Inspirational Music of the Rocky Mountains by Allan Stuart
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Here is "Hummingbirds", the start of a collaboration with Poet Kate Booth. Kate has been an active outdoorswoman in the San Juans for many decades. She writes about the wonders of the Rio Grande and the surrounding mountains. Our collaberation will feature Kate's Poetry accompanied by SoundScapes and Piano extempore. The reading is by Carrie Heltzel.
I Love making music about specific peaks in the Rockies. Here's "Crestone Needle", a recent piece describing the unique peak in the Sangre De Cristos- imagine you are at the base, trying to decide on the best path to the summit. It is included on the "Pastorales" album.
Earlier in the Millenium my wife and I had to leave the High country for employment. "The Return" is a description of our joy at being able to come home. It is included on the album "PianoGrooves and Instrumental Pop".
This new piece describes one of the most beautiful scenic drives across the Divide. From "Slumgullion" Pass, before dropping into Lake City, the views are stunning. One can see Pikes Peak to the east, and Utah to the west. It is included on the "Pastorales" album.
"Swift" describes driving a lonely road across the Great Basin in the dark hours of the night, anticipating a safe arrival as the sun rises. Something for those of us who travel alone through the long watches of the night. Find it on the PianoGrooves and Instrumental Pop album.
Hi everyone, thank you for visiting my site. Currently my solo performances are divided into two versions: Entertainment and Concert Performance.
Entertainment features drawing upon my large repertoire of cover music, including jazz, pop, broadway, and American songbook selections which can be found in my playlists. A mixture of vocal and instrumental versions to fit the venue and crowd, it can be main stage entertainment to back ground dinner music, and everything in between. Check the ‘Music Samples' page for samples.
Concert Performance features piano material drawn from my 19 original albums. It is music of the ‘Nu West’. I have lived in the high country of Colorado for my whole life, and the music I have written is largely about the wonders of the high mountains, and all the beauties of the Rocky Mountain West. It has been featured over the years in many films, tv shows, and other works. The music is Spiritual, Intellectual, Meditative, Inspirational, and Positive, including extempore performance created on the spot. Check the ‘Original Music’ Page for examples.
For Performance: I can bring inclusive performance gear including the best digital stage piano, and a sound system appropriate for your venue. I am always happy to play acoustic pianos as well, and can tune them as needed.
After thousands of engagements, Allan is the consummate cocktail pianist. He has shared the limelight with Ray Charles, Judy C
Collins, Tom Petty, John Denver, the Metropolitan Opera and the New york Philharmonic. In some of America's top resorts, he has entertained Presidents, royalty, prime ministers, movie stars, and nearly everyone else from around the world. (see "Reviews")
With a deep and varied repertoire, Allan goes "both ways", performing your favorite tunes as vocal songs or instrumentals. He is excellent as a main stage performer, and is equally at home in a sing along party setting. He has also recorded many original albums, and can vary the setting with unique improv, classical references, or a surprising turn of style. He performs your favorites as background instrumentals, piano bar style entertainments, or as part of a sequenced presentation or reception. He has an uncanny ability to gage the correct volume and style for a group, to help break the ice, keep the conversation flowing, or rivet the crowd with his virtuosity.
His playlist includes the classic and progressive jazz, old and new Broadway, lots of pop, variety tunes and classical favorites. He loves receptions, ceremonies, banquets, lobbies, night clubs, or any venue where people gather near a piano. His large number of selections makes requests fun and easy, and he's always ready for sing alongs and dancing, and his virtuosity always shines. For piano bar fun, he has a long request list for the audience to pick their favorites from, with booklets for clients to peruse as they dine or relax with their favorite refreshment.
A lifetime professional who loves bringing music and people together, Allan is always excited and ready for the next engagement. He is a charming speaker, and can be your Master of Ceremonies when appropriate. He is also a Master Craftsman piano tuner in case your piano needs a touch up before a performance.
Allan is experienced with many different kinds of contracts, including long term hotel and restaurant engagements, non-profit events, cruise ships, touring shows, private events, and recurring educational and retirement facility performances. He is an experienced accompanist, having backed the Talented and Famous, and brings a focus and keen listening to the task, helping singers and instrumentalists shine. He has played in and directed pit orchestras for musicals, and created improvised music for live theater.
When not playing and performing, Allan records original albums. He is a recording composer for the film and tv industry with scores of current placements, and is active in his community as a teacher and musical mentor. Allan is at home with his wife Carrie and Cat Avery in their remote cabin near the headwaters of the Rio Grande, where he keeps a recording studio.
A deep love of music, and especially sharing with other music lovers, keeps Allan engaged and motivated. He loves to bring his experience and and zest for performance to venues great and small, and keep the torch burning for all listeners.