BRIAN HAVEY: about brian



Los Angeles native, Brian Havey started playing music at the age of 15 and has been immersed ever since. Though well-versed in many musical styles, Brian spends most of his time exploring creative improvised music. He has had the good fortune to play and perform with Charlie Haden, Joe LaBarbara, Jeff Hamilton, Mike Keneally, Darek Oles, Steve Cardenas, Larry Koonse, Bill Reichenbach, Tim Reis, Gregg Bissonette, Howie Shear, John Fumo, and others. Via the the myriad of projects he has been involved in, Brian has played throughout L.A. at such notable venues as: The Kodak Theatre, REDCAT, The Blue Whale, The Baked Potato, Charlie O’s, Catalina’s Bar & Grill, and The Jazz Bakery.  He has also performed in jazz festivals including: The Monterey Jazz Festival, The Reno Jazz Festival, and The Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica, and the Mid-Europe Music Festival in Schladming, Austria.  He has studied with David Roitstein, Matt Harris, Gary Fukushima, Darek Oles, Larry Koonse, and Charlie Haden.  


Brian holds a bachelor of music degree from California State University Northridge and a master of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts. While at Northridge, Brian studied with Matt Harris, Gary Fukushima, Darek Oles, and Gary Pratt and participated in the school's flagship ensemble: The Jazz "A" Band. At CalArts, Brian continued his studies with David Roitstein, Darek Oles, Larry Koonse, Alfred Ladzekpo and Charlie Haden. Brian also delved into the world of electronic music and computer programming, studying Synthesis and Digital Signal Processing with the amazing Martijn Zwartjes. While in school, Brian was the winner of several prestigious academic-merit based scholarships, including the coveted Wolfson Scholarship, the highest honor of the entire graduating class at California State University Northridge and the Ahmenson Foundation Scholarship at CalArts.


As an active composer, Brian regularly performs his compositions and arrangements.  Though he writes mostly for his piano trio, he also composes pieces for large ensembles.  The CSUN jazz band featured several of his large-scale compositions, including the title track “Rain Song” on their CD recorded at Capitol Records in 2006.  


When he’s not submitting to his obsession with piano, Brian is most likely building a synthesizer, drum machine, or some sort of generative musical program on his computer. He can often be found designing programs and tools in Reaktor that can generate melodies, chord progressions, breakbeats, soundscapes, and entire improvisations!  


The Brian Havey Trio recently released their debut album Residence. Recorded live in 2010 at Roy O. Disney concert hall, Residence represents a culmination of Brian's study of the music of Brad Mehldau and is a respectful homage to this great pianist.  Check out it out here: Residence.  

 












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