My 2 live shows – Musometry and 21st Century Piano Salon – are unique and memorable for a variety of reasons…
As an improvising musician, I like to find a real empathy with my audience, pick up on the mood in the room, so that the music I create is less of a performance and more of a conversation. By engaging with the audience like this, I find I can communicate musically in a more natural and powerful way.
I talk a little about how I relate to the music I play. I don’t discuss the history or theory of music very much but prefer to get under the surface and offer some insights that might be surprising and I hope inspiring.
In the pieces and improvisations I play, I choose musical styles and manners that are fresh but always avoid being self-consciously experimental: original and contemporary music doesn’t need to sound clever or inscrutable. I always aim to create music that has real appeal and accessibility without any dumbing down or resorting to cliché.
My attitude to music is never reverential: I just want to create meaning and depth. Ultimately, I hope to create music that opens hearts and minds and just maybe even has the potential to heal the soul.
By sensing the unique emotional space created by each individual, my unplanned improvisations actually appear spontaneously out of the collective feeling, on the night. This makes each show a complete one-off.
I try to offer a wide range in style and mood from tender or intimate through to dramatic or exhilarating. I love to show the brilliance and virtuosity of the piano as much as its more intimate textures. Above all, I aim to be a musical story-teller.
Musometry is a show in which I uncover the inner workings of the music. 21st Century Piano Salon is an modern take on the traditional piano salon.
My amazing digital set-up, features either the Roland V-Piano and/or the extraordinary physical modelling software, Pianoteq which sounds simply stunning. It provides access to a whole suite of modern, historic and futuristic pianos which adds diversity and richness to the whole live experience.
News of my next live appearance will be on here shortly.