WHEN: June 18, 2014 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: Catalina’s Jazz Club – 6725 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles 90028
$30 Members & Students/$40 Non-Members/$10 Program Only
Versatile is the best word to describe Ralph Grierson. His talent, as a composer and instrumentalist, from piano to harpsichord to advanced computer synthesis, impressed and delighted audiences for years. His ability to compose and perform classical music, jazz, rock & roll and contemporary avant-garde electronic music put him at the musical forefront.
Born near Vancouver, British Columbia, Grierson began studying music at the age of five. While attending USC on a scholarship, he studied with John Crown and Ingolf Dahl and received both a bachelor’s and a master’s of music.
Grierson has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, worked with conductors, composers and musicians like Michael Tilson Thomas, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, Aaron Copland, Steve Reich, and Morton Subotnick, performed at Carnegie Recital Hall (NY), The Kitchen (NY), Monday Evening Concerts (LA), and at the Ojai Festival. He can be seen in Disney’s Fantasia 2000 of which Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed said “…I can’t think of a soloist that I would rather hear play Rhapsody in Blue.”
Grierson’s compositions reflect his involvement with a myriad of musical styles. Whether songs, piano music, or for film, his work is the summation of a truly multi-talented, versatile artist.
In addition to Radio Free Albemuth, he has scored Habitat, To Find My Son, Hysteria, Red Earth White Earth and various other projects. He has delved extensively into experimental electronic music, a forty-five minute/four movement video performance entitled “Sometimes…not Always,” was performed live at the L.A. Theater Center.
In 2008, he collaborated with Amia Dane on Have Mercy, an album of original music that ranged from jazz to folk to pop.
In addition, Ralph has had a brilliant career as a first call studio musician with thousands of hours of studio session work to his credit. (film list at http://musicandhealth.com/RGRecording.html)