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 empathise with my audience and pick up on the mood in the room. The music I improvise or play is then less of a performance and more of a conversation. This genuine engagement with the audience helps me to communicate musically in a more natural and I hope, powerful way.
I also like to talk about how I understand and relate to the music. I don’t say the usual things people say about music: I won’t discuss the history or theory of music much… I like to get under the surface and offer some insights that might be surprising and I hope inspiring.
In my pieces and improvisations, I look for musical styles that are fresh but never self-consciously experimental: I want to be original and contemporary but without the slightest trace of trying to sound clever. I try to create music that has real appeal and accessibility without any dumbing down or resorting to cliché.
I lack any kind of reverential attitude but I always aim to follow the deepest musical principles so that there is meaning and depth. Ultimately, I hope to create music that opens hearts and minds and just maybe even has the potential to heal.
I aim to communicate into the unique emotional space created by each individual so that my unplanned improvisations actually appear spontaneously out of the collective mood or feeling that happens to be present 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 of the piano and to demonstrate how well it delivers beautiful, meaningful melodies and delicious textures. Above all, I aim to be a musical story-teller.
Musometry is a theatre show in which I discuss the inner workings of the music to create a vivid listening experience. 21st Century Piano Salon is more the traditional music lounge.
My amazing digital set-up, features either the Roland V-Piano or the Yamaha CP4 together with the extraordinary physical modelling software, Pianoteq which sounds simply stunning. I actually have access to a whole suite of modern, historic and futuristic pianos and this can add diversity and richness to the whole live experience.
News of my next live appearance will be on here shortly.