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YOUNG CHILD IS INSPIRED AS GREEN PLAYS PIANO AT THE RITZ IN WASHINGTON DC 

I had a free evening while shopping for colleges with my teenage daughter. The Georgetown waterfront bar waitress answered, “Well, we used to have a piano here. There’s a nice one around the corner at the Ritz Carlton.” It was an ebony Steinway in the corner of a large plush living room. 

I eased on to its quilted leather bench, quietly tossed a motif into the room just below the conversation level, and waited to see if anyone approached to arrest me. Soon Abraham’s Theme filled the space, then some George Winston, Will Ackerman and Easy which I wrote with David Field. A concierge stopped doing busywork to listen; the room changed energetically.

While I was playing, a young African boy left his family gathering at the fireplace, approached the piano, watched the hammers striking the strings, and contemplated my sounds for some time. In an interlude, he asked sweetly, "How did you learn to do this?" (Sonoma County Gazette, Nov/2011) Read on further....

Ani Weaver photos of Jerry at
Green Music Center, Sonoma State U.
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Feedback Piano: Somatic Attunement by Jerry Green

Jerry discovered the use of piano as biofeedback training for unwinding tensions associated with a congenital spasticity. His physical limitations led to improvisational curiosity with simple harmonic fifths, which he then heard in new age and classical themes, enabling him to discover his own musicality and develop his listening abilities. His once mostly private feedback studies have gained appreciation at contact-improv dance gatherings, restaurants, churches and special events. He plays at Coffee Catz in Sebastopol and the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa.

Original improvisations on themes by George Winston, William Ackerman, Vangellis, Bach, Beethoven, Schuman, Eric Satie, Ralph Towner, Arvo Part and Ludovico Einaudi.

I play to explore the silent space within ourselves, beneath the sounds we hear, perhaps in the measured spaces between the notes and beats.

"Oh, my.  I'm listening now and feel my whole body slowing down." Theresa  Koetters, RN, MS

"Your presence yesterday and sweet music was so relaxing. It put everyone at ease, perfect for our theater audience."   Suze Cohan, Occidental Art Center 
"Made me want to stretch out and dream." Pat Schoch, Sebastopol Center for the Arts  
"Beautiful, healing and life affirming music. " Reb Shifrah Tobacman "Totally beautiful." Sky Nelson "You stay really present as you play," Michael Stocker, Bio-Acoustician/Musician “I can hear the listening in your playing… it’s inspiring.” Steve Pryputniewicz, Piano Tuner

"Splendiferous!" Hosanna Bauer "euphoric!" Mark Feldman "Beautiful piano ... lifting my spirits ... bringing immediate joy ... thank you so much." Yael Raff Peskin  "It's so lovely to move to." Zuza Engler, Soul-Motion Teacher  “Mysterious and calming....Your piano playing is all that, and more..... Smooth, rich, velvety...like warmed dark chocolate.......” Shoshana Geller ”Your music makes me feel like a deep reflecting pool.” Chance Massaro "You won your Oscar a long time ago in my book." Linda Heath

“Professional musicians sometimes forget why we were originally drawn to music. Jerry began playing piano as a bio-feedback tool to unwind tensions.  His story and remarkable ability to listen and produce mysterious sounds through original improvisations on popular and classical themes seem to help people rediscover their desire to listen.”   Seth Montfort, Concert Pianist. CLICK HERE to listen to Seth introduce inner-listening at Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Jerry performs Arvo Part's Alina and Abraham's Theme from Chariots of Fire.

From The Successful Brain Fair: "Jerry's playing made the chatter & chaos in the room disappear so I could drop deeply into receiving the various treatments being offered." Katja Grace "I love your music and so do my dogs.  It soothes us all. Your CD should be played at animal shelters to calm the frightened and lonely dogs and cats. You play like an angel." Karen Meganck, Psychologist 
(By the way, several dentists use my music in their offices....)

For Jerry's personal story, see: INSPIRED BY MY OWN LIMITATIONS

Feedback Piano has been enjoyed at these venues:

The Love Choir                                                            Sebastopol

Center for the Arts                                                       Sebastopol

Coffee Catz                                                                 Sebastopol

Brown Street Grill                                                        Sebastopol

The Jenner Inn                                                            Jenner

Center for Spiritual Living                                              Santa Rosa

Congregation Rodef Shalom                                          San Rafael

Eastbay Jewish Community Center                                 Berkeley

Congregation Kol HaEmek                                              Ukiah

Russian River Performing Arts/ Conservatory of Music     Guerneville

The Ritz Carlton                                                           Washington DC

The Finley Center                                                         Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts                                        Occidental

Laguna Foundation Fundraiser                                        Sebastopol

Paws for Love, Silent Auction 2/9/13                              Santa Rosa

Successful Brain Fairs 2013, '14                                     Santa Rosa

After the Honeymoon                                                     Petaluma

Sonoma Peace & Justice Center  Awards                         Sebastopol

House Concerts for Peace                                             Sebastopol

Your event could be next....

NEW RELEASE: First Takes       Jerry Green, solo piano LOOK RIGHT TO DOWNLOAD

These first takes are just that, the surprising results of a practice run in a recording studio. I did not expect this screen test to be more than a learning experience.  It turned out to be quite appealing, and it revealed an integration of keys and themes in ways I had never imagined.  This is an original body of improvisations weaving a collection of popular and classical ideas and qualities that cultivate inner-listening my approach to somatic attunement, or embodied awareness. 

EARLIEST GREENER PIANO SOLOS
 Sound engineering by David Field, a true poet of the guitar, able to finger-tip through the tulips, scattering sunlight into its many colours. Discover his sound at: http://www.davidfieldguitar.com/

COMING OUT   

Abraham’s Theme by Vangellis (from Chariots of Fire) is featured in my coming out medley that includes my improvisations on themes by George Winston (Thanksgiving, DECEMBER,) William Ackerman (Processional, RETURNING,) and Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. (Recorded live Center for Spiritual Living, Jan/'11)

ARVO PART'S ALINA AND YITZAK'S NIGGUN 

Arvo Part’s compositions draw us into the space between dynamic intervals with grace and beauty, reaching far beyond the notes themselves. He builds a jewel-like tapestry of sound in which we can abide and simply feel. Alina is the seminal work in Part’s original style of composition, called “tintinabuli,” or little bells, chimes. Alina is built on the notes B and F#, which are also the main tones in my composition, Yitzak’s Niggun. (Recorded live Center for Spiritual Living, Jan/'11)

Improvizations on Thanksgiving (Winston/Winter) emerge from a Japanese Music Box concluding with Mon Infante, a tradiional French lullaby.  (recorded January 2012 at Mesa Recording Studio.)
 
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