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Here's track 2 from a solo piano album I put out in Oct 2014:

The liner notes for the entire album:

Hello. It’s hard writing this up without sounding like a pretentious dork, but I’m going to give it a try. I’ve been trying to work out my solo piano sound for about 20 years now. It’s a collection of bits of different sounds, sometimes quoting/covering, sometimes not, with many devised common refrains and elements, always derivative (and that’s ok by me). For years now I’ve been trying to let go of learned patterns, meters and rhythms - if you need those things, any modern pop radio channel will suffice. There is a constant tug of war between using something I perceive as “new” and being derivative. I’ve come to accept this as normal. I’m also still stuck on the Gamelan sound from a group I played with 25 years ago. That beautiful noise has been bouncing around the inside of my head for 25 trips around the sun. I’m ever influenced by Wagner, Hindemith, Debussy, Basie, Ellington, Mingus and so many others. This is a set of musical memories of previous music that may or may not have been played. I’m trying to play the memory of a cover of a recording of an improv session. This is not quiet, mellow background piano - go ahead and turn it all the way up to 11 and enjoy the ugly imperfections. That’s how I have always tried to live my life. Why change now? A huge thanks to Martin Buff and his amazing piano studio in Seattle, WA. All tracks were recorded live and nonce. Peace, -TYA
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In June of 2015 I enlisted Ted Poor and Carmen Rothwell to help me lay down some free jazz in trio format. Liner notes: 

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"In June of 2015 Ty Alevizos, Ted Poor and Carmen Rothwell met up at The Piano Studio in North Seattle and spent the day recording in a free-form, improv format. These eight tracks are the essence and result of that effort. Track 3 is an interpretation of a greek folk song transcribed by Ty's dad during a year long trip to Greece and published in the book "Folks Songs of Greece" in 1968. Thanks for listening! Onward and upward..."

You can preview that album here


The rest of my musical resumé is assorted and hobbyist/amateur:

  • Graduated in 1994 from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in music composition and an almost-minor in physics. Whatever..
  • Played clarinet for 20+ years as well as saxophone.
  • Worked in a sound studio for a few years in the early 90's.
  • Played piano and fender rhodes in various groups and projects in the 1990's in the Bay Area, including Fatty Boom Boom and Blue and Tan Trio (both now long defunct).
  • Started taking guitar seriously in 1998 and worked on numerous original compositions, the acoustic result of which is here (2004) and here (2008).
  • Played bass for a few Seattle rock bands in the 2000's.
  • Played drums in the "company band" in 2011 which was actually really stressful but I learned a lot.
  • Circled back to piano in 2010 and focused on free jazz and a general "unlearning" of the last 30 years. Released aforementioned solo piano album in 2014.