A classically trained pianist and composer with an inclination towards jazz, funk, hip-hop, and neo-soul…
LIVE performance & STUDIO WORK:
Tell Me Something Good by Chaka Khan @ The Black Sheep in Ashland, Oregon.
Composed by Ian McCarty, and performed alongside The Don’t Stop
Piano solo at the end of Derek Deon’s live session rendition of say so by Ady Suleiman —> Listen to the full track <—
Layered, Midi-synth recording on deon’s DEBUT LP
Keyboard Performance on an album that captures the performance of lively, new-age jazz-fusion, recorded at southern oregon university
I work full-time in the field of music, going where opportunities take me and at the same time forging a path as a composer and band-leader. I have my B.A. in Music from Southern Oregon University. I’m a classically-trained pianist with over 15 years of formal study and private lessons, and self-taught in jazz and composition.
Notable performances from 2018 include opening for hip-hop legends Devin the Dude (O’Ryan’s Irish Pub), Afroman (Ashland Armory) and Immortal Technique (Ashland Armory) with Bremer and The Bouray. In 2019, I performed with the Lesa Terry quartet at The First Presbyterian Church of Medford for their Jazz Vespers segment, opening for Chicago at the Britt Festival with The Don’t Stop, and opening for Diana Krall with the Eclectrik Quartet.
I’ve performed with many of the Rogue Valley’s local bands over the years. This includes The Rogue Suspects, 100 Watt Mind, Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra (SOJO), High Society Orchestra, Timberline Express, Derek Deon, The Bouray, Bremer, Hello America, Jazz Eclipse, and Modern Durf.
I’ve performed and/or music-directed 13 musicals since 2013. I’m currently the musical director at Ashland High School. Musical direction credits include Grease: the Musical and In the Heights at Phoenix High School, and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert at the Camelot Theatre.
I often work as an accompanist in various contexts. I’ve accompanied and directed church choirs, working with the Grace Lutheran Church of Ashland, First Christian Church of Medford, St. Luke’s Episcopal in Grants Pass, and First United Methodist Church in Ashland. I accompany students for competitions, having worked with Southern Oregon University, North Medford HS, South Medford HS, Talent MS, Phoenix MS, and Ashland HS. I’ve worked as an auditions accompanist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Camelot Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Southern Oregon University, and Randall Theatre. I was the collaborative pianist for the American School of Eurythmy from 2017-2019, performing challenging concert repertoire and accommodating 8-9 hour days of rehearsals. Currently, I work for the Rogue Valley Youth Choruses as an accompanist for the Cantare choir.
Other odd jobs include composing gigs from sites such as Fiverr and AirGigs. I offer services for original song composition in nearly any genre, chart notation, transcription, synth/organ/piano recording, musical theatre MIDI practice tracks (at a fraction of the cost of what MTI will charge), and really anything else having to do with a keyboard.
Ongoing creative projects include my live hip-hop band What’s Good ft. Jaya Raise, original rock/funk band The Don’t Stop ft. Shae Celine, Martin Behnke’s original jazz big-band Timberline Express, and homegrown genre-bending indie-rock/RnB group Derek Deon + The Vaughns.
Classical and Jazz vocalists
Fast delivery of demo tracks
Vocal parts isolated/brought out in a mix
Small jazz ensemble formats
Original songs for a special occasion
Original music based off the style of other songs
“My studio is open for ages 10 and up and experience levels ranging from beginners to advanced players. I specialize in classical, jazz, blues, hip hop, improvisation, composition, and songwriting. I can help you learn virtually any style of keyboard or piano music.
My teaching style centers around encouraging a growth mindset, and in valuing progress over perfection. My lesson plans will vary from student to student depending on their needs and goals. I offer a free preview lesson for those who might be interested in studying with me.
Please feel free to reach out and send me an email if you have any questions and/or are interested in lessons.”
As a teacher, accompanist and performer: