MP3 Rojo - Dream Seeker
Solo contemporary piano compositions infused with classical, modern and jazz stylings
11 MP3 Songs in this album (54:23) !
Related styles: NEW AGE: Contemporary Instrumental, CLASSICAL: Piano solo
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"A true artist”.
“Energy, Inspiration and Connection”.
These are just a few words used to describe the contemporary solo piano artist and music of Joseph Rojo. Hailing from a musical family, Joseph always had access to a piano. Born in Texas and raised in Southern California, Joseph began playing by ear at the age of 5. He began his formal training at age 7 and wrote his first composition – a waltz - a year later. Inspired and nurtured by his family members and piano teacher, Joseph was encouraged to follow his passion and constantly jumped ahead of his peers. In 1981, Joseph moved to Seattle where he studied Composition at the University of Washington. An Emerald City icon, locals and tourists alike will recognize him as the “Piano Man” at the Nordstrom Flagship store in downtown Seattle. Every bit a fixture in Seattle culture as the store itself, Rojo has entertained crowds for more than 23 years and helped developed the store’s landmark music program from scratch.
When asked about his playing style, Joseph will casually gesture with his left hand and explain the focus he placed on left-hand exercises early in his musical education. He recognized that outside of classical compositions, there is very little emphasis placed on the left side of the keyboard. Most popular music is arranged with an emphasis on the right side of the keyboard as that is where the melody lies. This results in the illusion of a third hand playing which makes for a fuller, more unique sound that distinguishes Rojo from his peers.
Rojo has released four albums: Nocturnal Afternoon (Released in 1989/repackaged with new cover art 1992/Angel Red; 1994/Global Pacific); Reunion, a Christmas CD (1996/Global Pacific); Dreamseeker (2003/Angel Red); and Uncovered (2006/Angel Red). He has received national recognition and airplay on many of his earlier compositions including “Nocturnal Afternoon”; “Summer Storm” and “Mt. Rainier”. In addition to his many solo projects, Joseph is the music director for a contemporary church choir called Power of One. As a member of Power of One, Joseph joined the group for an audience with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican during Easter Week in April 1994, as well as an appearance singing back-up for Celine Dion at Key Arena during the Seattle stop of her 1997 Let’s Talk about Love Tour. A spin-off of Power of One – The Maureen Still Band – has Rojo’s role as a pianist/keyboardist/arranger and collaborates as a composer on several of Maureen’s songs. He is currently involved in the recording of the group’s eighth CD album which is scheduled to drop by the end of 2008.
With an eye towards composing soundtracks and well-defined contemporary solo piano compositions including a focus on melodic equity, Rojo is looking forward to getting back into the studio before the end of 2008. As passionate now as he was as a young student, Joseph is looking forward to creating and performing for his fans worldwide. As one reviewer eloquently stated: “Rojo loves music for music''s sake…and his love shines through his compositions and renditions.” It is this love for the music and sheer elation for performing that will continue to propel Rojo forward towards a bright future.