the food and beverage industry as a chef, restaurateur and consultant, and recently as the founder of an international organic and natural food marketing communications and sales organization, Gene continues to apply his eclectic background and experiences to original story telling and musical composition.
Since early youth Gene has sung while playing guitar, bass, harmonica, ukulele and bass with choral groups, bands and musical ensembles in many styles: folk, blues, rock, country, bluegrass, punk, and jazz. Since his relocation to Paris he has appeared as a guest artist with several folk, blues and jazz configurations under the name Gino Karachi, while performing his original spoken word and musical compositions as a solo artist.