photo by Natalie Perez

photo by Natalie Perez

Musical Snapshot

I am an L.A.-based, classically trained collaborative pianist with over 25 years of experience as a working musician. I love performing but I also enjoy the process of shaping a musical narrative with other creatives. I am happiest when working with artists who  value social justice and who also inspire me to rethink my sonic palette and rhythmic perception. I especially enjoy collaborating with choreographers and exploring the infinite intersections between music and movement. Various veins of musical styles run through me but my roots are buried deep in pop music and my chops are honed in the classical music woodshed. 

I consider myself a Swiss army knife of a musician: I am a strong sightreader, I read chord charts, I am fluent in classical, musical theater, and pop genres. I am equally comfortable directing musicians as I am following a baton. You can find me playing in dance classes at USC, studio sessions, musical theater productions (click here for a list of shows I've played), restaurants/hotels, and on stage with instrumentalists/vocalists (click here for a partial rep list). Artists I dream about collaborating with include: Frank Ocean, Jesse y Joy, and Alessia Cara. Click here for a list of songs I play on repeat.

Acknowledgments: 
I am forever grateful to Margreet Francis at The Hartt School for shaping me as a musician and showing me how to be a decent human being. I am also indebted to Dr. Tali Tadmor (CSUN), Jim Ahrend, Michael Anthony, and Keigo Hirakawa for their feedback and encouragement. And as always, much gratitude to JVZ for his steady support and unflappable faith in me.