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Palouse Piano Quartet Concert

Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane will host a piano concert featuring

 

The Palouse Piano Quartet

comprised of the Mauchley Duo and 88SQUARED

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at a special time 3:00 p.m.

13418 East Nora Avenue

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MAUCHLEY DUO      Jay and Sandy Mauchley

 

Renowned as a brilliant duo-piano team, the Mauchley Duo has dazzled audiences of all ages in numerous recitals and concerto appearances throughout the United States. They enthrall music lovers with their musical interpretations of repertoire that spans three centuries. Listeners find their programs electrifying, enthralling and passionate, as the Mauchleys display facile technique, stylistic interpretations, and outstanding virtuosity. Critics have noted their playing as…”piano at its best. The skill with which they performed was as exciting to see as it was to hear….It seemed as if it were indeed one musician with four hands.”

Jay and Sandy Mauchley, professors emeriti at the University of Idaho, have collaborated together as a duo-piano team for over 35 years, and have played hundreds of recitals and concertos throughout the United States. They have appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and have been presenters and featured as guest artists on national, district and state MTNA conventions, American Liszt Society Festivals, at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and at the Lincoln Center in New York City. As collaborative artists they have performed in Canada and Europe, and each summer they perform and coach at the Red Lodge Music Festival and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Popular clinicians, adjudicators and master teachers, the Mauchley’s have both been awarded “Master Teacher” Certificates by Music Teachers National Association, as well as “Alumni Awards for Faculty Excellence” from the University of Idaho.

 

Jay and Sandy are on the International Roster of Steinway Artists.

 

 

88SQUARED       Jeffrey and Karen Savage

 

88SQUARED   received first prize at the Ellis Piano Duo Competition, the Abild Prize for American Music, and the Artists International Competition Special Presentation Award. The duo has received critical praise from Singapore’s The Straits Times, American Record Guide, and Fanfare magazine and their performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the US. The duo won second prize and a Special Mention Award at Concours Grieg International Competition in Norway, where they performed with members of the Oslo Philharmonic. Married pianists Jeffrey and Karen both completed masters and doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School.

 

88SQUARED recently gave the international premieres of Lowell Liebermann’s Sonata for Two Pianos (2011) in Singapore, New York City, Washington, and Canada, and was invited by the composer to record his complete two-piano works on Albany Records. They have been featured at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Ho Chi Minh Conservatory (Vietnam), MusiQuest National Piano Festival (India), Victoria Conservatory of Music (Canada), Chamber Music America Showcase (California), National Federation of Music Clubs National and State Conferences in Orlando, DC, Florida and Iowa, University of British Columbia Recital Series (Vancouver), and Music Teachers National Association state and national conferences (New York City and Chicago). Karen and Jeff both serve on the piano faculty at Washington State University. Their students have won state and regional competitions, and have been awarded competitive scholarships and teaching assistantships at major graduate programs. Jeffrey and Karen live in Pullman with their young son.

 

The Palouse Piano Quartet, comprised of the Mauchley Duo and  88SQUARED, previously performed together at the Washington State Music Teachers Association State Conference and each duo has performed at Steinway Piano Gallery.

 

It will be a lovely and fun program of all 8-hand works by Mozart, Brahms, Chabrier, Dahl, Saint-Saens, and Moskowski.

Come join us Saturday February 17 at 3:00 p.m. at this exciting combination of

FOUR amazing performers, EIGHT talented hands in ONE TERRIFIC Concert!

 

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Lynn Yew Evers and Lucas Kirby in Concert

Friday December 1st at 7:00pm

Come join us for a free concert.

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Lynn Yew Evers’ musical talent playfully surfaced on a toy piano at the age of 4.  Lynn was born and raised in a vast historical city in Malaysia called Ipoh. While growing up amidst the beauty of a tropical oasis, Lynn developed a deep connection to nature, which also nurtured her inspiration and intention behind her music. She began performing at age 6 and composing and improvising by age 9. Lynn had undeniably found her calling early in life, and began her musical career as early as 15 years old as a piano coach for children. Inspired by classical greats such as Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff, she earned a degree from the Trinity College of Music in London. She returned to Malaysia determined to further explore and develop her lifelong passion for music and immediately began to shine as a performer, arranger and composer in her native land.

Since 1985 she has organized and performed in multitude of concerts in Malaysia and the U.S. as a piano soloist and accompanist for renowned choirs and ensembles. Her countless high level appearances lead to a well-deserved invitation to the Malaysian Palace to play for the King and Queen of Malaysia, as well as the Prime Minister and other Malaysian dignitaries.  Her passion and determination lead her to relocate to the United States in 2009 to further pursue her well-accomplished career as a professional musician.

Lynn collaborated with Grammy Award winning guitarist Will Ackerman at his legendary Imaginary Roads Studio in Vermont. Her second solo piano album “Dawn of Peace,” is a captivating production which truly captures the excellent ability of Ackerman and his team to effortlessly synthesize with the vision of the artist. “Dawn of Peace” brings to light the fluidity of Lynn’s music while expressing her intuitive sense of translating the peaceful melodies expressed in nature. The close of 2015 brought Evers to the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York where she performed select pieces from her award winning album “Dawn of Peace”. In 2016 she performed again at Carnegie Hall with her new album music “Elysian” which has won many awards so far. With “Elysian” being nominated as the best piano and instrumental album, Evers was invited to perform in Grand Ole Opry House.

With her gift of perfect pitch and an intuitive understanding of music, Lynn translates her every day environment into amazing solo piano compositions that evoke a range of emotions and imaginations which allows the audience to experience her music as well as hear it. “Lynn Yew Evers has the heart of a romantic and the hands of an artist. The combination is very powerful. Her music is like a walk through the most beautiful garden you’ve ever imagined; her compositions imbued with profound emotion and grace.” – William Ackerman, Producer Grammy Award winning guitarist.

 

 

Lucas Kirby is a New Age, solo pianist and composer hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah and resides in Spokane, Washington. By the age of nine he demonstrated an unyielding passion for piano music. After releasing his debut album “Tears of Glory”, at age 20, his music has been featured in documentaries, films and numerous musical projects around the globe; including the score for College Debts, the last film featuring the late Academy Award winning actress, Celeste Holmes. His latest album, “Onward”, consists of music from as early as 13 years old.

“Every once in a while, a new artist comes along that you know is something really special. Lucas Kirby gives me that feeling in much the same way the late Dax Johnson did fifteen or so years ago. Ironically, both are/were from Spokane, Washington and both create(d) piano music that packs raw emotion into every note. What a powerhouse of an album and what a promising young artist we have here! Very highly recommended!” – Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

Kirby is currently recording his third album, “When You Dream”. Included in this album is “Odyssey”, which placed in the top 20 for unreleased worldwide piano compositions for the Blue Spiral Records, Minimal Piano Series competition. The album will be released by spring, 2018.

Surrounding himself by what he loves most as well as individuals who share his same passion, has given him the opportunity to indulge in his life dream.
Kirby portrays the human spirits strength in picking oneself up and moving forward. He emanates well, the roller coaster of emotion that life often brings us. Put simply, Kirby’s music is a celebration and portrait of the human condition.

“Minimalist, intimate, sometimes passionate and sometimes subtle, Kirby invites us to impressionistic music full of clarity, color and light. Not in vain, immersed in his work is equivalent to walking through the water gardens of Claude Monet …” – Auxie Gonzalas, The Waves On Air.

Pianissimo – University of Montana 2017

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12

1:00pm or 7:00pm

Five Pianos and 20-plus Pianists Take to the Stage

The Keyboard Division from the University of Montana School of Music will present the annual Pianissimo! concert at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane. This high-energy show boasts five pianos and more 20 pianists.

“Each year I try to make the program bigger and better than the year before,” says University of Montana piano Faculty Member and Pianissimo! organizer Christopher Hahn. “For those who have attended previous events, you’ll know that’s quite a feat!”

The performers are some of Missoula’s most well-known and distinguished pianists including UM faculty members Hahn and Steven Hesla as well as Barbara Blegen, community members Dorothy Beck-Peterson, Scott Koljonen and Paul Nonnenmacher, as well as many current students in the piano program at UM.

Pianissimo! is a benefit concert for the UM Keyboard Society who won a national recognition award this past year for their activities and programs. Funds raised will help piano students attend conferences, fund performance travel, sponsor events and bring in guest artists for the Celebrate Piano series. Proceeds will also help with maintenance and care for the pianos at the University of Montana to provide instruments that will continue to attract the best students to the University’s music program.

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Louis Landon in Concert Friday, Sept. 22

 

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Steinway Piano Gallery Presents
LOUIS LANDON
Steinway Artist, Pianist, Composer
Friday • September 22, 2017 • 7:00 pm
Join us for a piano concert
Limited Seating
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Visit his website to listen to some samples: http://www.louislandon.com

Due to his overwhelming popularity with Spokane audiences, Louis Landon, pianist, composer and Steinway Artist, is coming back to Steinway Piano Gallery for his fourth concert at Steinway Piano Gallery.

Louis Landon, currently of Sedona, has dedicated his life to music. The life of a working musician and recording artist requires one to wear many hats to measure even a modicum of success. Essential elements that have played deftly into the hands of solo pianist, Louis Landon include diplomat, humorist, entrepreneur, technician, visionary, politician, philosopher, activist, and artisan. A well-rounded, magnetic personality combined with an obvious gift for performing a variety of musical styles opened the door for Landon to tour extensively for three decades nationally and internationally.

Growing up in a creative household where entertainment was center stage, Landon was born in Yonkers, New York, and his family relocated to Studio City, California in 1960. Landon’s dad is Leo De Lyon, the voice actor best known as Brain and Spook in the popular television cartoon, Top Cat. In the 1970s Leo was the musical director for several popular music attractions of the day including the popular singing duo, Sandler and Young. Through his dad’s friendships and professional associations, Louis grew up having Sunday dinners with Phil Silvers, or going backstage to meet stars such as Nat King Cole and Dion.
Louis began his musical career at age four playing piano in the classical tradition. His parents decided to give him lessons after Louis came home from seeing the movie, “Around The World in 80 Days” then sat down at his dad’s upright piano and played the movie’s theme from memory!
Like so many others who studied music exactly the same way with traditional methods, after nine years, Landon, who lived in southern California by this time, ditched the piano and his teacher in favor of applying what he knew about music and taught himself a thing or two by listening to contemporary music of the mid-1960s. He picked up an electric guitar and played along with unwitting teachers like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and B. B. King.

His career has taken him around the world playing a variety of styles of music with some of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry: classical music for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Latin music with “Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers”, pop music with Rupert “Pina Colada Song” Holmes on television, rock & roll with John Hall, opening for “Little Feat” on national tours. For the past 24 years, through his production company, Landon Music, he has written and produced music for film, video, and commercials, including three years of “best plays” and “bloopers” commercials for the National Basketball Association.Not long ago, Louis realized that his music – the solo piano compositions that bring him so much joy and peace, could surely bring joy, and particularly peace, to millions around the world. He has released 20 CDs on the LCI record label, his latest entitled Ebb and Flow – Solo Piano. He will be selling CDs and printed sheet music from several of his CDs.

Anne Williams of New Age Retailer writes, “Landon’s jazz sensibilities make this so much more than a typical solo piano album. Filled with strong melodies and great dynamics, this music lifts the listener up to where the body can relax and the spirit can soar. Peace Revolution! is an inspiring gem of an album.”

Join us Friday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. for another beautiful concert featuring all original compositions of Steinway Artist Louis Landon.

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Roger McVey in Concert

Solo piano concert featuring pianist, Roger McVey

7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017,

Steinway Piano Gallery

This event is FREE to the community but tickets are required. (Get tickets here.)

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

American pianist Roger McVey has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and New Zealand. He is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at the Lionel Hampton School of Music, of the University of Idaho. He holds degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, Indiana University, and East Carolina University. Additionally, he has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute.

 

Dr. McVey was a top prizewinner in the International Beethoven Competition (U.S.A.), and was a Semi-Finalist at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Poland, where critics praised his “passionate artistry and electrifying virtuosity.” His latest CD recording, from 2016, is entitled Ten Fingers and features music by Mozart, Chopin, Gareth Farr, Joaquin Rodrigo, and others. In addition to his solo performances, Dr. McVey was a founding member of the Trio St. Croix, and regularly collaborates as a chamber musician.

 

An active clinician, Roger frequently gives master-classes and presentations at universities, music schools, and for music teacher associations. He is an adjudicator for the Washington State Music Teachers Association, and is a board member of the Idaho Music Teachers Association. He has presented at the College Music Society national conference, as well as for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and other groups. An avid fan of rock music, jazz, and hip-hop, Roger’s non-musical interests include cooking, playing chess, reading, surfing, and skiing. For more information, please visit his website at rogermcvey.com.

 

            For information, call Steinway Piano Gallery @ (509-327-4266) or send email to joyce@steinwayspokane.com

Piano Graduation Event!

Congratulations!  You did it!  Your child graduated and it’s time to celebrate.  You’ve worked hard, sat at innumerable sporting events, awards ceremonies and other activities for your child.  Now your future holds quiet evenings, weekends with time to relax and, just maybe, a schedule with you playing the piano for your pleasure.

Think about all the dreams and passions that you wanted to pursue in your younger days. Now is the perfect time to pursue the passions that you want now that your child has graduated.

Graduation is the right time to fulfill a long sought desire to take some piano lessons. Piano is very easy to learn regardless of your background. The thought of playing your favorite song on the piano is quite an exciting idea for many people.

Music is important in all aspects of life and can have a positive impact on your psychological health: music relaxes, touches, motivates and energizes people even when they are entering a new phase in life.

A vast amount of research has been conducted on the potential therapeutic benefits provided by music. Playing music can be soothing and stimulating to your primary senses (touch, sight) and keeps you calm and composed. A breakthrough study conducted on empty-nesters in America has proven that group piano lessons have helped adjusting adults to relieve their anxiety, depression and loneliness levels. These three factors play a crucial role in your overall health and piano can stimulate the immune system and improve players’ overall health. (article link)

Piano playing is a kind of ultrasound therapy that sends sound vibrations into your body improving circulation and relaxing muscles. Piano playing gets the energy flowing and gives the same results that you would get from yoga, meditation, acupuncture and shiatsu.

Tickling the ivories relaxes you both mentally and physically. It causes your brain to release beta endorphins and dopamine, which in turn, gives you a sense of mental well-being. Thus, by playing the piano regularly, you can improve your psychological health considerably.

Have you ever wondered if your kids will come home to visit?  Placing a new grand piano in your home is a great incentive.

Did you know that pianos age and their sound becomes brittle and uninviting?  There is nothing more relaxing than the sonorous tones of a beautiful new grand piano.  Put those method books away from your child’s piano lessons, let us remove your old piano at no cost to you and you come in to Steinway Piano Showroom to select your new reward – your very own grand piano.

You are not ready to retire but your current piano may need to be retired.  Let us make your grand piano selection process easy and fun.

 

Interest free payments or instant rebates going on now with our Graduation Event!

Call to make an appointment today….509-327-4266

MusicFest Piano Sale


Call 509-327-4266 for an appointment!

 

Thursday

May 25th

By appointment only!

Friday

May 26th

10am-8pm

Saturday

May 27th

10am-6pm

 


Pianos in all styles and budgets!

The Musicfest Northwest has had the benefit of using new pianos for practices and performances thru an ongoing arrangement with Steinway Piano Gallery. These slightly used pianos and others are now available for purchase. Now is the time to buy a piano, receive special pricing and support the festival.


Grand pianos • Vertical pianos • Digital pianos • Hybrid pianos • Player pianos & more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get the piano you’ve always dreamed about.

Call 509-327-4266

for a Thursday appointment today!

 

Jesse Carmichael from Maroon 5 Interview

ROCK & BACH

AN INTERVIEW WITH JESSE CARMICHAEL, STEINWAY OWNER & KEYBOARDIST FOR MAROON 5

 

Best known as the multi-instrumentalist for the pop rock group Maroon 5, Jesse Carmichael surprised many when he took a two-year sabbatical from the wildly popular, multi-Grammy–winning group in 2012 to pursue studies of music and the healing arts. Carmichael spoke to Steinway & Sons about his passions and his instrument.
WHY WERE YOU DRAWN TO MUSIC?
I don’t even have a memory of choosing to go into music. I just know that it’s been with me since I was a kid. Mozart and Bach were big influences when I was little, and that’s when I started playing piano. Then I switched to guitar all throughout high school and then came back to the piano afterwards. Now I do both in my band, and I love both.

WHAT DREW YOU TO PIANO?
When I was around six or seven years old, my dad got me a keyboard. I would sit and play on it and maybe do things like just play all the black keys and enjoy the sound of that particular F-sharp pentatonic world. I loved listening to music by Mozart and Bach. I remember the first prelude from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, that was one of the first things I ever learned how to play.

IS MUSIC STILL A PART OF HOW YOU RELATE TO THE WORLD AT LARGE?
It’s such a deep part of how I experience the world. I think about the sounds I hear as I’m going throughout my day, and I almost always subconsciously organize them into sounds occurring in time. A car will pass by, and I’ll hear the pitch of it compared to the people talking next to me on the street and the sound of a phone ringing. I don’t have perfect pitch, but they all blend together in a nice way. I’m very sensitive to overlapping sounds. Luckily I’ve been getting more into atonal music lately.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO INTERACT WITH THE STEINWAY?
It’s like picking up a really well-made tennis racket — your game immediately improves. Playing a Steinway makes me feel like a better piano player. For some reason I can just respond to the action in a way that makes me not think about the technical side of things and just be able to lose myself in the sound.WHEN YOU’RE ABLE TO LET GO OF THE TECHNICAL SIDE AND LOSE YOURSELF IN THE SOUND, WHAT DOES THAT UNLEASH?
The best feeling I can have as a musician is to catch, for just a split second, the realization that I haven’t been doing the music playing: it’s just been happening. I’ve been experiencing it, almost out-of-body. I know that there’s a part of my brain that is controlling my hands, but those moments where I feel completely just carried along by the music — those are the moments that I really live for.DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES OF THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU REALLY DISAPPEARED INTO PLAYING?
I remember always going into sort of like a meditative state when I would play piano. It’s always something that clears my mind and takes me away from thinking into just experiencing the sound of the instrument. As a kid, I would do that a lot, and still do, all the time! It’s such a nice feeling to be able get out of my head, to stop the thoughts from happening and just enjoy the sound of an instrument that’s as amazing as the Steinway — and lose myself in the tones that come out of it. Sometimes it’s sort of like going into a trance when I sit down and play. It clears my mind, and I can focus on the sound coming out of the piano. The sound that comes out of the Steinway is truly inspiring.

WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN THAT MUSIC STATE?
The feeling when music surrounds me and takes over and I have that kind of out of body experience, that’s very comfortable. There’s something about the physicality of the harmonies that come out of any instrument, the way that they can be felt all throughout your body. It’s just very soothing. It’s like an extension of this whole idea that everything has a vibration to it. Everything’s constantly moving in our whole world. For me, sound is an embodied form of that idea. You can experience it tangibly. In that sense it connects me to this deeper undercurrent of the whole universe, which sounds lofty and wild, but it’s true that the universe is vibrating. It’s nice to be able to really play around with those vibrations on an instrument like the Steinway.


Those moments where I feel completely just carried along by the music — those are the moments that I really live for.”


WHY DO YOU PREFER TO PLAY ON A STEINWAY?
I think that if there’s a problem with a tuning on an instrument or one of the keys sticks it can be very distracting. To have all of those things taken care of by a quality-built instrument is really freeing. There’s a subtle difference between a specific type of touch or a specific type of articulation on any instrument, and that could be the difference between conveying the emotion you want to convey or missing the mark. I remember switching to a Steinway after the pianos that I’d been playing before and just how noticeable it was that the quality of this instrument was so impressive and so perfect. Playing an instrument that’s as well-made as this Steinway makes it easier to tap into the little nuances that lead me down the path of becoming a better musician.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE THAT YOU WERE GOING TO GET A STEINWAY?
It started when I watched the documentary Note by Note about the making of a Steinway piano. Then I decided to go take a tour of the factory in New York, and they were very nice. They took my mom, me, and a friend of mine out to look at every step of the piano-making process. I got to meet the people who did it. I got to help them bend one of the outside rims of the piano, turning some cranks on it. That was really cool.

I started to play pianos when I was out there at the factory, and I was just looking for a connection with a piano that would give me that intangible feeling of knowing this is the one that you want to have in your home. I played probably about twenty different pianos in New York and Los Angeles. Out in Pasadena I found one.

I had finally narrowed my choices down to a couple pianos out at the Pasadena showroom. I remember I was playing two of them, side by side, and they were off just by one serial from each other, so they were back to back in production. They were totally different. One was very bright, and one was very warm. I chose the warmer one because it just seemed like it would fit in my house and my personality.

WHY DOES THAT FIT YOUR HOUSE AND YOUR PERSONALITY?
I’m very sensitive, and so I don’t like harsh things or things that are even further along on the spectrum towards bright. They tend to make my nerves react in a way that the warm pianos don’t. The warm pianos are very soothing. I was looking for something intangible in the pianos I was trying out. I didn’t know exactly what it was going to be until I heard it. I found it with the piano I eventually ended up buying.TELL ME ABOUT THE DAY YOU BROUGHT YOUR STEINWAY HOME.
That was a great day. I took a bunch of photographs of the guys who were wheeling it in on the dollies and put it together in a little stop-motion movie. They brought it in, wrapped up in blankets like a beautiful Christmas present. We cleared a path from the front door into the living room and dining room areas. I went out with them, and we brought it off the truck and put it onto the dolly and wheeled it in. Then they unwrapped it and attached the legs and did their amazing process of flipping it upright onto its feet, and they brought in the piano bench. The first chord I played was just a C-Major triad chord right in the middle.GOING FORWARD, WAS IT A GETTING-TO-KNOW-YOU PROCESS WITH THE INSTRUMENT?
I’d already played it a lot at the Pasadena showroom. At that time, I remember I was playing a couple pieces that I had written and the ending of Copeland’s Appalachian Spring, the “moderato like a prayer” section. I loved the way that chords rang out on this piano.

HOW DOES THE STEINWAY FIT INTO YOUR HOME?
I feel like it’s really integrated into my home. I’ve got electrical equipment that I play at the same time as I play the piano, sometimes looping sounds on a pedal. It fits into my dining room so that I have one half dedicated to food and the other half dedicated to music. It’s surrounded by works of art from friends of mine. I’ve got a cabinet behind me with incredible sheet music from the great masters. It’s just very inspiring to have this instrument in my home.

TALK TO ME ABOUT BEING ON TOUR. HOW DOES IT JUXTAPOSE WITH YOUR TIME AT HOME?
Juxtaposition is a good word, because my life at home is very oriented around the idea of a nurturing, grounded, stable, creative environment. Everything on the road is a lot more kinetic and spontaneous, and we’re in a different city every day. It’s very temporary. We bring our stuff into our hotel rooms and spend the night and pack it up in the morning and leave. We have these peak experiences every night with huge crowds of people, and then we’re gone from that city. I like to come home and decompress with that sort of very rooted vibe.

The Steinway is very heavy and is not practical to travel around with. So just by its very nature, the massing of it is very grounding, the color, tone. When I am home after all of that travel, and I sit down and I play, I feel the vibration coming from the piano through my body and into the house, it kind of physically connects me back to being home.

WHAT DO YOU TRY TO DO DURING YOUR TIME BETWEEN TOURS?
I think about each chunk of time in between tours as a mini-sabbatical from the professional world of playing music for fans. It’s the time for me to go deeper into music, and it’s such a lifelong pursuit. I just treat every month that we have off as a training session, basically, for me to play myself deeper into music. I study with different teachers, and I’m taking orchestration lessons and piano and guitar lessons and tabla lessons and voice lessons. I structure my day almost like I’m at a school with specific times to work on different things, and then I have the free time to take what I’ve learned with those experiments and teachers and let it infuse its way into something that comes out of me naturally.


The sound that comes out of the Steinway is truly inspiring.


HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT STUDYING?
I’m pretty methodical in terms of trying to break everything down to small modules. For the piano, I’ll work on specific types of technique. Touch and articulation. Then I’ll work on sight reading and notation. Then I’ll work on improvisation and songwriting and then work on repertoire with a new piece of sheet music. The same thing with guitar, and with the electronic recording world, and putting my studio together, and learning the technical side of engineering, microphones and outboard gear: there are a thousand different things that I’m pursuing right now. They’re all super fun, and I just feel so lucky to be able to spend my time learning about the things that I love.

ARE YOU STUDYING COMPOSERS IN AN EFFORT TO LOOK AT MUSIC OVER TIME?
With my orchestration teacher we’ve been real systematic in terms of looking back through the thread of composers passing along their inspiration to other composers. We treat Bach as the foundation for modern music in our studies, and then moving forward through time to Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, and then Stravinsky. Before that, around Wagner time, we’ve got Debussy and Ravel. Just looking at all the threads, and who started to branch out, Wagner and Liszt, into the world of atonality. Then Schoenberg comes along, and Stravinsky and Schoenberg have their split into tonal and atonal. Stravinsky’s doing wild things with polyrhythm and polytonality. Gustav Mahler’s a big hero of mine, and I love Philip Glass and Steve Reich and the whole world of hypnotic, minimalist music. It’s very inspiring to me. Then the film composers came along, because that’s what I see as a modern day extension of Mahler and Wagner. People like John Williams and Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer. These guys are my modern-day composer heroes.

Courtesy of Steinway.com: http://steinway.com/community/owners/jesse-carmichael