Time Magazine’s 2019 special edition on the Art of Optimism features the innovative Finding a Line: Skateboard, Music, and Media program that debuted at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts four years ago.
The Solstik Project Water album was published around 2011 and features a collection of improvisational piano songs. It's mellow and great if you just want to relax for a while. Download the tracks on:
When I recorded the Water album, I was in a place where I wanted to document my work and share it out.
Music has always been a part of my life, but I didn't have the opportunity to explore the piano until I was in college. A good friend sat with me for a few months and taught me the fundamentals of hand placement, as well as the order and arrangement of the instrument's keys.
After that, I was mostly self taught. I listened to George Winston while I was learning to play, so he was my primary influence. Listen to his album called Autumn. It has some unimaginably impressive structures that defy human limitations.
As I passed the years playing the piano between classes, work, sports and life, I got more comfortable and was able to put together more expressive patterns. I began organizing a collection of songs and kept letting the piano teach me where to go next.
I pulled from the music instruction I received when I was young, both in school and through private lessons. I give my middle school band teacher, Patrick Neault, the most credit for teaching me the principles of music. It was interesting to reconnect with him through social media a few years ago. One of the main things that stand out to me now is that sitting in the band let me see how different instruments combine to fill out a song.
While I enjoy my time playing the acoustic piano, I also use the keyboard as a midi controller to explore a wide range of genres, such as E.D.M, Hip Hop, Rock and Lounge Music.
Check out the album and let me know what you think. These songs have mainly been played to friends, but I did perform them several time at performances on the campus of Guilford College in North Carolina.