Absence of Light is a musical group consisting of members Marc
Ruocco (keyboards, writer, producer), and Michael Walker (vocals,
writer, producer). Drawing on influences including progressive and alternative rock, pop, soul and jazz, Absence of Light has a unique melodic sound.
Absence of Light began in 1991 as a project by founder Marc
Ruocco. Impatient with the frustrations of trying to get a band to
work (varying levels of commitment and reliability, different
musical tastes and goals, etc.), he decided to try to invent a band
of one where all instruments were played on keyboards. This
resulted in a few different recordings with mixed results. By the
time he got to the 3rd recording (“Forgive & Forget”, 1996) he
realized that though he was happy with the music, the vocals
were not where they should be. Luckily in 1997 he went to jury
A major turning point for Absence of Light occurred in 1997.
During a particularly boring week at jury duty in his hometown
of the Bronx (NY), Marc got to talking with Michael D. Walker
who soon became the second member of the group. Michael is
an extremely talented vocalist and songwriter. Coming from a
more R&B and pop oriented background, he added a whole new
dimension to Absence of Light. Together they put together the
demo “Mystery”, the most commercially accessible disc up to
that point. Michael and Marc currently are partners in NueWing
In 1999, Michael introduced another talented vocalist and songwriter to the band, Londra Webb. Londras diverse musical background included both alternative music and R&B, mixing perfectly with the rest of the group. Her emotional vocals added an alternative edge that the music needed. In 2003, the band released its first demo, the self-titled Absence of Light CD. This six-song recording is the best representation of their music to date. After a long hiatus, Marc and Michael are working on the full-length album 'Believe' due to be released in 2015.