ALLAN IN CONCERT
My current concert repertoire is
based on the solo piano albums “From the Summit” and “The
Far View”. Included are pieces derived from
my orchestral compositions, and a selection of original art
songs. Reviewers have described my style as neo-classical
with elements of jazz. My influences for solo piano include
Keith Jarrett, Duke Ellington, George Winston and Keiko Matsui.
My approach is interactive;
the audience participates with me by opening their hearts
and minds so that I am informed by their awareness. The performance
then becomes a light gestalt experience, and the emotions
of the listeners become intertwined with my own at the center
of the performance. Every concert features one or more extempore
pieces, created and played in reflection of the feelings
of the audience, the ambience of the setting, and the flow
of life at that moment in space and time.
Unlike my mentors, I add original
song lyrics to some pieces. The style has elements of Lieder
and jazz, the topics cerebral. Singing gives me three things
to play at once, each hand plus voice. The expressivities
of a concert can be greatly enhanced with the songs, creating
a more complex bond with the audience.
Generally, a concert will last
one and a half to two hours.
Requirements are simple: a
piano, and for larger spaces,
For more information,
a microphone and appropriate amplification. The music is
meant for performance on grand pianos. For special circumstance,
a smaller instrument or digital piano may be appropriate.
or call 541-302-2814.