THE STORY (SO FAR)
I was born in Philadelphia, moved to Edmonton when I was nine. Started performing music in junior high school. My first professional gig was for a carton of cigarettes and a case of beer when I turned 16. Those songs were still in my repetoire when I had a duelling piano show 40 years later- by popular request mind you. I studied classical piano with my mother until I was 3. Then I fired her and continued to learn by ear. She was fine with this. She tells me my first lessons were while I was still inside her. She’d play Bach and I would stop kicking to listen. This still works for me. After faking my way into the University of Alberta music program I learned how to read music while taking a degree in Theory and Composition. Contemporary classical music has never been my favorite (that’s blues) but it did come in useful when I had a later career scoring for film and television. Dissonance is like a level of spice- and I learned how to go all the way even back then. The real secret is learning which chords trigger which emotions, and at this point, I plug that knowledge into a wide range of musical styles.
Publishing original piano music since 2016
(1970 – present)
Improvised piano for live sketch comedy with Second City (Edmonton, Toronto, Deerhurst, and Santa Monica) and has worked with Catherine O’Hara, Mike Myers, Ryan Styles, Ron James and many more.