Solo Piano Concerts
Virtuosity and Accessibility
Bradley Sowash concerts are not your typical black tie affair, but an unexpected and refreshing shared experience with the audience. His rare combination of improvisational virtuosity and accessible jazz has delighted listeners both here and abroad for over 30 years.
All my concerts include a few familiar jazz standards, but I most enjoy reaching for feelings that words leave untouched in my original compositions. My stories are also an integral part of every performance which sets up a rapport with listeners. (I’m like a singer-songwriter except that my “lyrics” are between songs.) I talk about humorous or touching experiences as a parent, gigging musician, sailor, horseman, nature lover and traveler. It all connects to my melodies making for an intimate connection with my listeners. – Bradley Sowash
Infusing rhythmic power and melodic appeal into each original piece, Sowash has a knack for capturing the essence of the moment. Sharing humorous and touching stories from his life experiences between soulful performances, he forges even greater connections with listeners. Each concert contains a few recognizable standards, hymns or folk songs, yet he is most known for instilling feelings that words leave untouched into his original compositions, playing with broad strokes and structured abandon.
“Sowash‘s music powerfully conjures the moods.” – The Village Voice
“He can really move an audience along with zest and wit.” – Billboard Magazine
You were absolutely outstanding in every way! What a treat to finally get to hear you perform, and what GREAT improvisations you shared with us. ‘Twas both inspiring and great fun! – Dennis Alexander, acclaimed educational piano composer and clinician
A lot of people don’t know themselves. You know yourself and you have a beautiful soul. Your music is just the vehicle you use to show us your soul. – Lisa (a fan)
I just want you to know I was totally blown away by your concert. You are such a phenomenal musician and artistic performer. I was so amazed by so many aspects of your artistry… I just want you to know you now have another HUGE fan. I hope we get to know each other better. – Ingrid Clarfield, pianist, author, lifetime achievement awards winner
“You are modeling the kind of unique, personal, interactive concert that has largely been forgotten in the classical tradition. In a way, your concerts are more like the concerts of a younger Franz Liszt than a modern all-Liszt program!” – Forrest Kinney, Author of the Pattern Play series
“I know lots of amazing jazz musicians/educators and you are one of them, and also quite different. You bring a unique individuality with your own music style that is really a hybrid of so many things, and that really came across in your concert big time… …You really do connect with the teachers, they love you! Then add the musicianship – its pretty awesome dude! – Tom Folenta, Developer of music support tools.
What is a House Concert?
A house concert is an invitation-only concert presented in the home of a host who does not profit from the event.
House concerts are usually:
- held indoors and on weekends
- attended by 30-50 people
- paid for by a $10-20 donation per guest (for the performer)
- CDs and books sales after the performance also help compensate the artist
- known to include light snacks, beverages or a pot-luck dinner
- attended by the host’s friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe a few fans of the artist in the 25-60 age group
- very intimate – the audiences sit close and are attentive
- performed as two, 40-minute sets with a 20 minute break
- booked without a financial guarantee (sometimes a modest guarantee to cover expenses)
- known to house and feed the artist for the night
Mozart was well known for performing “parlor concerts,” in the homes of patrons who would delight in the opportunity to show off their acquaintance with him. Things have changed, however, and you no longer need to be rich to have access to some of the finest talent available.
Your jazz piano concert was the highlight of our year! – Harold and Liz (hosts)
Interested? All that is required is a tuned baby grand or grand piano and a commitment to invite at least 30 people into your home. First, check my touring schedule to see when I’m touring your area and then contact me about arranging a performance in your home.
Jazz Trio or Quintet
Superb jazz musicians bring flair and personality to best-loved American hymns and spirituals.
Orchestra Guest Artist
Equally adept with written music or improvisation, Bradley Sowashbrings a lot of robust energy and fun to his orchestra appearances. Typically, when an orchestra plays his compositions and arrangements, they also invite him to perform on his pieces as well as the rest of the program.