Aggressive yet introspective, an award-winning and critically acclaimed pianist whose unyielding original compositions and improvisations demonstrate an unpredictable meld of musical styles. These are instrumental pieces without words that tell deeply personal stories. Influenced by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Bartók, Zappa, Rush, Miles Davis, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, metal, Tori Amos and more. Delve deeper...
This month last year, Lisa and I attended the New Music Seminar in New York City. The conference’s keynote address was presented by prolific songwriter, Desmond Child. After his presentation (which included a fascinating piano and vocal performance of his composition and Bon Jovi hit, Livin’ on a Prayer), he fielded questions from the audience. […]
Last Fall, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music invited me to give a talk to first year students about my career as a professional musician. While I have never been rich or famous (and most likely never will), I have always somehow survived as a musician. So in preparation for that presentation, I sat […]
My 8 “Jobs” as a Music Career Whenever I go to a party and someone asks me what I do for a living, I’m always fascinated by their reaction to my “musician” answer. Without saying anything, their facial reaction and body language to my answer always insinuates, “no no no…what do you REALLY do?” For […]
Full disclosure…I am a very, very, very jealous person of other people’s success!! Whew, that feels better to get off my chest;)! I’m using this blog post to reveal something very personal about myself. As fortunate as I am to be showered with praise for my successes and for who I am by my many […]
Kids do not need a 2 1/2 month summer break! Let me start by saying that I am not a parent so I don’t know the value of having extended periods of time with my kids. And I also teach piano so you could say that I have a bias in wanting kids not to […]