My life as a composer is about expressing myself through my music, creating an atmosphere of sound using a diversity of instruments that inspire me to compose. From my early explorations on my first album Phases in (1981), through my very popular work on Oregon Summer in (1984), and my ambient soundscapes expressed on Natural Reflections in (1989), I have challenged myself to capture a panorama of original composition. Recently I have gone on to create collaborative recordings like Beyond One (2007), an improvisational project with my friend and fellow west coast musician and songwriter Paul Marcano. I continually focus my attention on themes and melodies that I hope will kind of sneak into your consciousness and linger timelessly.
From time to time I make myself available to teach a disciplined, improvisational, style of piano playing, through one on one instructional sessions in Vancouver BC. I teach techniques that emphasize the development of informal nuances in composition to promote superior and free flowing, tone-rich productions. In my opinion, music improvisation is akin to "an information exchange of sound in a conversation between instruments and melodies"; if you have a basic training and understanding of piano and the ability to carry on an intelligent conversation there is a high probability that you have the ability to improvise and create new and exciting original work.
If you are interested in studying advanced piano improvisation and live in the vicinity of Vancouver, BC click the email link below to contact me and make arrangements.