Richard Grayson in a program of Classical Piano improvisations
Sundays Live - (213) 473-8525 
 October, 19, 2003,  6:00 PM 
 LACMA/KMZT 105.1 FM: Free admission - LACMA - 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 
William Vestal, series producer

Richard Grayson, piano


Pianist extraordinaire, Richard Grayson, will improvise any music in any style. Listeners are invited to call in with suggestions and requests.

Artist's Biography

Richard Grayson received his Ph.D in composition from UCLA, and joined the the music faculty of Occidental College in 1969 where he taught until his retirement in 2001. His 32 years of annual keyboard improvisation concerts were a highlight of that college's concert season. In addition to specializing in improvisation, he is a composer of instrumental and vocal music as well as of live electronic music. His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Belgium and a composition grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Since 1980 Richard has given improvisation concerts and seminars for the Yamaha Music Education Foundation in the United States, and has been invited three times to Tokyo to perform and teach. He has also been a featured performer at two national Piano Pedagogy conferences and was twice invited to give master classes in improvisation at the Oficina de Musica Festival in Curitiba, Brazil.

His performance credits include six recordings of contemporary music on which he is featured as pianist, and four which include his compositions. For many years he was on the board of the Monday Evening concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and frequently performed on that series.

Three of Richard's electronic keyboard works were performed at an historic University of Massachusetts, Lowell concert featuring the re-creation of Antheil's complete Ballet Mécanique. Two of these pieces, "Mr. 528" and "Shoot the Piano Player" have been issued on CD by the Electronic Music Foundation in New York. In September of 2001 he gave a solo concert of his improvisation and visual-electronic compositions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2002 and 2003 he was a featured performer at the Music Teachers' Association of California annual convention. Since Fall, 2001 he has taught Music Theory courses at the Crossroads school in Santa Monica and is on the faculty of the Aube Tzerko piano institute at the New Roads school, also in Santa Monica. He has been the organist at St. Martin of Tours Church in West Los Angeles since 1981. 
(Via the Occidental College website)

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