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, I find I can communicate musically in a more natural and powerful way. I like to 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, contemporary music doesn’t need to sound clever, inscrutable nor self-consciously cool or catchy. 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.
I always try to offer a range of moods 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. I plan to do more shows like these and maybe some rather different ones too, in the near future.
I play on an amazing digital set-up, featuring the extraordinary physical modelling software, Pianoteq which sounds stunningly expressive and realistic. It provides access to a whole suite of modern, historic and futuristic pianos and brings diversity and richness to the shows.