The Piano Guy

Performer - enriching people's life experience 8th note

8th-tiny  Mu·sic: \ˈmyü-zik\

1: the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity.
  
2: A set of sounds that reaches through one's ears to touch one's heart.

8th-tiny While the first definition is certainly more precise, I personally feel that the second definition makes music relevant. 

8th-tiny Most often, I provide background piano music for private parties and fundraisers. I serve as the social lubricant that helps keep the guests, friends, or donors happy, and make them want to stay at your event.

8th-tiny Additionally, I have been hired to provide the following services:
 
Provide solo foreground entertainment.

Accompany solo vocalists in a live performance (and yes, I can transpose to any key on the fly).

Create recordings to support rehearsals and live performances.

Provide music for religious services.

Serve as music director for cabaret-style performances and music-oriented religious services at Congregation Shir Tikvah.

Substitute for musicians that are otherwise unavailable.

Play with other bands on an ad hoc basis.

8th-tiny Beyond that, I am flexible and will consider other proposals, but generally avoid bars and restaurants (with the significant exception of Baker's Keyboard Lounge, the world's oldest continuously active jazz club). That, and I generally don't sing while playing, in part because I don't know the words, and in part because I like to maintain a high quality performance.

8th-tiny Since most of my performances are private events, I don't post my performance schedule. If you want to hear me play, I will either tell you where I am playing in public or I will audition for you personally.

8th-tiny My book rate for large parties (i.e., 2,000 person fundraiser) is $175.00 hourly. Not every venue justifies this rate (i.e., a house party for 20 people or an assisted living facility), so discounts are routinely negotiated (and even occasional in kind and pro bono work if I really like your charitable cause). Rehearsals and studio work are much less expensive hourly, as should be expected. More often than not, both your musical and fiscal requirements can be satisfied.

8th-tiny If required, keyboard and amplifier rental are available at reasonable rates (and are sometimes included for larger jobs - again, please ask).

8th-tiny To book me or check my schedule, please call or e-mail. Also, you may fill out this form (webagreement.doc) and send it to me. If I agree to your terms and have the time, the gig is booked.  If not, at least I know what you want and can offer you something as close to what you want as possible. Of course, I prefer you to call first, to make sure we are on the same page.

8th-tiny If you need more than just a solo pianist, please let me know what you want.  I have enough connections in the music industry that I can help you get what you want.

8th-tiny Lastly, know that I do travel.  While the serious majority of my work is local to Detroit, I have played in four countries on three continents, and have played all over the United States.  If you want me to play someplace beyond my backyard, I will do so assuming you cover my travel and lodging expenses.  I have even played gigs where I played the performance in exchange for the travel and lodging expenses, because it was worth it to take some vacation time in the locale.

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