Sitting in with Former Piano Student and Present Day Rock Star, Gavin DeGraw.

I used to live in the Catskill Mountains. That’s where I first met Gavin when he was a high school student. I believe he was seventeen at the time. He was looking for a piano teacher and I was teaching at the time. He played me some songs he was working on and they were pretty good for a seventeen year old. What really impressed me was his singing. I was blown away and told his parents that he was definitely going to make it in the music business. And I didn’t say that lightly. He was that good as a singer.

So, I believe we worked together for about a year and then he went off to Ithaca College. Before the end of the year, Gavin came home and I gave him a few more lessons. He played some of the songs he was working on and they had come a long way from the first songs he had played for me. I told him he might want to try Berklee College of Music. He decided to give Berklee a go. He ended up coming back home after one semester, if I remember correctly. He then played me some of his new songs and they were really good. I said to him, “Gavin, I want to play with you.” So, we ended up playing a bunch of gigs at a local pub with me playing solos on the Melodica. It was a lot of fun and he kept getting better at performing.

Gavin decided to move to NYC. He started playing gigs there and I remember going down and playing a showcase gig with him at “The Bitter End” on Bleeker Street. From there he ended up getting management, a publishing deal and a record deal. His first record went platinum.

We lost touch for a while, but I had his phone number and from time to time we would text back and forth. Recently, I heard he was coming to Flagstaff and I texted him and invited him to Sedona. Unfortunately, his schedule was jammed doing one nighters. I asked him if he could get Christine and me into the show and maybe get us backstage passes. I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen, but Christine and I went up to Flagstaff to the Pepsi Amphitheater anyway. Sure enough, we got to the ticket booth and there was an envelope with two VIP tickets and backstage passes.

We went in and went backstage, but Gavin wasn’t expected in for a while. So, we hung out backstage and Gavin rolled in with his tricked out Mercedes RV and Airstream rig that he put together for this tour. He texted me asking where I was and we got together. It was the first time seeing him in maybe twenty years. It was really nice to see him again. We hung out until about five minutes before the show and then he went out to perform to a packed house.

Christine and I were sitting on stage right watching the show. It was just Gavin on keys, a guitar playing/bass playing singing guy and a drummer. They sounded great and tight. At one point in the show, I was uploading a picture of Gavin to Instagram, when it got quiet and the spotlight was on me. I looked up and Gavin was pointing to me and waving me over. He was telling the crowd that I was his piano teacher back in the day. I came up and the band was already vamping. I sat down and took a solo. It was so much fun!

Gavin had a “meet and greet” after the show, but we were able to take some photos with him. He was really grateful for all the support I had given him when he was just starting out. I was really surprised with how appreciative he was about those days. I wasn’t in the best of places back then and my memory of a lot of things was suspect, to say the least.

I am so proud of the career that Gavin has carved out for himself. He is most definitely a “Rock Star” in my books. He put out an hour and twenty minutes of high energy music. He sang and played his ass off. His fans loved him. He is a gifted singer, songwriter and performer. Keep it up Gavin!

Two videos of sitting in with Gavin. The first was shot by Christine from stage right. The second and shorter video was shot by a fan in the audience. It’s fun to see Gavin’s expressions while I’m playing.

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Ticket and backstage pass

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Gavin performing

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Sitting in 2

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Selfie 2 – too much fun

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Christine, Gavin, Louis

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Piano Haven Concert Series – August 26th

On Saturday, August 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in Sedona, AZ, I will be the featured artist at Piano Haven Concert Series. 

There will also be guest appearances by my friends and fellow Whisperings Artists, Joe BongiornoAmy Janelle and Zachary Bruno.

This will be a CD release concert for my album entitled Solo Piano Fantasies. There is a suggested donation 0f $20 and it is necessary to make a seat request at the Piano Haven website.

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Healing Hearts 4 – Solo Piano

Healing Hearts 4 CDBaby swaure cover art copy 2Recorded at the Peace Palace in Sedona, AZ from January 9, 2017 to April 6, 2018 on a Steinway B as part of personalized Healing Piano of Sedona sessions.
All 12 tracks were improvised in real time with minimal editing.

Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ
Cover design by Matt Strieby of NewLeafDesign.com
CD Layout and Design: Louis Landon
Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist

Self-Assured 4:37
Healing and Hope 5:07
Alignment 5:10
Lighter Than Before 4:34
The Healing Touch 5:03
Easy Living 4:08
Going the Distance 4:45
Confidence 4:52
Heavenly Voices 5:19
On My Way Now 4:56
Stay the Course 5:06
Moving on Up 4:39
Total running time 59:00

All Music published by Landon Creative, Inc. BMI
All music produced, arranged, composed & performed by Louis Landon.
Visit LouisLandon.com for bookings, CDs, sheet music, contact info and more

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July 6th and 20th in Sedona, AZ: Two Trio Concerts at Sound Bites Grill

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The Louis Landon Trio is back for two more nights after a sold out debut performance in June at Sound Bites Grill! The Louis Landon Trio features Louis Landon on piano & vocals, Troy Perkins on the electric bass and Eddy Barattini on the Drums. It’s a jazz trio that mixes it up with standard jazz instrumentals, jazz vocals from the Great American Songbook, Classic Pop Rock hits, with an occasional solo piano piece. The goal is to create a joyous atmosphere through music. Fun!

Tickets are $20 – VIP $75
Purchase tickets online here.
Sound Bites Grill is located at 101 Arizona 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336  Call 928.282.2713 for more information.

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New Album – Solo Piano Fantasies

landon_solo_piano_fantasiesI am continuing to compose and record a lot of new music. After releasing five albums last year, I didn’t think I would still have so much music left in me. Fortunately, I no longer get writer’s block. I realize now that there is an unlimited supply of new music that is available. All I have to do is put myself in the right state of being and the music materializes! I am very grateful that this is happening! 

Solo Piano Fantasies is a collection of fourteen new pieces of music adding up to about 55 minutes of music. The plan is to release it in July. Not sure of the date yet.

The album was recorded at The Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ from March to May of 2018 on a Steinway B.

Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ

Cover photo: Louis Landon

Cover graphics: DanLevin.com

CD Layout and Design: Louis Landon.

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist

All Music published by Landon Creative, Inc. BMI

All music produced, arranged, composed & performed by Louis Landon.

Visit LouisLandon.com for bookings, CDs, sheet music, contact info and more

 

 

 

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Looking Beyond the Mirror – Review

Looking Beyond the Mirror

Louis Landon – Composer, Steinway Artist and Pianist for Peace

Review by Joseph Akins, Professor – Composer – Pianist & Keyboard Player www.josephakins.com

I’ve been a big fan of the peaceful piano music from the talented Louis Landon for many years. Several of his albums are among my collection of CD’s and iTunes downloads. Looking Beyond the Mirror, one of his most recent releases, will fit nicely with them.

Recorded live in concert at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in November 10, 2017, Looking Beyond the Mirror was improvised and inspired by the glass art and sculptures of Peter Bremers. The liner notes state “the installation, in two gallery spaces, consisted of two parts”.

The first track is titled after one of those parts, “Perception”. The music is a beautiful journey of solo piano that exceeds thirteen minutes. At times, it sweetly floats along and at other times it drives ahead with fury. Landon’s pianistic skills and deep understanding of jazz is clearly heard. In fact, Louis referred to this album as his “jazz album”. It is likely not his only jazz album but it’s the one he released in 2017 (he released four other albums that year).

The other part of the previously mentioned art installation was called “The 7 Bodies” and Louis performed seven improvisations, one for each body. Track two on the album is titled “Physical Body”, and is one of my favorites on the album. I can imagine Louis performing this one at the concert and deeply touching every listener in the audience.

Tracks three through eight are the remaining six bodies. “Mental Body” sounds as though it’s alternating in and out of key. It reminds me a little of the model jazz I’ve heard from Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The next one, “Emotional Body”, is sweet, joyful and another favorite of mine. If I could have just one track from the album, I think it would be this one. Fortunately, I can have them all. “Vibrational Body”, “Spiritual Body”, “Creative Body” and “Ethereal Body” make up the four remaining bodies.

The last track on the album, “Another Perception” was not performed and recorded at the museum concert. Differently, it was recorded in a studio around the same time. However, it fits very nicely with the other tracks and is a great final track for the album. It’s a passionate improvisation that exceeds nine minutes and once again, Landon’s jazz influences shine clearly.

That evening on November 10th, 2017, at the Fort Wayne Music of Art had to be an incredible experience. Fortunately, the music was captured giving those who missed it a chance to “be there”. If you are a fan of Louis Landon and would like to hear more of his jazz side, this album is for your collection. I’m very pleased it’s now in mine.

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April Newsletter

Louis Landon April 2018 Newsletter
The new album/CD official release date is
APRIL 18, 2018. NOW IN PRE-RELEASE
ON BANDCAMP! Listen to samples and

ORDER HERE  

 

The sheet music e-book and hard copy book for
Departure – Solo Piano  is now available.
There are also single sheets available.

New Video
of the Whisperings Album of the Year
Concert at Kirkland Performance Center

If you like it, please give it a “thumbs up”!

CONCERT

DATES
 

  Friday, April 27th – 7:00 p.m. 
PITTSFORD, NY North Coast Whispers House 
Concerts Presents An Inspiring Evening of 
Original Solo Piano Music 
by Composer, Steinway Artist and 
Pianist for Peace Louis Landon
$20 Donation for the artist
Donate and reserve seat(s) online
or by phone: 1-800-838-3006
For more information call 585.654.7551
Refreshments will be served
(address supplied with seat reservation)Saturday, April 28th – 7:00 p.m. 
VOORHEESVILLE, NY
(Albany, NY area)
Suggested donation $20
RSVP Cindy via email
Private House Concert

Sunday, April 29th – 2:00 p.m. 
AMHERST, MA
Solo Piano concert with fellow 
Whisperings Artist, Dan Kennedy. 
$20 suggested donation. 
~reception to follow~
At the home of Dan and Rachel Kennedy
Seating is limited 
For seats and directions RSVP to 
to Dan by email.

Saturday, May 5th – 5:00 p.m. 
NYACK,  NY
Private House Concert

Sunday, May 6th- 2:00 p.m. 
SOMERS, NY

Sinatra, Songs the 40s, & More
This is a free concert
Somers Library 
Route 139 & Reis Park, Somers, NY 10589    
RSVP – 914.232.5717
 
Sunday, May 6th – 7:00 p.m. 
BEACON, NY 
This is my 66th birthday party!
An evening of piano music and song at 
The Town Crier, 379 Main Street Beacon, NY 
(845) 855-1300
Advance tickets are $20 / $25 at the door. 
 
Friday, May 11th – 7:00 p.m.
DOVER, PA 
Solo Piano House Concert with Greg Maroney. 
Limited seating for this very special house concert 
at Greg’s home. Might be sold out.
Contact Greg directly by email to
see if there are still seats available.
Suggested donations $15. 
 
Saturday, May 12th – 2:00 p.m. 
N. BETHESDA, MD
Solo Piano Concert – Tickets are $20/$15
Might be sold out. Contact Debbie Gerrity
via email or by phone at 301.325.0065 
to see if seats are still available.
Steinway Piano Gallery, 
11611 Old Georgetown Road

301-770-3377

Saturday, May 12th – 7:30 p.m.
KENSINGTON, MD 
I am pleased to perform a house concert
to benefit a special nonprofit organization,
Sasha Bruce Youthworks, which has provided
a critical safety net for homeless and disconnected
youth in the nation’s capital for the last four decades.
This event is hosted by Mark and Patience Ball.

Sunday, May 13th – 1:30 p.m.
KENSINGTON, MD
Private concert 

Sunday, May 13th – 3:00 p.m.
KENSINGTON, MD

For the second year running,
Patience Ball will be hosting a concert
in Washington DC on Mother’s Day to support
the International Center for Research on Women
ICRW advances gender equity, inclusion
and the alleviation of poverty worldwide.
I am pleased to support this incredible organization,
with its powerful mission and vision.

LINKS
 

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for complete listing of performances if you are

looking to book me and need to know availability.

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To sample and buy CDs.
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