Charles Compo has been a bicycle messenger, construction worker, professional actor, bandleader, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur. Born in New York City, his parents were both professional musicians and performers. As a young man he worked as an assistant for various artists including Andy Warhol, Salvador Rossilio and Harry Smith. He has written over a hundred published compositions including “Seven Flute Solos”, published by Smithsonian Folkways. He has collaborated, performed and recorded with many diverse artists including Oliver Lake, William Hooker, Sonny Sharrock, Vernon Reid, Julee Cruise and Christina Aguilera, and has written music for choreographers and performance artists like Twyla Tharp, Luis Falco, and Robbie McCauley. Throughout the years Compo has continually pursued his passion for painting, playing and composing music.