About Me

“Music can name the
unnameable and communicate
the unknowable.”

Leonard bernstein
Hi there!
At the moment this page is primarily for getting to
know me as a musician for live performance work.

If you’re interested in finding out about CHOIRS and

I make my home in beautiful Victoria British Columbia. You’ve probably heard of it, or visited here from time to time. But my journey started on the (almost) other side of the country in New Denmark, New Brunswick, a small — and oh so quiet — Danish farming community. In my very early 20’s I made my way to the big city of Fredericton and from there to Halifax and Toronto. After heading west, with a brief sojourn on Salt Spring Island I made it to Vancouver, then Kamloops (BC) and now Victoria. Whew! That feels like more than enough moving for one life… my partner and I are likely in Victoria to stay.

One of my main focuses these days is my regular solo piano gig at the beautiful Fairmont Empress Hotel. Perhaps not surprisingly, this job keeps me on my toes as a player… I’m constantly picking up new material to play for the listeners who come from literally every corner of the planet to visit this iconic hotel. Being here in the thick of things at the peak of tourist season has given me an intimate view of how fortunate I am to live in a city so popular with folks from far away. I’ve had many memorable conversations with visitors… it’s one of the best things about the gig.

There’s nothing better than playing classic pop tunes that everyone loves and spicing them up a little with some sophisticated jazz inflections. I’m a huge fan of the music of Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Burt Bacharach and others who combine a touch of jazz with unforgettable pop melodies. And everyone loves to hear timeless tunes from the masters of pop: Elton John, The Beatles, James Taylor, Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Eagles, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell, Adele, Leonard Cohen, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Jimmy Webb, Sting, Neil Young, Paul Simon and so many more.

Music from movies and TV is also a huge crowd pleaser. Below is one example of a piece that goes over really well at the Fairmont Empress:

But I’m not only a piano player: I’m also a vocalist and guitarist. Have a listen (below) to “Every Heartbeat” for an example:

(Written by Dale Rasmussen and Steve Alexander)
I’m available for small, medium or large gigs as a soloist or as
part of a duo, trio or larger ensemble. Add in a few other
instruments like sax, percussion and bass for a full dance band!

What People Say

That was a great weekend workshop, many thanks to you! Such great music!

Bowen Island Community Choir,
Bowen Island, BC

Absolutely wonderful, uplifting music… memorable and beautiful.

Sandra J, audience member
Victoria, BC

Fabulous –
well prepared and organized. Knows
his stuff.

Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop,
Vancouver, BC

Reach me at…

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