About Jan Randall

First piano lesson age 2 from Mom.
Fired her age 2 and a half so that I could teach myself without outside interference.
Still working on that.

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.

RECENT PROJECTS

RANDALL’S RECORDINGS

(1985 -present)
Composed and produced over 800 original soundtracks for the Discovery Channel, the National Film Board of Canada, CBC, ACCESS Television, and various independents.

VISTA HEIGHTS MUSIC

JUST OUT-OUR NINTH BOOK!

Publishing original works for piano since 2016

This is our publishing company

COMEDY THEATRE

(1970 – present)
Improvised piano for live sketch comedy theatre starting with Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton) Second City (Edmonton, Toronto, Deerhurst, and Santa Monica) Die-Nasty, Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie, Rocket Sugar Factory, Atomic Improv and many others.