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Geoff Westley - Solo Piano

Jul 8, 2023 Booth Playhouse

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Exclusive and historic opportunity for North Carolina to experience classical composition brought in by Maestro Geoff Westley from Rome and London.

 All the tracks of Geoff Westley’s DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN album were born as improvisations that he made a few years ago to amuse himself while taking a break from the orchestral scores he was working on at the time. He put the recordings in a drawer and forgot about them. And then he I discovered them again and laboriously transcribed onto written music. A 2nd album of compositions for Solo Piano THE MELLOW ALBUM was published in September 2021. A 3rd Album is currently in preparation.

 When not making music, Geoff sails and walks dogs in Sussex and the Pyrenees. He has flown Hot-Air Balloons competitively for Great Britain in World and European Championships, and speaks fluent Italian, reasonable French, adequate Spanish and very rusty German!

 Geoff Westley was awarded a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied Flute, Piano and Composition. At age 23 he was already conducting musicals in the West End of London, including Jesus Christ Superstar.

 In the same year he was invited to join the Bee Gees, and was for 7 years their Musical Director on all world tours, performing in prestigious locations such as, Madison Square Garden, Budokan Tokyo, Maple Leaf Stadium Toronto, Central Park New York, and Sydney Opera House.

 As keyboard player/arranger, collaborations include: Carpenters / Peter Gabriel /Phil Collins / Leo Sayer / Andrew Lloyd-Webber / Everly Bros / Vangelis / Gerry Goldsmith / Hans Zimmer / Marvin Hamlish / Henry Mancini. 

 He has collaborated on 2 James Bond films: as keyboard player and conductor on the soundtrack of “The Spy Who Loved Me”, and he was the hot-air balloon pilot in “Octopussy”. 

 At the age of 30, he began a long and successful collaboration with a number of Italian artists, that continues to this day. Collaborations include: Lucio Battisti, Claudio Baglioni, Renato Zero, Riccardo Cocciante, Fabrizio de André, Mango, Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, Lucio Dalla, Fiorella Mannoia.

 For the Latin-American market he has produced/arranged for: Victor Manuel, Ana Belen, Pablo Milanes, Fito Paez, Chico Buarque, Chavela Vargas, Antonio Banderas.

 Geoff was invited by Claudio Baglioni to be Musical Director for the Sanremo Festival 2018 & 2019 In which he arranged and conducted for guests including James Taylor, Sting and Andrea Bocelli.

 As arranger and Conductor he has worked with: London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Pro Arte, London Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini di Catania, Roma Sinfonietta, Brno Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Verdi di Salerno, Orchestra laVerdi di Milano as well as many wonderful London session orchestras.

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