I studied pianoforte as a child, and although grateful for some technique, theory & background structure in music, I did a Houdini after a few years as the style & content of the teaching was just way too rigid & not enjoyable for me. . .
I stopped for a while & then as a teenager I continued my self taught journey looking for a simpler more melodic & harmony driven expression.
After listening to The Doors, I got totally into Ray Manzarek´s independent hands technique. Bass lines with the left hand, chords and melodies with the right, preferably at the same time & in time. . . A style I continue to explore. . .
In my late teens I self taught bass and guitar, and did all the usual garage band things and learning years playing in bars and clubs. . . quickly developing a disillusion with music as a background or soundtrack to alcohol and drug based entertainment & socialising.
There had to be more !!!
After living in my early 20’s in tropical Darwin Australia for 6 years, I started to get a taste for a freer way of thinking and living, a more zen, outdoor, beachy, closer to nature type of open lifestyle. . .
I also started my first extended piano compositions. . . Oh for joy. . . and then a bit later computers came along & offered me a blend of 2 awesome worlds, acoustic & electronic, a combination I still relish with delight. . .
This began with 4 electronic soundscape type albums of what I have come to call my ´Soundtracks for Imaginary Movies´ series, composed & completed in Melbourne Australia. . .
Then after living amongst the lush countryside inland from Byron Bay Australia, I was drawn to a more chill and downtempo style. I completed my 1st chillout album there. ( 3 more chill albums were completed during my 10 year stay in Bali )
11 yrs ago I relocated to Bali, a long time dream of mine to live there, completed the album I was working on & put together my most ambitious project to date, the ´´Magic lives Here´´ ´live´ music/film show, based around some of my longer, more orchestral style compositions.
Thus combining 2 of my passions, music & visuals, synchronised together to produce an expansive & entertaining experience. . .
Strong visuals supporting potent music that inspires and calls the spirit to journey. . . to explore. . . to expand. . .
Much gratitude to my wonderful partner in creation, Szilvi, who is totally amazing with her skills and vision, for assisting with the footage, editing, adding vocals, flute, dance & a theatrical flair to the ´live´ performances, and assisting me to complete the project in Ubud Bali, over a period of a year. . .
I still remember vividly the first time we sat & watched the complete show projected onto our newly bought screen in our spaceous open living room, with wide eyed amazement, . . . It had turned out so much more than I had originally imagined. . . Happy days indeed. . .
We performed the show in Bali a few times but it became evident that this part of our lives was coming to its end here. . .
So we travelled. . . We spent some time in Ibiza, the island that birthed chillout albums, Cafe del mar and the Balearic sound. Then a trip thru Sri Lanka & the wonders of North India, then back to Bali, and to pack up 10 years of our lives and move on . . . But where? Nice to get back to Ibiza, but not yet. . .
A short month camping trip thru the natural wonders and amazing wildlife of the Northern Territory in Australia had a huge impact on us, and after a few days we both just knew, this is where we wished to live for now. . .
So. . . recently we have settled into a wonderful new home, Darwin, (the second time here for me) and now the adventure continues in Australia´s wild and rugged top end.
Another glorious island continent from the shores of which to enjoy and be
inspired by those enchanting fiery sunsets and amazing lightning storms over a pristine gilded ocean.
I continue to live in Darwin for now, Szilvi has gone back to live in Bali. . .
I feel truly blessed. . .
Freedom, fortune and glory. . . Jaiv
A look-a-like of my original tiny blue 1960´s vintage kiddy grand, complete with 15 wooden white keys, painted on black keys, 3 legs & full hammer action - A Classic. . . I have since come to like those elusive black sharps & flats a lot.
Thankfully the next piano to arrive at our house was much bigger than me. . .
Thanks Ma n Pa for all the inspiring sonic toys. Much appreciated & thoroughly enjoyed. . .