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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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Gavin DeGraw live in concert Flagstaff, AZ

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Ticket and backstage pass

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Gavin performing

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Sitting in

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Sitting in 2

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Selfie

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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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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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November News 2017

Happy Fall!🍁Happy Halloween!🎃
Christine and I took a
little trip to Winslow, AZ
No, that’s not Christine! That’s
a Jackson Browne statue. 😎

All press is good press,
especially good press.
Music In His Soul” by
Shea Stansfield  

Peaceful Solo Piano Christmas 2
officially releases on Nov. 12th.
Please support the pre-release.


CDs available here

See all Peaceful Christmas 2
sheet music here

sheet music ebook – $20
order here

hard copy book – $30
order here

CONCERT DATES

Friday, November 10th
Sedona, AZ 
Solo Piano Concert featuring Joe Yamada,
Joe Bongiorno and Amy Janelle. I will be
making a short guest appearance.
Suggested donation $20. RSVP here 

Friday, November 10th
Fort Wayne, IN 
Private VIP concert/party
for glass artist Peter Bremers‘ opening
“Looking Beyond the Mirror”
at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Thursday, November 16th
Sedona, AZ 
This solo piano concert is a benefit for
Big Park Community School and will support
the emerging International Baccalaureate
program. Featuring Joe Bongiorno,
Amy Janelle, and Louis Landon.
Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door.
at the Collective, Vista Hall
7000 St. Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86351
Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door
Buy tickets online You can also get tickets
directly by emailing me. 

LINKS

Check Tour Dates
for complete listing of performances if you are
looking to book me and need to know availability.

To sample and buy SHEET MUSIC.
To sample and buy CDs.
To buy CD DOWNLOADS.
You can also download music at:
iTunes – Amazon – CDBaby.
Create a Louis Landon station on Pandora.
Follow me on Spotify and create
a Louis Landon playlist.
Be a fan and “like” my fan page on Facebook.
Follow me on Twitter

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Music Is In His Soul

10/25/17

Shea Stanfield in The Foothills Focus
Arts Columnist

“To create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording, and performing music from the heart”: A motto local musician Louis Landon has built his career around. By all indications, from his concerts, recording schedule, and fan feedback, Louis is spot-on in his mission.  read more…

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October Sheet Music Book Sale

 

50% 0ff

the following sheet music books

from October 15 – 31 while supplies last

Free shipping in the US

 

unwind – $15
order here

Peace Revolution! – $15
order here

Solo Piano for Peace – $15
order here

Solo Piano for Love,
Peace & Mermaids – $15
order here

Peaceful Solo Piano
from the Heart – $15
order here

Peaceful Christmas
solo piano – $20
order here

 

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A Big Thank You!

Final Northwest Healing Thank You

The Northwest Healing Tour 2017 was an outstanding success in so many ways.  We are so grateful for all of the open hearted generosity, love and support. 

Special thanks are in order to the following people: Christine Cole, Elaine Paterson, Jonathan Beals, Karen Stein, Simon Phillips, Aida Liang, David Collins, Alan James, Eve Johnson, Bruce Kellogg, Jennifer Molton, Colin Hillstrom, Laura and Mik Madsen, Rhonda and Howard Mackert, Joyce Hawkins, Ryan Crossette, Jay Lynne Kimbal. Ann Fulghum-Trammel, Julie Ann Kimbal Cockburn, Chuck Cockburn, Debra Richardson, Neil Patton, Laura Dubois, Chandra Bigelow, Ellen Siegel, Ed Sussman, Harriet Siegel, Kathy Parsons, Carol, Kristi and Mike Strickland, Serni Solidarios, Dave Cross, Kelsey Lee Keogh and the Keogh family.  

Christine and I were out for just shy of three weeks and working sixteen events. We loved every minute of it. Usually, when we go out on tour, as we approach the last few days, we start feeling road weary. That did not happen on this tour. We received so much positive energy back from the people that we came in contact with. This tour exceeded any expectations that we could have imagined. 

We would also like to thank all of the people who came out to support live music! Without your participation, appreciation and support, touring would not be possible.

We hope that we will be able to come back to the Northwest next fall for encore performances and more good times. 

Thank you all for helping me to live my mission(s) and do what I love: compose, perform, teach, inspire, assist people in healing themselves through music, and helping create a more peaceful world. 

love peace joy gratitude~

Louis

 

 

 

 

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