I currently have 3 projects.
Phil Best – classical pianist
PJ Best – jazz pianist and singer
Louie Harrison – Jazzy Soul RnB singer-songwriter
My approach to jazz and classical music is very accessible with natural manners. I love melodies and dislike music that sounds pretentious or academic. I love to play complex virtuoso music but avoid hollow display – I like everything to be rhythmically and tonally clear and therefore expressively intelligible. I also love to create a very live, unplugged sound, even though I use a digital setup. When music is quantised to have perfect rhythm and intonation, it sounds robotic to me. I like my music to breathe and feel alive and human.
I also love producing and arranging music in my studio. I’m a like a kid in a toy shop with all the amazing technology that I’ve acquired. My Grandma’s name was Louise Harrison and when I was a little kid, she encouraged to approach music with a playful sense of wonder – so I took the name Louie Harrison for my RnB singer-songwriter project.
I created Hypnotic Piano because playing the piano has always been a source of deep reassurance and a special kind of meditation or yoga for me. The way I play and especially improvise, as a fluent musician, needs a focused mind whilst simultaneously letting go or tuning into the inner being or the body and soul…
And I have a few more projects in the pipeline…
I do live performances from time to time, both playing the keys and singing (I’ll post details here). I love to improvise and generate a very natural, spontaneous and directly expressive show that is accessible and intimate. Every performance I do is different, as the unique space generated by everyone in the audience inspires my process.
My setup gives me access to a huge range of piano and keyboard sounds. I might even experiment on the spot and play sounds I’ve never heard myself. The software Pianoteq has a vast range of pianos including historic and futuristic ones. I also have a Roli Seaboard which is a very innovative kind of keyboard – or waveboard, so called because of the smooth wave-like bumps of the silicone rubber surface of board which means I can play very organic sounds that are complex and highly atmospheric.
I like to create a close rapport with my audience. So I talk about the music: not too much though – I’m a musician not a storyteller or stand up comedian. Music needs no explanation but I just like to create a show, to amuse, entertain and guide my audience through the musical journey. As well as venues, I also enjoy doing house concerts using my amazing portable setup. If you’d like to book me, please drop me a line.