Equinox presents our new pianist- Ian Giles.
A Berklee school of music graduate, Ian will be entertaining 5 nights a week on our beautiful ebony Yamaha U3 upright piano,
Here what he has to say about himself…
Ambiguity often confuses, stymies, and even scares people. Physicists, engineers, teachers, lawyers, and nearly every other profession are scolded for being too vague, too conceptual, or not being focused on tangible work and accomplishment. The immense exception to this near-universal scolding is the artist. I cherish being a musician because it is such a vague title. A musician can be a worldly celebrity like Paul McCartney, or a homeless man playing his guitar on the street to panhandle his next meal. A musician can write a song that has enough power to change the world, or just sing about a favorite pair of shoes. Music can say and do anything, and this is why I chose to be a musician.
I began my exploration with music at age 7-I began taking piano lessons. I struggled through a few periods of sparse practice and a lack of enthusiasm, but always persevered through the simple innate attachment that I had to music. I learned mostly classical in my lessons, but I also began to teach myself other styles. In the past few years, I have experimented with (in varying degrees) jazz, funk, rock, reggae, grunge, and plenty of ambiguous sounds that don’t really fall into any category. My passion for music also spread from the piano to other outlets. At first, I discovered keyboards- the myriad sounds that can be had allow for the very explorative music. This has become my true passion-the dreams of Steinways have been replaced with dreams of a Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3 Organ, or Moog Synthesizer. I also have taught myself bass, guitar, and drums, having played each of those now for 4, 5, and 6 years respectively.
Stylistically, I have come to embrace wholly the experimental and semi-vague genre of jam band music. There is no true “jam band” sound-it is rather each individual group’s own amalgam of influences combined into one. I feel that this allows me the most open and thought-provoking musical environment. My own influences include Classic Rock, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Classical, Hip-Hop, Soul, and other styles, all of which can be heard in the way I write and play. Open ended music that allows time to stretch out ideas gives me the opportunity to showcase this wide range of influences, something that no other single genre could do. Also, jam band music is simply just fun to listen to, in an almost-therapeutic way. I see the smiles and good vibes that it spreads. At the very least, I can spread a positive feeling with my music. This alone can enact the most important personal changes, as positivity breeds positivity. Music can have the power to change the world, but as long as I can make one person in the audience smile and enjoy themselves for just a few hours, I feel like I’ve changed the world for the better.
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